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Broadcast Museum Planning Downsize
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Media blogger Robert Feder writes that in order for The Museum of Broadcast Communications to keep its doors open it plans to sell two floors of its four-story building in River North, according to multiple sources. He adds its board is close to finalizing a deal with a privately-held real estate development and investment firm, to take over the third and fourth floors of the site, located at the southwest corner of State and Kinzie Streets. It’s not known what plans Fern Hill has for the space, which is currently used by the museum for exhibits including “Saturday Night Live: The Experience,” which ends its year-long run in December.
The shrine to American broadcasting has occupied three public spaces since the museum first opened at the River City condominium complex in 1987. With the downsizing, the museum will have approximately 12,000 square feet to accommodate the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Paul and Angel Harvey Radio Studio, and its permanent displays as well as its vast collection of artifacts and exhibits.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alissa Pollack Expands Role With iHM; Lori Lewis Joins Modern Luxury As VP/Social Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Alissa Pollack (L) has expanded her role as EVP of Global Music Marketing to now include creating music strategies. In her expanded role as the EVP of Global Music Marketing and Strategy, Pollack will now work closely with our Brand Managers and National Programming team to oversee and create custom data-focused roadmaps for artists, brands and advertising partners.
In addition, Pollack will plan strategic roll-outs with artists, keeping a strong pulse on what’s connecting with our consumers as well as generating opportunities for music’s current and next superstars in all formats. She will also retain her current duties and oversight of Mediabase, M-Score, RatetheMusic and BuzzAngle Music.
-- In other executive action, Lori Lewis (R) announced she'll be rejoining Lew & Michael Dickey, CEO Modern Luxury, as its new VP/Social Media. She tells Jockline, "I am beyond THRILLED!. My primary focus is to create and support Modern Luxury's brand and revenue goals by development and management of processes and platform strategies against key KPIs to ensure Modern Luxury culture cuts through and translates into best-in-class online experience for the audience and our clients."
Lewis, who formerly served as VP/Social Media for Cumulus/Westwood One, will be relocating to Atlanta in early October.
Joe Johnson Named PD/Afternoon Drive For WRDU Raleigh
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Raleigh announced that Joe Johnson has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality for Classic Rock 100.7 WRDU, effective September 24. Johnson will report to Chris Edge, Area Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh and Greensboro Markets.
“Joe’s knowledge of the format and understanding of the rock lifestyle made him a great choice,” said Edge. “I’m looking forward to having Joe work with our morning show Woody and Wilcox and lead WRDU programming for many years to come.” Johnson joins iHeartMedia Raleigh from WROV Roanoke-Lynchburg where he most recently served as the Program Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality for the past seven years. “I’m excited to join the iHeartMedia Raleigh team and work with one of America’s most iconic rock radio stations, WRDU,” said Johnson. “I feel a strong connection to the station and I’m thrilled to interact with the WRDU listeners and contribute to the station’s ongoing success.”
Entercom's WCBS 880 New Flagship Station Of New York Mets Beginning in 2019
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom and the New York Mets have reached a multi-year agreement that will make WCBS 880 in New York the official new radio home of the New York Mets beginning in 2019 and going through the 2025 baseball season. These broadcast rights include all regular season, spring training, and postseason games as well as Spanish-language broadcast rights. The station will also provide in-depth pregame and postgame coverage.
“We’re pleased to be the new radio home of the Mets,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom. “We remain committed to bringing our listeners and partners the most exciting sports content from their hometown teams, especially in the New York metropolitan area, where we will be the radio home for both Major League Baseball clubs beginning in 2019.”
In addition, Entercom’s New York radio stations WCBS 880, ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), NEW 102.7 FM (WNEW-FM), WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) and 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) will offer promotional support. The Mets will work with each station on custom promotional opportunities on air and during Mets home games at Citi Field (shown).
Mason & Remy 'Hitting Balls' For Hurricane Relief; iHeart Charlotte Hosts Donation Drive
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Among the numerous events radio is conducting to help victims of Hurricane Florence, here are a couple of note: New Country 92.3’s Mason and Remy are “Hitting Balls for Hurricane Relief” to raise money for the Humane Society of Missouri’s animal rescue efforts in the Carolina’s. This charity event takes place for 14 straight hours today, September 18th from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm at the Top Golf Entertainment Center in the Chesterfield Valley. Remy will be hitting golf balls for 14 straight hours, and followers of the show and station are welcome to pledge to donate an amount for each golf ball hit!
-- In Charlotte, iHeartMedia and all of its stations, will partner with Operation Northstate to host a donation drive for the victims of Hurricane Florence in Jacksonville and Fayetteville, NC. The collection drive began on Monday, September 17 and will continue through end of day Monday, September 24. “It is incredibly sad to see the destruction brought by Hurricane Florence to the coastal area,” said Meg Stevens, Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. “Incredibly proud of how North Carolinians have come together as one to help those in need. iHeartMedia Charlotte is happy to be able to help bring relief to those in need."
WMMR-FM’s 50th Anniversary Draws Official Resolution
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– It's the anniversary that keeps on keepin' on. Beasley Media Group’s 93.3 WMMR-FM, 93.3FM will now receive an official Resolution from Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh and other members of the council in recognition of the station’s 50 years of serving as an outstanding contributor to the Philadelphia and surrounding area community’s way of life. The ceremony will take place at 10 am on today, September 18th in The Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall.
WMMR-FM legendary Midday personality Pierre Robert (R) will broadcast the reading of the Resolution live as part of The Preston & Steve Show. The event will kick-off “Alumni Week”, a weeklong celebration featuring former DJs as guest hosts on the air with Pierre throughout the week, including Michael Tearson, Earle Baily, and WMGK-FM Morning Personality John DeBella. “Alumni Week” will culminate with the station’s 50th Reunion on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. WMMR-FM is regarded by the industry as the longest running rock station in America.
Five More Advance To 'Next2Rock's Finale
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– With more than 1,600 entries received from across the U.S., Cumulus announced the five (5) Rock artists selected as finalists for its annual neXt2rock competition — a national and local grassroots search for the nation’s newest rock star. The finale event will take place on October 4, 8 – 11 pm PT, at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. Music personality and longtime radio and TV host Matt Pinfield will host the evening’s festivities, while Los Angeles rock band and fan favorite, Dorothy, will headline the event.
The five national finalists, selected by a panel of Rock radio professionals, are: *Friday Pilots Club representing Chicago, IL (WKQX) *The Zealots representing Des Moines, IA (KGGO) *Black Rock Revival representing Memphis, TN (WXMX) *No Resolve representing Saginaw, MI (WILZ & WKQZ) *Late Night Savior representing Salt Lake City, UT (KBER & KHTB)
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming for Cumulus said: “This competition is all about the talent who will deliver the future sound of Rock. Every artist who entered this year’s neXt2rock competition is incredibly gifted and we, as a company, are extremely excited to see who will be named the next Rock superstar.”
HONORS: DJ Envy Earns 2018 BET Hip Hop Award Nomination
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– DJ Envy, world-renowned DJ and co-host of the The Breakfast Club, has been nominated for a 2018 BET Hip Hop Award in the "DJ of the Year" category. When he’s not hosting his Premiere Networks-syndicated show, the award-winning mixtape legend can be found turning tables in premiere night clubs throughout New York City, the nation and the world. In addition, Envy’s reality TV series “Gold with Envy” – which follows the national radio host and his wife Gia Casey as they try to balance their chaotic professional and personal lives – is in production with Bravo TV.
The 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards return to The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for the second consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:00PM ET/PT.
SYNDICATION: Benztown Launches Customized Version of 'The Todd -N- Tyler Radio Empire'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced that it has launched “TNT Stripped Bare”, a customized new version of the nationally syndicated show, “The Todd -N- Tyler Radio Empire”. “TNT Stripped Bare” is premium PPM and diary-friendly content, presented in a music and talk hybrid format, with handpicked topical breaks and daypart flexibility. “
Masa Patterson, Vice President, Sales & Operations, Benztown, said: "This new version of the show is the perfect way for stations to tap into the massive ratings TNT delivers, while keeping the flexibility to play their own music, too." Todd Brandt, Co-Host, “TNT Stripped Bare” and “The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire”, said: With the ever changing demands of media and how it is delivered and consumed, we are really excited to be able to offer more ways to receive our show.” Mike Tyler, Co-Host, “TNT Stripped Bare” and “The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire”, added: “We are looking forward to getting started in new markets with this new opportunity in mornings and other great dayparts on stations around the country.” For more information, visit: www.benztown.com/TNT or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 818.842.4600.
PRODUCTS: PromoSuite & SoCast Team For New Integration Of Promotions Management System
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– PromoSuite and SoCast announced a new integration that drastically improves the speed and accuracy of website and app updates for on-air contesting, contest rules, storm closing information, and event listings.
“Our mission at SoCast is to make every aspect of digital easy and profitable for radio broadcasters,” said Elliott Hurst, CEO of SoCast. “PromoSuite is the leader in radio promotions tools, and we’re excited about bringing the integration of our web and mobile platforms to their widely used promotions management system. We feel a natural camaraderie with Rocco and his team and look forward to future technical integrations and new developments down the road.” “Promotions Directors are among the most overworked people in radio,” noted Rocco Macri, CEO of PromoSuite. “As a former Marketing Director myself, I know that the to-do list is never-ending and things like updating digital content can often get pushed to the side. This new integration is live now on SoCast’s platform and free for any radio stations using both PromoSuite Next and SoCast. For more information about setting up this integration or signing up for either system, contact Rachel Field from PromoSuite at 212-509-1200 x205 / Rachel@PromoSuite.com, or Eric Eisen from SoCast at 416-635-6678 x223 / Eric@SoCastDigital.com.
6th Annual 'We Can Survive' Lineup Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom & 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) Los Angeles revealed the lineup for its sixth annual, “We Can Survive,” a Radio.com concert. This year’s event will feature musical performances by Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Ella Mai, G-Eazy, Khalid, Marshmello, Meghan Trainor, NF and Tyga on Saturday, October 20 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.
“We are so proud of ‘We Can Survive’ and all it contributes to cancer awareness,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Once again this year, we’ve assembled a star-powered lineup to celebrate survivors.” In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every ticket sold, $2 will benefit Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
SNAPS: Cumulus Gets 'Up Close' With Carrie Underwood Following Times Square Performance
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Following NASH-FM New York's "Up Close and Country" live performance event featuring Carrie Underwood at Opry City Stage in Times Square on Friday, Sept. 14, Cumulus exec's from nay of its stations across the U.S joined for this special snap:
Shown L-R: John Foxx, Program Director, NASH FM 94.7 New York Chris Schuler, Director, Promotion and Radio Marketing, Universal Music Group, Nashville Annie Sandor, Director Northeast Promotions, Capitol Records Nashville Mike Allan, Assistant Program Director, NASH FM 94.7 New York Carrie Underwood, Charlie Cook, VP/Country. Cumulus' Katie Neal, Midday Host NASH FM 94.7 New York and Bobby Young, VP, Promotion, Universal Music Group.
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Beloved Programmer Sean Demery Passes Away Eight Months After Massive Stroke
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– For those of us who had the good fortune of knowing or witnessing the programming talents of Sean Demery, this weekend's news of his passing hit particularly hard. After battling complications of a massive brain stem stroke some eight months ago, the longtime programmer passed away on Saturday. His longtime friend and radio cohort Steve Craig (shown below left with Sean) posted on Facebook: "With heavy hearts we're deeply saddened to let you know that Sean passed away this afternoon -- He never gave up trying to better his communication, and his sense of humor always shined through. He absolutely LOVED to see all the daily messages, posts and videos. All the love that has been shared sustained Sean through so many tough weeks, and always kept his spirits up." Craig wrote that Sean's wife Jennifer has asked for privacy at this time, as she gathers Sean's family & close friends. She will release a statement very soon.
Jimmy Baron, former member of the famed Morning X on 99X Atlanta that Demery helped launch in 1992 tells the AJC's Rodney Ho, " Demery was a key reason why he came to the station in 1993. “Sean was an icon in the modern rock radio business and the industry is devastated. But even more devastated are the individuals with whom he closely worked over his long career, because we know that the world has not just lost a radio legend, but a loving, caring, beautiful friend who put a smile on the face of every person he ever touched with a corny joke told through that big dumb megaphone.”
Leslie Fram (top right), part of the Morning X and PD at the station, visited him earlier this year and in a Facebook post wrote to Sean, “Your eyes communicated your sharp wit and humor - laughing over photos of our 90’s hair, Steve Craig’s long hair, our first time meeting Dave Grohl, your pranks with Brian Phillips, the Swinging Velveeta Lounge, the time you brought an 18-piece orchestra (Brian Setzer) into your small control room, how you always backed me up in the craziest of situations...”
Demery had been most recently program director and afternoon host at a Portland rock station 101.9/KINK-FM. Read numerous other comments HERE
Nathan Fast Takes Mornings At KPLX The Wolf Dallas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced the debut of a new morning radio show on Texas Country 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by Nathan Fast. The show, “Nathan Fast and The Wake Up With The Wolf Show” will debut today, September 17. Lisa Taylor (R) remains with the new morning show.
Fast joins 99.5 The WOLF after most recently hosting the morning show on Dallas/Fort Worth Top 40 station AMP 103.7/KVIL. Prior to that, he was nighttime host at KHTS-FM in San Diego, CA, and weekend host on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, CA. He also appeared weekly on stations in more than 80 markets across the country including New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Dallas-Fort Worth as a contributor on the iHeartRadio Countdown. In addition, Fast has been on-air at stations in Las Vegas, NV, and Boise, ID.
Fast said: “I have so much respect for the history of 99.5 The Wolf and I’m thrilled to have the privilege of waking up Dallas/Fort Worth every morning on this great station. I want to thank Mac Daniels, Dan Bennett, Doug Hamand and Mike McVay for entrusting me with the keys to one of country’s most legendary brands. Time to get to work!”
Omaha’s 99.9 KGOR Debuts 'Mornings with Montez & Shari'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– 99.9 KGOR has launched 'Mornings with Montez & Shari.' It stars long-time Omaha radio hosts Montez and Shari Stone. “Being from Omaha, we both couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to serve our community in a fun way because we love this town,” said Montez and Shari. Stone joins 99.9 KGOR from KGBI-FM where she most recently served as digital project coordinator and midday host. She also served as the midday personality for 101.9 Fox. Stone began her career at WOW AM/FM in Omaha.
Montez most recently served as afternoon host and music director for iHeartMedia’s 96.1 Kiss FM. After graduating from high school, Montez began his career at KESY-FM. “We are truly excited to have these two genuinely warm, funny and highly respected talents be a part of one of the biggest stations in town,” said Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Omaha. “This show will bring a new element of fun to Omaha morning radio.”
Vladimir “DJ Loui Vee” Scott Named PD For iHeart Louisville Combo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Vladimir “DJ Loui Vee” Scott has been named Program Director for REAL 98.3, The Beat of Louisville. As Program Director, Vladimir will be responsible for overseeing programming and promotions for WZRL and WTFX. He will report to Mike Killabre , SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “Vladimir possesses the creativity, passion, and leadership we look for in programmers,” said Killabrew. “ His direction and attention to detail will take WZRL and WTFX to the next leve .” Scott joins the Indianapolis Market from iHeartMedia Columbia, South Carolina, where he most recently served as Assistant Program Director.
"I’m excited for this opportunity to grow and win in Indianapolis a nd Louisville,” said Scott. “ I’m looking forward to working with the WZRL and WTFX teams and contributing to each station ongoing success.”
NETWORKS: Premiere Announces New FSR Weekday Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks announced the launch of two new programs as part of FOX Sports Radio’s (FSR) weekday lineup. Beginning Monday, September 17, Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell will broadcast Monday through Friday from 6 - 7 p.m. ET, marking the historic debut of the first-ever national daily radio show focused on sports betting. Hosted by Las Vegas personality and founder/CEO of Pregame.com RJ Bell, the one-hour program will give fans a real-time Vegas perspective on each upcoming game’s kickoff, opening tip, and first pitch. Featuring FOX Sports Radio personality Jonas Knox, as well as famed betting experts Brad Powers and Steve Fezzik,
FOX Sports Radio is also excited to announce that The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker (shown) will debut as a weekday show from 7 - 10 p.m. ET beginning September 17. The FSR and FS1 personalities, who first partnered on FSR in March 2018 to host The Odd Couple on Sundays, will continue to provide listeners with a dynamic discussion as the two polar opposites take listeners through the biggest hits in sports.
“This historic new lineup further solidifies FOX Sports Radio’s standing as the preeminent sports network in the nation,” said Don Martin (R), SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, and Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, in a joint statement. “It’s now crystal clear that when you’re looking for the best, live sports-talk, this is the place to tune in. As part of the changes to FSR’s weekday programming lineup, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon has been extended from three to four hours, now broadcasting from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
FCC: Numerous Stations Remain Down Following Hurricane Florence
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– As of Sunday, 9/16/18, The FCC reported that 3 FM radio stations were down with programming sent to another station (WGNI, WLGI, WTIB) • 20 FM radio station report being out of service (WBNK, WCCE, WEHF - LP, WELS - FM, WFNE - LP, WFVL, WHAR, WIKS, WKGV, WKXS - FM, WLQB, WMGV, WMNX, WNBU, WOPA - LP, WRHT, WRQP - L P, WSFL - FM, WXNR, WZKT) following Hurricane Florence.
• 3 AM radio stations reported being out of service (WAAV, WSSG, WWMC) - For the latest update, VISIT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Marketron Expands Management Team
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Marketron Broadcast Solutions announced several new senior appointments as part of their ongoing efforts to accelerate the evolution of the product suite and growth of their business. Mike Jackson (TL) has been appointed Senior Vice-President of Engineering and will be based out of the company’s office in Denver, Colorado. Todd Kalman (TR) has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and will oversee revenue development, sales and account management across all of Marketron’s product lines. Todd will work alongside Deb Esayian (BL,) formerly Marketron’s CRO and now Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Also joining the growing Marketron team is Mark Weidel (BR) as Regional Director for Digital Solutions.
“Marketron will be a smarter and more nimble company by adding great leaders like Mike, Todd and Mark” says Mike Collins Marketron’s Chief Executive Officers, adding, “Their experience will allow us to accelerate the delivery of the product enhancements and innovations our clients need to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.”
EVENTS: Thousands Turn Out For KRBE Houston's Roula & Ryan Roadshow
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Thousands of people turned out for KRBE/Houston's Roula & Ryan Road Show. Executive Producer Eric Rowe (top left) tells Jockline, "We had the Santa Fe Choir perform a song which is the school that on May 18th their lives were changed forever when ten people 8 students and 2 teachers were fatally shot and 13 others were wounded."
It was Roula and Ryan Game-night Edition. The show is described as The Roula and Ryan Show meets Saturday Night Live meets a Vegas Variety show and throw in The Ellen Game night for good measure. From Human Hungry Hippos to The Thirsty $30 challenge fashion show to the famous mystery box where Ryan (center) was the one who got slimed. Roula is shown at top of photo on stage in front of crowd.
HONORS: Q104/New York's Shelli Sonstein Honored By NY Paper
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Q104/New York's Shelli Sonstein Co-host of The Jim Kerr Morning Show, was honored Friday night by The Irish Echo, America's oldest Irish Newspaper which established itself in NY ninety years ago. The gala was held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. She was recognized for her unrelenting work on behalf of 911 victims.
Since September 11, 2001, Shelli has been a passionate supporter of first responders. She was instrumental in the campaign to pass the Zadrogra bill, which became law in 2011, ten years after the terror attacks. The bill pays for the medical care of ailing 911 first responders.
The Echo said that Shelli's "support for those that have left us, and those who are still fighting has made her a historical giant who is worthy of the labor movement's recognition for her contributions to American's". Thx....call me with any questions.
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As Hurricane Florence Reaches Land, Here's How To Help Those Impacted
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– The National Hurricane Center says Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina this morning as a Cat 1 storm. Reports indicates the storm is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas. One of the coastal cities reports about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Florence.
Radio stations all across America such as The Ace & TJ Show and numerous others has already begun collecting supplies for its victims. The Charlotte- based syndicated show reports that listener donation requests will begin Monday from its charity created just for these catastrophic events. Ace & TJ’s Radio Family Charity’s sole purpose is to be there immediately for members of their listening audience devastated after disasters such as Hurricane Florence. Its affiliates extend from Jacksonville and Columbia, South Carolina.
To further aid those impacted by Florence, ABC News has prepared a list of top agencies to give aid; They include: THE RED CROSS CLICK HERE -- AMERICARE CLICK HERE - NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CLICK HERE - GLOBAL GIVING CLICK HERE & AMERICAN HUMANE SOCIETY CLICK HERE - See entire ABC report HERE
iHeart Acquires Podcast Group Stuff Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire Stuff Media, LLC, the leading for-profit publisher of entertaining and informative podcast content, which includes the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcasting business as well as a slate of premium podcast content. This acquisition will enable iHeartMedia to leverage Stuff Media’s original content, programming and experiencedpodcasting management team and to further expand its podcasting platform, increasing its position as the solid #1 commercial podcast publisher globally, #2 overall (Podtrac, 2018) and almost doubling its usage metrics.
Originally founded in 1998 as a reference site, HowStuffWorks pioneered the podcast space and was one of the first companies to turn podcasting into a revenue-generating business, bringing the medium to a mainstream audience with its informative, easy-to-understand explanations of how the world works. Today, Stuff Media is one of the nation’s largest podcast publishers, with more than 61 million global downloads and streams per month.
“While podcasting has already experienced tremendous growth, the real opportunity to bring the full potential of podcasts to the mainstream still lies ahead,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Stuff Media is the original trailblazer of the podcasting industry, and we’ve been impressed by its ability to grow a massive, loyal audience over the past decade, led by a strong, experienced and cohesive management team, who we welcome to iHeartMedia." Before this acquisition, iHeartRadio podcast listening growth has been up 73 percent year-over-year in 2018 vs. 2017.
Entercom Makes Moves In Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Molly Cruz (L) as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 103.7 KISS-FM (WXSS-FM) in Milwaukee, effective immediately. Cruz will continue in her position as midday drive host, Assistant Program Director and Music Director for sister station 99.1 The Mix. On-air personality JMatt will assume the roles of midday drive host for 103.7 KISS-FM and Digital Program Director for the cluster, which also includes 105.7 FM The Fan (WSSP-AM). In addition, 99.1 The Mix also welcomed on-air personality Aaron Carreno as afternoon drive host from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT.
“I am so humbled by this opportunity to continue the success of WXSS and WMYX alongside Brian Kelly,” said Cruz. “Both stations have a deep history in the Milwaukee community and I can’t wait to have a hand in delivering top programming to our listeners.” Prior to joining Entercom, Cruz held the role of afternoon drive host for WZSR in the Chicago area. She will succeed Nathan Graham, who assumed the role of Program Director for sister station 98.7 AMP Radio (WDZH-FM) in Detroit. JMatt was most recently on-air during 103.7 KISS-FM’s weekend drives. Prior to that, JMatt served as Promotions and Marketing Director for sister station Mix 105.1 (WMHX-FM) in Madison, WI. Carreno returns to 99.1 The Mix after previously serving as an on-air personality and Production Assistant for the station from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining Entercom, Carreno held the role of afternoon drive host for sister station 99.7 The Point (KZPT-FM) in Kansas City.
WGOW Moves Brian Joyce To Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 – Cumulus' WGOW Talk Radio 102.3 FM has announced Brian Joyce as the new lead morning host. He will be a permanent addition to the Morning Press show that features Jim Reynolds and Kevin West, marking the first permanent addition to the lineup in more than 20 years. Joyce who has hosted the Brian Joyce Show in afternoons, will continue to host that shift until a new host is found.
The announcement comes after WGOW severed ties with previous Morning Press host Jeff Styles reports News Channel 9 - PHOTO/ L-R: Kevin West, Brian Joyce And Jim Reynolds.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Veteran Media Executive, Zena Burns, Joins Futuri
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced that veteran media executive Zena Burns has joined its executive leadership team as SVP,Strategic Marketing and Brand Development. In this newly-created role, Burns will collaborate with CEO Daniel Anstandig and Futuri’s leadership team on the development of Futuri’s suite of audience engagement and sales intelligence technology solutions. Burns will remain based in Chicago, where she will spearhead the opening of a Futuri office in the major media market.
Burns has a 20-year history of developing strategies for driving growth for traditional media properties through digital innovation. After running all entertainment editorial for the print edition of PEOPLE Magazine’s iconic TEEN PEOPLE Magazine, as well as overseeing its digital properties, she joined the company now known as iHeartMedia as the radio industry’s first Digital Program Director in 2006. Later, she became a key part of the team that developed and launched the iHeartRadio brand and app before founding the consulting agency Moxie Coalition. Burns will retain her equity in the company, which will remain active under the leadership of associates.
“Zena is a forward-thinking, spirited thought leader with experience in elevating brands and a track record for strategically driving audience engagement. Recognizing the necessity of innovative technology solutions for broadcast media, she was an early client of Futuri’s, and we eagerly became a client of hers when she launched her agency,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. Said Burns, “Futuri’s remarkable and sustained year-over-year growth, paired with an incredible team led by true visionary and all-around great guy Daniel Anstandig, makes it a thrill for me to fully embed and better contribute to the company’s incredibly bright future. I said I’d never go in-house again after launching a successful agency, but this further proves to me that you should never say never!”
Dick Wolf, Producer & Creator Of TV's 'Law & Order' Developing Crime Podcast Series
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– Dick Wolf, creator of one of TV longest running and most successful series, Law & Order and its numerous spin-offs, is headed to the audio world with the development of a series of dramatized crime podcasts. Adweek reports, The podcasts will be financed and produced by Endeavor Audio, a new audio storytelling company from Endeavor, an entertainment-focused holding group with Ari Emanuel at the top.
“The crime genre transcends all platforms,” Wolf said in a news release. “Partnering with Endeavor Audio and Magical Elves allows us to develop new ways to tell crime stories, and I am looking forward to producing true crime drama for a new and diverse audience."
The number of podcast listeners continues to rise, according to the Pew Research Center. This year, 44 percent of Americans ages 12 and up said they had listened to a podcast before, an increase from the previous year by four percentage points. “Our aim is to elevate audio as a storytelling platform for the entertainment industry,” said Endeavor Audio general manager Moses Soyoola, in a statement. “While the medium is growing rapidly, there remains huge opportunity to innovate and be ‘first’ in the category. We want to help creators of all kinds explore and develop audio entertainment that reaches new audiences the podcast community hasn’t spoken to before.”
WWO Network Debuts RPO With Jim Rome & Trevor Pryce
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– Westwood One is launching a new original podcast with wildly-popular CBS SPORTS RADIO personality Jim Rome and former NFL defensive lineman Trevor Pryce. RPO (Rome Pryce Opinion) launched on Monday, September 10 and new episodes of this 20-week series will drop every Monday during the NFL season through Super Bowl LIII. The episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Entercom’s Radio.com app, CBS Sports Radio’s website, and the Westwood One Podcast Network website and app.
“Jim and Trevor will engage listeners with their authentic voices and insights beyond the games during this NFL season,” said Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Jim Rome is a king of Sports talk and one of the leading opinion-makers of his generation. His legions of passionate fans, known as ‘clones,’ know and respect that he doesn’t hold back.”
"I have always worked alone but when the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl winner and a presence like Trevor Pryce presented itself, I jumped,” said Rome. “He’s hungry, fearless and has takes for days. This one is a no-brainer and I know it’s going to deliver.” The Jim Rome Show, a.k.a. The Jungle, airs on more than 200 radio stations Monday-Friday from 12 noon – 3 pm ET. His show is simulcast on CBS Sports Network, distributed in 70 million households, and can also be heard on SiriusXM. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com. Contact Suzy Schultz | Westwood One | email@example.com | (212) 419-2905
[WATCH] The Bert Show Comes To Aid Of Couple Who Planned Wedding In NC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– You can add weddings to the number of ways radio shows comes to the aid of Hurricane victims. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, The Bert Show heard that a military couple had a wedding set in Wilmington, N.C. this weekend. But Hurricane Florence put an end that. So Bert listeners helped the family crowd-source most aspects of the wedding in Atlanta for 85 people.
Tiffany, who was shot in the leg during the Vegas massacre earlier this year but survived, sounded impressively calm about the situation. They had already scrambled, renting a large Airbnb home to hold the wedding. They also nabbed a DJ,and the original photographer is camping out in Atlanta. People called in to the show and within a few minutes, they got everything else: a videographer, a hairstylist, a caterer, bartenders, a florist, a wedding coordinator, a cake, a dance floor, chairs and tables. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: 106.5 The Arch Presents 'NO-K
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– We all know about the Charity 5-Ks! Mud Runs! Even St. Louis' "infamous" Naked Bike Ride! This weekend its 106.5 The Arch's First Annual “NO-K” - beginning at 12:00 noon, Sunday, September 16th, at Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery & Biergarten.
The first 50 people to register get a beer from Urban Chestnut and Arch swag for only $5.00! NOTE: You do realize, this is really just an excuse to get together on a Sunday and have a beer with VERY little effort, right?
SNAPS; Michelle's OK, Car Not So Much
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 –– Was relieved to hear that our BFF in the world, Michelle McKormick is A-OK after a smash-up this week in Grand Rapids.
The morning co-host on Cumulus' WLAV-FM posted photos on her Facebook Page soon after the accident and calmed her friends nerves by quickly saying she was fine - her car? Not so much.
Radio Prepares To 'Expect The Unexpected' As Hurricane Florence Nears Land
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –– As Hurricane Florence moves closer to the Carolina coast, the storm has been downgraded to category 2, however, possible historic flooding is now expected as it nears land. It's impact will likely be felt from Georgia to Virginia. There to assist is radio who often provide the only communications available to those affected. The NAB yesterday issued a 10-step disaster preparation and recovery plan for broadcasters in covering the storm. "Given the strength of the broadcast infrastructure, broadcasting is often the only communications outlet available during disasters,' said the NAB. "Thus, it is critical that broadcasters plan ahead to safeguard their facilities and staff in case of an emergency. Among the steps included convening a cross-section of staff to work on a plan. - Reviewing risks and how it could impact your station. Also to 'Expect the Unexpected' in the event the studios must be evacuated. READ THE STEPS HERE
Like other groups along the east coast, Beasley Media Fayetteville is preparing its stations as well. Fayetteville Vice President/Market Manager Erika Beasley and Operations Manager Randy Bliss (R) said, “Our stations are in full preparation mode here in Fayetteville. This is the time we as local broadcasters do what we do best, serve our local communities that we live and work in!
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement Wednesday saying, "At this point, FCC staff have already been deployed to survey the radio frequency spectrum across critical areas of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, and our operations center is open 24 hours a day." Pai added that the FCC staff had reached out to broadcast associations, wireless carriers and other telecom companies in the region; and he urged residents of the area "to charge their wireless phones, laptops or tablets, sign up to receive emergency alerts and warnings, and follow other communications tips available on the FCC’s website to stay connected with family and friends.”
To further assist stations, Benztown is making its audio production and VO services available for free to radio stations in the path of Hurricane Florence for help with producing PSA's to keep their communities informed about the hurricane. Stations that would like to enlist its support should contact Benztown's Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 818.842.4600.
Bobby Bones Among Cast For 'DWTS' Season 27
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –– While first tipped in numerous publications last week, ABC made it official this week with the announcement that radio phenom Bobby Bones, Premiere syndicated star of The Bobby Bones Show, will be joining Mary Lou Retton, Alexis Ren, John Schneider, DeMarcus Ware and Danelle Umstead for Dancing With the Stars season 27.
As announced this week on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are the following: * Alexis Ren with Alan Bersten * Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess (L) * Danelle Umstead with Artem Chigvintsev * DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold * Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe * Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile with Jenna Johnson * John Schneider with Emma Slater * Juan Pablo Di Pace with Cheryl Burke * Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber * Milo Manheim with Witney Carson * Nancy McKeon with Val Chmerkovskiy * Nikki Glaser with Gleb Savchenko * Tinashe with Brandon Armstrong.
ICYMI, Bones, was also one of the celebrity judges of the 2019 Miss America pageant. Dancing With the Stars season 27 premieres on ABC Monday, September 24, at 8 p.m. ET. - Hosted by two-time Emmy®-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
[WATCH] Package Containing Massive Shipment Of Marijuana Sent To Boston Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –– Police are investigating a massive shipment of what's believed to be marijuana that was delivered to a Boston radio station. Having arrived at the station some two weeks before, a staffmember opened the package on Wednesday to discover appx. 20 bags of suspected Marijuana. Officers then responded to the Beasley studios which house a number of its stations.
Police said the substance in the bags is believed to be marijuana but it is being sent to a state lab for testing. DJ Ramiro Torres (L) from 96.9 FM took some pictures and told Boston's NBC TV 9 that there are a lot of theories as to how the box got there, including that it was sent to the wrong address. WATCH HERE
Dana Taylor & John O'Connell Named To PD Roles For Entercom Orlando; Melissa “Mel” Leigh-Sorrentino Named APD For FM 101.9
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointments of Dana Taylor (L) to the role of Program Director for MIX 105.1 (WOMX-FM) and John O’Connell (R) to the role of Program Director for FM 101.9 (WQMP-FM) in Orlando. Both changes are effective immediately.
“I’m very fortunate to work with a company that values creativity and open communication,” said Taylor. “I’m looking forward to working with a team of talent that consistently brings real energy and passion for radio to our listeners.” Taylor joined MIX 105.1 in 1994 and was most recently Assistant Program Director. She has also served as the station’s Music Director and has held on-air roles in the station’s overnight, evening, midday and morning drives.
O’Connell’s new role with FM 101.9 is in addition to his Program Director roles with sister stations KISS Country 99.9 and 104.3 The Shark in Miami. He also served as Program Director for 102.7 The Beach from 2016 to 2018. Prior to joining Entercom, O’Connell held programming roles for CBS Radio in Tampa, FL. “I am thrilled to take on the program director role of FM 101.9,” said O’Connell. “This is an exciting time for the station as it continues to grow and serve the Alternative music fan community in Orlando.” In addition to Taylor and O’Connell, Melissa “Mel” Leigh-Sorrentino was also announced as the Assistant Program Director for FM 101.9. This position will be in addition to her current roles of FM 101.9 Music Director and midday host.
SYNDICATION: ABC Radio & Skyview Take The Deja Vu Show National
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 – ABC Radio and Skyview Networks announced syndication of The Deja Vu Show, featuring the top-rated afternoon host on New York’s iconic WBLS-FM. “Every day I look to provide listeners an escape at work. Radio allows me to connect with, inspire and motivate listeners in an amazing way,” says Deja, host of The Deja Vu Show.
“Deja brings a contagious energy to the midday format,” says Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio. “Deja is a proven ratings winner who will have immediate and measurable impact for her new affiliates.” "Deja's a force for us both on and off air!” says Skip Dillard, Program Director WBLS, Emmis New York. “From her daily show, to social media and video, she continues to develop creative ways every afternoon to reach and engage her listeners! I'm so excited Deja's talents can now be experienced in every radio market in America." Last month, the two companies announced the launch of The Dana Cortez Show. The Deja Vu Show is four hours each weekday and is now available for syndication. For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer at 212.456.5541 or email@example.com.
HONORS: MIW Names Julie Talbot Recipient Of Its 10th Annual Trailblazer Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –- The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced that Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott will receive the 10th annual MIW Radio Group Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 during the Wednesday Headliner “The Podcast Boom” session at the Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Talbott has 30 years of experience in the media business. She started her career at BBDO Advertising, before moving on and becoming COO of MJI Broadcasting, which was bought by Premiere Networks/Clear Channel in 1999. After serving in various capacities at Premiere, she was named President of the company in January 2014.
She has been consistently recognized as one of Radio Ink’s “Most Powerful People in Radio” and “Most Influential Women in Radio,” and has received numerous industry commendations throughout her career including the prestigious Broadcasters Foundation Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award, Talkess magazine Judy Jarvis Memorial “Woman of the Year” Award and Talk Show Boot Camp’s coveted Ashwood Award.
“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized with this award,” said Julie Talbott. “It’s a privilege to join the ranks of so many MIW Trailblazers whom I greatly respect and admire. The work that the MIW Group does to promote the advancement of women in our industry is truly inspiring, and I hope to continue encouraging other women to keep pushing the bar by setting their goals high and working hard to achieve them.”
NETWORKS: WWO And Cumulus Official Radio Partners For 2018 AMA's
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –- Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for the 2018 American Music Awards and will offer a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive content to celebrate the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. Westwood One will welcome more than 25 local stations and national programs to its Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs, which takes place during rehearsals and event night for the 2018 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Westwood One, through its partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions will also create exclusive AMA branded long-form and short-form content leading up to and following the awards Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs takes place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from LA’s Microsoft Theater on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 8:00 – 11:00 pm ET, on ABC.
CONDOLENCES: KDKA's Mike Pintek Passes Away At 65
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –- Mike Pintek, longtime reporter and talk show host on KDKA Radio, died early Wednesday after battling cancer for more than a year. Pintek, 65, announced to listeners in May 2017 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He continued hosting “The Mike Pintek Show” on KDKA Radio until July, when he took a leave to focus on his health.
According to Trib Live, Pintek started his career in 1974 as news director and anchor at WNOW Radio in York. In 1976, he moved to WKBO Radio in Harrisburg. He worked as morning news anchor at WASH-FM in Washington, D.C, before moving to KDKA in 1982 as a reporter. He became a talk show host in 1985. He died at the Vincentian Home in McCandless. Pintek is survived by longtime partner, Linda Guiler, a daughter, Hadley, and a sister, Mary Ann Krynock.
In Australia, Alan Jones Found Guilty of Defamation; Must Pay $2.6 Million In Damages
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 –- In Sydney, 2GB’s Alan Jones has been found guilty of defamation over comments made about John, Denis and Joe Wagner. He now has to pay $3.7 million in damages ($2.6 million US). Jones wrongfully accused them of 12 deaths that occurred in 2011 during floods in Grantham when a wall of their Lockyer Valley quarry caved in. The brothers, who were cleared of blame for the deaths by an official enquiry, were suing Jones, journalist Nick Cater, Harbour Radio and 4BC for $4.8 million. He said that radio station 4BC and Jones failed to prove an imputation that the Wagner brothers had acted illegally, and therefore Jones, had engaged in unjustifiable conduct and was “motivated by a desire to injure.”
In The UK, Heart Extra In Trouble For Explicit Song - Global, the owners of Heart Extra has been found in breach of two Broadcasting Code rules for playing a song containing two offensive words a total of seven times in one week. All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar – was only taken off rotation when the station was alerted to the broadcast of offensive language by a listener. The track included one instance of the word “f@@k” and one instance of the word “motherfu@@er”.
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BFOA Prepares For Emergency Grant Applications In Wake Of Hurricane Florence
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– As hurricane Florence takes aim at the east coast, The Broadcasters Foundation of America's Grant Relief Program in already making plans for emergency grant applications. The Foundation will provide an expedited application process that is streamlined to deliver emergency funds as quickly as possible to qualifying individuals who work (or have worked) in broadcasting. Emergency grants are based on financial need. This year, the Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors elected to double the maximum amount of an individual emergency grant from $1,000 to $2,000. This increase is particularly significant when considering that last year more than $300,000 was awarded to individual victims of a rash of disasters that included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires and floods.
Broadcasters whose personal lives or property are acutely affected by Hurricane Florence are encouraged to find out if they quality for an emergency grant by visiting https://broadcastersfoundation.org/hurricaneflorence/. For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. To learn more about emergency or monthly grants or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or email@example.com or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org. - PHOTO/Alabama Weather Blog
[LISTEN] Steve Gorman, JT The Brick Bid Farewell To Fox Sports Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Former Black Crowes drummer turned sports host Steve Gorman bid farewell to Fox Sports Radio listeners and gave heartfelt thanks to Premiere Network's Julie Talbott & FSR's Don Martin, among others. In the process, he and his co-host Jeffrey (both shown above) promised some big news coming soon. The show debuted in 2010 in Nashville and was picked up by FSR in 2014. LISTEN TO FAREWELL HERE
Barretts Sport Media posted that JT the Brick (R) announced that he's also leaving the network. Brick has been with Fox Sports Radio since 2001. "I’ve been proud to work @FoxSportsRadio Thanks to my bosses, co-workers and most importantly the listeners who have made this an incredible chapter in my life. I look forward to the future. Stay tuned." JT the Brick’s got his radio start as a caller to Jim Rome’s show and won Rome’s original “Smack Off” in 1995. His first hosting gig was as a late night host at KMAX in LA. He also made stops in San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco before joining Fox Sports Radio.
ALT 104.9 Albany Adds The Woody Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Albany Broadcasting’s ALT 104.9 has added The Woody Show to the station’s morning lineup. Effective immediately, the popular Premiere Networks-syndicated program now airs in the Monday through Saturday, 6 - 10 a.m. ET timeslot. The Woody Show features Woody Fife, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas. In 2016, the popular program 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.
“I’m so excited to welcome The Woody Show to the Capital Region,” said ALT 104.9 Program Director Ally Reid. “Their unique brand of humor and content is exactly what ALT 104.9 listeners crave.” “We would just like to thank Steve Borneman, Ally Reid and everyone at Pamal Broadcasting for giving us the opportunity to be silly on the radio in Albany,” said Woody. “With any luck, we can live up to the mediocre expectations ALT 104.9 has for us.”
The Dave & Mahoney Show Debuts On First Syndicated Affiliate WQSH/Albany
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12Th, 2018 –– Top-rated Las Vegas Morning Show Adds First Syndicated Affiliate Starting today, Wednesday, September 12th, The Dave and Mahoney Show hits the air on Townsquare Media Alternative WQSH-FM (Alt 105.7)/Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY. This marks the show’s first foray into syndication.
The Dave and Mahoney Show, which originates from Entercom Alternative KXTE-FM (X107.5)/Las Vegas, has been a top ratings performer for more than a decade. Hosted by Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney along with cast member Sylvia Alvarado and producer Ian Schebel. "It's a dream come true to be able to grow the program like this, and this is a huge milestone for the show" Dave Farra added. "We are thrilled to be working with Steve Richards and Townsquare Media, and look forward to delivering a great morning show with compelling content to the Albany audience." Townsquare Albany Operations Manager Steve Richards adds, “We're so excited to have The Dave and Mahoney show on ALT 105.7.” PHOTO/ L-R: Sylvia Alvarado, Jason Mahoney, Dave Farra & Ian Schebel.
Bill Gentry Tapped As VP/MM For Cumulus Birmingham
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12Th, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Bill Gentry as Vice President/Market Manager, for its Birmingham cluster. Gentry arrives from Alpha Media-Louisville, KY, where he was Senior Vice President/Market Manager. Prior to that, he was Regional Market President for iHeartMedia, where he managed radio stations in Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; Somerset, KY; and Nashville, TN. Mark Sullivan, Regional Vice President, Operations, Cumulus, said: “I’m really excited and pleased to have Bill joining our team in Birmingham. We’re fortunate to be bringing someone of his caliber and experience to the company. I’m looking forward to our continued success in Birmingham.”
Gentry added: “I am thrilled to join the Cumulus team in Birmingham and grateful to Mary (Berner) and the leadership team for this opportunity. I am particularly excited to be starting just as college football is kicking off in the heart of the SEC, as we are the sports authority in the market. Given my experience within News/Talk and recent time working within the Urban arena, I can’t wait to get started! And I hope the staff won’t mind if I hang a UK jersey in my office. Looking forward to this new adventure. This is going to be fun!”
101WKQX And Church Street Brewing Company Team For New 'Q' Brew
A Portion Of Proceeds Go To The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Q Street, a “righteously good” alternative India Pale Ale to Chicagoland craft beer fans is now available in select pubs and bars in the Windy City thanks to a new partnership with Church Street Brewing Company and Cumulus' 101WKQX. Q Street rocks fruity, spicy notes and is highly carbonated, lending a pleasant effervescence and balance to the all-new beer. Q Street is now available in select brewpubs, bars and shops across the Chicagoland area, with more locations added daily.
A portion of the proceeds from Q Street beer go directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; a charity dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. I01WKQX will host an official Q Street Launch and Dance Party across the street from Wrigley Field at Cubby Bear, 1059 W Addison St., Chicago, on Friday, September 21st , at 8:00pm.
Troy Hanson, VP/Programming-Rock, CUMULUS MEDIA, and Program Director, 101WKQX-FM, said: “We are delighted to work with local entrepreneurs Church Street to give our listeners a unique Chicago born & brewed elixir. In doing so, this collaboration is an opportunity for WKQX to give back to the community on frankly a tough topic to talk about in Suicide Prevention, but one we all need to be acutely aware of.” For more information on Q Street beer and where to find it, visit: 101wkqx.com/beer.
Major Garrett & Jill Schlesinger To Headline Luncheon At Radio Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– CBS News’ Major Garrett and Jill Schlesinger will participate in a keynote discussion about the economy, media and politics during the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday, September 26 at the 2018 Radio Show. The Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 25-28 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
Major Garrett reports for all CBS News broadcasts and digital platforms as Chief White House Correspondent. He is also the host of "The Takeout," a weekly podcast about politics, policy and pop culture. Jill Schlesinger covers the economy, markets and investing as a business analyst for CBS News. Her nationally-syndicated radio show, “Jill on Money,” won a 2018 Gracie Award for Best National Talk Show. Schlesinger also serves as the senior CFP board ambassador for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Additional information about the 2018 Radio Show is available HERE
EVENT: Milwaukee Public Schools Receive Over 50,000 Supplies In 88Nine Drive
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– This year’s No Empty Backpacks drive collected more than 50,000 supplies to benefit eight MPS schools, topping the 37,000 items received last year. Donated supplies include backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencils, pens, notebooks, markers, calculators and more. Area residents dropped off items in July and August at Radio Milwaukee. Additionally, supporters of 88Nine and Milwaukee Business Journal ordered supplies online to support the drive.
The drive was presented by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, a non-profit, community-funded radio station (WYMS-FM 88.9 / www.radiomilwaukee.org) and the Milwaukee Business Journal (https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/), Milwaukee’s weekly business newspaper.
PODCAST: Dr. Hoffman's 'Intelligent Medicine Podcast Surpasses Six Million Downloads Dr. Ronald Hoffman's syndicated Intelligent Medicine show is one of the top health/medical radio programs in the country, and his popular podcast of the same name has now surpassed the SIX MILLION download mark! "We continue to be amazed at how fast our podcast audience is growing, and love all of the positive feedback we get from the audience," says Media Management Group's EVP/Business Development Alan Eisenson. "Our goal when we launched the Intelligent Medicine podcast was to help savvy consumers navigate the bewildering array of health and nutrition options," adds Dr. Hoffman. "It's gratifying that, with so many choices out there, Intelligent Medicine has become the go-to resource for so many health-conscious individuals." The Intelligent Medicine podcast is produced by Media Management Group, which also manages all of Dr. Hoffman's other broadcast and digital assets.
Seattle Host Will Shave All Of His Body Hair, Walk In Speedo if Seahawks Win Division
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– The Seattle Seahawks’ season did not get off to a great start, and one Seattle radio host is making a wager that things will not get much better reports Larry Brown Sports. Softy Mahler, afternoon host on KJR, told his co-host Dick Fain on Tuesday “There is no chance they win the division! - None. Zero. I tell you what. If they win the division, I will shave every hair on my body, and I will walk down the sidewalk in nothing but a banana hammock. In a Speedo. I will shave every hair on my body, wear a Speedo, and walk up and down Elliott Ave.”
LBS points out, it’s not even the craziest bet he’s made on air. Back in 1997, he made a bet on air over that year’s Apple Cup. When Washington State beat his beloved Huskies, Softy biked all the way to Pullman and into Martin Stadium to meet then-Cougars head coach Mike Price.
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NIELSEN: Classic Hits Reclaims Format Of The Summer Honors
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Winning again for the first time in five years, Classic Hits was the preferred format for listeners this summer. This year, the Classic Hits format saw the largest boost in audience during the warm weather months compared with the start of the year. The format achieved the same feat—winning the annual“format of the summer” race—in both 2014 and 2015. Classic Hits has seen the biggest upswing three times during the summer.
During the other two years (2016 and 2017), it was Classic Rock. Clearly, music preferences on the radio during the summer turn toward the classics—rock and pop music written during the past half-century, which form the foundation for the Classic Hits and Classic Rock formats. The differentiator is that Classic Rock focuses on rock-based music, while Classic Hits infuses more pop music and plays more songs from the 1980s.
Nielsen Music’s BDSradio airplay data reveals that 40% of the songs played on Classic Rock stations were written in the 80s, and another 40% were from the 70s. For Classic Hits stations, 52% of the songs aired come from the 80s, while another 33% come from the 70s. The release of Nielsen’s August portable people meter (PPM) results allow us to call Classic Hits the winner in the race for “format of the summer,” as this format garnered the biggest listener boost when comparing January through May trends to June through August. The table below rolls up the 2018 monthly trends among the 10 largest radio formats ranked by share of total audience (listeners 6+). Classic Hits started out strong, setting an all-time PPM record for share in June at 5.9%; dipped slightly in July, and then rebounded in August with the best August number we have seen for the format at 5.8%.
Big Boy’s Neighborhood HITS To Offer Televised Version Of Radio Show On Fuse FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– On Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. ET/PT, Fuse will premiere a special curated presentation of its FM show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood HITS, with an encore at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. In Big Boy’s best, major artists stop by the Neighborhood for elevated conversation. The hits keep coming with Janet Jackson, Fergie, Kim Kardashian and John Legend. A compilation promo from this special episode can be previewed here and embedded here. Brand-new episodes of Big Boy’s Neighborhood air weekdays at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT on FM – Fuse Music.
A televised version of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated hit radio show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, the series stars radio legend Big Boy as he entertains audiences daily with his high-energy mix of hip-hop, heart and humor. During the broadcast he will welcome the biggest names in music and entertainment, share his take on the latest news in music and pop culture and keep listeners laughing with hilarious bits, including the infamous phonetaps with “Luther Luffeigh.” Episodes premiere same day as the radio broadcast and also feature Big Boy’s Neighborhood co-hosts Natalia Perez, Louie G, Ayydé and DJ Vick One.
Quinn & Rose Back On The Air In Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Longtime Pittsburgh hosts, Jim Quinn and Rose Somma Tennent are headed back to air. The radio duo will begin the “Quinn & Rose” show on iHeartMedia sports 970 ESPN WGBB reports TribLive. They will air from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning Sept. 24.
The pair previously co-hosted mornings at the former WPGB through 201 when the parties were unable to agree on a new contract The station changed formats less than a year later and is now country as Big 104.7. The two have hosted separate shows on Radio Livingston news/talk WYSL Rochester, NY (1040).
PODCAST: Get ABC's The View On The Go
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– In an announcement made during yesterday's live broadcast, “The View” revealed that each episode of ABC’s award-winning talk show will now be available as a podcast starting now. Listeners can now take co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman on-the-go while keeping up with the hottest topics, headline-making conversations, politics, pop culture, celebrity guests and newsmakers. Each new show will be available by 4 p.m. ET on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app.
“Making ‘The View’ available as a podcast is an exciting way to reach both current and new audiences,” said Brian Teta, executive producer. “Season 22 is filled with an incredible lineup of guests, and we are looking forward to listeners to be able to access ‘The View’ and catch up on Hot Topics wherever their busy lives take them.” “’The View’ is a welcome addition to ABC Radio’s expanding podcast collection,” said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager, ABC Radio. “There is an amazing season ahead and we think podcast listeners will enjoy the incredible guest lineup and conversations to come.” https://abcn.ws/2Mc5sMe
Twin Cities Host Redirects Grief From Personal Tragedy To Create Suicide Prevention Foundation
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– A Twin Cities radio host is applying his grief from a personal tragedy to help others by raising awareness for those struggling with suicide and depression. P.T. Hohag's (L) life was redefined when he lost his father in 2013. He tells Fox 9/Minneapolis, “I didn’t realize how important and influential he was in my life until he was no longer there.” P.T. says Thomas Hohag's suicide at 68 years old came as a total shock. “My dad was the kind of person who made you feel good about who you were,” said P.T. The sudden absence left P.T. struggling for answers. “I faced a lot of times looking in the mirror and asking myself, ‘Was I trying to be stronger than I was?’” said P.T. Eighteen months later, ready to win his own battle with depression, P.T., a radio personality on BUZ’N 102.9, decided to launch the Livin' Foundation to decrease the stigma surrounding suicide.
P.T. added, “This affects anybody young, old, rich, poor, anybody. We want to remember people for the life that they lived, not the way that they died.” Through the foundation, P.T. supports veterans with PTSD, speaks to young people, supports families in financial trouble after a loss and offers a safe space for men to share their trials. “It’s something men don’t talk about, we look at vulnerability as a weakness rather than an opportunity for strength,” said P.T.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Ivy Savoy Smith Rises To VP/DOS For Entercom Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Ivy Savoy-Smith to the role of Vice President and Director of Sales for its Washington D.C. cluster, effective immediately. In this role, she will oversee sales efforts for 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM), 94.7 Fresh FM (WIAD-FM), Connecting Vets (WPGC-HD3), El Zol 107.9 (WLZL-FM), El Zol Deportes (WJFK-AM) and WPGC 95.5 FM (WPGC-FM). Savoy-Smith previously held the role of Director of Local Sales for WPGC 95.5 FM and El Zol 107.9.
“Ivy is a natural leader who has embraced every challenge, and earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and her competitors,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “Those privileged to benefit from Ivy’s mentorship are not only better professionals, but better people, and her positive influence casts a wide net across the region and the industry. I can’t think of a better person to lead D.C.’s elite radio and digital marketing team.” “We have the most diverse stations in the market, coupled with a strong management team and great sales staff,” said Savoy-Smith. “I am beyond honored to lead our team to the next level.”
Benztown Welcomes Producer Michael 'Motion' Ramos, Promotes Kevin Horton
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced that Rick Dees’ longtime personal producer Michael “Motion” Ramos (TL) joins the Benzown team as in-house Audio Producer. In addition to his work producing Dees Entertainment programs, Ramos is a creative DJ with deep audio production experience as a producer for major market stations including: KLBC, KZLA, KPWR, KDAY, KWIE, KMVN, KRLA, KTIE, KXMX, and KXOS.
Benztown announced concurrently that it has promoted Kevin Horton (TR), Imaging & Production Director – JACK Radio Network, Flashback, and Adrenaline, to the newly created position of Director of Network Programming. Horton began his radio career as an intern for Hot92 Jamz and Star 98.7 while attending Long Beach State University, and became full-time production and programming assistant for Star and later a mixing engineer for the Clear Channel performance lounge in Los Angeles. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “Horton and Ramos are the new Starsky and Hutch of the Benztown Long Form Radio Division! Their production skills are among the best in the industry and this partnership will improve and maximize our production output so we can offer even more and better service to our affiliates and partners.”
[WATCH] Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney Surprise Go 96.3's Dana Wessel In An Elevator
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– ICYMI, for those watching last week's "Tonight Show" prank where Fallon and McCartney teamed up for a elevator gag, there among the shocked passengers was Twin Cities’ radio host Dana Wessel, co-host of Ben, Dana & Giselle Show on Go 96.3 (shown left in circle). According to the Star Tribune, Fallon and McCartney pulled the prank on various groups of people who thought they were going on a tour of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. As the elevator doors opened, Fallon and McCartney surprised Wessel’s group by sitting in sofa chairs reading the paper (shown). Wessel was in New York with his wife celebrating their anniversary. He described the shocking experience on the radio station’s website:
"So, we’re put in groups of five and put on elevators. At this point, we just think we’re on a 30 Rock tour that they are testing out with friends and family. "Then the elevator doors open…there’s Jimmy Fallon pulling the paper down and saying hello. I was wondering who the second person was behind the paper. I assumed it was Seth Meyers. Like I said, I thought we were just on an after hours tour. "Then Sir Paul pulled down his paper. I was in shock. My wife Heather shrieked and later proudly claimed, ‘I’m one of the millions of women who have screamed in front of a Beatle.' WATCH HERE- McCartney and Fallon, photo by Andrew Lipovsky/NBC
EVENTS: Tim Leary Goes Over The Edge
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Tim Leary from The New 98.9 Tacoma's The Bull’s Tim, Red & Clair Show e went over the edge of the 25 story, 250+ foot Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA to raise awareness for the Habitat Challenge – A fundraiser benefiting the local Habitat for Humanity.
Leary said, “That was one of the most unbelievably challenging things I’ve ever done! 250 Feet is a long drop, especially not being a fan of heights. I am very thankful to be a part of this for Habitat for Humanity. I am also very thankful to be on the ground!” The Habitat Challenge is a thrilling fundraiser for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity in which individuals rappel down the face of the second tallest building in Tacoma in the name of affordable homeownership. The New 98.9 The Bull (KNUC) is owned by Hubbard Radio Seattle
SNAPS: Dave & Kristen On Their Special Day
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– We are so happy to send our absolute best wishes to one of most special friends, Dave Sposito, co-host of 92.9 ZZU Spokane's Dave, Ken and Molly Show, and his lovely bride Kristen on their special news.
Dave posted on Facebook, "Today was the day!! 9/9/18 at 6:07 in front of the Bellagio fountain here in Las Vegas … Kristen and I got married!! It was our little secret and the day was perfect!! Thanks to Mercedes Mix and Matt Bolt (The Mix Las Vegas) for getting some wonderful photos and helping us with this special day!! Extra love to all! We are happy!" Send Dave & Kristen best wishes HERE
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CBS CEO Les Moonves Resigns Amid Mounting Sexual Assault Allegations
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Just hours after six more women accused CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual assault allegations, the longtime chief resigned reports The New York Daily News. Moonves, 68, has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by more than a dozen women dating back to the late ’80s. Among theallegations include forced (o)ral sex and acts of intimidation, sometimes physical. The CBS board launched an investigation into the claims in July. Last month, the board of directors hired two New York-based attorneys to investigate the network’s workplace culture, as well as individual allegations.
Moonves admitted to having sexual relations with three of the six women, but claimed they were consensual. “I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women,” he said in a statement to the New Yorker. “In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career.”
Moonves joined CBS in July 1995 after a decade at Lorimar Television and Warner Bros.. He was named chairman of CBS in February 2016. Moonves had already been negotiating an exit package that could be worth $100 million, according to multiple reports. However, after the new allegations, Deadline reported that his payout could be more like $25-30 million instead, but he will not receive the money until the CBS investigation is complete, according to The New Yorker. CBS and Moonves will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that supports workplace equality for women. Joseph Ianniello (L), CBS’ chief operating officer, will replace Mooves as president and acting CEO.
NIELSEN: 23% Of Millennial's Time With Radio Exceeds Digital And TV News
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Later today Nielsen will release an in-depth look at topics of interest for the second largest generation group in the U.S. and a major player in the marketing world in its millenial report. Nielsen's own Millennial associates, leverages Nielsen data sets to provide insights into different topics that impact the Millennialgeneration and the media industry as a whole. Topics include ways Millennials perceive advertising, social media, communication, entertainment, spending, technology and more.
The report will show that Digital news reaches 88% of Millennials in a month, while it only reaches about 80% of adults 38 and older. TV news reaches less than two-thirds of Millennials, but reaches 90% of the older demographic.
Despite radio having the lowest monthly reach among Millennials, at 23%, their time spent with radio actually exceeds digital and TV news among the demographic—nine hours per month for radio, compared with three hours, and six hours for digital and TV news, respectively. Digital reported the highest scores across categories for both generations, but the other formats had bright spots, too. Cable news resulted in some of the highest scores for adults 38-64, as they are likely to trust these programs and find them to be very credible sources. --Not surprisingly, our news appetite continues to grow in step with overall media consumption, and Millennials are no strangers to news, which reaches 95% of this demographic and 99% of those 38 and older. However, the older demographic spends three times longer engaging with national news in a year than Millennials.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jim Lowe Named Market Manager For Alpha/Mankato, MN;
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Mankato, MN has named Jim Lowe Market Manager. Jim Lowe’s 30-year career in the industry started in sales in Fargo, ND and moving up into management and regional management positions with with leading community broadcast organizations including the Owatonna and Minneapolis markets.
Alpha Media Executive Vice President, Midwest Region, George Pelletier commented on the announcement, “Jim Lowe brings a wealth of experience in community broadcasting to our cluster in Mankato. In addition, this is his home area, so having that home-field advantage will serve us and him well. We are pleased to have him on our Alpha team.”
NETWORKS: WWO News Adds Linda Kenyon; Ups Bob Costantini
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Westwood One News is increasing its Washington political reporting by adding veteran broadcast journalist Linda Kenyon ( TL)as a full-time Capitol Hill correspondent. Kenyon comes to Westwood One News from the Salem Radio Network, where she covered Congress. In addition to adding Kenyon, Westwood One News has named Bob Costantini as White House correspondent. Costantini previously covered Washington, politics, Capitol Hill, and the White House. Kenyon has more than 25 years of broadcast news experience. She has served as a Capitol Hill Correspondent, White House Correspondent, Anchor, and General Assignment Reporter, Writer and Editor at three national news networks, including the Associated Press and Salem Radio.
Linda has covered four presidential administrations and several election cycles including political conventions and inaugurations. In addition, she has served as a member of the Executive Committee of Correspondents on Capitol Hill. For more info, contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
PODCASTS: iHeart Podcasts Now Available On Southwest Airlines
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– iHeartRadio Podcasts are now available on all Southwest Airlines in-flight entertainment experience portals. Passengers can now not only listen to their favorite iHeartRadio music but can now also hear iHeartRadio hit podcasts such as Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran, The Thrive Global Podcast with Arianna Huffington, spit and many others while inflight.
This is exciting news as listeners can now check out iHeartRadio’s massive library of podcasts from 35,000 feet in the air – without purchasing WiFi! More details are available on our iHeartRadio Blog.
EVENTS: Jewel & Elaina Added To Radio Show Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Singer-songwriter Jewel and country radio host Elaina D. Smith will participate in the previously announced "The Podcast Boom" session on September 26 at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando.
Elaina D. Smith is a co-host of Cumulus Media's nationally-syndicated radio show NASH Nights Live. She also hosts the "Women Want to Hear Women" podcast and has recently been added to the ACM Awards announcing team. Norm Pattiz, chairman and CEO, PodcastOne will moderate a discussion on how radio broadcasters can best develop podcast content that generates revenue while driving listenership and overall engagement.
Additional panelists include: Darren Davis, president, iHeartMedia Networks; Mario Lopez, television personality and host, “The 3 Knockdown Rule;” Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and president, Westwood One; and Kaitlyn Bristowe, television personality and host, “Off the Vine.” The Radio Show is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and is held September 25-28 in Orlando.
HONORS: Comedian Richard Bowden To Induct Bo & Jim Into Texas RHOF
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– As a follow-up to our story last week on The Texas Radio Hall of Fame Announcing its Class of 2018 Inductees, iHeartMedia Dallas’ Lone Star 92.5, added that Richard Bowden, one half of the comedy duo Pinkard and Bowden, Warner Brothers recording artist and frequent guest of The Bo and Jim Show, will induct the duo into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Roberts began his career at KCIR in Corsicana, Texas and White began in 1968 at WJVA and WRBR in South Bend, Indiana. The two met in 1975 when they both worked at WRNO in New Orleans. In 1982, White was the night jock at KTXQ in Texas and persuaded management to hire Roberts for mid-days. Shortly after Roberts arrived to KTXQ, management replaced their morning show with Roberts and conducted a search for his partner. They decided to put the two together, and the rest is history. The Bo and Jim Show has been a staple of morning radio in Dallas / Fort Worth for over 36 years. Roberts and White joined iHeartMedia’s KZPS for the first time in 1998 until 2001. After three years apart working at various stations and networks, the pair regrouped and rejoined the station again in 2004 and have remained ever since.
This year's inductees include: T.J. Callahan -- Dave Ambrose -- Bud Little --Don Samuel -- Bo Roberts and Jim White --Bobby Prado -- Chuck Wolf -- Mike Rogers Jimmy “Louis” Wilken -- Bill Rhode -- Jim Love Lew Dee Jody Seay Judy Bormaster Hart Mary “Mike” Hatcher -- Dave Scott and Bill Hill - The Induction celebration at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at Noon.
SNAPS: Jarl Mohn & Bob Pittman Take The Stage At IAB Podcast Upfronts NY
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Last week we reported that Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia and Jarl Mohn, CEO of NPR would close out the fourth annual IAB Podcast Upfronts with a fireside chat “Leaders of the Audio Revolution Debate the Future of Sound” moderated by Randall Rothenberg, CEO of IAB
Above is a quick snap of Pittman apparently showing Mohn just how big the Future of Sound really is. See more snaps HERE
JoJo Wright Attends Renaissance In Beijing
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Jo Jo Wright - host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown with JoJo, as well as JoJo On The Radio, heard nationwide and on iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles - recently traveled to China to participate in the second-annual Radio Renaissance broadcast. Hosted by Metro FM 94.5 in Beijing, the 24-hour radio extravaganza treated millions of listeners on air and online to a full day of live programming hosted by a wide array of music radio DJs, as well as creative and influential figures in the fields of culture, art, sound and film from across the globe.
As a tribute to the Voyager satellite launched in 1977, the theme of Radio Renaissance 2018 was “Sound Voyager.” The entire broadcast will be made into a gold record and sent into space by a satellite in November 2018, similar to the gold record containing a collection of music and more than 50 languages that was sent into space aboard the Voyager.
How Radio Covered 9/11 17 Yrs Ago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Hard to believe that tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country and, as Art Vuolo points out, it falls on a Tuesday, which is the same day as the attack in 2001. Linked below is a video of how radio covered that tragic day. Originally produced for the R&R Talk Radio Seminar in February of 2002, this 13 minute mini-documentary pays tribute to how radio stations in New York City dealt with the tragedy of September 11th.
Response to this piece can be found on the web site: www.vuolovideo.com.It has been viewed over 60,000 times. Many stations have used the audio because it works well, even without the visual aspect. WATCH HERE
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DVD's From MSBC 30 Now Available
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– A limited number of DVD's from this year's highly lauded 30th anniversary Morning Show Boot are now available from Vuolo Video. Reach out to Art Vuolo, in order to order available tracks. For info contact email@example.com or 248-926-1234.
[WATCH] Austin City Limits Heads To Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– The Austin City Limits brand will now makes it way to radio. Emmis Austin Radio's KGSR is partnering with the brand and debuting as a new station, Austin City Limits Radio reports Fox 7/Austin. The new station launches at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will be available on 93.3 FM, 97.1 FM and on ACL-Radio.com. The general manager at ACL, Tom Gimbel says, "It's a natural step for them to extend into radio. "It's exciting to see ACL take thisvery natural next step by extending into radio," Gimbel said in a statement.
Gimbel adds, "To partner with another of Austin's great music beacons in KGSR, one with a 28 year history in the market, is an incredible opportunity to enrich our local airwaves and serve the Austin community."
Emmis Austin Radio says listeners can expect to hear everything from Willie Nelson to Kendrick Lamar. KGSR's signature events like Blues on the Green and Unplugged at the Grove, will continue to be produced by Austin City Limits Radio.
WEEI/Boston's Kirk Minihane Announces He's Taking Indefinite Leave of Absence
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Kirk Minihane, co-host of WEEI/Boston's "Kirk & Callahan" morning show, is going on indefinite leave as he battles mental health issues, reports NESN. "Truth is I came back to work too fast," Minihane tweeted Thursday. I’m going on an indefinite leave from the show. Still battling mental health issues. Truth is Icame back to work too fast. Wish I could be there with @GerryCallahan, @_ChrisCurtis and @KenLairdWEEI - I love those guys very much. I’ll be OK and sorry I’m leaving you all with Mut. —
Minihane said last month that he had been hospitalized after having "suicidal thoughts." "I've talked a lot about my issues with depression, and I've battled it the last three months or so," Minihane said in a tweet on Aug. 9. "Last Thursday night I checked into the ER at Winchester Hospital with suicidal thoughts. I was then moved to McLean, where I was treated and released earlier this week."
Minihane Says He's Taking a Break. Minihane discussed his struggles with depression at length on his show, saying it's a "real thing" and he hopes that talking about it might help others. "Mental illness is as real as any other illness," Minihane said on Aug. 10. "People have to know that — that's all.
Twitter Bans Alex Jones And Infowars Permanently
THe MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– After months of public pressure, Twitter has finally banned radio/tv talk host and Infowars founder Alex Jones from its platform. In a series of tweets on Thursday, the company said it had “permanently suspended” accounts associated with Jones and Infowars after numerous complaints that they violated its terms of service prohibiting repeated abusive behavior.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Daily Beast specifically that an Infowars video posted on Twitter of Alex Jones berating CNN reporter Oliver Darcy on Wednesday was the final violation of the company’s terms. “Those are the eyes of a rat,” Jones told Darcy to his face in a live video, where he accused Darcy and CNN of trying to police internet content. “Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope,” Twitter said in the first of a series of tweets. “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations,” the company said, linking to its policies on abusive behavior.” READ STORY HERE
[LISTEN] Combative Omarosa Interview On Bernie & Sid Show Draws National Attention
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Former senior White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman slammed the phone down to end an interview yesterday with Bernie and Sid in the Morning on 77 WABC but not before a few of her select comments caught the international media's attention. Among her most notable claims included suggesting someone in the Vice President (Pence's) Office was involved in the anonymous op-ed, saying that it hasn’t been a secret she thinks something is going on there (Mike Pence has since denied that he had anything to do with it). According to Raw Story her comments stirred an avalanche of comments online Wednesday and the interview was being linked worldwide.
The conversation grew headed with Bernie McGuirk then went after her, saying that she smeared President Trump personally, including his marriage. He quoted activists online saying that Trump calling Newman a “dog” was an insult to dogs and should be a “snake” or a “rat” instead. It devolved into an argument from there and Omarosa soon slammed down the phone. LISTEN HERE
Lani Q Takes Middays At KWIN-FM Stockton
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has named radio personality Lani Q as the new full-time Midday on-air talent at Top 40/Rhythmic station KWIN-FM in Modesto-Stockton, CA. Lani Q can be heard on KWIN-FM Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm PST. Danial “Jiggy” Diaz, Program Director, KWIN/KWNN, said: “Lani Q is the definition of what KWIN is about. She’s a local, homegrown talent that lives the rhythmic lifestyle and wants to be better every day. I’ve watched Lani grow leaps and bounds since she started at our sister station KHOP-FM 5 years ago. I couldn’t be more happy with our new lineup at KWIN!”
Lani Q said: “I'm so excited to be taking the next step in my radio journey. I feel so blessed to have the chance to grow not only as an individual, but with a station that is destined for greatness. The biggest thanks to my PD Jiggy for continuously guiding and believing in me.“
NETWORKS: WWO Launches Empow(h)er Podcast Series
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced yesterday at the IAB Podcast Upfront. the launch of The Empow(h)er Podcast Network, debuting with nine podcast series to inspire the medium’s rapidly growingfemale audience. Growth in time spent by women listening to podcasts weekly is 6x faster than that of men over the last year — and for the same time period, women’s average weekly time spent with podcasts is up 20%, according to the recently released “Westwood One’s Podcast Download — Fall 2018 report.”
“It’s undeniable that women are a cultural force with momentum like never before, which is why the time is now to launch The Empow(h)er Podcast Network,” said Suzanne Grimes, (L)Executive Vice President, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One. “Women are listening to more podcasts than ever, and brands recognize this, as many have already come on board to support women and this new network.” Other series coming to The Empow(h)er Podcast Network: · Suze Orman’s Women & Money Show - Straight Talk with Ross Mathews - Straight Talk (a.k.a. Advice & LOL's from the Gay Best Friend You Wish You Had and Know You Need) - Pop Talk with Ross Mathews: In Pop Talk, Ross with his friend and co-host Trish Suhr - Women Want to Hear Women with Elaina Smith - Bad Mamas with Jayde (R)- “Bad Mamas” launches February 7. For more info,, visit westwoodonepodcasts.com.
Jim Chesko Named New Anchor For Your Money Now
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7Th, 2018 –– Starting Monday September 10 Jim Chesko takes over the Noon to 7 pm reports Jim Chesko has a long history in business and financial news, including seven years at Bloomberg and two stints with The Wall Street Journal Radio Network.
Jim will be replacing the longtime afternoon reporter Bruce Vale who is retiring after 18 years with the Network. Jim Chesko states
"I'm really excited to join the amazing team of broadcast professionals at Compass Media Networks. I've worked with all of the 'Your Money Now' and 'This Morning' staff previously during our 'Wall Street Journal Radio' days, and being reunited with them is truly a dream come true. My passion for money news remains strong, and I'm sure listeners around the country will pick up on that." To request information contact Susan O’Connell firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 914-708-1450.
EVENTS: Michael Phelps Among Numerous Celebrities Joining Entercom's 'Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Broadcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Entercom will host the “I’m Listening” broadcast, a two-hour live commercial-free broadcast special across all of its stations, to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as part of its multi-platform “I’m Listening” campaign. The special, which marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week, will be led on-air by BJ Shea (R), on-air personality for 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle.
Among the numerous stars joining the broadcast include Olympic Gold medalist' Michael Phelps (L) who says, “While I had a lot of success in the swimming pool, I also struggled with anxiety and depression so I understand how difficult it can be for people to address mental health challenges. In sharing my own journey, I would like to help people understand that it’s ok to not be ok, and that asking for help isn’t a sign a weakness but rather a sign of strength and courage. For me, seeking therapy changed my life and I’m honored to be a part of Entercom’s “I’m Listening” campaign in support of National Suicide Prevention Week.
Benztown Pays Special Audio Tribute To Burt Reynolds
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Benztown has produced a special audio tribute to Hollywood giant, actor and director, Burt Reynolds, who died yesterday from cardiac arrest at the age of 82.
Born in Lansing, Michigan in 1936, Reynolds went to Florida State on a football scholarship, but an injury led him to look into acting instead. A decade of bit parts on TV eventually led to the big screen, and a breakthrough role in 1972’s Deliverence. Next was one of the best box office streaks in history: The Longest Yard, Smokey & The Bandit, Cannonball Run, and numerous other top grossing films that made him one of the most successful stars of the 70’s. In the 90’s, he found TV success in the sitcom Evening Shade, but it was 1997’s Boogie Nights that brought Reynolds a career resurgence, several awards and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He continued acting through 2017’s The Last Movie Star, a fitting final title, before he succumbed to cardiac arrest in Florida at age 82. ----- The tribute was created by Writer/VO: Bill Royal, Benztown Producer: Matt Anderson, Benztown - LISTEN TO TRIBUTE HERE
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Alpha Brings Launches ALT 105.1 In Louisville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Louisville announced the addition of ALT 105.1 to WGHL-FM. The station previously known as G105.1 The Throwback Station, switched to ALT 105.1 on August 31st. Alpha Media Executive VP of Content, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “Alternative Rock is an explosive growth format and Alt 105.1 is a perfect fit in our group of stations in Louisville. Alt Louisville marks the return of contemporary Rock to Louisville on 105.1 FM.”
Alpha Media, Louisville SVP/Market Manager, Steve Bearance stated, “Alternative Rock is now in Louisville and I couldn't be more excited as we also strengthen our cluster with the ability to add throwbacks to our Urban A/C, Magic 101.3." “It's been too long since a true Alternative station was in Louisville serving its listeners. This move raises the level of all our brands and brings a sound that has been missing. I'm so excited for the NEW ALT 105.1,” remarked Ben Davis, Alpha Media, Louisville Operations Manager.
KWOF Denver Dropping Country, Flipping To Sports On September 17th
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Jockline has learned that Denver's KWOF/92.5 The Wolf will drop it's country format and flip to sports on SEPT. 17th. Along with the move, it will become the home of the Colorado Avanlance & Denver Nuggets and begin featuring the Altitude Sports Radio lineup currently featured on KKSE A/F.
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment's Brenda Egger said in a release, “Our new FM and AM approach to Denver sports radio will serve fans of local teams as well as sports fans of teams throughout the country. Denver sports fans, no matter their history and alliances, will be well-served by our two-station approach that includes the best local and national play-by-play and sports/talk.”
The news results in KWOF/92.9's Morning Host/PD Bo Jaxson (L) now on the hunt for his next opportunity - Reach him at email@example.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Martin Coyles Named SVP/Human Resources For Entercom
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Martin Coyle as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, effective immediately. In this new role, Coyle will serve on Entercom’s senior leadership team, and be responsible for the continued development, implementation and execution of Entercom’s human resources strategy. “We are pleased to welcome Martin to Entercom,” said Andrew Sutor, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Entercom.
“I am THRILLED to join Entercom,” said Coyle. “Entercom’s outstanding people drive the listener and advertiser experience across all Entercom stations and platforms. I look forward to supporting them through human resources programs that foster a strong corporate culture and align professional development initiatives with the organization’s larger goals.” Coyle joins Entercom from XL Catlin, where he served as Vice President of Human Resources for their Global Technology organization.
SYNDICATION: Bob & Sheri Show Added To WTCB-FM/Columbia, SC's Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has added the syndicated Bob & Sherri Show to WTCB-FM/B106.7 Columbia, SC. The nationally syndicated show debuted on B106.7 this week Rick Prusator, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Columbia, SC, said: “We have considered the opportunity of adding the show to our great lineup at B106.7 for some time and our entire team is excited to make it a reality.”
Sheri Lynch, Co-Host, “BOB & SHERI” said: “B-106 has one of the best signals and most well-known call letters in the Southeast. Columbia is a city that means a lot to me - friends, family, and killer college football. We’re so happy to be supported by the amazing Cumulus team there. Bob & Sherri is hosted by Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch and has received numerous awards, including nine NAB Marconi Award nominations, five Gracie Awards, and multiple regional, state, and local honors. The show is syndicated by Now! Media, LLC to 50 stations across the U.S. and around the world on Armed Forces Radio.
iHeart Joins With HowStuffWorks & Tenderfoot TV For Season Two of 'Atlanta Monster
Atlanta Monster New Season to Launch as “Monster: The Zodiac Killer” “Monster: The Zodiac Killer” to join the iHeartRadio Podcast Network with first episode to premiere exclusively on broadcast radio nationwide before available anywhere else NEW YORK AND ATLANTA –
iHeartMedia announced a partnership with the teams behind popular podcast Atlanta Monster — HowStuffWorks and Tenderfoot TV to launch season two as Monster: The Zodiac Killer and continue tackling high-profile cases in subsequent seasons. Emerging from its debut season as 2018’s breakout hit with more than 30 million downloads, season two will be released in early January 2019, with trailers running through December. Under this agreement, the podcast will officially join the iHeartRadio Podcast Network, and iHeartMedia will become the primary distribution partner for all Atlanta Monster and Monster: The Zodiac Killer episodes.
“It’s evident that our listeners across the country continue to have a huge appetite for true crime programs -- stories involving real people and actual real crimes. Monster: The Zodiac Killer is not just about exploring the crime, it’s about the people and communities around the crime,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to Atlanta Monster on your favorite device now.
Westwood One Podcast Network And NFL Kick Off RapSheet & Friends
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– In a rare media interview, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick debuts as the first guest on RapSheet and Friends, a new podcast launching this week on Westwood One Podcast Network. The show, a joint venture between Westwood One and NFL Network, is hosted by NFL Network National insider Ian “RapSheet” Rapoport.
"I can't believe they gave me a podcast and allowed me to bring my friends,” said Rapoport. “I am so psyched for this project. All I want to do is talk football with my buddies and provide the listeners with the latest and most in-depth information possible. This podcast offers the perfect avenue to do that. Along with Mike and Tom, we're going to have fun, I promise." For more info, contact Tim Sabean at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit westwoodonepodcasts.com, and download the Westwood One Podcast app for iOS or Android.
Em Rusciano Leaving Mornings On 2Day FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 ––Em Rusciano Is Leaving 2DayFM Breakfast In Sydney Australia. Speaking this on Em, Grant and Ed, Em Rusciano revealed that she will not return to the show after her third child is born in early 2019. Ash London will fill in for Em until a replacement for the 2019 lineup has been worked out.
As Jockline reported earlier this week, Chris Evans is leaving the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show to present Breakfast on the DAB (The UK version of HD Radio)station Virgin Radio. He won’t be heard on AM or FM because Virgin is available on digital only. Chris is the BBC’s highest paid radio presenter and was paid £2.2million a year ($3million). He also has almost 10 million listeners on BBC Radio 2.
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EVENTS: 101WKQX Reveals All-Star Lineup for This Year’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas” Shows
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Chicago Alternative Rock station 101WKQX announces an all-star lineup for its popular annual Christmas shows, “The Nights We Stole Christmas”. This year’s series of four shows, sponsored by Wintrust and Heineken, will be held at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on November 29, November 30, December 1 and December 2, and will feature live musical performances from a total of 12 stellar rock bands and artists.
The lineup by date includes: Nov. 29 - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Houndmouth, Alice Merton Nov. 30 - Smashing Pumpkins, grandson, Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist of The Strokes) Dec. 1 - Walk The Moon, Chvrches, Flora Cash Dec. 2 - Death Cab For Cutie, Elle King and lovelytheband
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BUSINESS: Gen Media Partners Acquires Sun Broadcast Group
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Gen Media Partners (GMP) announced that it has acquired Sun Broadcast Group, Inc., a national radio network reaching over 205 million listeners. The announcement was made by Kevin Garrity, Chief Executive Officer of Gen Media Partners. Jason Bailey (L) Sun Broadcast Group’s President and Founder, and Julio Aponte Jr., its Chief Operating Officer, will retain partial ownership of Sun and continue to run the day-to-day operations from its offices in New York City and Boca Raton, FL.
“Looking back on all the work the team and I have accomplished over these last 9+ years, I can’t stop smiling,” observed Bailey. “From being the little ‘new guys’ in Boca Raton back in 2008 to where we are today -- with a presence across the country -- I’m the proudest ‘dad’ you’ve ever met. We’ve come a long way on this journey, and with every step we did it our way... and it’s been a blast! Starting this next chapter with Kevin and the crew at GMP is one I am sincerely looking forward to.”
Headquartered in New York City and Boca Raton, FL, Sun offers ad sales representation, syndication, and programming support to producers, hosts, and radio networks nationwide. Its growing program and sales offerings include the Sun Select RADAR® Network, The Hit List with Fitz, Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, The Fitz Show, Nashville Minute, Shazam For Radio, and more.
iHeart Jacksonville Debuts The New 930 The Game
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– iHeart Jacksonville announced the debut of the new 930 The Game, Jacksonville. 930 The Game will serve as the home for Florida Gator football, basketball and baseball. The station will also broadcast NFL games, NFL post-season games, Superbowl LIII, the SEC basketball tournament, NCAA tournament and the College World Series.
Additionally, current Orlando Sentinel columnist and former Florida Times-Union sports columnist Mike Bianchi will host Open Mike with Mike Bianchi, broadcasting weekday mornings from 6 to 9 a.m. “I loved my years as a sports columnist at the Florida Times-Union and can’t wait to start talking sports again with Jacksonville Fans,” said Bianchi. “I’m announcing right now that I’m driving the Jagwagon all the way to Atlanta for Superbowl LIII.”
“Mike is a fantastic addition to our daily line-up,” said Seth Harp, Program Director for 930 The Game. “His show focuses on the topics and stories the people of northeast Florida want to hear. The people of Jacksonville deserve a great morning drive show and Mike will deliver that tenfold.”
WFLA Orlando Moves FM Signal To 93.1 FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Orlando's WFLA Orlando is moving its FM station frequency to 93.1 and will continue to simulcast on 540 AM as well as stream on iHeartRadio, effective immediately. WFLA will also continue to be available on its current station 102.5 FM through October 1. The station will also continue to feature Good Morning Orlando with Bud Hedinger, The Glenn Beck Show, Rush Limbaugh, and The Dave Ramsey Show.
Recognized as a reliable news source for listeners in the Orlando community, WFLA has won several local awards, including “Outstanding Radio News Coverage” by Florida Safety Council during 2017’s hurricane season. In addition, WFLA is also the recipient of 2016’s “Readers’ Choice” award for “Best Local Radio Station” by the Orlando Business Journal.
EVENTS: Entercom Bringing Back 'ROQ Of The 80's' To Radio.Com & KROQ-HD2 LA
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Entercom's Los Angeles station KROQ (KROQ-FM), announced the return of the original “Roq of the 80s.” The 1980s rock-centric radio station launched this week on Radio.com and KROQ-HD2 with a Flashback 500 countdown. The station will feature classic hits from artists and bands like U2, Blondie, Duran Duran and Nine Inch Nails.
“KROQ came to prominence in the early 80s and we are excited to honor the iconic station with the launch of ‘Roq of the 80s,’” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “This new channel will give fans the opportunity to relive the station as it sounded then, while exposing new consumers to the magic of early alternative music.”
“Roq of the 80s” kicks off with KROQ on-air alumni Freddy Snakeskin and Tami Heide, as well as original station imaging.
RADIO SHOW: Matt Nathanson & MAX To Perform At Marconi's
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Recording artists Matt Nathanson and MAX will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, sponsored by Xperi, on September 27. The event is part of the 2018 Radio Show, held September 25-28 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando and is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In addition to performing, Matt Nathanson will serve as the award ceremony host.
“Matt Nathanson and MAX are chart-topping artists and outstanding performers,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and Special Projects Steve Newberry. “We look forward to welcoming these hit-makers to the Radio Show as we honor some of the industry’s most outstanding stations and personalities.” Additional information about the 2018 Radio Show is available HERE
Bob Pittman And Jarl Mohn Keynote Closing Session At IAB Podcasts Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Bob Pittman (TR) Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia and Jarl Mohn, (TL) CEO of NPR, will host the closing fireside chat “Leaders of the Audio Revolution Debate the Future of Sound” moderated by Randall Rothenberg, CEO of IAB, at the fourth annual IAB Podcast Upfronts. Audio continues to catalyze consumer engagement with over two hours of listening per day and podcasting ad revenues are forecast to soar. U.S. podcast advertising captured $314 million in revenue in 2017, a rise of 86 percent over $169 million in 2016, according to the latest IAB/PwC Podcast Advertising Revenue Study for full-year 2017, and is predicted to continue to surge to $659 million by 2020.
iHeartMedia is the largest commercial radio podcaster and NPR is the largest non-profit radio podcaster in the U.S. and these two media titans will share their views on the power of audio, the future of the audio/podcast ecosystem, the role of spoken word and the driving factors behind on demand and podcast listening. For more info, visit HERE
NETWORKS: WWO Kicks Off 32nd Consecutive NFL Season With Hall of Famer Kurt Warner As New Lead Analyst
Boomer Esiason to Join Kevin Harlan in Booth for One Last Hurrah on Opening Night, September 6
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Westwood One kicks off its 32nd consecutive year as the exclusive network radio partner of the National Football League with the Opening Night game on Thursday, September 6, when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. Boomer Esiason will join Kevin Harlan in the booth for his farewell broadcast after 18 seasons in the booth for Westwood One. Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner makes his debut as Westwood One’s new lead analyst on Monday, September 10 when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Oakland Raiders in Game Two of the Monday Night doubleheader. This marks Harlan’s ninth full season behind the microphone and Warner’s fifth season as an analyst for the network, but first in the lead role on Monday nights.
Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton returns to Westwood One after a year’s absence, and will fill in on select Monday Night games. Jim Gray will anchor the pregame and halftime portions of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl for the 18th straight season.Westwood One Sports also offers the features NFL Insider, NFL Today, NFL Preview, and Fantasy Football Forecast. - Kurt Warner photo courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
PODCASTS: 'No Limits' With Rebecca Jarvis Posts 100th Episode
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5Th, 2018 –– Props to ABC News’ ‘No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis’who posted its 100th episode and revealed a new logo.
The first 100 episodes featured interviews with the most influential women including 32 female CEOs and 52 founders. Notable interviews include and many more. Jessica Alba, Tory Burch, Brooklyn Decker, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Hudson, Arianna Huffington, Rebecca Minckoff, Nicole Richie, Diane Sawyer, Wendy Williams
[LISTEN] Clive Davis Reveals On WOR New York He's Producing Aretha Tribute Concert
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis visited WOR this week and broke some timely news. Having just returned from speaking at Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit, Davis he told Len Berman and Michael Riedel In the Morning of his upcoming plans of producing an Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert.
After reminiscing about his 3-plus decades of working with the Queen of Soul, he announced that he is producing an Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14th. Photo credit: Maritza Bolivar, iHM Digital - LISTEN HERE
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Britain’s Biggest Morning Star Quitting BBC To Return To 'Digital' Virgin Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– In an international radio shocker, Chris Evans, host of radio's most popular breakfast show in the UK, is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 13 years and headed back to Virgin Radio. According to Music Business Worldwide, Evans will broadcast his last show in December 2018. Evans left Virgin in 2001after hisarrival in 1997. In the latest RAJAR results (Q2 2018), BBC Radio 2 boasted an industry-leading audience of some 14.9m listeners, while Virgin Radio’s equivalent reach was pegged at just 413,000. Evans is currently the second highest-paid star at the BBC, earning £1.6m ($2.1m) per year.
On yesterday's show (September 3), Evans hinted on why he might be leaving to join a digital-first, growing station like Virgin. “The thing is, some of us are mountain climbers, and if you get to the top of your favorite mountain, and you just stay there, you become a mountain observer, so I’ve got to keep climbing – I’ve got to keep climbing.” Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless which owns Virgin, said: “We are beyond thrilled that Chris has chosen to come back to Virgin Radio. “He is the biggest name in radio and is synonymous with the brand. He has the most exciting Breakfast Show in the industry and has an energy that captivates audiences.
“This is a transformational moment for Virgin Radio since it relaunched two years ago. “It is the next stage of our radio revolution, giving us a world-class presenter and a nationally recognized breakfast show that will drive audience growth for the station, across DAB, our app and all forms of connected listening.” READ FULL STORY HERE
Corinna Delgado Takes Middays At WRQX-FM/Mix 107.3Wash. D.C.; Bonnie-Jill Laflin Joins Murph & Mac In Mornings On KNBR
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that WRQX-FM/Mix 107.3 in Washington D.C. has signed Corinna Delgado for middays. Delgado was most recently with KRBE-FM, Cumulus’ heritage Top 40 in Houston where she started in 2014. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, she began her career working at Moving 105.7 KMVN. Delgado also is a veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Combat Medic from 1995-2001.
“I am so grateful for the guidance and growth working with Leslie Whittle and the stellar team at 104.1 KRBE. I am BEYOND THRILLED to remain with the Cumulus FORCE and to join Mix 107.3 under the leadership of Rob Roberts. Thanks to Mike McVay, Jake McCann, Bill Hess and Dave Milner for trusting in me. I won’t let you down!”
San Francisco sports radio station KNBR will add radio and social media personality and actress Bonnie-Jill Laflin (R) to the on-air team of the “Murph & Mac” morning show. Laflin, a San Francisco native and former cheerleader for the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers, will debut on KNBR 680 & KNBR 1050’s “Murph & Mac” on Monday, September 10th. In addition to her role on-air. Laflin was formerly host of Sirius/XM’s “The Rush Hour” and “Fantasy Football Show”.
PROGRAMMING: Paul IHander, Lou Bennett Tapped As PD Posts In Las Vegas & Memphis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Paul Ihander to the role of Program Director for News and Talk Radio 840 AM (KXNT-AM) and Sports Radio 1140 AM (KXST-AM) in Las Vegas, effective September 4. “Paul is a seasoned executive with incredible passion for the format that will help lead News and Talk Radio 840 AM and Sports Radio 1140 AM into the future,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice Presidentand Market Manager, Entercom Las Vegas. “We are confident he can help both our brands reach new heights by tapping into not only the many neighborhoods that make up this unique community but also the millions of visitors that flock to the internationally famous ‘Strip.’ Prior to joining Entercom, Ihander held the role of Assistant Program Director and News Director for Bonneville Media in Phoenix since 2012. Ihander has also held programming and on-air roles for former Clear Channel Radio stations in Albany, NY, Pueblo, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, San Antonio, TX and Portland, OR.
-- Lou Bennett has been named Program Director for Memphis’ Best Mix of R&B, 103.5 WRBO-FM. Bennett is a 20-year Urban radio programming specialist and 30-year radio broadcasting veteran who joins Cumulus Memphis from Elite Radio Group in Natchitoches, LA, where he was Director of Operations/Program Director/Brand Manager. Prior to that, Bennett was Program Director for Cumulus -Wilmington, NC, stations WMNX Coast 97.3 and WKXS KISS 94.5.
Steve Gill Returns To 1510 WLAC Nashville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Steve Gill has returned to mornings in Nashville on Talk Radio 1510 WLAC with the “Tennessee Star Gill Report” airing weekday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. reports The Tennessee Star. “There isn’t a more credible or recognizable conservative voice in Tennessee than Steve Gill,” said Dan Endom, Region President for iHeartMedia Nashville. “With the top names in national conservative talk already on TalkRadio 1510 WLAC, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, the addition of a Tennessee conservative voice like Gill rounds out the lineup with a strong local connection.”
Gill previously served as a morning talk show host for 99.7 FM WWTN. During his 15 plus years on-air, Gill has won numerous state and national broadcast awards, as well as various local on-air awards. He began his talk radio career on April 16, 1998, the same day a tornado occurred in downtown Nashville, with a morning show on TalkRadio 1510 WLAC.
FORMATICS: Adams Debuts Tally 99.9 Tallahassee; Adds Brooke & Jubal On WHTF/Hot 104.9
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Adams has launched Tally 99.9 in Tallahassee dropping HANK-FM to make way for WXTY-FM. Along with the news, Adams also announced that WHTF (Hot 104.9) will air the Premiere-syndicated Brooke & Jubal Show beginning at the end of the month.
This is the second Adams market that will air Brooke & Jubal. Jason Lamp, Market Manager for Adams said “We believe that Tally 99.9 better positions our station as the at work station."
NETWORKS: Golic And Wingo Headlines ESPN Radio’s 2018 Football Schedule
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– ESPN Radio 2018 kicks off the football season with its signature morning program Golic and Wingo hitting road for its annual Fall Football Tour. Comprised of six stops, hosts Mike Golic and Trey Wingo – with Mike Golic Jr. – will visit a variety of NFL and college football hotspots in advance of some of the biggest games of the year.
The schedule includes a trip to Green Bay, Wisc., on September 7, in advance of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay matchup, and for an SEC showdown in Baton Rouge, La., as Alabama visits LSU on November 1. In addition, all ESPN Radio shows will welcome weekly expert analysts to discuss the college football and NFL seasons, including on Golic and Wingo, which will feature Jason Witten (Mondays), Joe Thomas (Tuesdays), Tom Waddle (Wednesdays), Chris Canty (Thursdays) and Tedy Bruschi (Fridays) and more.
HONORS: Texas Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class Of 2018 Inductees
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– The Texas Radio Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018.
This year's inductees include: T.J. Callahan -- Dave Ambrose -- Bud Little --Don Samuel -- Bo Roberts and Jim White --Bobby Prado -- Chuck Wolf -- Mike Rogers Jimmy “Louis” Wilken -- Bill Rhode -- Jim Love Lew Dee Jody Seay Judy Bormaster Hart Mary “Mike” Hatcher -- Dave Scott and Bill Hill
The Induction celebration at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at Noon.
Entercom Scoops Six SCBA Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom was honored with six South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA) State Television and Radio Awards (STAR) Awards. The awards were presented at the SCBA’s STAR Awards Ceremony at the Columbia Conference Center in Columbia, SC. 106.3 WORD (WYRD-FM), Magic 98.9 (WSPA-FM), B93.7 (WFBC-FM), 96.3 The Block (WFBC-HD2), and ESPN Upstate (WORD-AM) in Greenville-Spartanburg received first place in six categories.
“I’m very proud of our team,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Greenville. “Taking home top honors for best show, best personality, best use of digital, best sports talk show, best service project, and best station in the same year speaks to the dedication, talent, and quality that our team of over 100 professionals working on seven local brands delivers to our community.”
SNAPS: WXLP's Davenport Celebrates 40th
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018 - Earlier in the year Townsquare's WXLP/97X had a "battle of the bands" competition. The 10 winning bands recorded their songs inside studios at the radio station (known as the legendary "Rock n Roll Mansion").
All the tracks were pressed on vinyl and released on the station's 40th anniversary. Shown above left is the label from the 97X LP. The mayor of Bettendorf (Bob Gallagher) officially declared it "97X Day"
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JACOBS: Air-Talent's Enthusiasm For Being On The Air Hasn't Dampened A Bit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– Before taking off for a much awaited 3-day weekend, I hope you'll take a moment to read Fred Jacob's latest blog, "A Labor Of Love.' It follows yesterday's webinar on this year's first-ever 'Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ Survey) which debuted at this year 30th annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Jacobs writes that he 'couldn’t help but notice how many young people were in attendance at this year's camp, eager to learn more about this profession from those of us who have been “at it” for a long time.'
With regard to the study, he pointed to 1,100+ members of radio’s “air force” who told us the main reasons they’re on the radio. Of the 13 choices, the main drivers are having fun, entertaining, and finding emotional fulfillment in what they do for a living. Jacobs says, "Despite the changes that have roiled radio this past couple decades – consolidation, debt woes, performance pressures, staff cutbacks, and those incredulous comments we hear all too often: “Who listens to the radio anymore?” – their enthusiasm hasn’t dampened or swayed a bit. They’re still Gung Ho over a medium and a business that somehow found its way into so many of our bloodstreams. READ BLOG HERE - CHECK OUT SURVEY DETAILS HERE
Aretha Franklin's Funeral Service Broadcast On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– SiriusXM announced this week that its Soul Town Channel (49) will air Aretha Franklin's funeral in its entirety on the new Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel. The service is being held today at 10 a.m. et and will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Ariana Grande and numerous others.
Following the service, the channel will take calls from fans across the country to share memories and pay their respects reports Billboard.
Soul Town began playing her music non-stop beginning Aug. 16th, the day Franklin died following her long battle with pancreatic cancer.
ABC News Radio To Begin Live Coverage On Saturday For McCain Memorial Service
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– ABC News Radio begins live coverage on Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 a.m., ET with Correspondent Aaron Katersky (R) anchoring from New York and Digital Journalist Ali Rogin reporting from Washington National Cathedral. The ABC News Radio team will provide multiple one-minute status reports each hour throughout the morning.
ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide full coverage with Correspondents Marci Gonzalez reporting from Arizona and Correspondents Janai Norman, Stephanie Ramos and Maggie Rulli reporting from Washington. NewsOne provides news content and services for more than 200 ABC affiliates and international news partners.
Bre Ruiz To Join Sir Mix-A-Lot's Morning Show On HOT 103.7 Seattle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Bre Ruiz as co-host for Hot 103.7 (KHTP-FM)’s “Sir Mix-A-Lot” morning show, effective September 4. “Sir Mix-A-Lot” airs weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT. Ruiz most recently held on-air and Music Director roles at sister station 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM) in Sacramento.
“We’re excited to welcome Bre to the Puget Sound and to the Hot 103.7 team” said Jack Hutchison, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Seattle. “We’re confident Bre and Sir Mix-A-Lot will continue to be an integral part of our listeners’ morning routine.” “I am so blessed and excited to continue my radio journey with a legend like Sir Mix-A-Lot and to work under such a well-respected Program Director like Eric Powers,” added Ruiz. “I cannot wait to live the amazing Seattle life and connect with our loyal listeners.”
Podcast Stars Ronnie & Bo Join 1TV.com As New Morning Show Team On KBSZ Phoenix
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– Starting September 5th, 2018 the podcast duo, Ronnie & Bo, have been tapped as the new morning show on KBSZ - AM Phoenix. “Ronnie” Merrell is a former joke writer for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and “Bo” Woods is a radio air talent with stints at K-EARTH 101/Los Angeles, KLUV-FM /Dallas and KCBQ-FM/San Diego. Woods said, “We are thrilled to be working with program manager Len Novin”. Merrell added, “Working in a “Stand-Up” format, such as Funny 1260 AM brings me back to my roots of writing comedy for the Tonight Show”.
EVENTS: WTMJ & 94.5 KTI Milwaukee Team With Red Cross For 'Wisconsin Strong'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– WTMJ RADIO, KTI COUNTRY and American Red Cross are teaming today for 'Wisconsin Strong, a fundraiser to benefit the victims of this month’s historic severe weather and flooding around the state of Wisconsin. "Many towns in our state have been ravaged by high winds and major flooding," said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WTMJ and WKTI and vice president. "We want to encourage our listeners to help our neighbors recover from the major damage left in the wake of these powerful storms. Through our Radiothon this Friday, story coverage and grassroots volunteerism, we hope to make a positive and quick difference in our region."
Record flooding in WTMJ RADIO’s listening area caused by more than a foot of rain in less than 24 hours has caused major damage. Strong winds and heavy rain have impacted the communities of Lomira, Cascade, Byron, Port Washington, Campbellsport, Fredonia and others. Additionally, areas near La Crosse, Wisconsin have been devastated. The National Weather Service confirmed several tornadoes which uprooted trees, snapped utility poles and downed power lines. Rising flood waters have caused concern in Thiensville, near Milwaukee, where the river crest is close to record levels. "All money raised goes directly to storm and flood relief around the state of Wisconsin, and will support victims with shelter, food and clean-up kits," said Eric Brooks, WTMJ Director of Programming and News.
Beasley Media Group’s WMGK-FM Presents 'I Want My MGK Weekend'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group’s WMGK-FM will present an “I Want My MGK Weekend” beginning today, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd in Philadelphia. The weekend will feature rock songs by artists from the 80’s, including The Police, Billy Idol, Dire Straits, Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and more!
In addition, current WMGK on-air personalities will share fun photos from their own personal collections from the decade for listeners to check out on the station’s website and social media. “It’s a fun way to present a long weekend centered on the 80’s” said WMGK-FM Program Director Bill Weston. “We will celebrate those artists who were all over our TV’s at the turn of the decade, including Peter Gabriel, Police, the Fixx and Pat Benatar, as well as the one hit wonders with funky haircuts and acid washed jean jackets! - CHECK OUT PHOTOS HERE
Chainsmokers And Marshmello Among Headliners For Q100 Atlanta's New Concert Fest
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 31ST, 2018 –– Atlanta’s Q100, brings a new concert festival to Atlanta this fall: Q-Topia Fest: It will be held on Friday, October 12th at The Home Depot Backyard adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will feature performances by nationally touring artists The Chainsmokers and Marshmello and featuring Sabrina Carpenter, Bryce Vine, Loote, Cash Cash and more artists to be announced.
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JACOBS: 'Fake News' Slogan Driving Public Radio Listeners To Take A Closer Look
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 ––- In partnership with the Public Radio Program Directors Association, Jacobs Media has released PRTS 2018, its latest annual study exploring the ongoing digital media revolution and its impact on public radio. The study takes a continued look at the ever-changing media consumption behaviors of public radio llisteners. Fred Jacobs says there are some surprises in this year’s study, as well as trending data that reveals public radio is on the right track.”
Here are some of the highlights from Public Radio Techsurvey 2018: The power of voice – Ownership of smart speakers has risen sharply, up to 20% from 12% one year ago. One-fifth of smart speaker owners say they are listening to AM/FM radio stations more since getting the device. Podcasts remains robust – Given public radio’s dominance in the space, it’s not surprising that more than one-third (35%) listen to podcasts/on-demand audio weekly or more often, led in large part by Millennials (68%) and News/Talk partisans (40%). The “Trump Bump” and so-called “fake news” – The 2016 election continues to be a catalyst to increased public radio listening, with nearly four in ten (37%) who say they are listening to public radio more in the past year saying it is a main reason. About three-fourths (74%) agree they are looking at sources of news articles more closely due to so-called “fake news.” PRTS 2018 data was gathered online from May 7-May 29, 2018. Overall, 53 public radio stations across the U.S. participated, contributing 22,552 respondents, most of whom are members of these stations’ databases. Download a PDF of the study HERE
NUVOODOO: FM Radio Places 3rd In New Music Discovery By 14-24 Yr. Olds
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– NuVoodoo Media Services recently completed 12th and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study and revealed that FM radio is neck-and-neck with YouTube as the primary source for music discovery by U.S. consumers. While FM maintains the lead position, holding off YouTube by a couple of percentage points, FM’s edge is based on Adults 35-54. Among the 14-24 year-olds sampled, FM radio falls to third place as the primary source for music discovery, behind YouTube and Spotify. NuVoodoo Ratings Prospect Study XII was fielded in June to over 3,000 radio listeners between the ages of 14 and 54 across all PPM-rated markets.
Beginning this week, Leigh Jacobs joins NuVoodoo’s PJ Kling, Vice President, Product & Business Development, in presenting a deeper dive into key findings of the new study on music discovery and contesting in the second episode of a series of free fall webinars. The webinars will be presented beginning Wednesday, September 5th through Monday, September 17th, and are open to all radio professionals who register at: http://www.nuvoodoo.com/webinars.
SYNDICATION: Bobby Bones Kicks Off 'Women of iHeart Country' Weekend Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– This Labor Day weekend, iHeartMedia and Bobby Bones will launch "Women of iHeartCountry,” an hour-long, weekend program devoted exclusively to female artists. Executive produced and hosted by Bones, along with co-host Amy Brown
"Bobby has changed our format for the better in so many ways,” added Lauren Alaina. "He has been a champion for so many people who really need someone in their corner. I am so thankful to be one of those people. I am so excited for his Women of iHeartCountry show. There are so many amazingly talented women in our format that are going to be able to shine their light a little brighter because he believes in them. I am so proud to be a part of his new show, and I’m even more proud to be his friend. He’s a really special guy.” Visit HERE for more information.
News & Special Offer Coming For Talk Show Boot Camp X Marina Del Rey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– In the first of many exciting announcements coming in the next several days and weeks, Conference and hotel registration officially opens this week for Talk Show Boot Camp X being held at the luxurious Marriott Marina Del Rey, CA on March 7th & 8th 2019. BUT WAIT! This week you'll have a one-time chance to SAVE BIG ON NEXT YEAR'S SHOW!
Beginning Sept.1st, the first 50 to sign up online,will receive a $100 discount towards a single registration during a very special, but very limited 'flash registration offer' - details announced this week.
TSBC co-presenter Don Anthony says pitching tent on the beautiful sands of Marina Del Rey California is just the start of what promises to be one of our most information-packed, star-studded agenda's ever. We wanted a venue that matched up well to our 10th Anniversary Event. Without a doubt, The Marina Del Rey Marriott, home to so many great memories from the former Talk Radio Seminars, is the absolute perfect hotel for this year's event."
Look for major agenda details coming in the weeks ahead - Talk Show Boot Camp is co-presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media.
HONORS: Breakfast Club's Yee Named A New York Public Library Ambassador
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced that The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee has been named a NYPL Ambassador. In her new role, Yee will continue her work strengthening New York City, encouraging members of the public to get library cards and visit their local public library branches to read, learn, and grow. An avid reader and writer, Yee will also participate in New York Public Library events, campaigns, and programs, and is planning to host her popular “Kickin’ It from The Stoop” book club at library branches across the city.
"Public libraries help thousands of New Yorkers explore the world outside our five boroughs, something Angela Yee also does through her book club and radio show," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We are very lucky to add someone as passionate as Angela to our list of library ambassadors." As part of the special ceremony held during the annual West Indian-American and Caribbean-American Heritage celebration at Gracie Mansion, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared August 28th “Angela Yee Day.” PHOTO/L-R: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee, and First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray.
NETWORKS: Carol Miller's 'Get The Led Out' To Focus On Led Zeppelin's 50th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (“USRN”), announced tit would be dedicating six full weekly episodes of its nationally distributed Get the Led Out series to various 50th anniversary milestones in the history of Led Zeppelin. USRN distributes the weekly Led Zeppelin Show hosted by and produced in conjunction with New York air personality, Carol Miller.
Led Zeppelin are recognized globally as perhaps the biggest rock band ever, and in recent years they have re-issued newly re-mastered deluxe editions of all of their studio albums. On September 7th this year, they will re-release the live concert recording from their 1976 film, The Song Remains the Same. Each re-issue was personally re-mastered by Guitarist, Producer and founding band member, Jimmy Page (shown above with Miller). Carol Miller is one of the longest-running U.S. rock radio personalities, from years at New York’s WPLJ and WNEW and currently iHeart Media’s WAXQ-FM. She began her career as a rock jock at WMMR, Philadelphia, has hosted numerous nationally and internationally distributed radio specials and TV programs, and is recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more info, Contact: Andy Denemark, USRN - email@example.com - (212) 536-3603 - PHOTO/twitter
Clay Travis Adds Hosting Duties For First-Ever Gambling Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– Clay Travis, host of the FOX Sports Radio-syndicated program Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis, will join FS1 for the Fall premiere of the network’s first-ever sports gambling show 'Lock It In.' Travis joins co-hosts Rachel Bonnetta, “Cousin Sal” Iacono, and Oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman on the weekday program, which debuts Monday, September 10th.
Travis will continue to host Outkick The Coverage. Originating from Nashville, TN. Nationally syndicated by FOX Sports Radio, Outkick the Coverage can be heard on nearly 300 stations nationwide.
Ian Collins Leaves LBC In London After Five Years; FIX Saves London's Bacon
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2018 –– Late night presenter Ian Collins has left LBC just days before Eddie Mair is due to join the station from the BBC. Read more and watch the video HERE
Fix Radio Saves London’s Bacon - Fix Radio in London, the radio station for tradespeople, is roaming the UK capital in a fleet of vans handing out bacon butties, the traditional English breakfast sandwich (bacon and HP sauce on a buttered roll), to workers at construction sites, in reaction to a shortage caused by the hot SUMMER weather that has affected the fertility of pigs and has caused bacon prices to jump. PD Graham Mack said, "Since Neolithic times, the people that have built civilizations have been fueled by bacon butties, FIX RADIO is not going to let that fuel run out. Our fleet of vans will continue to hand out bacon butties until this crisis is over.”
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
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News & Special Offer Coming For Talk Show Boot Camp X Marina Del Rey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– In the first of many exciting announcements coming in the next several days and weeks, Conference and hotel registration officially opens this week for Talk Show Boot Camp X being held at the luxurious Marriott Marina Del Rey, CA on March 7th & 8th 2019. BUT WAIT! This week you'll have a one-time chance to SAVE BIG ON NEXT YEAR'S SHOW!
Beginning Sept.1st, the first 50 to sign up online,will receive a $100 discount towards a single registration during a very special, but very limited 'flash registration offer' - details announced this week.
TSBC co-presenter Don Anthony says pitching tent on the beautiful sands of Marina Del Rey California is just the start of what promises to be one of our most information-packed, star-studded agenda's ever. We wanted a venue that matched up well to our 10th Anniversary Event. Without a doubt, The Marina Del Rey Marriott, home to so many great memories from the former Talk Radio Seminars, is the absolute perfect hotel for this year's event."
Look for major agenda details coming in the weeks ahead - Talk Show Boot Camp is co-presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media.
WMMS/Cleveland's 50th Anniversary Celebration Officially Underway
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– A celebration of 50 years of Rock on WMMS is officially underway as your host Ed ‘Flash’ Ferenc from the Buzzard Morning Zoo guides you through each decade of our world famous Buzzard. Monday it’s the first decade of Rock - Birth of the Buzzard and rock of the 70’s. Tuesday it’s the second decade of Rock - Metal, big hair, and more…it is rock of 80’s. Wednesday it’s the third decade of Rock - Flannel, Grunge, and Alternative…it is rock of the 90’s. Thursday it’s the fourth decade of Rock - Crossing into Y2K…it is rock of the new millennium. Friday it’s the fifth decade of Rock-we take a look at the last ten years of rock on WMMS
Every weekday at noon begins a different decade, and for 90 minutes WMMS will reflect on the music and memories that shaped Cleveland culture, and influenced Rock around the world. On Saturday at noon, they'll take a look at our live WMMS shows from over the years. On Sunday at Noon, WMMS will broadcast the world famous Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show at the Agora. Wildly considered the most essential live performances of all time. Originally aired on WMMS on August 9th, 1978. We will re-air it in its entirety on WMMS Sunday at noon. Finally on Labor Day, we will re-air the entire weekday special with Flash starting at 8:30am. Check out AIRCHECKS (like Denny Sanders at top right) and VIDEOS HERE in the WMMS vault!
2018 CMA Broadcast Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– In case you missed yesterday morning's 'Good Morning America' on ABC, Luke Bryan, Dan & Shay and Sugarland revealed the finalists for CMA's Broadcast Station and Personality of the Year. Winners will be notified prior to and honored on ABC-TV's Nov. 14 telecast of the 52nd Annual CMA Awards. The CMA Broadcast Awards are among the most prestigious awards given out in the field of Country Radio. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Nielsen.
Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership. CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible. CHECK OUT THIS YEAR'S FINALISTS HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chuck Fredrick Named VP/MM For Cumulus Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– Chuck Fredrick has been appointed Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Indianapolis. Fredrick joins Cumulus after a successful 18-year career with iHeartMedia, where he was Market President and Regional President for its Cincinnati, OH, radio stations. Fredrick was also Director of Sales for Jacor Communications’ Cincinnati radio stations and was Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager for Citicasters’ Cincinnati radio stations. In his new role, he will oversee WFMS-FM (Country), WJJK-FM (Classic Hits) and WYRG-FM (Top 40).
Dave Milner, Executive Vice President, Operations said: “Chuck is the ultimate player’s coach, and Cumulus is thrilled to bring his passion and experience for building brands, successful sales organizations and strong marketing results for clients to the company.” Frederick said: "Grateful to Mary Berner and Dave Milner for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do. I am especially excited about joining and partnering with the Indianapolis team, giving our best in all that we do.”
Eric Camille Promoted To APD At 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– Beasley announced that Eric Camille has been promoted to the position of Assistant Program Director of 97.5 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM) in Philadelphia. He began his new position on Friday, August 24th. Camille, who joined the station in 2009, most recently served as an Executive Producer.
“Eric Camille cares deeply about The Fanatic,” said Eric Johnson, director of sports content at WPEN-FM. “It shows in everything he does…whether it’s creating compelling imaging, making sure of all our on-air schedules are coordinated or acting as a programming, sales and promotions liaison. It’s a privilege to have him on our team.”
77 WABC To Launch New Weekend Sports Show With Sid Rosenberg
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– 77 WABC Radio announced it will broadcast a new weekend sports show hosted by Sid Rosenberg, Co-Host of WABC’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning”. The new program, “Sid Sports Sunday”, will debut on WABC on September 9, 2018, from 8:00am-10:00am EST, and will be simulcast on WABCRadio.com. Craig Schwalb, Program Director, 77 WABC, said: “Sid Sports Sunday is the perfect extension of the Bernie and Sid in the Morning show and will be an essential listen for the New York Sports Fan every week"
Rosenberg said: “I’m so proud of the work we do daily on the Bernie and Sid in the Morning show. There is no better variety show in the country. But it is no secret that I wanted to get back to my roots and host a serious sports show. I want to thank Chad Lopez and Craig Schwalb for this wonderful opportunity.” Rosenberg started his radio career on “The Drive,” heard exclusively online at SportsLineUSA.com. The show eventually moved to broadcast radio, and was syndicated nationally in more than 40 markets by SportsFan and Westwood One. He later joined WFAN, where he was the pre-game show host for the New York Giants for three seasons. After stops in Florida, Rosenberg reunited in 2016 with his best friend Bernie McGuirk, Executive Producer of “The Imus In The Morning Show”, to host “The Bernie and Sid Show” debuting in Middays on 77 WABC. In 2018, after the retirement of the legendary Don Imus, Rosenberg became Co-Host of 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid In the Morning”
Jay Barker Debuts New Show On 10-Station Network,
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (C) debuted The Jay Barker Show" yesterday along with co-host Lars Anderson (L), and producer Kerry Adams (R). AI Sports reports the show will air from noon-2 p.m. weekdays on 10 stations around the Southeast, including Tuscaloosa's Tide 102.9 FM. The program will originate from a studio at the AVX headquarters in Homewood.
Barker was on the radio in Birmingham from 2001 until this past February, when the "Opening Drive" show he co-hosted with former Auburn kicker Al Del Greco and Tony Kurre WJOX-94.5 FM. He later teamed with Anderson, a longtime Sports Illustrated writer and Kerry Adams who was Barker's producer on WJOX for five years after serving in a similar role with Paul Finebaum for a decade before Finebaum's move to ESPN. PHOTO/Lars Anderson)
EVENTS: Stars Line Up For NASH FM's Free 'Boots on the Boardwalk' Bash
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announces its 2nd Annual NASH FM 94.7 Boots on the Boardwalk end of summer bash, giving its loyal listeners 'The Best Summer Ever' and a chance to party one last time this summer season! This FREE event will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018, from 3:00pm-7:00pm at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Boots on the Boardwalk will feature live performances by country artists Maddie & Tae, Walker Hayes, Travis Denning and Jimmie Allen.
John Foxx, Program Director, NASH FM 94.7, said: “All summer long, the Jersey Shore is home to so many memories and traditions - The return of Boots On The Boardwalk down the shore is a great way to say THANK YOU to our listeners and really sets the stage for one huge celebration of summer!”
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EDISON: 54% Of Radio Listeners Listen ONLY In Their Cars
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– New data from Edison Research will be explored at The Radio Show in Orlando that shows how crucial in-car listening really is to the medium. Americans are more likely to listen to audio in their cars or trucks on any given day than even in their homes, according to Edison’s Share of Ear® study. The car is by far the most popular place for people to listen to AM/FM Radio content. More than half of all Americans age 13 and older report listening to radio in their cars on any given day.
Share of Ear shows that 54% of all people who listen to radio on any given day listen in their cars and in no other location. As the above graphic shows, the younger a radio listener is, the more likely they are to listen to broadcast radio exclusively in the car, and in no other location. Nearly two-thirds of those ages 13-34 who listen to AM/FM Radio on a given day listen in the car and nowhere else. These findings, and many others will be presented in a session called “Miles Different: In-Car Audio 2018” at 1:30 PM on September 27 at The Radio Show. Edison’s Larry Rosin will summarize data from Share of Ear, Infinite Dial, and a unique tracking survey performed with NPR, to show the state of in-car audio today.
Celebrities Join In For Entercom Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Broadcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced a two-hour live commercial-free broadcast special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as part of its multi-platform “I’m Listening” campaign. The “I’m Listening” broadcast will air across all of the company’s stations nationwide on Sunday, September 9 at 7:00 a.m. in their respective time zone, and via their livestreams on Radio.com, to mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. The year-long campaign also includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and a dedicated website with information and resources to end the stigma around mental health discussions.
The special will be led on-air by BJ Shea (L), co-host of The BJ & Migs Show on 99.9 KISW In Seattle, and will highlight personal stories from artists and celebrities. Guests will include medical experts and listeners will have the opportunity to participate via a live call-in option and interactive website. Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause will also join the conversation about mental health. Guests scheduled to join the program include Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam; Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer and 23-time gold medal winner; Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park; Alessia Cara, Grammy Award-winning artist; Jared Leto (shown), Academy Award-winning actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars; Bebe Rexha; Charlie Puth; Stone Temple Pilots; Brantley Gilbert; Lzzy Hale, Halestorm; Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind; and Conor Mason, Nothing But Thieves, among others.
“’I’m Listening’ is one of our signature productions meant to save lives, while simultaneously creating awareness for this truly lethal silent threat,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “The number of people impacted by mental health issues is staggering. The effect it has on their lives, and lives of their friends and families is devastating. If we help save just one life or help remove the stigma around mental illness, our time will have been well spent. We can’t solve this issue during one program, but we can be part of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Midwest Comm. Appoints Two New VP/MM's In Michigan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– Midwest Communications announces the appointment of two new Vice President / Market Managers for their Michigan operations. Mark Jaycox, VP/MM of Midwest’s 4 stations in Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was GM at Adams Outdoor in Lansing and VP/GM at Salem Communications.
Kurt Luchs (L), VP/MM of Midwest’s 5 stations in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Previously, he was GM at NRG's stations in Omaha, NE and Wausau- Stevens Point, WI. Michael Klein continues as VP/MM of Midwest’s 3 stations in Battle Creek and Coldwater, Michigan. Duke Wright, President and CEO of Midwest said he is pleased these experienced broadcasters have joined his family owned company to share their talents in service to our listeners and advertisers."
WWO Urges Stations To Register C Band Downlinks Under Extended Deadline
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– Westwood One, in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (published in July), is continuing to urge ALL major commercial broadcast radio stations to register their existing C Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C Band for additional mobile broadband data services. These potential services could create insurmountable interference to programming that thousands of stations receive by satellite. The deadline for registration is now October 17, 2018. Typically, registration requires a Frequency Coordination Study ($1,500) plus a $435 filing fee. During the 90-day window, the FCC waived the first fee and only the $435 filing fee applies. It is possible the FCC will later charge the $1,500 study fee.
Westwood One’s satellite provider, SES, has set aside a pool of funding to reimburse those broadcasters for whom the $435 registration fee is a hardship. This reimbursement is subject to the terms set by SES for earth stations registered between July 25, 2018 and October 17, 2018 in the continental United States. For questions, contact SES directly at FCCregistration@ses.com or by phone (609) 987-4300. Stations may register using FCC Form 312, by completing a hard copy of the form, completing it online at http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs, or engaging a third party for assistance. Satellite Engineering Group is a third-party resource and can be reached at (913) 375-1114.
HONORS: Beasley Announces Winners Of Its Operating Achievement Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– Beasley revealed its winners of the company’s annual Operating Achievement Awards. The presentations were made during a special dinner that took place at the company’s annual Management Meeting on Friday, August 24th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The celebration honors the outstanding achievements and contributions made by individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months.
The evening featured a special performance by RCA Nashville National Recording Artist Chris Young. The 2018 Winners include: · Mary Menna Market Manager of the Year/ Boston, MA · WKLB-FM Station of the Year/Boston, MA · Tina Murley Director of Sales (DOS) of the Year/ Boston, MA · David Corey Program Director of the Year/WKLB-FM/Boston, MA · Ed McCormack Technology Award /Boston, MA · Leslie Hamand Market Controller of the Year/ Tampa, FL · Nicole Sellers Digital Content Professional of the Year/Charlotte, NC · Deena Roemer Herman Digital Sales Professional of the Year/Philadelphia, PA
PHOTO (L-R): Beasley Media Group COO/EVP Brian Beasley, BMG Boston DOS Tina Murley, WKLB PD David Corey, CEO Caroline Beasley, Founder & Chairman of the Board George Beasley, BMG Boston VP & Market Manager Mary Menna and President Bruce Beasley.
WEEI/NESN Boston Raise Over $4.4 Million In Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28Th, 2018 –– Entercom announced the results of its Boston station’s annual “WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.” This year’s event raised over $4.4 million for The Jimmy Fund, which brought the fundraising total to over $53 million since the radio-telethon’s inception. The radio-telethon was started by WEEI (WEEI-FM), The Jimmy Fund and the Boston Red Sox in 2002. New England Sports Network (NESN) joined the event in 2003.
“The Jimmy Fund makes significant contributions to those battling cancer in the Boston area, and we are proud to support its efforts through this yearly event,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “It is an honor for our team to give back to the community by raising funds on behalf of the organization and we are blown away by the incredible generosity of WEEI listeners who make this event so successful year in and year out.” The event was part of a 36-hour live broadcast during WEEI weekday programming, “Kirk & Callahan,” “Dale & Keefe,” and “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” on August 21 and 22. Founded in 1948, The Jimmy Fund supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.
Cody Alan And Mason Ramsey Visit Seacrest Studios At LA Childrens Hospital
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2018 –– CMT personality Cody Alan invited 11-year-old Big Loud Records artist Mason Ramsey to join him for a visit to the Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In addition to meeting with the young patients and their families, Ramsey chatted with Alan about his wardrobe upgrades since becoming famous, including custom belt buckles and cowboy boots.
He also performed two songs for the young patients - his debut single “Famous,” and another new track from his Famous EP, “The Way I See It.” Pictured above: Cody Alan (left) and Mason Ramsey (right) visit the Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Kristie To Co-Host Mornings With Jordan At Z107.7 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– Z107.7, St. Louis announced that Kristie Graybill has been named Morning Show Co-Host for Jordan and Kristie in the Morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. effective August 27. Graybill will be joining with co-host Jordan DeSocio.
“Kristie is a strong, well-known radio personality within the iHeartMedia family,” said Z107.7 Program Director, Matt Johnson. “We auditioned several talented on-air personalities to join Jordan, but Kristie’s drive, creativity and talent made her our ideal candidate.” "I genuinely want to thank iHeartMedia St. Louis for giving me this amazing opportunity,” said Graybill. “I am thrilled to be working with Jordan and I can’t wait to connect with the St. Louis listeners bright and early every morning.” Graybill joins the St. Louis market from Kiss 107.1, Cincinnati where she most recently served as an Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality. She began her career at WDJQ in Canton, Ohio.
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Scott Miller Tapped For Afternoon Drive At 1230 WJBC/Bloomington, IL
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– Nice to see our longtime friend Scott Miller tapped to host Cumulus Media heritage news/talk 1230AM WJBC in Bloomington IL, starting September 10th. MILLER was last heard on Hubbard's 97.1 The Drive Chicago as morning show executive producer/co-host with Pete McMurray. Before then he had held a previous stint at Tribune's 720 WGN.
Miller had also worked on former FM New 101, Oprah Radio and the former FM talk 105.9 WCKG. "I've worked with and learned from the best in Chicago for over 20 years, it's time to follow in the radio tradition of stealing all their bits and making them my own on WJBC!" says Miller. "Now if I can just get a hold of Piranha Man, 100,000 disco records and re-work the lyrics to "on top of a pizza!"
EVENTS: Tom Griswold Raises $40,000 For 2-Yr. Old Cancer Patient In Comedy Benefit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– The award-winning nationally syndicated Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show, pulled out all the stops to raise almost $40,0000 for 2-year-old cancer warrior, Nora Dane, in the live comedy benefit show, "The BOB & TOM Show Presents: A Night for Nora". Griswold hosted two evenings of live comedy on Friday, August 17, at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis and Saturday, August 18, at the Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, featuring comedians Greg Hahn, Pat Godwin and Josh Arnold.
All proceeds of the shows went to The Nora Dane Fund, which helps defray costs of medical treatment and related expenses for Nora Dane, who suffers from a rare and aggressive type of malignant brain tumor. Nora's grandparents were in the audience and said: "The funny skits and bits, combined with the roar of laughter in the full house, provided a few hours of much-needed levity. Your commitment to the community and to helping those in need is a gift....and heartfelt thanks for sharing your gift with us. It's true that laughter can be the best medicine!".
100.7 Star Pittsburgh's Bazzy And Bubba Collect 2,827 Backpacks For Schools
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– The Education Partnership partnered with Shults Ford, 100.7 Star, and Standard Bank for the fourth time for Bazzy and Bubba’s Backpack Brigade. The drive collected 2,827 backpacks, plus another pallet of assorted school supplies. The approximate value of the entire event was $91,582. The morning started bright and early as the Bubba Show was broadcast live from the parking lot of Shults Ford, Wexford. The donations came pouring in and by 10:30 am we surpassed our goal of collecting 1,250 backpacks. The entire day, members of the community stopped by and made a donation and enjoyed coffee, smoothies, and pizza provided by Richard Bazzy and Shults Ford.
Executive Director of The Education Partnership, Josh Whiteside states, "It is nothing short of inspiring to see the community rally around such a meaningful, impactful, and FUN event. All day long we met people from companies of all sizes who felt connected to our mission, which will help tremendously in advancing the mission of The Education Partnership." The Education Partnership will distribute the backpacks and school supplies to local students for this coming school year. Overall, The Education Partnership will provide school supplies to 45,000 students in the area, giving them the tools to have a successful year.
The 'Keys To A Successful Tease' - Tracy Johnson
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– Consultant Tracy Johnson is planning a special webinar set for tomorrow at 1 pm, EDT while will highlight four keys to a successful tease. Included will be how to create a sense of importance and urgency for upcoming content without making it sound like a commercial. 2. Putting teases into perspective. Most personalities and stations could tease much more than they are now by changing their approach to pre-promotion. This is usually the simple adjustment of treating teases like highway signs. They’re both commercials for businesses and services for consumers who need them. specific types of teases.
One of the easiest teases to learn is The Multiple Choice tease. It turns the tease into a game that compels listeners to play along and become “invested” in an upcoming segment. In the seminar, he’ll explain each type of tease and demonstrate them so personalities can start applying the techniques immediately. Johnson says, The fastest way to grow ratings is convincing existing listeners to stay tuned in for one more quarter hour, or come back for another occasion by creating can’t miss moments on the air. The webinar is Tuesday, August 28 at 1pm EDT. It’s free, but pre-registration is required. Sign up HERE
CONDOLENCES: KQV's Legendary Chuck Brinkman Passes Away At 83
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– Pittsburgh's beloved Chuck Brinkman, longtime host of the legendary KQV died Friday surrounded by family at his home in Plano, Texas reports Pittsburgh's Post Gazette. He was 83. Brinkman, was a host with KQV from 1960 to 1972. In 1964, he introduced the Beatles to the crowd at the Civic Arena — the band’s only Pittsburgh concert. He was part of then-Top 40 station KQV’s “Fun Lovin’ Five,” which also included Hal Murray, Steve Rizen, Dave Scott and Dexter Allen. He went on to become DJ/music director for WTAE-AM and WFFM/WMYG, and he left Pittsburgh for a job in Dallas in 1988, eventually becoming part owner of an oldies station in Greenville, Texas.
Mr. Brinkman was inducted into the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends class of 2017. He is survived by his wife, Carmella Brinkman of Plano; sons Jonathon Brinkman of San Diego and Charles Brinkman IV of San Diego; and daughters Lisa Meline of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nicole Levett of Dallas, and Christene Brinkman of Dallas.
Salem Radio Network Pays Week-Long Tribute To U.S. Senator John McCain; Benztown With Audio Tribute
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– SRN and TOWNHALL News are honoring the Arizona Republican and former 2008 GOP candidate for President with a week-long Special Series entitled John McCain: American Maverick beginning today August 27th. SRN Vice President/News & Talk Programming series Tom Tradup (pictured) says: “From his legendary military service to his courageous battle with glioblastoma, John McCain has inspired America as a fighter. Our week-long special series features observations from some of Senator McCain’s admirers as well as his detractors…each of whom acknowledge that—now that he has passed—his place in history will be assured.”
John McCain: American Maverick will air multiple times daily on both SRN News and TOWNHALL News, divisions of Dallas-based Salem Radio Network…part of the Salem Media Group.
In recognition of his passing, Benztown created a special audio tribute to McCain, who died Saturday, August 25th, at the age of 81. The tribute for was produced by Scott "Justin Case" Mayton, Director of Programming & Imaging, Benztown. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO
WATCH: KISW's Migs Of BJ & Migs Show Drums For Stone Temple Pilots -
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2018 –– As you'll soon see, Steve Migliore of Entercom's KISW/Seattle's BJ & Migs Show, is one heck of a drummer. This weekend he had the rare chance to fill-in on drums during a Stone Temple Pilot's concert before thousands of energetic fans
He joined on stage with Glenn Cannon and the fellas in STP and new singer Jeff Gutt jokingly advised him to not 'f' it up before taking a seat. Steve tells Jockline, "This all started a year ago when I interviewed them, and Eric Kretz (their drummer) and Dean DeLeo (guitarist) said that the next time they were in town that I should play a song with them...I still can't believe it actually happened. It was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life, both personally and professionally. Here is the link to the video:WATCH HERE
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve Wexler Returning As GM Of WTMJ-AM, WKTI-FM After Sale
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– Milwaukee's Biz Journal reports that longtime Milwaukee radio veteran Steve Wexler will be returning to be general manager of WTMJ-AM (620) and WKTI-FM (94.5) after the two stations are sold to Milwaukee-based ESPN radio station owner Craig Karmazin later this year. Wexler, currently radio vice president for E.W. Scripps Co., will take over the leadership of the stations likely in October or November replacing current general manager Tom Langmyer (below)who has been in that position for five years.
Langmyer announced his departure Thursday in a memo to WTMJ and WKTI employees. "It’s been a true honor to lead our group over these past 5 years," Langmyer wrote. "I’m extremely proud of our terrific team - and honored to have had the opportunity to work with you. I will leave Radio City with a fond place in my heart for you and these terrific stations. I'll continue to be a cheerleader for the team and for you, individually, for more chapters of personal and group success."
The Breakfast Club Takes Over Mornings At Univision's The Beat San Antonio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– In a bit of irony, Charlamagne Tha God & Bobby Bones who shared the same stage at this month's Morning Show Boot Camp 30 in Chicago (R), have both announced in back-to-back days their shows will now both share the same market, via syndication, in San Antonio. As announced yesterday, The Bobby Bones Show will take over mornings at KJ97 San Antonio. And beginning Monday, Charlamagne, along with Angela Yee and DJ Envy, will take over mornings at Univision San Antonio’s “The Beat 98.5." “The Breakfast Club” originates from iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 in New York and airs on nearly 80 stations nationwide.
“Univision San Antonio’s ‘The Beat 98.5,’ has always been the city’s home for Hip Hop. The program’s addition to The Beat 98.5’s schedule gives the station a morning show with unparalleled stature and magnitude in the world of Hip Hop, and will add even more luster to the station’s already stellar lineup of talent,” said Chris Morris, vice president and general manager of Univision San Antonio.
Christina Mendonsa Named New Morning Co-Anchor Of KFBK Sacramento
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– NewsRadio KFBK, Sacramento announced that Cristina Mendonsa has been named co-anchor/host of The KFBK Morning News airing weekdays from 5 – 9 a.m., effective August 27.
“We’re thrilled to have Cristina join iHeartMedia Sacramento as co-anchor/host of The KFBK Morning News,” said Curtiss Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “She is a native of Northern California as well as an EMMY and Murrow award winning multi-media journalist with decades of experience as a public speaker, educator and entrepreneur with Mendonsa Media.” “Cristina’s a team builder, passionate journalist and storyteller with deep connections to the communities we serve,” said Bill White, Program Director of NewsRadio KFBK. “A consummate pro, Cristina will further enhance KFBK’s news reputation not only on the radio but also on our digital and social media platforms through informative and thought-provoking podcasts and video content.” Mendonsa most recently served as anchor at ABC 10 (KXTV) Sacramento where she spent more than 21 years.
“I’m so honored to become part of this team and legacy. I’ve missed talking with listeners and viewers and collaborating with a team of passionate professionals. Informing and engaging our community on a daily basis once again will be satisfying and fun!”
Mike 'McCabe' Kerr Named PD For Z107 Portsmouth, NH
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Mike “McCabe” Kerr has been named Program Director for Z107, The Seacoast’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective September 10. Listeners will also hear McCabe on-air each weekday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 7p.m. on Z107. He will report to Tim Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia New Hampshire.
“Mike’s talent and experience stood out immediately and we are thrilled to have him join the iHeartMedia New Hampshire team,” said Moore. “He’s a true radio geek—which I love—from on-air to programming—and even engineering—this guy is the real deal and we can’t wait for him to help take Z107 to even greater heights!” McCabe joins the New Hampshire market from Saga Communications, where he most recently served as the Program Director and Morning Personality Host for Z95.5. He also served as the On-Air Personality for Entercom’s WPXY-FM, WKSE-FM and several stations in the Elmira, New York region.
Billboard Honors The Queen Of Soul In Special Tribute Issue
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– Billboard Magazine is honoring the late Aretha Franklin in their official posthumous tribute issue. It features Billboard’s obituary on the Queen of Soul as the main cover feature - written by Associate Professor of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University, Evelyn McDonnell titled “The Role of Struggle in Aretha Franklin’s Path to Greatness”
Excerpt: …To say that Franklin was one of the greatest female singers of all time is to miss the point. Aretha -- an original one-named diva -- was one of the greatest artists, period. Her talent and her impact transcended gender, race, genre and geography.
McDonnell adds, "This was a woman who could sing disco, gospel, rock, opera and, of course, soul. In addition to possessing astonishing vocal talent, she was a pianist, songwriter, arranger and performer. She was one of the towering figures whose talents expressed the seismic cultural shifts of a decade of momentous change. Her death on Aug. 16 marks a mighty loss…. Read Full Obituary HERE
NETWORKS: WWO Names Michael Toscano New Host for First Light Morning Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– Westwood One has named Westwood One News Correspondent Michael Toscano (TL) the new host of its First Light morning show program. Toscano has been a regular guest host of the show, in addition to anchoring Westwood One newscasts and special programming. He is a former host of the Wall Street Journal radio afternoon news program The Daily Wrap. Toscano will begin his tenure at First Light on Monday, August 27, replacing Even Haning, who has decided to step back but will continue as a part-time Westwood One News anchor and First Light fill-in host.
Westwood One News also announces that Mike Moss (TR) is taking on the role of full-time news anchor. Moss has been an integral part of Westwood One News’ operation since joining as a part-time anchor and fill-in guest host earlier this year. Moss is well-known in the nation’s capital from his many years as morning drive anchor at the top news station in the country, WTOP/Washington, DC. Westwood One News will air updated versions of the summer news specials, 1968: The Year that Shook America and 1968: Turn on, Tune in, Change Channels, on Labor Day weekend. The programs, hosted by Toscano, will replace The Week in Review and America This Week on September 1-2.
For more information about First Light, Westwood One News programming, and the summer news specials, contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
[LISTEN] Lamont & Tonelli Surprise Omarosa With Fake Trump Appearance
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 –– As you've likely heard, Omarosa Manigault Newman(inset) isout making the rounds promoting her new book 'Unhinged (below).' Yesterday she rang into Cumulus' The Bone San Francisco's Lamont & Tonelli Show where she was surprised by having the show's popular Donald Trump impersonator jump in for the interview as the show's 'BOOK REVIEWER.'
Lamont tells Jockline, "We thought she was going to hang up, but instead laughed it off and turned out to be quite a fun interview and totally a good sport. She even had a few zingers for the Trump imposter as well. LISTEN HERE
PYX Albany's Quinn & Cantara Launch New ‘MEATPLOW’ Sandwich
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2018 ––PYX 106 morning show hosts Quinn and Cantara from The Quinn & Cantara Morning Show announced the debut of the ‘MEATPLOW’, a brand new, original sandwich sold exclusively at Wagon Train BBQ.
“Don't even think of calling it just a sandwich because it’s even better, it's a Plow, a MEATPLOW,” said Quinn. “MEATPLOW is a loaded sandwich with flavorful ingredients that truly excite your taste buds. Cantara and I are thrilled to introduce this tasty entrée to Wagon Train BBQ.” The Quinn & Cantara Morning Show can be heard weekday mornings from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on PYX 106.
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Entercom Fires Back At Latest 'Frat House' New York Post Article
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018–– Following this week's latest New York Post piece alleging former CBS Radio stations in New York City were run like a frat house, prompted a 'NY TEAM' memo from Entercom Regional VP Susan Larkin (L) stating Entercom's entire leadership is “deeply offended by this highly misleading piece.”
In the NYP piece, Craig Lenti (R) told writer Kevin Dugan when he started working as a producer for longtime personality Dan Taylor, who he’d known since childhood, the company turned from the “playground” of his youth to an “Animal House”-style nightmare. He told The Post, "Over the next year, he was forced to endure Taylor calling a fellow on-air personality a “f–king Jew bastard,” referring to a marketing manager as a “dyke” and describing a potential co-worker as “faggy,” he claims in contemporaneous notes made in a daily diary..."
Larkin writes in part: "As you may have seen, a story was published by the New York Post last night that referenced years-old allegations of inappropriate behavior at some of our stations. It is important to me that I reach out to you directly on this matter as the entire Entercom leadership team and I are deeply offended by this highly misleading piece. -- In addition, all of the allegations were linked to prior ownership and prior management and are in no way representative of what Entercom is today. Most of the allegations are more than six years old, and some stretch back more than a decade. But most appalling is the egregious mischaracterization of our culture that is fundamentally inconsistent with our organization today and the values we share. Importantly, the story omits key facts about the significant positive changes Entercom made since our merger with CBS Radio closed less than a year ago."
Larkin adds, "Additionally, since I assumed the role of Market Manager nearly five months ago, we have moved quickly to increase the number of women in leadership and literally knocked down walls to foster a positive culture of collaboration focused on delivering great results. It is also worth noting that, since the merger with CBS Radio, Entercom has significantly increased the number of women in market leadership positions across the country. I am honored to be one of many women in leadership roles in the company and very proud to report to our Chief Operating Officer, Weezie Kramer."
Alana Lynn Joins Niko Petrou In Mornings At KMLE/Phoenix
Nina D Moves To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018––Entercom has announced programming changes for KMLE Country@107.9 (KMLE-FM) in Phoenix. On-air host Alana Lynn (TL), who has hosted the station’s afternoon drive since 2017, will join Niko Petrou (BR) as co-host of “The Breakfast Buzz,” which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. MT. The new role is in addition to Lynn’s current position as the station’s Music Director.
Subsequently, on-air personality Nina D (TR), who has hosted the station’s same morning show since 2013, will transition to host of the afternoon drive from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. MT. All changes are effective immediately. “Alana and Nina D both bring incredible talent and commitment to KMLE,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “We’re looking forward to them continuing to raise the bar for the station and connecting with audiences in their new time slots.” “There's something rare about getting up at 3:00 a.m. and playing a role in people's lives as they get ready for the day,” said Lynn. “The opportunity to do mornings at KMLE is a dream come true.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Lynn held on-air roles for KUAD and KKPL in Fort Collins, CO, KAWO in Boise, ID, KUPL in Portland, OR and KBQI in Albuquerque, NM.
SYNDICATION: 60 Affiliates And Growing, Sterling On Sunday Crosses 1st Year
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018 –– Westwood One is celebrating the first anniversary of Sterling on Sunday. The company’s syndicated Sunday night talk show, featuring radio storyteller Walter Sterling, celebrated the one year milestone this past Sunday, August 19. Making the celebration all the more special is the addition of several new affiliates added to the lineup. Among his 60 affiliates include, WPHT-AM/Philadelphia; WLS-AM/Chicago; KMOX-AM/St. Louis; WBAP-AM/Dallas; WMAL-AM-FM/Washington DC; KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh; KNXT-AM/Las Vegas; KKSF-AM/San Francisco; and KUFO-AM/Portland. Since the show’s launch a year ago, Sterling on Sunday’s 25-54 audience has tripled due to new affiliations and 83% of its audience is in the top 50 markets.
“My goal is to create a pretty distracting show to take the listener from the weekend to the weekday,” says Sterling. “We’ve grown from one affiliate, WPHT in Philadelphia, to over 60 major market FMs in a year – we have stations from iHeart, Alpha, Cumulus, Entercom, and Townsquare. The most prized affiliate -- The Point in Guam, which clears live. Industry support has been exemplary and it’s quite humbling.” Stations interested in Sterling on Sunday should contact Stuart Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 419-2946.
KJ97 San Antonio Debuts The Bobby Bones Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018 –– KJ97 San Antonio announced the debut of The Bobby Bones Show. Bones is joined by his co-hosts Amy, Lunchbox and Eddie. The Bobby Bones Show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 100 radio stations, in addition to airing on iHeartRadio.
Concurrently, The Randy, Jamie, and JoJo Show will follow The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings at 9 a.m. Jamie Martin will expand her footprint on KJ97 and continue on air from Noon to 3 p.m. In addition, Program Director ‘Kyle Anthony’ Due, will continue in afternoons from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by longtime KJ97 personality Bree Wagner at night. Bree will also expand her duties with the iHeartMedia San Antonio cluster as Director of Music Integration and Activation. “This is an exciting time for San Antonio and for our KJ97 team” says Matt Martin, President of iHeartMedia San Antonio/Austin. “We put Bobby on in evenings a few months ago. Ratings immediately spiked, and San Antonio is in the top 10 nationwide listening to The Bobby Bones Show Podcast.
iHeart's 'Sleuth' True Crime Series Premieres Next Wednesday
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018–– SLEUTH, a brand new true crime podcast from iHeart, will premiering on Wednesday, August 29th. The story will explore the shocking and strange double murder-for-profit and dismemberment of college students Sam Herr and Julie Kibuishi in 2010. Killer Daniel Wozniak has been on death row since 2016.
Host Linda Sawyer is an expert on the crime with two years of dedicated research, and appearances on every broadcast and cable network discussing the case. She fervently believes that by its final episode, SLEUTH will have incited a massive and universal call for justice. While Daniel Wozniak sits on death row, there are others, accomplices that are still walking free.
EVENTS: Mix 92.3 Detroit's 'Sista Strut' Returns To Fight Breast Cancer
:THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018––Mix 92.3, Detroit announced that the “Cracker Barrel Sista Strut” will return to Detroit for its 21st year on Saturday, August 25th. Beginning at 10 a.m., hundreds of men, women, children and dogs from the Detroit area will participate in the one mile walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Karmanos Cancer Institute to help under privileged women in the Detroit area battle breast cancer.
“The Sista Strut has helped provide healthcare access, treatment and screening for a countless number of Mix 92.3 listeners throughout the last 21 years. We value our partnership with Karmanos Cancer Institute and are grateful for the service they provide to our community as well as local women and families battling breast cancer,” said Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming- Detroit Region iHeartMedia Markets Group.
[WATCH] Dancing With The Radio Stars
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2018–– In London, Capital Breakfast co-host Vick Hope (shown) has been announced as a contestant on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing (The UK Version of Dancing With The Stars). Vick presents the London show with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay, where news of Vick’s participation was first announced. Read more and WATCH VIDEO HERE
Yorkshire Host Goes Into Big Brother House In British TV — Roxanne Pallett, co-host on Minster FM’s breakfast show, has entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. She is reportedly getting £750,000 (almost $1million US) for the appearance. WATCH HERE
Kirsty Gallacher Joins BBC Radio 5 Live - Kirsty joins the team on BBC Radio 5 Live’s football (soccer) phone-in programme 606 this season. She will join co-host Robbie Savage on the programme that hears fans’ reactions to the day’s football news and results.
In Australia Andy Lee Calls Kennedy Molloy From Hospital - Andy Lee from the legendary Australian radio duo “Hamish & Andy” had been tapped up to appear on Kennedy Molloy, the national afternoon Drivetime show with Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy but he never made it to the Triple M studios in Melbourne due to a health scare. Jane and Mick gave him some stick for “pulling a sickie.” Andy must have been listening to the show because he called in from an emergency room to prove he had a good reason for ditching the segment. “Sounds like he’s been up all night drinking brandy,” said Mick. “I’m in hospital…” Andy said. “I hope people haven’t got their dinner, but it’s haemorrhoid. “It is the biggest haemorrhoid you’ve ever seen in your life.” Jane couldn’t quite believe it, asking “is this true?” Mick then asked if Andy could bring the haemorrhoid in to show everyone.
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Did Only Working Pay Phone Inside Federal Courthouse Lead To Manafort Radio Scoop?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– As news crews stayed lazer-focused on the front doors of the Albert V. Bryan federal courthouse in Alexandria, VA yesterday awaiting news of Paul Manafort verdict, one newsman set his sights on the only pay phone inside the building where cellphones weren't allowed. CBS White House Correspondent Steven Portnow (inset) nabbed the sole analog device inside the building and quickly called the NY Newsroom and spoke to Matt Cherry, newscast producer.
In this age of connectivity and the race to be first to break news, a good ol’ 800# and a payphone got Steven Portnoy on the radio and, by CBS' account, ahead of TV on the Manafort verdict yesterday. CBS Radio's SteveDorsey was quick to congratulate Portnoy by email, writing: "Shout out to Steven Portnoy who got us on way early before TV from the courthouse with accurate info -- Good job Thanks, Steve.!"
Portnoy replied: "I didn’t know we beat TV. That really makes me smile. Thanks to Chris, for knowing just what to do when I merely barked my name. To DJ, Matt, Patricia, Paul and anyone else who relayed my payphone messages accurately and widely. And perhaps most of all to Craig [Swagler], for continuing to maintain a toll-free telephone number for this very purpose. We’re number one !!! Portnoy tweeted: "This is the moment (shown above) when I bound out of the courthouse for our @CBSNewsRadio microphone to bring word of the #Manafort verdict to listeners— followed closely by intern @KnowlesHannah (TR) and @EvyMages) (BR) - PHOTO/Twitter-Portnoy, Hannah, Mages- LISTEN HERE
Bob Pittman & David Field To Headline 2018 Radio Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and Entercom Chairman, President and CEO David Field will discuss game-changing data and analytic applications and opportunities for radio during a session titled “Data U – A 101 on Data” on September 25 at the Radio Show in Orlando. The discussion will be moderated by MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle (R).
The Radio Show is held September 25-28 and is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Field Field RAB President and CEO Erica Farber and NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and Special Projects Steve Newberry will open the session with a primer on how broadcasters can collect and use existing data to discover how listener preferences are changing and gain insight on how best to position, program, market and sell radio. The duo will also demonstrate some of the tools available to capitalize on research to grow listeners and revenue. Stephanie Ruhle anchors “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” and “MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle.” She is also a correspondent at NBC News.
Big Boy Makes The News After Getting Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– Getting rear-ended in LA is likely a common occurrence unless, of course, it happens to be a legendary radio host like KRRL-FM/LA - and Premiere Syndicated Big Boy and the man driving the other car in totally inebriated and loses his pants while standing up for police. This is where news outlets like TMZ cease the moment and take the story national.
As TMZ reports, When Big Boy confronted the man, he pulled out a bottle of Vodka and started chugging while still behind the wheel. "He just crashed into me and he's in the car drinking," Big Boy said ... "He is still in the car, still drinking!" A bystander told the driver to put the booze down -- but he refused. Cops ultimately got to the scene and pulled the man out of his BMW -- his pants fell down ... and then he did, too.
He was then transported to a local hospital where he was being checked for injuries and most likely undergoing blood alcohol tests. Of note, the area where the collision occurred is near The Oaks -- home to stars like Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
Joe Carballo Adds APD/MD Stripes At WKQI-/FM Detroit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– High-fives are in order for Joe Carballo, host of The Joe Show on iHeart Detroit's WKQI (Channel 955) who's been awarded APD/MD stripes. And if those dashing good looks appear familiar, Joe is the son of Detroit icon, and very proud dad, Mojo, who holds down mornings on the CHR outlet and airs in syndication.
In making the announcement, Tony Travatto, Regional SVP of Programming, commented, "Seeing Joe's passion, tireless work ethic and talent in action makes me realize radio is as relevant as ever and will be for a long time." Carballo is also heard daily on WSNX/Grand Rapids, WZEE /Madison and WKSC/Chicago.
John Landecker And Daughter Amy To Co-Host Special Show On WGN 720 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– Looks like famed Chicago host John Records Landecker will be making a a one-time appearance this week on WGN Radio with his daughter Amy. Media blogger Robert Feder writes that Landecker and his famed actress daughter will co-hosts an 11 p.m. segment on Thursday. The two-hour father-and-daughter stint was the idea of Todd Manley station manager and VP/content at WGN says Feder.
“Amy and I have appeared as guests together on numerous radio and television broadcasts but never as co-hosts on our own,” said the Radio Hall of Famer. “At the very least it should be nerve-racking.” Could this one show lead to more? Stay tuned.
Roxanne Steele Joins NASH 93.1 Detroit Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– Former 99.5/WYCD Detroit midday host, Roxanne Steele is headed to 93.1 WDRQ/Nash FM for weekends beginning Saturday, August 25th.
Steele tells Jockline, “Robby Bridges (Dir. of FM Prog. Cumulus/Detroit) and I have been friends for a long time so I’m excited to finally get to work with him and join the talented team at Nash! I’m also looking forward to getting back to my Top 40 roots and being apart of the Westwood One Radio Network” - Steeles past stops included WDVD/Detroit, WCFS & WBBM/Chicago.
New ESPNLA 710 Weekday Lineup Featuring The Sedano Show Debuts September 4
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– Effective Tuesday, September 4, a new fall lineup will be featured on ESPNLA 710. Travis Rodgers, will join the morning show as co-host with Keyshawn Johnson and LZ Granderson weekdays (6 a.m. – 10 a.m. PT) on the newly renamed show The Morning Show with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis. The national broadcast of The Stephen A. Smith Show will proceed from 10 a.m. – noon, followed by Mason and Ireland noon – 3:30 p.m. and the newly featured The Sedano Show hosted by Jorge Sedano (shown)from 3:30 p.m. to 7pm. The Sedano Show will include a rotating group of co-hosts.
“We are excited to bring such a talented roster of hosts to the L.A. sports fan,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president and general manager of ESPNLA. “This new lineup will only solidify our spot as the number 1 sports station in Los Angeles.”.
Matt Wardlaw Compiles Oral History Of Legendary 'Buzzard' WMMS Cleveland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 –– Envision Networks®’ Director of Operations Matt Wardlaw recently penned an oral history of the legendary Buzzard, WMMS 100.7 FM (Cleveland) for its upcoming 50th anniversary for Scene Magazine. The oral history features some of the biggest names from The Buzzard’s 50-years as a heritage radio station including Billy Bass, Denny Sanders, John Gorman, Jeff & Flash, Betty Korvan, B.L.F. Bash, Kid Leo, Joe Cronauer, Jennifer Wylde and Bo Matthews. Wardlaw, who worked at ‘MMS early in his career, had this to say: “It’s been a wild ride and I credit my time at WMMS as the source of so much of the knowledge I’ve applied in the years that have followed. It was a real thrill to help craft this mammoth story with Scene’s Jeff Niesel. I felt like it was a chance to repay a bit of the debt that I owe to ‘MMS. My closet will always have Buzzard t-shirts in double digits.”
Jeff Niesel, music editor of Scene Magazine and co-writer of the article added, “In the '70s and into the '80s, WMMS became synonymous with rock 'n' roll in Cleveland. With the station's 50th anniversary looming on the horizon, Scene Magazine is excited to present an oral history of the station that includes interviews with many of the people who made the station so influential.” SEE ARTICLE HERE
HONORS: MIW Group Announces Winner of the 2018 Rising Star Award
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2018 ––Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group awarded the 2018 “MIW Rising Star Award” to Neuhoff Media Account Executive Karalee Misner at the eleventh annual “Rising Through the Ranks” Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Formed from an alliance with Marketron in 2016, the MIW Rising Star is named in honor and memory of the late Renée Roth, Marketron’s long-time Vice President of International Sales. Now it its third year, it is awarded to the top scoring scholarship applicant from the annual program and includes a scholarship to attend the Radio Show produced by the RAB and NAB.
Karalee Misner’s radio career began in 2017 with Neuhoff Media in Decatur, IL. Before entering the broadcasting industry, she was the Marketing Director at Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Decatur. A 2008 graduate of Illinois State University, Karalee has been named one of the Business Journal of Central Illinois’s 20 Under 40 People Making a Difference in our Community. Karalee can be congratulated at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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iHeart Minny Debuts New Cities 97.1
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Minneapolis debuted the new Cities 97.1, Uniquely Twin Cities, effective immediately. It's on-air lineup will feature Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Minneapolis local favorite Paul Fletcher (R) on weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 7 pm.
“We’re connected to the Twin Cities and we care about our community and the music we play,” said Rich Davis, Director of CHR Programming for iHeartMedia’s Western Great Lakes Region and Program Director for KDWB and Cities 97. “Cities 97 was born in 1984 and now reborn in 2018 and we’re thrilled to grow and continually evolve with our listeners and fans.” Full Programming Lineup: Keri Noble 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Rich Davis 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Paul Fletcher 2 p.m. -7 p.m. Mollie Kendrick 7 p.m-12 a.m.
iHeart San Francisco Inks Multi-Year Extensions For Morning Hosts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco have inked multi-year extensions for weekday morning hosts Marcus & Sandy (TL) on STAR 101.3 (KIOI-FM) as well as hosts of “The Morning Breeze," Jack Kulp and Carolyn McArdle (BL) heard weekdays from 6-10am on 98.1 The Breeze (KISQ-FM).
Marcus and Sandy also now celebrating five years as co-hosts in morning drive on STAR 101.3.
“Both Marcus & Sandy and Jack & Carolyn have established their respective shows as some of the most listened to morning shows in San Francisco and we’re thrilled to sign them to multi-year extensions,” Said Don Parker, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Francisco Region.
'Rising Star' Jenny D To Co-Host Mornings On KOSI 101.1 Denver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– What a month for Jenny D. During Morning Show Boot Camp 30 in Chicago she joined the 2018 class of 'Rising Stars' presented by ReelWorld. Now comes word that Bonneville International Corporation’s KOSI 101.1, Denver has scooped her from crosstown KWOF-FM for its KOSI 101.1 morning show as a co-host to current personality Sean Henry.
“As a Colorado native, wife, and mother to two young daughters, Jenny is the perfect addition to work alongside Sean, allowing us to create entertaining content that is limiting to a solo host.” Remarked Lawson. “Her Enthusiasm, energy, personality and character will fit right in with our team,” added Lawson. This marks a return to the cluster as Jenny has worked as an air talent in the past at KYGO-FM. Jenny D added, "I am so excited to be joining the KOSI family! As someone who grew up here I have always loved the music and spirit of KOSI ... now I get to add my crazy energy to an already amazing group of people!" Jenny joins KOSI after the Labor Day holiday.
96-7 KCAL-FM Riverside Announces Lineup Changes
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– 96-7 KCAL Rocks/Riverside, CA announced a couple of additions to their daily on air lineup. First off, Nikki Preston (L) will be taking over the 9am to 2pm slot beginning on Thursday, August 30 th . No stranger to the area, Nikki previously worked as a morning show producer for sister station KOLA 99.9 for several years before heading down to San Diego to work for Entercom. She had previous stops in Las Vegas and Rochester, NY. “I am super amped to be back rockin’ the Inland Empire and getting the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented group of people”, said Preston.
In addition, longtime KCAL Promotion Director and part time air personality, Brandon “4orty” Kessel (TL) is joining Patrick Tish (TR) to become a permanent co-host of the “Tons Of Rock In The Morning” morning show. “This has been a goal of mine for many years now. I’m pumped to be added to the morning show with Patrick, especially here in my hometown”, said Kessel. Tish added, “I give credit to our management for seeing the potential of Brandon and myself in the mornings, together we can usher in a new era of mornings here on KCAL”. Kessel is also adding the additional title of Music Director and will assist in the KCAL Programming Department.
PROGRAMMING: Santini Named OM For Midwest Comm. Evansville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– Evansville Midwest Communications announced the addition of Aaron Santini as Operations Manager of WIKY/WSTO/WABX/WLFW Evansville, Indiana. Aaron comes to MWC from MacDonald/Garber’s heritage WKHQ Traverse City/Petoskey, Michigan and prior to that served 11 years as Brand Manager for Cumulus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Aaron replaces Rusty James who recently accepted a job to program in Virginia Beach. Aaron Santini remarks, “I cannot overstate how excited I am to be joining the Midwest Communications family. I want to thank VP/MM, Tim Huelsing and VP Programming, Jeff McCarthy for allowing me the privilege of stepping into the OM role at such an amazing cluster, and I'm looking forward to working with the incredible team already in place in Evansville.”
PODCASTS: Beasley New Podcast Captains
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– Beasley has revealed the company’s newly created Podcast Captains. The team will be responsible for assisting the local markets in evaluating and partnering with local content providers, along with helping the company’s overall mission of building a larger podcast community. Beasley Media Group Podcast Captains are L-R: Mike Thomas/Program Director-WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub/Boston 2. Chuck Damico/Program Director- BEN-FM Philadelphia & Assistant Program Director/WMMR-FM/Philadelphia 3. Steve Black/WRIF-FM On Air Personality/ Detroit 4.and Roy Brown/ KISS 95.1 Morning Personality/Charlotte.
“We are thrilled to have our new Podcast Captains help lead our creative process as Beasley Media Group continues to develop and grow the company’s Podcast strategy,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight.
The Kane Show Adds Three New Podcasts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– The Kane Show originating from iHeartMedia’s Hot 99.5/WIHT in Washington, D.C., announced the launch of three new podcasts:
The Kane Show’s Last Resort – When time runs out on The Kane Show, this is the place where the cast expands upon what went down during the show. It's where everyone shares a little bit more into their personal lives and gives a final say on what they talk about.
The Kane Show Remix – The Kane Show Remix features everything that happened in the past week smashed into one! Get all the can't-miss moments including: Ghosted, War of the Roses, Hollywood, Headlines, and more!
The Kane Show Presents: Ghosted – The Kane Show helps listeners figure out why they got “ghosted” in their relationship by reuniting couples and letting them share their side of the story to set the record straight, once and for all.
The Kane Show is hosted by Kane, along with co-hosts Riley, Rose, John and Erick. The high-energy program features music, conversations on the latest news and hot topics, Hollywood gossip, contests, call-in interaction with listeners, plus interviews with the biggest celebrities in music and pop culture. For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com or https://news.iheart.com/featured/the-kane-show/. To download a photo of Kane, click here.
WWO Launches 'Ferrall On The Bets'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– Westwood One is launching a new podcast series focused on sports betting. The podcast is called Ferrall on the Bets, featuring Scott Ferrall, host of CBS Sports Radio’s popular weeknight program Ferrall on the Bench. Starting August 28, Ferrall on the Bets will post six 30-minute original podcasts a week, Tuesday-Sunday, at 7:30 am EST, so listeners have the data they want to place the day’s bets. “I am thrilled to offer bettors a free resource for picks,” said Scott Ferrall. “I watch as many games as I can, I check out all the lines. I love being the go-to predictor of the podcast world, and I thank Westwood One for the opportunity.”
“No one beats Scott Ferrall at this game! He is an adept sports handicapper,“ said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One. “Scott will be giving his sports bets predictions in a tight 30-minute format, and with his track record, that is time well spent.” For more info, contact Tim Sabean at email@example.com, visit westwoodonepodcasts.com
SNAPS: Journey's Steve Perry Brings His Album Artwork To KQRS Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– Steve Perry gave his first interview promoting his long-awaited album to Tom Barnard, National Radio Hall of Famer and host of the KQ Morning Show. Perry dropped by Cumulus' Minneapolis studios to discuss his first new album in 24 years, Traces, which will drop on October 5th on Fantasy/Concord Music. The first single, "No Erasin'" was just released. The album cover for Traces is comprised of a collection of images tracing Perry's life and career.
Scott Jameson, Operations Manager/Program Director of KQRS and Cumulus Vice President, Classic Rock, said: “This was more than just an interview promoting a new record — Tom was able to take a deep dive into Steve’s past, sharing stories about his love of radio, his life, and why he decided to walk away from the music business. Steve also shared an emotional story about Kellie Nash, a woman he fell in love with while battling Stage 4 breast cancer and how some songs on Traces are a tribute to her strength and spirit.” LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
A Look At iHeart Boston's New Headquarters
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2018 –– iHeart has been designing and developing a brand-new 43,000 plus square foot state-of-the-art facility for its iHeartMedia Boston headquarters which now includes WRKO-AM, WKAF-FM, and the recently acquired WZLX-FM and WBZ-AM. The innovative space is designed to invoke collaboration and to embody the iHeartMedia brand.
In addition to cutting-edge design elements, the studios will feature digitally-advanced technology and resources for talent and programmers that will help them connect even faster and easier with listeners delivering even more great content to the Boston community. Check out photos HERE and HERE
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Wisconsin Host Survives Lightning Strike
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– We are happy to report that longtime Wisconsin sports radio host, Bill Michaels of Entercom's 105.7 The Fan is alive and well after being struck by lightning while he was live on the air. He tells WTMJ-4 TV, "Immediately I couldn't feel my arms like below my elbows and my legs and feet," said Michaels. He said he had just finished interviewing Jerry Kramer at a golf outing in Eau Claire when he heard a buzz and felt a jolt. He drove himself to the hospital. He said the lightning struck his hand and foot. "The bolt or the current blew out through the bottom of my shoe (shown)," said Michaels.
Michaels remembered hearing thunder in the distance and minutes later he heard an electric buzz. "I had my arms kind of underneath a table on my knees and touching the table," said Michaels. He didn't see it, but he said someone else saw his table light up. "The best way I can describe it is like somebody had an electrical wire laying across my lap and put the plug in, pull the plug out, put the plug in, pull the plug out. It was like two quick buzzes," said Michaels. He said doctors said he was struck. The mishap even prompted a tweet from Gov. Scott Walker: @Bill_Michaels 'Knew you had an electrifying show but this is taking it to a whole new level. Glad to hear you are still with us! Get well.'
[LISTEN] Scott Shannon's 1,000th Show Draws Calls From Howard Stern & Elvis Duran
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Stars and more turned out and tuned in for WCBS-FM's Scott Shannon's 1,000th broadcast on the Entercom outlet. Among the many included audio congrats from Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift who sent flowersand a card (below). Also calling in props were New York radio celebs, Howard Stern & Elvis Duran. Shannon celebrated his 1,000th Big Show broadcast on Entercom NY's Radio.com theatre infront of 130 invited listeners. During the four hour broadcast, Journey front man, Steve Perry (L) and Billy Joel's sax-man Mark Rivera made guest appearances and took selfies with Shannon's listeners.
Scott played on air, video messages from numerous other celebrities--- and telephone call-in's throughout the show to wish Scott congrats from celebrities, musicians and actors. Shannon's 1st show on the air at CBS-FM was March 3rd, 2014. LISTEN TO STERN CALL-IN HERE - ELVIS DURAN CALL-IN HERE - LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE
Yesi Ortiz Adds MD Stripes At 97.1 AMP LA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Entercom has appointed Yesi Ortiz to the role of Music Director for 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles, effective immediately. Ortiz’s new role is in addition to her midday host duties, which she assumed when she joined the station in April 2018. Ortiz can be heard on-air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT. “We are very proud of Yesi’s on-air work since joining us earlier this year,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “She has been a respected leader in the music community for many years and we look forward to her expanding her duties as 97.1 AMP Radio’s Music Director.”
“I remain so thankful for the opportunities AMP has given me since I joined the station,” added Ortiz. “I do not take this testament of trust lightly, and I remain committed to helping this station grow each and every day.” Prior to joining Entercom, Ortiz was midday drive host and Assistant Music Director for Power 106FM in Los Angeles.
Pete Forester Named Director Of Sales For Beasley New Jersey Combo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Beasley announces Pete Forester has been promoted to the position of Director of Sales at Beasley Media Group’s WMGQ-FM and WCTC-AM in New Jersey. He will begin his new position immediately. Over the past fourteen years, Pete has served as the National Sales Manager for the company’s New Jersey-based radio properties.
“Pete has demonstrated an incredible work ethic along with creativity,” said Beasley Media New Jersey Senior Vice President and Market Manager Dan Finn. “I’m confident he will thrive being based in Somerset and leading our team.” The company will begin conducting a search for a National Sales Manager. During the interim, Pete will continue handle those responsibilities. Inquiries may be sent to Jennifer.Alexander-Mettlen@bbgi.com.
Cumulus' Nashville's 104.5 The Zone Adds 'Outkick The Coverage With Clay Travis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Nashville announced the return of multimedia sports personality Clay Travis to WGFX/104.5 The Zone’s weekday morning lineup. Travis, who got his start in radio as co-host of the popular 3HL on WGFX in 2010, joins the station beginning today, August 20, with the addition of Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis in the Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. CT timeslot. The program will lead into the top-rated Wake Up Zone, which airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT.
Originating from Nashville,, Outkick The Coverage is nationally syndicated by FOX Sports Radio, the program can be heard on nearly 300 stations nationwide. Brad Willis, Program Director, WGFX/104.5 The Zone, said: “We’re excited to add Clay Travis back to the Zone lineup, as his presence in Nashville, and his perspective on sports across the nation, is one that our listeners have enjoyed for many years.”
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Entercom & Houston Texans Extend Partnership
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Entercom and the Houston Texans have agreed to extend their current broadcast partnership. As part of the agreement, SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM) and 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM) in Houston will continue to carry all Houston Texans games, and Mega 101 FM (KLOL-FM) in Houston will broadcast all games in Spanish. The new multi-year extension will run through the 2027 season.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Houston Texans and remain as the team’s flagship home,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “Football is an integral part of the Houston community and as the leaders in sports radio, we are committed to providing fans exclusive all-access programming with some of the best on-air talent in the business in both English and Spanish.”
In addition to game broadcasts, SportsRadio 610 will continue to air a three-hour pregame and postgame show, plus “Texans All Access,” which will continue to air weekdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT during the regular season and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT during the offseason. The “Bill O’Brien Show” airs from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the regular season.
Big 107.7 Moves To New Frequency
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– Adams Radio Group has moved heritage Classic Rock “BIG Classic Rock” to a new frequency in Salisbury - Ocean City. The station began simulcasting Classic Rock on 25,000 watt 107.7 at 5pm today. The station will continue to broadcast on the original frequency, 98.5, while listeners migrate to 107.7. The Bob and Tom Morning Show, which is the longest continuous morning show in Delmarva, will continue to be Delmarva’s number one choice for Classic Rock."
Ron Stone, CEO of Adams added “ WGBG Big Classic Rock has been in the same format and with the same morning show for over 20 years. Now they will finally have the signal to truly rock the entire market. Our new coverage is one of the markets best signals and I have no doubt this will enable WGBG to become a top rated station in the market.” As for 98 .5, Stone says stay tuned. “After the audience migration, we will do something new with 98.5, a format destined to make a major impact on the market, specifically in Sussex County, DE where the station is licensed.”
EVENTS: WURV/Richmond And VCU Alumni Raise Over 3,000 Backpacks For Schools
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2018 –– 103.7 Play (WURV) Richmond just teamed up with the VCU Alumni for the Ultimate Backpack Project to collect backpacks filled with supplies for local underprivileged kids. Melissa Chase tells Jockline, "Our listeners donated over a thousand backpacks each hour, which totaled more than 3,000 supply-filled backpacks for Richmond Public Schools!
Chase adds, "Almost our entire on-air staff actually grew up in the Richmond area, so giving back to our community and supporting as many local, charitable programs we can is really important to the vibe of our station. It’s even more awesome to see how our listeners are always ready to lend a hand and make these events the success they are! PHOTO/Melissa Chase, Morning Show Co-Host of Play Mornings and Timmy Nguyen of the VCU Alumni Association.
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iRadio Pays 'Respect' To Aretha Franklin
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 ––From urban to rock,, radio stations nationwide, including SiriusXM, broke from its regular programming to pay its respect to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin who passed away yesterday at the age of 76. The nationally syndicated Tom Joyner shared numerous experiences with Aretha Franklin which he shared in his blog - he adds, "There are a lot of self-proclaimed Kings and Queens out here, but Aretha Franklin is one of the special ones who is more than worthy of owning that regal title -- As a friend, she has allowed me, my family, and my co-workers into her private world and that’s one of the reasons why I am so protective of her legacy and her love. All hail the Queen of Soul! – Tom Joyner
Urban One's Kathy Hughes in an announcement wrote: "..while many will remember her for all of the titles she has received, I believe, Aretha Franklin, in her own words, said it best, “being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.” And Aretha Franklin, so are we. Rest in peace my sister." - READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - Hughes also posted a former interview on Twitter - WATCH VIDEO HERE
In San Francisco, Urban AC 102.9 KBLX honored Franklin in song all day yesterday playing her biggest hits back to back. According to Operations Director/Program Director, Elroy Smith, “We started at 7 a.m. with this tribute and we will continue until 7 p.m. (Thursday night). This Aretha Franklin takeover is well deserved”.
Over on the west coast, Quincy Jones called into Bob and Coe on 101.5 KGB. Quincy talked about how Aretha would cook for him. He talked about meeting her for the first time when she was only 12 years old. LISTEN HERE
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ABC Radio To Air 1-Hour Aretha Special
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio just announced it will provide a one-hour special on Aretha Franklin whose brilliance extended way beyond her Motown roots and shone across the musical spectrum. You can join ABC Radio as it takes a look back on the life and career of one of the most influential musicians in modern history. Get more info HERE
Jim and Amanda Take Over Mornings On WARM 98.5 Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 –– Cumulus' WRRM-FM/WARM 98.5 Cincinnati will be waking up listeners next Monday, August 20 with The WARM Morning Show featuring Jim and Amanda The show features current co-host Jim Day and Amanda Orlando, who joins WARM 98.5 from sister station WNNF-FM/NASH FM 94.1 in Cincinnati, where she has been Midday Host and Assistant Program Director.
Day has hosted popular morning shows at WHKO-FM in Dayton, OH; KWEN-FM in Tulsa, OK; and WSM-FM in Nashville, TN, prior to joining WRRM last July. Before taking the Midday hosting spot at WNNF, Orlando was an award-winning morning show host at WUBE-FM in Cincinnati and at WFMS-FM in Indianapolis, IN.
Amanda Orlando said: "I’m very excited to officially join the WARM family. We have all been friends and co-workers for years - heck, I’ve even been in some of their weddings! It feels like a very natural move and I cannot wait to start each day at WARM 98.5! I’m looking forward to many more lunches with Jim Day and family where we talk radio and bore our children for 3 hours!" Jim Day said: "Man, I count myself blessed. My family and I love living here and now I get to hang out with Amanda, too!
Dave Crowl, Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Cincinnati, said, "We want to thank Bob Goen and Marianne Curan for their contributions to mornings on WARM, and wish them all the best.”
Lineup Changes At The KDKA-FM Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 ––Entercom announced lineup changes for 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), the flagship station of the Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Pittsburgh football and basketball. These changes are effective September 4. The new lineup is as follows: 5:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Fan Morning Show,” with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “The Ron and Joe Show,” hosted by Ron Cook and Joe Starkey 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “The PM Team with Poni and Mueller,” hosted by Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: “The Paul Zeise Show,” hosted by Paul Zeise.
“93.7 The Fan sets the tone for the sports scene in Pittsburgh,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “This new lineup elevates our sound and will engage the Pittsburgh sports fans beyond the level they have already come to expect from us.” As part of the changes, Chris Mack, who currently hosts the station’s pregame and postgame shows for Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasts, will join Colin Dunlap as co-host of “The Fan Morning Show.” Additionally, television sports personality Bob Pompeani will join “The Ron and Joe Show” as a weekly contributor.
SYNDICATION: KWEE Portland Adds The Dana Cortez Show To Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 –– Another day, another affiliate for newly launched The Dana Cortez Show. Beginning Monday, August 27, Alpha Media Portland’s WE 96.3 (KWEE) will debut the show featuring one of radio’s first Latinas to host a morning drive program alongside her husband DJ Automatic and comedian Anthony Almanzar.
The Dana Cortez Show was formally the #1 rated morning show in KBBT San Antonio. The new partnership is between WE 96.3 and ABC Radio. "I am beyond excited. It's like you open your eyes and it's like 'Oh my God, my dreams are still happening,’" Cortez said regarding the show’s expansion into Portland, "It's something I've thought about for many years and it's finally happening." Phil Becker, Alpha Media, VP Content commented, “From previously competing against them, I’ve seen first hand how passionate listeners are about Dana and Auto and we are fortunate to have them joining Portland’s fastest growing radio station.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Geoff Moyer Named GSM For Alpha Portland Talk Stations; Sam Nein Announces New Media Company
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 ––Geoff Moyer will take over General Sales Manager duties for Alpha Media Portland’s talk properties, which include FM News 101.1 (KXL), 102.9/750 The Game (KXTG), Freedom 970 (KUFO), and the 22-station Radio Northwest Network. Moyer has been with Alpha Media Portland since November 2016 as the Local Sales Manager for KXTG and KUFO. Prior to his time at Alpha, Moyer worked as an account executive for Comcast Spotlight and local Fox affiliate KPTV. He is a graduate of Washington State University. “I am happy and excited about this great opportunity to continue growing at Alpha. It's always exciting to work alongside so many great people. Every day brings new adventures and I am excited about our future,” commented Moyer.
-- Former iHeartMedia executive Sam Nein has joined forces with David Maus. Maus an entrepreneur, is the owner of New Port Richey Nissan, Crystal River Nissan and Maus Media Group, in addition to multiple other interests he has stake in. Nein is a long time radio broadcast professional, who spent the last seven years as the Tampa Bay Area President of iHeartMedia, prior to his exit in January. Nein will assume a dual leadership role as President of Maus Media Group as well as Founder & President of Power Play Media.
Sam played an important role in helping me to successfully launch and build my brands in both Orlando and Tampa”-said Maus. Now we get to combine our experience and passion to drive results for our strategic partners!
NETWORKS: Ariana Grande 'Sweetener' Album Launch7 Draws National Support
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2018 ––The Westwood One distributed Zach Sang Show will air a special Ariana Grande “Sweetener” radio event today, August 17. Ariana and a couple special friends will hang with Zach and his listeners from 7:00 to 9:00 pm all time zones. WWO is offering a 2-Hour Ariana Grande “Sweetener” Special to all radio stations! This is the ONLY Ariana Album Preview Party available!
iHeartMedia will also be presenting an iHeartRadio Album Premiere Of Sweetener with Grande across its iHeartRadio Stations nationwide. Beginning at midnight ET on August 17, iHeartRadio’s Pop and Hot AC stations across the country will play a track off of Sweetener every other hour, including “breathin,” “every time,” “sweetener” and “R.E.M”. The on air special will broadcast across 120 iHeartRadio Pop and Hot AC stations and digitally on HitNation and iHeartRadio.com.
HONORS: Wendy Williams To Receive 2018 NAB's 'Impact Award;' Join For Keynote Session
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2018 –– Wendy Williams, host of “The Wendy Williams Show,” will receive the NAB Show New York Impact Award on Thursday, October 18, during the 2018 NAB Show New York. Williams will also participate in a featured main stage keynote session with Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of the talk show’s producer and distributor, Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury.
Williams will be honored for her 10 years of success as host of “The Wendy Williams Show,” which attracts millions of viewers every day and is produced live in New York City. The award also honors Williams for her philanthropic work, notably with The Hunter Foundation and the newly-announced Be Here Initiative. The initiative is a national awareness and call-to-action drug addiction and substance abuse campaign. “Wendy achieved early success as one of the most popular personalities on radio and continues to influence the media and entertainment industry as host of her Emmy-nominated weekday talk show,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “She is truly a New York success story, and we look forward to honoring her with this prestigious and well-deserved award.” NAB Show New York is held October 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center.
Alpha Media Canton Raises Over $200,000 During AultCare Wish-A-Thon
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media's News-Talk 1480 WHBC-AM and Mix 94.1 (WHBC-FM) along with AultCare raised $213,946 for Wishes Can Happen, Inc. AultCare, News-Talk 1480 WHBC, and Mix 94.1 joined forces once again to broadcast live August 9-10 for 36 hours in the parking lot at Springbrook Plaza, Whipple Avenue NW, Canton. Wishes Can Happen is continually amazed at the wishes of ‘our kids’! “If they can wish it – we can make it happen!” Alpha Media, Canton Market Manager, Larry Gawthrop commented on the announcement, “The staff at WHBC and Mix 94.1 works very hard to make this event bigger and better every year. We feel very privileged to have created an event that continues to grow, allowing Wishes Can Happen to grant more wishes for local kids every year.”
Wishes Can Happen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, chartered in the State of Ohio since 1982, co-founded by Canton residents Cyndi Morrow and Linda Lippert. WCH is an all-volunteer group, simply organized under the guidance of a Board of Directors and have granted over 1,500 wishes for local area children ages 3-21 since 1982. Donations can still be made this week at www.mixwishes.com
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Scripps Exits Radio With Sale Of Last 19 Stations to Summit Media For $47 Million
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2018 –– The E.W. Scripps Company has reached an agreement to sell its last group of 19 radio stations in four markets to Summit Media LLC for $ 47 million. This is the fourth and final transaction in the sale of Scripps’ radio assets.
Summit Media LLC is purchasing : • KFDI (101.3 FM), KICT (95.1 FM), KFXJ (104.5 FM), KY QQ (106.5 FM) and KFTI (1070 AM) in Wichita, Kansas; • KTTS (94.7 FM), KSPW (96.5 FM), KSGF (104.1 FM and 1260 AM) and KRVI (106.7 FM) in Springfield, Missouri; • KEZO (92.3 FM), KSRZ (104.5 FM), KQCH (94.1 FM), KKCD (105.9 FM) and ESPN station KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha, Nebraska ; and • WWST (102.1 FM), WCYQ (100.3 FM), WKHT (104.5 FM) and WNOX (931. FM) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
The company announced in January its intent to sell its portfolio of 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps already had announced the sale of five radio stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma , to Griffin Communications ; two Milwaukee - based radio stations to Good Karma Brands ; and eight stations in Boise, Idaho, and Tucson, Arizona, to Lotus Communications Corp.
“We are very excited to welcome the Scripps team s in Wichita, Springfield, Omaha and Knoxville in to the SummitMedia family,” said Carl Parmer (L) SummitMedia LLC chairman and CEO." “Together, we are very confident we can inspire our audiences, serve each of our individual communities and create value for our clients.” SummitMedia LLC is a Birmingham, Alabama-based media company with a focus on radio and digital media. The Scripps stations will join its portfolio of 31 radio stations in Alabama, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lee Davis Named SVP/Sales for Entercom Traffic & Weather
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 16TH, 2018 ––Entercom, announced the appointment of Lee Davis to the role of Senior Vice President of Sales for Entercom’s Traffic Weather and Information Network (TWIN), effective immediately. "I am THRILLED to join Entercom and work with our teams to drive revenue to our robust TWIN sales channel,” said Davis. “By leveraging our vast collection of radio and digital properties, we will untap the vast potential we have in this space.” Davis is a 28-year veteran of the media industry.
He joins Entercom from MediaCrossing, where he was Executive Vice President for the programmatic digital media agency. Davis previously held the role of Executive Vice President of Sales for Univision Communication’s Local Media division. Davis established his career at WFAN (WFAN-FM/AM) where he rose to the position of Vice President and General Manager.
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