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Liz Hernandez Takes Over Mornings On 94.7 The Wave In Los Angeles Beginning Today
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 ––Audacy welcomes Liz Hernandez as morning show host for 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM) in Los Angeles. Beginning today, October 3, Hernandez will be heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT. “Liz’s familiarity and history with Southern California make her a perfect fit to take the reins of The Wave’s morning drive,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy Southern California. “We’re certain she will deliver a fresh, dynamic morning show that resonates with the Wave’s community.”
“This truly is a homecoming to my first love, radio, and what better way than with a morning show at The Wave,” said Hernandez. “I am incredibly proud to be a Latina in this space and to represent my culture and community, and grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for the beautiful people of Los Angeles. I am excited to bring my energy and years of experience and to continue to celebrate this amazing city.”
Hernandez is a Mexican American Emmy-nominated television personality, broadcaster, and journalist. As a SoCal native, Hernandez started her entertainment career as a radio host on the Power 106 FM nationally syndicated show, “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” After hosting for 10 years, she moved on to television entertainment news as a host and correspondent for Access Hollywood, E! News, and MTV. Her career has been built on storytelling and the power of words. She continues to connect with community as the Founder and Creator of WORDAFUL, a video and live event series that focuses on the importance of how we communicate with others and ourselves.
Fred Jacobs: What Experts Are Saying About The State Of Podcasting In 2022
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– Jacobs Media chief Fred Jacobs wrote a post last month about “Serial,” the now-iconic podcast that helped resuscitate the platform. Jacobs added that since that time, the industry has simply not had a hit of that magnitude. In his blog today titled: 'Is there Trouble In PodcastingLand,' he points to the issue of mass appeal. "Our commercial radio Techsurveys, mostly comprised of 50+ core radio fans, show nearly nine in ten respondents subscribe to a service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+. Conversely, more than four in ten (41%) self-categorize as “podcast nevers” – people who just don’t make podcasts part of their audio diets. Add to them the 20% who listen to podcasts less often than monthly, and you have a medium that six in ten radio fans have little to do with," says Jacobs.
Now the cynics among you are thinking, “These are a bunch of aging radio people. Of course they’re not into podcasting.” And when you look at the Gen Z’s and Millennials, you can easily see the younger appeal of podcasting. Still, the lack of mass appeal acceptance is an impediment, going on two decades since podcasts became accessible to all," he adds.
Jacobs says, "Looking at the state of podcasting in 2022, it is becoming clearer there are problems that seem to be daunting. And last week, the negative stories about podcasting began to accumulate, leading me to think we may be entering a new phase for the medium." Read Blog Here
EVENTS: Dua Lipa And Lizzo Among Headliners In Return Of iHeart's 2022 National Jingle Ball Tour
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– iHeartMedia will celebrate the holiday season across the nation with its annual “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One” – the season's spectacular music event, which captures the music and holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app with performances by this year’s biggest artists including Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato, The Kid LAROI, Khalid, Tate McRae, Lewis Capaldi, and more. The 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One will stop in Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; New York; Boston; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
Z100's Jingle Ball in New York on Friday, December 9 will be carried live across the country on all iHeartRadio CHR stations nationwide and will livestream exclusively via The CW App and CWTV.com. In addition, The CW Network will broadcast the event as an exclusive nationwide television special on December 17 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
“This is the time of the year when the biggest artists in music come together to celebrate the holidays with their fans from coast to coast, culminating with a two hour broadcast television event on The CW Network,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. For the eighth straight year, Capital One will be the national presenting partner of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.
WUOG Athens Announces 50th Anniversary Events
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– Alumni from legendary college radio station WUOG “90.5 FM” in Athens, GA, announce events surrounding the station’s 50th anniversary. Headlining alumni activities is a free, private concert from Pylon Reenactment Society (PRS) on Friday,October 21st, in the former 40 Watt Club performance room that is now part of Sister Louisa’s Church in Athens. PRS is comprised of original Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay, guitarist Jason NeSmith, bassist Kay Stanton, and drummer Gregory Sanders.
Also on Friday, October 21st at 3:00 p.m. in Studio 100, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will feature WUOG alumni Richard Warner, Mike Henry, Val Carolin, and Condace Pressley for a panel discussion, “Talk about the Passion – WUOG at 50: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.” Dr. Jennifer Griffith, WUOG alumna and Senior Lecturer in Advertising in the Grady College, will moderate this conversation. Rounding out the weekend’s activities will be a pub crawl on Saturday, October 22nd.
Public radio WUOG launched on October 22nd, 1972 and has been operated by UGA students for its entirety. WUOGreturned from a university shut down in 1981 with a focus on playing local bands from the burgeoning Athens music scene. The new “90.5 FM, Athens’ Rock Alternative” was at the epicenter of the national 1980s college radio movement that first played Athens’ own B-52s and R.E.M., U2, The Police, Talking Heads, Pretenders, Depeche Mode, and many others that led to the birth of the commercial radio Alternative format.
HONORS: NHPR Newsroom Honored With Nackey S. Loeb School’s Quill & Ink Award for 2022
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– NHPR will be celebrated on Thursday, October 20, 2022, as the recipient of The Nackey S. Loeb School’s Quill & Ink Award. This award is not given annually, but instead is reserved to honor significant contributions to the First Amendment. NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio) is being honored for continuing to produce high quality accountability journalism in the face of legal threats and vandalism directed at some staff members and their families.
“This is a fitting tribute to our newsroom's outstanding work and our journalists' courage. I'm glad that it recognizes the entire organization, because it takes everyone at NHPR to make our journalism possible,“ said NHPR President and CEO Jim Schachter. The annual event honors New Hampshire individuals or organizations that have advanced or exercised their First Amendment rights in some special or extraordinary way.
The First Amendment Award event is October 20 from 4pm-5:30 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. It will feature guest speaker Jonathan Martin, a senior political correspondent for The New York Times, political analyst for CNN and co-author of the recent New York Times best-seller.
America One Radio Forms Partnership With Radio Vet Ron Roberts For Launch Of 'The Ron Show'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– Ron Roberts, former program director at WSTR/Atlanta, as well as a former SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia and an on-air talent at a dozen stations throughout his 25-plus year career throughout the southeast, now host The Ron Show. This, however, will be his first foray in the talk realm. A Georgia native, Ron's been politically active from the day he became a voter - serving as a delegate at the Young Democrats of America convention in the 1990s, as well as volunteering for various local, state and Congressional candidates throughout the southeast.
"The talk radio format is saturated with conservative voices, with the industry having little to no room for a reasoned response from a liberal/progressive perspective. My aim is to bring some balance to the dialogue by adding my voice to the fray. I'm a lifelong southern liberal, and know, from my travels throughout the southeast, that there are a lot more of us out there being drowned out by all the shouting from the other side. My goal is to provide a platform for them, and to rationally spell out how our nation's problems are solvable with substantive ideas and conversation, instead of demonization and division. Make no mistake, though; I'm not holding back punches and I'll call out bull**** when I see it, too."
"From the time we launched back in 2020, AmericaOne Radio has been committed to building a Progressive Talk platform for Georgia. With the addition of the Ron Show, we continue to build on that promise. I am so excited about our partnership with Ron Roberts. Ron is a great guy and brings so much talent and his gift of gab to the table. I am honored to get to work with him on this project". said Jeremy Brasseal, President, America One Radio.
Black Radio United For The Vote To Host Town Hall Ahead of Georgia’s November General Election
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– Black Radio United For the Vote will host a Town Hall on The Clark Atlanta University Campus in The Bishop C. L. Henderson Student Hall on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Town Hall, featuring Governor Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams, State Representative Jen Jordan, Senator Rafael Warnock, and State Representative Bee Nguyen, will provide candidates the opportunity to discuss their platforms and answer questions posed by the moderator and submitted by listeners.
Moderators will include local radio hosts Frank Ski (KISS 104.1), Ryan Cameron (Majic 107.5/97.5), Big Tigger (V103), Young Jock (Streetz 94.5), Morris Baxter (Jazz 91.9) and Art Terrell (Smooth Jazz 101.1/100.1). This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to register for the guest list at BlackRadioUnited.com.
Radio Resources Expands Products & Services
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2022 –– Radio Resources has expanded its platform with more products and services for medium to small market radio broadcasters announced Alex Quintero, Director of Products and Services. The newly added products and services include additional programming options, a traffic system, sales training, and more.
“We continue to grow our platform to address the critical areas of owning and operating radio stations with top quality products and services that can not only improve overall station operations, but can deliver financial efficiencies, as well,” said Quintero. “With a more robust platform, we can better serve the specific needs of medium and small market broadcasters in our industry. Radio Resources makes the customer journey more streamlined, cuts costs, and saves time for owners, managers, and their teams, with the added benefit of increasing asset appreciation.”
Radio Resources is the latest evolution of parent company Gen Μedia Partners, formed in 2015 to deliver forward-thinking solutions to radio broadcasters by assembling customer-focused rep firms, networks, outdoor media, political and Hispanic expertise, and more under one roof. Radio Resources is the next natural progression, extending that model to partnerships with providers across every component of the radio business. For more information on Radio Resources, station owners and operators may contact Alex Quintero at info@RadioResources.com and (212) 380-9323, or visit the website at https://radioresources.com/.
Jane Clauss Named On-Air Contributor On WLS-AM’s Steve Cochran Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has named Chicago radio and television personality Jane Clauss to join 890 WLS-AM on-air team as Morning Show Contributor for The Steve Cochran Show. Clauss debuted this week as a member of the 890 WLS-AM morning show team and can be heard weekdays from 5:30am-9:00am.
A two-time EMMY Award winner, Clauss is host of Creative Living, which airs nationally on the Yurview network, and hosts Arizona Living: Your Home Your Inspiration show and Craft Room Crash series on CLIXTV. She was the longtime host of Living Healthy Chicago on WGN-TV. Clauss can be heard on the Creative Living podcast available on all major podcast platforms Clauss has hosted television shows across the country including Create & Craft USA on Direct TV and was correspondent for Metro Mix, Behind the Bubbly, and House Smarts.
Clauss is a familiar voice on Chicago radio, as host for various programs on WGN 720 AM, and as morning and afternoon show co-host on Rock station 97.9 The Loop/WLUP-FM. She was also the in-arena host for the NBA Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Chicago Sky. Clauss commented: "I'm thrilled to call the Big 89 my new radio home. Being a part of the legendary WLS call letters and working alongside Steve Cochran every weekday morning is a true honor."
Radio Milwaukee Reveals New Branding For Organization Ahead of 15th Birthday
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Non-commercial Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-88.9FM) has revealed new branding for the organization, as well as for its original 88Nine broadcast channel, ahead of its 15th birthday celebration taking place tomorrow, Oct. 1.
“The extension of our Radio Milwaukee brand as the umbrella for our three channels represents the next evolution of this media organization,” Executive Director Maxie Jackson said. “By elevating the Radio Milwaukee brand to encompass our three channels – 88Nine, HYFIN and 414Music.FM – we set each up to grow audience and impact, all with the support of an organization that has 15 years of industry-changing experience behind it.”
The new Radio Milwaukee branding retains the organization’s signature orange color and adds complementary cream, charcoal and blue colors to the palette. The logo system is robust and flexible, offering a variety of options for expression to work alongside Radio Milwaukee’s music, content and community outreach offerings.
“In reimagining the Radio Milwaukee brand, we wanted to achieve something that was as adaptable as the organization,” Director of Marketing & Communications Sarah Lahr said. “Throughout our 15-year history, we’ve shaped our programming and content around the needs of our audience, and we needed our new logo system to allow for that flexibility.” The typeface in the logo is a custom, hand-rendered font called “Sidewalk Block,” designed by Milwaukee-based firm Ocupop, and is meant to visually resemble hand-painted Milwaukee ghost signs. The type is paired, in most expressions, with the “Radio Milwaukee Crescendo.” Milwaukee Mayor Johnson to Proclaim Radio Milwaukee Day at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1) at Celebration Marking Station’s 15th Anniversary
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Hurricane Ian Takes Aim At South & North Carolina
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Storms are set to strike the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts early today as Hurricane Ian advances north from the Atlantic Ocean reports CNN. The storm system was about 145 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 5 a.m. this morning, the National Hurricane Center said in an update. Moving north-northeast at 9 mph, Ian is expected to pick up forward speed this morning, according to the update. North Carolina and South Carolina are forecast to be pummeled by "life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions" as the storm creeps closer this afternoon, the hurricane center said. Flooding rains will also likely begin soaking the Carolinas and southern Virginia, according to the forecast.
Along with the latest update, Beasley Media Group's AJ Lurie reports that beginning today at 6am and well into tonight Budman and Marija followed by Shemon, Sheppard, Stan & Haney and Gina Birch will continue to air from Ft. Myers and Naples on all its stations. Over in Tampa, Steve Triplett reported that yesterday "Our tower at Ft. Lonesome (WLLD) was inaccessible due to downed trees, debris and an overflowing creek. It is without power but still running on generator. We have an engineer out there now waiting on crews to clear a path so he can get to the site. We'll most likely need to shut down the generator at the site and transfer to the backup site for WLLD (San Martin). Our AM site is also without power and on generator. We have fuel orders in to replenish. Our building is closed through (today) to all but essential employees (talent, engineering, IT). Employees who are able to work are doing so remotely until Monday at the earliest. Some employees remain without power and dealing with clean up at home."
On Monday, October 3rd Beasley Media Group Community of Caring Radiothon to Benefit Those Impacted in Southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian. We will be running a 2-hour radiothon during morning Drive from 8am -10am on Monday, October 3rd across our company’s markets. Our Tampa stations will be running the radiothon (today). In addition, Beasley Media Group is partnering with Waterman Broadcasting’s NBC-2 and ABC-7 News in Ft. Myers/Naples.
EVENTS: Q102 Philly Announces Lineup For Jingle Ball 2022
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Q102, Philadelphia today unveiled the lineup for its annual holiday concert, iHeartRadio Q102’s Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One, taking place on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Q102 morning show host Elvis Duran officially announced the all-star performers for Q102 Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One.
The event will feature Sam Smith, Charlie Puth, AJR, Khalid, Tate McRae, Lauv, Ava Max, Jax and Nicky Youre. Q102 Jingle Ball 2022 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capitol One, the season’s biggest annual holiday music event that captures the music and holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app with performances by this year’s biggest artists in Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; New York; Boston; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. For the eighth straight year, Capital One will be the national presenting partner of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.
“Q102’s Jingle Ball has become a holiday tradition in Philadelphia and our audience is thrilled to have the show back in person,” said Program Director and On-Air Personality Buster Satterfield. “Some of the biggest stars of the year will shine bright in South Philly this December.” This year’s official charity is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.
iHeart And Charlamagne Tha God’s Black Effect Podcast Network Debuts Historic Metaverse Event With 'The Trap Nerds' In iHeartLand
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God’s The Black Effect Podcast Network has debuted a special metaverse episode event of “The Trap Nerds” in iHeartLand on Roblox, streaming for users on the main stage at State Farm Park.
“The Trap Nerds” is a weekly podcast that covers all things nerd culture and beyond––comic books, Anime, gaming, science fiction, sports, and current events. Together, the four friends debate, argue, laugh, make fun of themselves and each other, while talking about everything and anything in Black nerd culture. Through unfiltered comedy, side conversations and off-topic discussions, listeners will be sure to get a kick out of this special episode and nerd out with the Blerds!
iHeartLand visitors on Roblox will experience the event beginning this week and will run for 48 hours through October 1. This will be followed by an iHeartLand encore event in Fortnite beginning October 13 at 7 p.m. EST through October,
Cumulus Launches 'Hello Ross' Podcast With Vet Entertainment Host Ross Mathews
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Cumulus launches Hello Ross, an all-new, original podcast on the Cumulus Podcast Network. For more than two decades, Ross Mathews has interviewed the world’s biggest celebrities on television and red carpets, and now he’s bringing those skills to his brand-new podcast, Hello Ross.
This week's inaugural episode features an in-depth interview with Chelsea Handler. Upcoming episodes will feature conversations with fascinating people including Guy Fieri, Todrick Hall, Kathy Griffin, Bowen Yang, and Martyn Bullard.
A new episode of Hello Ross will drop each Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Pocket Casts, and Google Podcasts, among other platforms. Each episode will also appear on YouTube as Ross joins the Cumulus Podcasts channel there. The Cumulus Podcast Network produces, distributes, markets, and monetizes Hello Ross.
Storic Media Partners With The Nashville Film Festival To Launch The ‘Nashfilm Podcast Series”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– The 53rd Nashville Film Festival has partnered with Storic Media to create a series of podcasts promoting their lineup of films. Each podcast will be ten minutes or less and features a filmmaker giving film goers and festival VIPs a way to learn about each film before they enter the theater. Filmmakers share insights about what inspired them to make it and why someone should go see it.
Jason Padgitt, NashFilm’s Executive Director, sees this as an opportunity to reach filmgoers in Nashville and to expand the festival’s footprint across the country. “We are excited to partner with Storic Media on this innovative way to more directly connect our audience with some of the top independent filmmakers from around the world and to build more insightful anticipation for each film,” said Padgitt. Storic Media, a diverse and content inclusive media company since its inception in 2020, sees this series as another way to give an unlimited audience what it wants.
“Creating unique and informative content is what our goal is for every series we produce,” said President and Founder Kristin Verbitsky. “Partnering with a festival as creative and artistic as NashFilm gives us a way to draw film fans to the theater by letting them hear directly from the filmmakers themselves. Podcasts provide an intimate media platform with a direct connection to each listener. It’s through this relationship that filmmakers will grow their film with more and more people.”
The 53rd Nashville Film Festival will open with a red-carpet premiere screening of THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER, the moving new documentary by Kathlyn Horan chronicling the collaboration between Brandi Carlile, Shooter Jennings and Tanya Tucker for the latter’s triumphant return to the stage.
SNAPS: CMT Wraps Second Sold Out ‘Next Women of Country’ Showcase At City Winery Nashville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Last night, CMT welcomed members of its ‘Next Women of Country’ (NWOC) franchise for its second installment of “CMT Next Women of Country: Celebrating the Classes of 2020-2022” showcase, presented by CMT Night Out Nashville & Change The Conversation. Hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram and Rissi Palmer, the event featured performances in the round from Ashland Craft, Brittney Spencer, Chapel Hart, Harper Grae, Madeline Edwards, Morgan Wade, Renee Blair and Palmer herself who performed in front of a sold-out crowd at City Winery Nashville.
Newly crowned Americana Honors & Awards “Duo/Group of the Year” winners The War And Treaty also made a surprise appearance after Fram and Palmer coaxed them to the stage, garnering a standing ovation as the duo gave an impromptu performance of their song “Blank Page.” Fram also introduced a key member of the CMT-supported diversity effort “Equal Access,” mtheory’s Tiffany Provenzano, who described the groundbreaking equity initiative’s mission of fostering all marginalized communities that are underrepresented in the country music genre.
Photos from last night’s event available here. The first installment of CMT’s Next Women of Country showcase took place at City Winery on August 31st with NWOC mentor Jessie James Decker joining Fram as co-host. The lineup for CMT’s third NWOC showcase in November will be announced soon.
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Beasley Teams With Red Cross To Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Ian; Other Ways You Can Help
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group is partnering with the Red Cross as part of the company’s on-going Community of Caring Initiative to support Individuals and families who are directly impacted by Hurricane Ian.
BMG stations will invite listeners and advertisers to show their support by making monetary donations online via the station websites at https://bbgi.com/2022/09/28/how-to-help-those-impacted-by-hurricane-ian/ . In addition to running on air and online public service announcements, the initiative will be supported utilizing Quu in-car dashboard messaging to encourage listeners to donate to the Red Cross.
Hurricane Ian has now weakened to a tropical storm. but in its aftermath remains flooding, massive power outages, food shortages and more. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at a press conference, said “We understand that a storm of this magnitude is going to require an effort over an extended period of time. We’re going to step up, we’re going to be there for folks."
DeSantis noted that it’s more helpful for people to donate financially than send items. Those who want to come to Florida to volunteer can sign up through an official portal: https://www.volunteerflorida.org/.
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The Julia Show Takes Over Mornings At ALT 98.7 Detroit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Audacy announced a new weekday programming lineup for ALT 98.7 (WDZH-FM) in Detroit. The station will air “The Julia Show” starring Detroit native Julia Lepidi from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The new lineup will also include Ian Camfield in middays and Brady in afternoons. and Kevan Kenney for nights.
“I'm so excited to be writing the next chapter of ALT 98.7 in Detroit alongside Julia and all of our passionate air talent, and I'm grateful to Dave Richards, Debbie Kenyon and Tim Roberts for the leadership and support,” said Christine Malovetz, Vice President of Regional Programming, Audacy.
“Hosting my own morning show in my hometown and on the frequency I got my start on in this industry is a surreal moment. I’m elated,” said Lepidi.
Lepidi got her start on 98.7 in Detroit in 2012, working in promotions while it was known as AMP Radio. After a three year run of hosting nights, she was promoted to mornings in 2018. When the station flipped formats, she went on to host nights on B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago, where she currently hosts afternoons.
“The Julia Show" is heard in 15 markets including Phoenix, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas and more.
KOOL-FM Phoenix Rebrands As BIG 94.5
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– After more than 50 years, Audacy has launched BIG 94.5 (KOOL-FM) in Phoenix. The station will also launch with a new weekday lineup beginning October 10.
“Since KOOL’s first broadcast over half a century ago, the station has provided “The Valley” with the very best the classic hits format has to offer and we’re thrilled to usher in this next chapter with BIG 94.5,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Phoenix. “BIG 94.5 will exceed the expectations of our current audience by bringing a more up-tempo delivery, and playing the “Big Hits” from the 70s, 80s and the 90s.”
New lineup beginning October 10 is as follows. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT: Lara Scott 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT: Niko 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. PT: Kaden
vCreative And WideOrbit Complete Integration For Electronic Material Instructions
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– vCreative has connected the vCreative production workflow management platform to WideOrbit. This WideOrbit certified integration between vCreative's vPPO platform and the Electronic Material Instructions module for WO Traffic, WideOrbit's flagship ad sales and commercial operations platform, will enable the end-to-end exchange of copy instructions, eliminating errors and saving time for broadcasters.
Created in close consultation with customers, WideOrbit's Electronic Material Instructions is the first automated solution to address the long-standing need to simplify and streamline the material instructions process. WideOrbit’s Electronic Material Instructions module automates the receipt of new and revised material instructions from vCreative’s production workflow management system for electronic import into WO Traffic.
Susie Hedrick, CEO of vCreative, comments that, “Connecting to WideOrbit’s Electronic Material Instructions module puts the finishing touches on a series of projects that we have developed with WideOrbit to benefit our mutual clients. Its completion comes at a critical time and is a must-have feature for broadcasters looking to expand team efficiency and boost productivity. The impact is hundreds of hours per year returned to every user, and it introduces the first ever collaboration integrating commercial copy from the initial creative request all the way through to on-air execution.”
Jacobs Media Returns To 2023 Consumer Electronics Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Jacobs Media has announced that it is returning to the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, and is once again hosting custom tours for broadcasters. The tours provide a curated experience, enabling guests to engage with companies that have an impact on radio today, and in the future. Guests also have the ability to “jump” the lines and talk directly with leaders from companies like Google, Amazon Alexa, automakers, and mobile manufacturers.
“We began bringing broadcasters to CES® because we believed it was essential to understand how radio fits into the world of technology,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs remarks. “This year marks our 14th CES® and each year brings new ideas and vision for how radio can continue its transformation into multimedia companies that are relevant and successful.”
“CES® is about resilience, innovation, and trend-spotting. Our first curated tour in 2017 was geared to CEOs, but now we want everyone in the business to have the chance at this unique experience,” Jacobs Media VP/GM Paul Jacobs comments. “CES® is an amazing way to start the new year, with a fresh perspective on where radio is moving, and the technologies that will help us get there.”
This year’s Jacobs/CES® experience is open to all broadcasters. It includes the following: A 90-minute curated tour of companies relevant to radio, guided by a CTA specialist. At each display, attendees talk to leaders from that company to learn more about their technology and plans for the future. Free registration and credentials for CES® that includes access to all of the major exhibits and most presentations. Discount hotel rooms blocks are available but subject to availability. Information and registration information is available at: https://jacobsmedia.com/2023-ces-tour/ CES® takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5-8, 2023.
Adams Radio Group to be Acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co., LLC.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Adams Radio Group President and CEO Ron Stone (L) announced today Adams Radio Group is being acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co., LLC. The new entity is controlled by shareholders that were investors in Adams Radio Group when the group was originally formed in 2013. The company will continue operating under the Adams banner.
Stone said “I am grateful to Steve Adams for the opportunity to build a second Adams Radio Group. I served as Steve’s CFO in the original Adams Radio Corporation and had my first opportunity as a GM at KEZK St Louis. The opportunity to work with Steve a second time and build a new group was a dream come true for me. We formed Adams in 2013 and it has been an incredible experience and I have been surrounded by some of the brightest people in the business. I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and our most dedicated staff prosper under the new ownership and leadership.” The acquisition is expected to be completed by December 31.
NETWORKS: Red Apple Audio Networks Now Reaches Over 100 Affiliates
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Red Apple Audio Networks, the syndication arm of John Catsimatidis’s Red Apple Media, owners of WABC-AM/NY, announced that the Red Apple Audio Network, launched in February of 2022, has surpassed 100 affiliates across the country. Red Apple Audio Networks syndicates several programs from its flagship studios at WABC-AM/NY, a steady ratings leader in New York, the #1 Market in the country.
The talent and programs currently offered include The Cats Roundtable with John Catsimatidis, The Larry Kudlow Show, The Larry Kudlow “Riff”, The Rita Cosby Show, The Judge Jeanine Pirro Show and daily feature, The Greg Kelly Show, The Rudy Giuliani Show, and The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano.
" We are very pleased that our ‘common sense’ approach presented by some of the most recognizable and talented hosts in the country is achieving success in the affiliates’ markets,” said John Catsimatidis, Founder & CEO, Red Apple. From the start, the network intended to respond to a clear marketplace need for a more balanced and common sense approach to talk radio, with an express mandate to inform and entertain listeners with “Stories That Shape Our World.” The content has resonated with key programmers across the country. For More info on Red Audio Networks please contact Glen Tacinelli, VP/Sales, Red Apple Media, at Glen.Tacinelli@RedAppleAudioNetworks.com or 212-212-613-3835.
Cumulus Announces 'Afford Anything' to Its Network With Host Paula Pant
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media announced the podcast 'Afford Anything' has joined the Cumulus Podcast Network. Creator and host Paula Pant helps listeners make smarter decisions about money, time, and life to align daily behaviors and habits with lifestyle goals.
In the podcast, Pant also talks with guests about investing, travel, lifestyle design, financial independence, real estate, entrepreneurship, productivity, personal development, and the philosophy of money. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, and Google Podcasts, among other platforms. The Cumulus Podcast Network will distribute, market, and monetize all past and future episodes of Afford Anything.
Paula Pant is the founder of Afford Anything, a personal finance brand with more than 70,000 newsletter subscribers. She is the creator and host of the Afford Anything podcast, an award-winning show with more than 22 million downloads that was named by the New Your Times as one of the “7 podcasts your wallet will love.” Frequently featured in financial media including Forbes, Kiplinger, The New York Times, PBS, Marketplace Money, The Washington Post, Inc Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider, the Huffington Post and many more, Pant has spoken at the Talk at Google series and guest lectured at Georgetown University.
Emmy Award-Winning Producer Corny Koehl Launches Podcast To Save Democracy
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Radio veteran Corny Koehl has come out with a political satire, Thorn in the USA. The weekly, short-form podcast centers on fictional host, Margaret Penelóp Taylor, aka Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s #1 fan girl/unofficial MTG whisperer. A self-described “Christian Nationalist” and “Pro-Putin Pawn,” Penelóp pours fuel on the culture wars and casts aspersions on her “libtard” opponents.
At the end of each episode is a “real” call-to-action, followed by the host’s vivid sexual fantasies with her obsession, FOX News’ Tucker Carlson. The political satire has hit #4 on Apple chart’s “Comedy Fiction” in the United States. Thorn in the USA is available on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts are available:
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Florida Braces For Hurricane Ian As It Approaches Cat 5 Strength With Winds Of 155 mph
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– As Hurricane Ian strengthened this morning to near Cat 5 status they're joined by adio, TV and numerous other news outlets to provide around the clock coverage. Ian is set to move onshore later in the day, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. CNN reports the area between Naples and Sarasota is facing the highest threat of dangerous storm surge, the center said. “Residents in these areas should listen to advice given by local officials and follow any evacuation orders,” the hurricane center warned.
Radio groups offering wall-to-wall coverage include Beasley, Cox Media Group and iHeart among others. Chris Eagan, VP of Audience and Operations for CMG tells Jockline: "Our content teams in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville have been monitoring Ian 24/7 since last week. Our plans are constantly updating as Ian's path shifts. We have been giving critical evacuation information, weather updates and making sure our audiences have what they need for when the storm makes landfall. In Orlando and Jacksonville we're fortunate to have CMG television stations in the market to help and provide additional weather information to our on air hosts. I could not be more proud of the teams in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, they're stepping up to serve their communities at a time when it truly could be life-saving."
As previously reported, Beasley says they have our traffic department ready to manage catastrophe orders. "We will have our DJs back in studio one hour after the storm passes (if they can safely make it in) ready to inform the community of any issues, dangers, supplies, and pertinent information." BMG Digital Content Team/Quu Dashboard Messaging: Justin Chase and his team are working closely with Steve Newberry to make sure important safety and preparedness messaging is up and running via the stations on the dashboard for drivers.
Ian swept over Cuba as a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday morning, flooding fields, toppling trees and knocking out the island’s power grid. Ian knocked out power to all of Cuba and is now heading toward Florida where officials urge evacuations The hurricane, which was about 75 miles west, southwest of Naples.
Of note: Fema urges the use of emergency alerts on your phone or the radio, plus, A battery-operated or hand-crank radio can help you stay informed even if the power goes out.
STUDY: Podcast Listeners 12-Years Younger Than Median Age Of Radio Listener
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– While AM/FM radio dominates the audio landscape with mass reach and significant time spent, podcasts are fast growing platforms representing engaging environments for brands. The recently released Cumulus Media 2022 Audioscape examines the latest podcast consumer and smart speaker trends from Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” Report from Q2 2022 and Nielsen Scarborough’s Podcast Buying Power report. This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog outlines seven key findings on the podcast audience - Among the finding:
-- Nearly half of all U.S. 25-54 time spent with talk/personality content now occurs via podcast, up 2X in five years.
-- Podcast listeners are super audio fans spending six hours a day with audio, +43% more time than the average American. The median age of the podcast audience holds at 34 despite massive audience growth.
-- The podcast audience is twelve years younger than the median age of AM/FM radio listeners and 26 years younger than linear television where audiences have a median age of 60.
-- The podcast audience profile is employed, upscale, and educated, according to Nielsen Scarborough. Most podcast listening occurs at home throughout the day. While podcast audiences have soared, the vast majority of listening still occurs at home (67%).
-- Podcasts have opportunities for growth in markets 51+ where they are underrepresented. Nielsen Scarborough’s Podcast Recontact Study finds podcast listeners are overrepresented in the top ten markets (+18%) and underrepresented in DMAs 51+ (-23%). Read Blog HERE
EVENTS: Global Citizen Festival Generates $2.4 Billion In Pledges During 10th Anniversary Of Festival
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– The 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival held on September 24th which included performances from Metallica, Mariah Carey and Usher, generated more than $2.4 billion in commitments to fight extreme poverty and disease. Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said at the event. “Ending extreme poverty is not a partisan issue, and those most in need cannot be treated like political pawns. Our job is to not let our leaders forget that.” Rotary International President Jennifer Jones announced a $150 million, three-year commitment to fight polio through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, part of the service organization’s work against the disease since 1985.
Jones said she wanted to announce Rotary International’s new commitment at Global Citizen Festival’s 10th anniversary because the organization made a similar announcement at the first festival. “They have millions and millions of Global Citizens and we have 1.4 million citizens who are people of action, who are doing things every single day in the field,” Jones said. “So the ability for us to take our activated populations and showcase that we want to help and help people understand what they can do to make a difference, it’s just a great synergy between our two organizations.” Among its broadcast sponsors includes iHeartMedia. Photo - Noam Galai/GI for Global Citizen
John Mellencamp Sits Down With Jim Kerr For 'Legends Of Rock' Event At Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame confirm the Hall's newest permanent exhibition, Legends of Rock: John Mellencamp, opening September 29 at 10am. iHeartRadio will broadcast the opening for a special live edition of "iHeartRadio ICONS with John Mellencamp" nationwide featuring a performance by Mellencamp at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mellencamp will speak with iHeart radio legend Jim Kerr about the exhibit and a very special tour announcement.
The performance and interview and will air at 5 p.m. EST on September 29 across select iHeartMedia Classic Rock, Adult Hits, Classic Hits and Variety stations nationwide.
"John is one of the great singer songwriters of our time, who has had a profound impact on music and culture," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises. "We are thrilled to be there in Cleveland to broadcast this special honor for such an influential artist."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's beloved Legends of Rock exhibit is expanding, now spanning four floors with artifacts from Prince, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Jimi Hendrix and more. The Rock Hall continues to expand their collection with the inclusion of John Mellencamp to the popular, growing exhibit. Mellencamp is a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Steve Goldstein Rises To President Of 2060 Digital For Hubbard Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– Hubbard Radio has promoted Steve Goldstein to President of 2060 Digital. He was most recently Senior Vice President Sales Strategy and General Manager of 2060 Digital.
"I am thrilled to focus my full attention on our already thriving 2060 Digital business," said Goldstein. "Our talented ops team lead by VP/Ops Andy Shepherd, as well as our sellers and Hubbard Radio's market leaders are making a meaningful difference for our clients. I couldn't do this without the continued support of Ginny Morris and Dave Bestler, both of whom are committed to innovating and growing 2060 Digital. As we lean into new innovations, I am excited about the increased value 2060 Digital will provide to brands and the overall company."
EVP/Chief Financial Officer Dave Bestler added, "Since 2019, Steve has done a great job leading our growing business at 2060 Digital as well as leading our overall sales strategy at Hubbard Radio. Given the explosive growth of our 2060 Digital business, promoting Steve to President of 2060 Digital and focusing his amazing talents exclusively here is both needed and exciting."
Jeff Wade Promoted To Director Of Prog/News Director At WBAL 1090/FM 101.5 Baltimore,
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– WBAL NewsRadio and 1090/FM 101.5 has promoted Jeff Wade to Director of Programming/News Director for both popular Baltimore-based radio brands. Wade joined WBAL in 2017 as the station’s News Director. During his tenure the news team earned a National Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage along with numerous Regional Murrow Awards, including a Regional Murrow for Overall Excellence in 2022. In his new role,
Wade is replacing long-time WBAL-AM Programmer, Scott Masteller, who is transitioning to a part time role with the station, helping to coordinate the station’s sports broadcasting schedule which includes the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, and Navy Football.
“With Scott transitioning to the next phase of his career at WBAL NewsRadio and Jeff having already tackled a similar opportunity earlier in his career, I am wildly confident that our listeners will continue to enjoy the best in local news, talk and sports on WBAL NewsRadio,” said Dan Joerres, President and General Manager of Hearst Television’s Baltimore television and radio properties.
“It’s the honor of a lifetime to be given the opportunity to lead this outstanding team of broadcasters and build on the foundation Scott has laid,” Wade said. “I’m excited to get to work and continue to make WBAL NewsRadio Baltimore’s go-to destination for insightful information and smart, thoughtful commentary.” Wade is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, where he remains active as a member of the WJPZ Alumni Association.
Anastasia Cornish Named New Promotions Director For SummitMedia Greenville
STHE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– SummitMedia, LLC has named Anastasia Cornish to lead the promotions department for the Greenville cluster. “We are excited to welcome Anastasia to the team,” said Summit VP of Events and Promotions Justin Ragland. “Her marketing experience will serve us well and her many relationships and passion for the People of the Upstate is unparalleled.”
Cornish, a Greenville native, comes to SummitMedia from Anderson Mall, where she has served as marketing director since 2020. She has also been a marketing consultant, as well as handled promotions at Entercom. She honed her management skills while overseeing human resources at Walmart in the Upstate. “I grew up with stations like 107.3 JAMZ and Hot 98.1. and am very blessed to have the opportunity to return this industry,” Cornish said. “I look forward to being a part of this company’s legacy and creating new and exciting opportunities for our stations and community.” Cornish earned a master’s degree in digital marketing and advertising and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
SummitMedia Greenville stations include 107.3 JAMZ (WJMZ), Hot 98.1 (WHZT), Awesome 99.5 (WJMZ-HD-3) and X98.5 (WJMZ-HD2).
Lori Lizarraga Named Co-Host Of NPR's 'Code Switch'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– Listeners will hear a new voice on NPR's Code Switch starting later this year: Award-winning journalist Lori Lizarraga will be Code Switch's newest co-host, joining Gene Demby, B.A. Parker, and Senior Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates. Previously, Lizarraga reported at television stations including KUSA 9News in Denver and KGET/Telemundo in Bakersfield, California.
As a first-generation daughter of immigrants, I can't say enough what an honor and privilege it is to be joining the dedicated Code Switch team at NPR," said Lizarraga. "For years, I have introduced myself as a 'race and culture reporter' when the truth is where there are people there is race and culture. This beat is in everything and the folks at Code Switch have pioneered an entire award-winning show proving, year after year, diverse stories told by diverse people are essential for everyone. That's meant a lot to me as a Code Switch listener and it means a lot to me now as I step into this incredible role as the newest host of Code Switch alongside Gene Demby and B.A. Parker. For me and for my family, I am so excited to bring my Latinidad and my passion for storytelling to Code Switch and its loyal listeners."
Lizarraga is the daughter of Ecuadorian and Mexican immigrants and a graduate of Southern Methodist University. She grew up in Texas and now lives in Philadelphia, but she's also spent time living in her mother's native Ecuador, where she won an Emmy award for a documentary on the long-term impacts of the 2016 earthquake.
Steve Hunter Leaving Griffin Radio Tulsa In As Dir./Operations Programming This Friday
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– This coming Friday, Sept. 30th, Steve Hunter, Griffin Media Tulsa's Director of Operations and Programming, will exit his post. Prior to Griffin, Hunter served as Director of Operations for crosstown Cox Media Group and format captain for the company's Hot AC outlets.
VP/Content Todd Spessard wrote in an release: "Until a replacement is named, the radio PDs will handle all decisions regarding their respective stations and report directly to him." He added, "I want to sincerely thank Steve for everything he has done for the radio group and our company, and for the professionalism he has displayed through a tough process. Steve is a wonderful person and I'm fortunate to call him a friend."
Hunter said, "I have really enjoyed my time at Griffin and can't say enough good things about the company or the people. Honored to be part of such a wonderful team and five great radio brands. We assembled a great team that will continue to do great things. Just honored to be on the team and proud of our accomplishments." Reach out to Steve at steve.hunter965@gmail.
WTOP And PodcastOne Announce Return of 'American Nightmare Series: Unknown Subject'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– WTOP News and PodcastOne announced today the return of their critically acclaimed and award-winning podcast, American Nightmare Series. Debuting October 4, 2022, American Nightmare Series: Unknown Subject focuses on a man who terrorized women across the D.C. area for nine years. It started with breaking into homes and raping his victims, then ended with the killing of a brilliant scientist near the gates of Georgetown University in 1998. Before the FBI would name him the infamous Potomac River Rapist, detectives simply called him their “unknown subject”.
A man whose DNA linked him to all of these crime scenes but whose name and face remained a mystery to police. For nearly three decades, detectives had no idea who he was until a bike cop named Smugs began connecting the dots and finally cracked the case. Veteran D.C. crime reporter Paul Wagner is back to host season 3 of WTOP’s American Nightmare Series podcast. “Paul has done it again. He is such a great storyteller. Listeners will be captivated from the first minute of episode 1,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News & Programming.
Episode 1 of WTOP’s American Nightmare Series: Unknown Subject will be available for download October 4, 2022, on PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and WTOP.com. The trailer for season 3 is available now on all platforms. “
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Suspect Charged In Radio Host's Fatal Stabbing; Prosecutor Called It A 'Hammer Attack'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– A convicted felon with a 30-year criminal history was arraigned Monday in connection with the fatal stabbing of WWJ-AM (950) news anchor Jim Matthews and attacks on three other family members. Arthur Williamson, 55, on Pontiac was charged with seven felony charges in New Baltimore's 42-2 District Court, including first-degree murder, felony murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. He's being held without bond at Macomb County Jail.
According to Detroit News Williamson is accused of fatally stabbing Matthews, 57, in an attack on Friday at a Chesterfield Township home that injured three others, including the radio anchor's 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and the 35-year-old mother of the kids. A media advisory from Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido called it a "hammer attack."
Joe Nicolai, Matthews’ brother, told WWJ’s Charlie Langton on Monday, “My mind is racing about a million different things at the same time and I keep going back and forth to the different things that need to be taken care of,” Nicolai said. “Mostly, now that my brother has passed away, it’s his children. It’s Hunter, a 10-year-old boy that’s going through brain surgery and ear surgery.”
A GoFundMe account was created over the weekend to support Matthews' two kids by Ashley Quigley, the aunt of Matthews' two kids. It had raised $13,000 by late Monday morning.
Fred Jacobs: Why Radio Needs To Think 'More Visually'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Jacobs Media chief Fred Jacobs writes in today's blog titled: 'Why Your Station Needs A YouTube Strategy', that when we look back at milestone years in media and technology, I have a feeling the early 2000’s will stand out. Many major innovations and iconic brands were born and established during this seminal time. Facebook (theFacbeook.com) launched on the Harvard campus in 2004. Two years later, Facebook was opened up to all of us, truly a game-changer for the U.S. and the world. The iPhone made its debut in 2007, and hasn’t looked back. But the game-changing moment for smartphones was the creation of the App Store the next year. That opened the floodgates, making it possible for companies like jacapps to design and develop apps for radio and other media outlets.
Perhaps, it was the invention of YouTube in 2005 that flew a bit under the radar. When it first hit the mainstream, YouTube was known as a crowd-sourced video channel, famous for amateur creations by (mostly) young fans most of which were cheap, crude productions. Remember smartphone technology was near the point where quality video could be shot on iPhones.
But as video tech became more accessible and very cheap, seemingly everyone was showing up on YouTube. In 2017, the channel launched the YouTube Partner Program, giving anyone the ability to earn a share of the revenue. Now, in 2022, YouTube has come a long way, a source for all things video, including podcasts. It is just behind Google Search in web visits.
You may recall Google bought YouTube in 2006 for a paltry $1.65 billion. Today, the channel has become a key part of the “creator economy,” where anyone can cash in on their video content, including radio stations. Continue Reading HERE and find out why your station needs a YouTube strategy.
KiKi Brown Rises To Asst. Brand Manager & MD For WAMO 107.3 Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Audacy Pittsburgh has promoted KiKi Brown to Assistant Brand Manager and Music Director of WAMO 107.3. She will retain her current duties of Afternoon Host, Monday to Friday 3pm to 7pm, and Public Affairs Producer of “What’s Good In Your Hood?”
KiKi is a Pittsburgh native who grew up, literally, in the hallways of WAMO where her father was an on-air personality. She held a variety of off-air and on-air roles for WAMO/Pittsburgh and later WERQ/Baltimore. She also worked as an on-air personality at Radio 103.9/New York and WKYS/Washington, DC before returning to Pittsburgh and WAMO in 2016.
She joined Audacy in 2021 as host of “What’s Good In Your Hood” which airs weekly on KDKA-AM, KDKA-FM, WAMO, WBZZ and WDSY. She added afternoon drive on-air duties when Audacy assumed operations of WAMO in April 2022.
ABC News Anchor Linsey Davis Expands Role To Include ABC News Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Beginning this week, at 5:00 p.m. ET on ABC News Radio, Sunday” anchor Linsey Davis will deliver the top stories in ABC News Radio’s national newscast from Monday to Thursday each week. The live newscast is available to affiliates across the ABC News Radio network and is distributed as a podcast updated hourly on all major podcast platforms.
Davis anchors “ABC News Live Prime with Linsey Davis,” which is ABC News Live’s first-ever streaming evening newscast, and “World News Tonight – Sunday.” She also serves as a correspondent filing reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “Nightline.”
“Linsey is the triple threat of ABC News. She anchors the evening news on broadcast TV, ABC's live streaming channel and now on radio,” said Liz Alesse, vice president of ABC Audio. “It’s a testament to her dedication to reaching audiences across the country on all platforms.” As anchor of ABC News Radio’s 5 p.m. drivetime newscast, Davis steps into a role held by late “ABC World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings and former “Good Morning America” co-anchor Charlie Gibson.
Executive Action: Urban One Hires Tony Robinson To Lead Corporate Communications
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Urban One has named public relations veteran Tony Robinson as Vice President, Corporate Communications. Robinson brings 30 years of experience in radio and public/government affairs to the newly created role that will collaborate on internal and external communications activity across all Urban One brands and platforms. He will report to Karen Wishart, Chief Administrative Officer of Urban One.
“Tony’s long history of working with executive leadership to provide strategic messaging and comprehensive communications strategy for corporate clients and public officials will help us better tell our story to a wider variety of audiences,” said Wishart. After 25 years of government, higher education, and corporate public relations, he founded Robinson Public Affairs, LLC (RPA), a full-service strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm based in Washington, DC.
Early in his career, Robinson was an on-air personality and public affairs host on Northeastern University’s WRBB-FM and later served as General Manager. He would transition to the school’s Office of Communications and thereafter served in similar media relations positions at Johns Hopkins and American universities.
iHeart Tucson Debuts The New MEGA 97.1
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Tucson announced the debut of the new MEGA 97.1, Tucson. The station will feature on-air talent such as Suzette Rodriguez, who will be familiar to Tucson listeners. "Our decision to launch MEGA 97.1 is a recognition of the importance and vitality of Tucson’s Hispanic community, which accounts for over 45% of our population,” said Steve Earnhart, Southwest Area President for iHeartMedia. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming back Suzette Rodriguez, as she is well known in the community and previously on-air with our radio stations.”
"We are delighted to announce the launch of MEGA 97.1. Tucson is a cultural melting pot with a rich and storied history rooted in Mexican and Spanish heritage,” said PJ Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartLatino. “Those distinct influences can now be found almost anywhere in the market. Now, there is a station for Latinos that embodies the distinct Tucson flavor."
Full Programming Lineup: Suzette Rodriguez 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ivan Gonzalez 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
EVENT: WJBR-FM’s Help Our Kids’ Radiothon Raises $332,648 To Benefit Children’s Hospital
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group's WJBR-FM Wilmington's 12th Annual Nemours Children’s Hospital Help Our Kids Radiothon raised a total of $332,648 to benefit the hospital’s Child Life Programs. The two-day radiothon took place on September 22nd - 23rd from 6am to 6pm on the grounds at the hospital. This was the second year WJBR-FM produced the event.
“We could not be prouder of our entire WJBR team for their passionate commitment and dedication to this incredible cause,” said Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality Eric Johnson. “This is what community is all about! Many thanks to our incredible listeners as well as Nemours’ amazing patients, family and staff for their outstanding support.” Nemours Children’s Hospital is a World Class Pediatric Hospital that has been serving the Wilmington area since 1940.
Photo Caption: (L to R): WJBR’s Mike Rossi (Midday Host), Deanna Marie (Morning Host), Justin Franiak (Morning Host) and Brett Radler (Part-time On Air Host)
WCSX-FM’s Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project Raises $150,000 to Benefit Detroit Veterans
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– Beasley announced that Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project has raised $150,000 to benefit Detroit Veterans. Building on the fable of “Stone Soup” where everyone pitches in, Big Jim’s House called up listeners and local businesses to build a 1974 Ford Bronco ENTIRELY from donations (including the actual car). The project began in November of 2021 through the finale on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, where one lucky raffle ticket owner won the vehicle.
The Bronco (as shown above) was wrapped in pictures of veterans to honor their service. Total raffle ticket sales for the Stone Soup Bronco raised $150,000 to benefit Veterans Returning Home. In addition, Kroger donated $10,0000 to the project. Many people and organizations collaborated on the project. In addition, Celebrity Jay Leno, took time out of his schedule to check out the Bronco on Woodward Avenue earlier this year while at an appearance during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.
“Building cars in Detroit and helping veterans is such a Motor City thing” said Morning Show Host and Navy Submarine Veteran Jim O’Brien. “WCSX would like to thank all the people and organizations that helped to make this project a huge success and raise money for Vets Returning Home. To check out details regarding Big Jim’s House Stone Soup project, please visit www.wcsx.com.
SNAPS: Bob & Sheri Stream Professional-Level Backyard Wrestling via Facebook Live
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 –– It began with a conversation between Bob & Sheri co-host and co-owner of NOW! Media Sheri Lynch and Lamar Richardson, better known to the audience as The People’s Movie Critic. It concluded with a live stream of backyard wrestling on Saturday night. A buddy of Lamar’s, Jimmy Ward, organizes professional wrestling matches in his backyard. It’s not a stunt. It’s a business - with Ron Emerson Jr.’s Classic Pro Wrestling, complete with legendary professional ring announcer Bill Hazelwood, tickets, concessions, security – in a suburban backyard! Just park out front, head down the driveway, and hang a left at the aboveground pool.
Sheri explains, “When a guy sets up a pro wrestling ring in his backyard, sells tickets, brings in amazing athletes and WCW legends like Lodi and then invites you to come do ringside commentary and stream the whole thing live, you drop everything and go. I knew our listeners would love it. What a night! One of the most fun events we have ever done. Such a great time! Bringing an event like this to our listeners was a blast,” continued Lynch. “Backyard wrestling - crazy, right? Not only were we able to bring this insane entertainment right to Bob & Sheri listeners, but Lamar -- my co-host for the event – and I were able to engage with the audience via the chat stream. More than just an event, the whole evening was a shared experience. How cool is that?
Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images For Universal Studios Hollywood
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WWJ Detroit Radio Host Jim Matthews Found Dead Following Attempted Murder/Suicide At His Home
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– One person is dead and four others are in the hospital following what police say was a murder and attempted suicide in Chesterfield Township, Mich.. Audacy's WWJ Newsradio 950 reported that its overnight anchor, Jim Matthews (inset) was killed in the tragic incident Friday, at his condominium. The Chesterfield Public Safety Department said it is investigating what it is calling a "domestic situation" involving a murder and attempted suicide in which Matthews' was killed and his 35-year-old girlfriend and their two children were injured. The suspect is also being treated as a local hospital.
Police tell Fox 2 the woman flagged down a passing driver who called 911. The suspect was an invited guest into the home, according to sources, and according to the Macomb County prosecutor was overdosing on heroin when police found him. He was brought back with Narcan and is hospitalized in stable condition. "This is a tragic situation but there is no threat to the community at this time," police added.
According to Director of Public Safety Brian Bassett, a 911 call came in at around noon on Friday reporting that a 35-year-old woman had escaped from a home on Bayview Dr., along with her 5-year-old daughter. The woman was suffering from multiple stab wounds in several places on her body, Bassett said, and the little girl was also injured. Police and EMS arrived quickly and began tending to the two victims, Bassett said. while additional officers went into into the home where they found the 57-year-old man, later identified as Matthews, dead. Police also found the woman's 10-year-old son tied up in the closet and suffering from blunt force trauma. He was rushed to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. In the basement of the home police found the suspect, identified as a 54-year-old man, who was suffering from self-inflicted wounds, as well as a drug overdose. Bassett said the suspect was known to the victims and had been welcomed into the home earlier in the morning.
At the station's website, they posted: "There have been many tears shed in our newsroom this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim's family and friends. "
Beasley Preparing Its Listeners For Hurricane Ian
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– As Hurricane Ian makes it way to the projected landing area on Florida's central coast, Beasley Media Group is wasting no time in preparing it listeners with wall-to-wall updates. Their schedule includes: Monday: Airing updates once an hour - Tuesday ( 12a - 6pm): Airing Prerecord updates twice an hour first in stop set. Tuesday night starting at 6pm (if CAT 2) - Storm : Airing updates every 15 minutes. Tuesday 6p (If CAT 3+) through Storm: we will go wall to wall coverage from NBC-2.
Talent located at the Ft. Myers stations covering all updates and serving the community with information include: Tom Calacocci, Gina Burch and Marija. Plus, their engineers will be on standby ready to keep us on the air. According to a release, its generators are in working condition - full of diesel and battery backups fully functional. They tell us, "We have our traffic department ready to manage catastrophe orders. We will have our DJs back in studio one hour after the storm passes (if they can safely make it in) ready to inform the community of any issues, dangers, supplies, and pertinent information."
BMG Digital Content Team/Quu Dashboard Messaging: Justin Chase and his team are working closely with Steve Newberry and the entire Quu team to make sure important safety and preparedness messaging is up and running via the stations on the dashboard for drivers. This was implemented as of Saturday morning across the BMG stations in Tampa and Ft. Myers. In addition, its corporate digital content team is busy working around the clock with our Digital Program Directors in the markets to develop custom content for the individual markets as well as have links featuring important information available for listeners to be able to access.
REPORT: Mike Rhyner 'Unretiring' To Join Reported Flip Of KEGL-FM To 97.1 The Freak Dallas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– While no official word yet from iHeart, according to Sports Illustrated, Mike Rhyner, inventor of what the paper describes as 'the most successful sports radio station in America,' is returning to the DFW airwaves as a competitor to The Fan and The Ticket on a new 97.1 The Freak - currently KEGL 97.1 The Eagle.
This follows last week's news of the departure of Dallas Region President Kelly Kibler and KEGL/KZPS ProgramDirector Don Davis resignation earlier this month. SI says Rhyner is "unretiring and clearing his Texas Radio Hall-of-Fame throat to become a "Freak" that will - unfathomably - compete for listeners against the dynasty he built at The Ticket.
Rhyner will be heard on the new 97.1 The Freak, which will replace DFW's heritage brand "The Eagle." The Freak - featuring a lineup that sources say will include Rhyner, Eagle holdovers Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade, former 105.3 The Fan host Jeff Cavanaugh and Ticket refugees Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois - is expected to debut next week, likely Friday.
MUSIC: Rihanna To Perform During The Apple Music Sponsored Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– Making her Super Bowl halftime debut on Feb. 12, 2023 will be the multi-hyphenate Rihanna. According to Pitchfork, It marks Rihanna’s first public performance since she performed with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Super Bowl LVII takes place on February 12 and will broadcast live on Fox. The news comes after a flurry of rumors that Taylor Swift being asked to perform. It was subsequently reported that the singer-songwriter turned down the opportunity.
Apple Music recently stepped in as the new presenting sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, taking the place of Pepsi after a decade. Prior to her 2018 Grammys performance, Rihanna’s last tour was a 2016 run behind her last album Anti. Since then, Rihanna has stayed busy with her Fenty fashion line, which she brought to LVMH. In 2019, she starred in Childish Gambino’s Guava Island and published an eponymous 504-page “visual autobiography” via Phaidon. She appeared in the films Ocean’s 8 (2018), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), “Bates Motel” (2017), and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).
As for Taylor Swift, according to TMZ, Swift was asked to perform at the NFL’s show, but declined the opportunity so that she can continue the process of re-recording her back catalog. Super Bowl LVII takes place at Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.
Stars Take The Stage In T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas For iHeart Music Festival 2022 Hosted By Ryan Seacrest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the twelfth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest concluded on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances over the span of two days by Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Sean Diddy Combs and The Black Keys. The iconic weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music across all genres on the main stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 23 and September 24, and at the Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Saturday afternoon at AREA15, which featured performances by from Avril Lavigne, Maggie Rogers, 5 Seconds of Summer, Big Time Rush, Girl in Red, Lauv, Chlöe, Willow, JAX, Chase Rice, Latto, Carly Pearce, Ryan Hurd, GAYLE and Lauren Spencer-Smith.
In case you'd like to relive the event, the CW will air a two-night television special on October 7th and October 8th from 8pm-10pm ET. Featuring Pitbull's amazing dance moves during his fiery set (shown above. According to iHeart's Taylor Fields, Mr. Worldwide did NOT disappoint during this year's festival. During his set, Mr. 305 took fans through all of the Pitbull hits we know and love, including "Don't Stop the Party," "Fireball," "Timber," "Give Me Everything," "Can't Stop Us Now" and more. - See More HERE
Top Photo: Skyler Barberio for iHearto - Bottom Photo/Greg Noire for iHeart
Nicki Minaj, Kodak Black Among Headliners At Power 99 Philly's POWERHOUSE 2022
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– Power 99, Philly has announced the star-studded lineup for its annual concert, POWERHOUSE 2022, presented by Philly Car Kings, taking place on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center. Power 99’s POWERHOUSE 2022 is the season’s biggest annual music event highlighting the hottest Hip Hop & R&B artists.
Power 99 on-air personalities T-Roy and Doc B announced the epic lineup which includes Nicki Minaj, Kodak Black, Moneybagg Yo, Tems, and Armani White, with more special guests to be announced. Proud partners of this year’s Power 99 POWERHOUSE 2022 include: Live Nation, Gift of Life, Angels Are Us. A portion of the proceeds from each Powerhouse ticket will go to the Philadelphia Music in Schools Program in honor of the late recording artist PNB Rock.
“Our favorite time of the year is back,” said Derrick Corbett, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “We’re super excited to bring another huge show to the city of Philadelphia, in continuing the legacy that is POWERHOUSE 2022.It’s an honor to present some of the most iconic performers in Hip Hop on our show this year, making this a must have ticket for everyone in the tri-state area.”
Syndication: YEA Network's Tino Cochino Radio Now Heard On Hot 106.1 Laredo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– Tino Cochino Radio has now joine Hot 106-1 in Laredo for nights 7-11p KNEX Hot 106.1. Program Director: Carlos Rodriguez Jr. (C-Lo) said: “We’re excited to welcome YEA Networks TINO COCHINO RADIO to our evenings on Hot 106.1 - Laredo’s #1 Music Station! You name it, they got it!
TCR host and Texas native Cochino commented: "I’ve been to Laredo so many times and I’ve always thought “Man, we should be on Hot 106.1” and finally….boom! Here we are! Manifestation baby! The station is so well connected to the city and its heritage is something to be proud of.”
HONORS: Cumulus Takes Home Multiple KC Media Mix Awards Including Station Of The Year
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022 –– Cumulus' Kansas City Classic Hits station 94.9 KCMO-FM was named Station of the Year at the annual KC Media Mix Awards on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Also honored was 94.9 KCMO Morning Host Kelly Urich, who received the KC Media Mix Award for Personality of the Year, and Cumulus Kansas City’s Teresa Stanton received the KC Media Mix Award for Account Executive of the Year.
The annual awards are presented by Media Mix, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and supporting advertising and media professionals in the Greater Kansas City community. Honorees are nominated by those in media and voted on by members of the organization. The awards were presented at the KC Media Mix Banquet at The Guild in Kansas City.
Kelly Urich has spent much of his legendary 30+ years in radio giving back to the Kansas City community. An avid cyclist, he biked 1,200 miles from Phoenix, AZ, to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital. This year marks his 22nd year to ride in the MS 150, generating thousands of dollars in donations in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.
Audacy Unveils Lineup Changes In Philadelphia And Detroit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Audacy unveiled a new weekday programming lineup for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM) in Philadelphia. As part of the update, the station welcomes Nick Kayal (L) as its new morning show host alongside Dawn Stensland and Greg Stocker. “Kayal and Company” will air weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. Concurrently, morning show host Rich Zeoli will now host afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. All changes are effective October 3.
“For the first time ever, WPHT will be live and local from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., which further cements this fan favorite as the voice of Philadelphia and a reliable destination for our listeners,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “We’re excited to welcome Nick, who is trading in his sports background for his passion for politics, to our morning drive, and move Rich and his highly-successful program to entertain and inform listeners as they wind down their days.”
At Audacy's WWJ News Radio 950 (WWJ-AM) in Detroit beginning October 3. Longtime WWJ anchor Jackie Paige (bottom right) will move to mornings and join Jonathan Carlson (bottom left) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. Paige will also host middays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET, followed by Brooke Allen from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. Tony Ortiz will take over at 2:00 p.m. and be joined by Allen from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. He will also host from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. Erin Vermeulen will remain the evening news anchor from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET.
“We are excited to announce our new lineup, which is full of news anchors who are seasoned and well known in the community,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “This new slate will allow WWJ to continue its mission of keeping listeners informed of breaking news and the top stories of the day.”
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Luminate And Mediabase To Join Forces In December To Drive Billboard’s Radio Airplay Rankings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– The dueling-charts era is coming to an end reports Variety. Luminate announced Thursday that, beginning in December 2022, use of BDS will cease and Luminate will begin partnering with Mediabase, which it says is “known widely as the music industry standard across labels, publishers and management companies,” for the charts published in Billboard. That will finally create an end to the confusion of whether a song has hit No. 1 on one or both charts in a given format.
“Mediabase has proven itself to be the most trusted and referenced radio data provider in today’s fast-moving, ever-changing music industry,” said Luminate CEO Rob Jonas in a statement. “At Luminate, we pride ourselves in being able to provide our clients — whether they be major record labels, tech companies, film studios, TV networks or indie music powerhouses — with the absolute best information they need to operate and grow their businesses. This new partnership allows us to do just that.”
The company also announced Thursday that Luminate has plans to launch a new, “highly modernized” client and user platform in 2023 that will put all of the its data offerings in one place, with Mediabase as “the first of many” partners that will contribute data. Luminate promised to share more details about the coming platform, which will provide information about film and TV as well as music, in the months ahead. Said Philippe Generali, president-CEO of Mediabase, “This new strategic partnership allows us the opportunity to be innovative in our approach to radio monitoring and to further ours and Luminate’s positions as undisputed experts in music data.”
VirtualJock Inks The Sandy Show To Its Client Roster
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Key Networks announced that VirtualJock.com has signed nationally syndicated radio program The Sandy Show to its client roster. VirtualJock.com will provide programming localization and customization for the show’s 15 station affiliates in multiple formats.
The Sandy Show features host Sandy McIlree (former host of the long-running Austin, Texas-based radio show The JB & Sandy Morning Show) and his wife and co-host Tricia McIlree, and is currently heard in markets from Austin to Cookeville, TN.
Sandy Mcllree, Host of The Sandy Show, said: “Tricia and I are thrilled to be a part of what Jason has built. VirtualJock.com is a perfect example of how Jason has the unique ability to see beyond the horizon to fill stations’ customization and localization needs as they evolve, no matter how quickly.” Jason Kidd, President/CEO and Founder, VirtualJock.com and New Generation Radio, said: “I had the pleasure to work with Sandy while at CBS Radio in Austin and witnessed his amazing talent and great success. He continues that today with the multi-formatted The Sandy Show. It’s funny, relatable, authentic, and entertaining.
For more information and to get VirtualJock.com contact Dennis Green at 844.KEY.NETS or email@example.com.
SuiteRadio Comes To Savannah With 'The Rowdy Ride Home'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– “The Rowdy Ride Home” signs on its 7th signal with the addition of WSGA-FM (Thunder Country 92.3) in Savannah, Georgia. The SuiteRadio distributed program will air from 3pm-7pm Monday-Saturday beginning September 26th.
Host Rowdy Yates says: “I am especially looking forward to market visits there because Savannah is such a beautiful place, and it’s just a stones’ throw from Hilton Head, where I intend to be a frequent guest on the couch in comedian Tom Mabe’s condo.”
Houston-based SuiteRadio offers high-end programming for radio syndication to give the local broadcaster exactly what they need to win! SuiteRadio provides station operators with a full line of personality-driven 24-hour formats as well as a slate of nationally known daypart programs. Get more info at www.suiteradio.net Contact Jim Jones for demos and available barter plans for our full line of programming: firstname.lastname@example.org
PODCASTS: Cumulus Forms Partnership With YAP For Flagship Podcast 'Young & Profiting' With Hala Taha
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Cumulus Media announced a partnership with YAP Media to monetize, market, and distribute all their existing and forthcoming podcasts. Joining the Cumulus Podcast Network is YAP Media’s flagship podcast, Young and Profiting, hosted by YAP Media founder and CEO Hala Taha, who interviews the brightest minds in the world to unpack their wisdom into actionable advice.
Taha is known within the industry as “The Podcast Princess,” a name given to her when landing the January 2021 cover of Podcast Magazine. Taha is known for her highly engaged following on LinkedIn, social audio apps, and for her popularity on non-traditional podcast players like Castbox and Player.FM.
Taha started her career in radio production while in college at HOT97 on “The Angie Martinez Show.” Later, she launched a popular entertainment news blog site, “The Sorority of Hip Hop,” where she led an all-female team of 50 bloggers. Taha started Young and Profiting podcast and YAP Media agency as a side hustle and now has dozens of high-profile clients and more than 50 employees worldwide.
EVENTS: iHeart Chicago Announces Sixth Annual 'Sista Strut Pink Celebration'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that seven of its stations are teaming up to hold the sixth annual “Sista Strut Pink Celebration,” presented by Your Local Ford Dealers, on Saturday, October 1. The 3k breast cancer walk will benefit the Sisters Network Chicago, Inc., a Black breast cancer survivorship organization.
“iHeartMedia Chicago is kicking off ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ month in October with our annual ‘Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk,’” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “It is important that we continue to create opportunities that support the on-going efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. We are thankful to our advertisers and community partners who share our vision.”
The 3k breast cancer walk will be hosted by 107.5 WGCI Morning Show Co-Host Kendra G, The Steve Harvey Morning Show Co-Host Carla Ferrell, V103 Midday Host Bioncé Foxx, Inspiration 1390 Morning Show Host Sonya Blakey and ABC7 Chicago Reporter/Anchor Samantha Chatman. ABC7 Chicago is the exclusive TV partner for Sista Strut. The walk will kick off with family entertainment and local vendors. Sista Strut will take place Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center at 1250 West 119th Street on the Southside of Chicago.
Q101 Brings Back The Name 'TWISTED XMAS' For Annual Run Of Christmas Shows
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Chicago Alternative Rock station Q101 announces a new name and an all-star lineup for its popular annual Christmas shows. With the reclamation of the station’s original name, Q101, back in May they also have revived the name “TWISTED XMAS” for the annual run of Christmas shows at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.
Historically, the star-studded concert series is a sell-out event. This year’s three-show series, sponsored by Heineken and Byline Bank, will be held at Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom for three nights on December 6th, 8th and 9th, and will feature live musical performances from a select group of exceptional rock bands and artists. The lineup by date includes: 12/6 - PORTUGAL. THE MAN / BOB MOSES / BEACH BUNNY 12/8 - JACK WHITE / WET LEG / STARCRAWLER 12/9 - THE 1975.
SNAPS: Danny Lions Crosses 50-Year Mark On Air
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Danny Lyons is celebrating a pretty incredible milestone today, 50 uninterrupted years in radio starting on his birthday September 23rd 1972 thru today where he holds down middays on AC WEBE in Connecticut (as he has aired more than 35 years straight).
Danny left his hometown of Waterbury Connecticut at 18 and drove to Florida with the plan to stop in every market back up the east coast until he landed a full time radio job, he got one at WILZ West Palm Beach (owned by Sam Phillips the guy who first discovered Elvis Presley) A year later he returned to Waterbury at WWCO and over WKCI, WAVZ, WTIC-FM and WEBE has been heard in middays for almost his entire career.
Additionally, Danny was a jock at WNBC during their top 40 era in the early 80s and held many management roles over the years including Regional Operations manager for CT and New York State for Cumulus when they owned WEBE. Congrats Danny!
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103.5 WTOP Remains On Top Of BIA's 2021 Top Billing List For Seventh Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– BIA Advisory Services has released its annual list of the top billing radio stations in the country. In a streak lasting since 2014, Hubbard Radio, LLC’s WTOP-FM in Washington, DC was once again the top billing radio station in 2021. BIA estimates that WTOP-FM pulled $70 million in revenues in 2021, up 12.9% from $62 million in 2020. This surpasses the overall growth rate of 10.3% that BIA forecasts for over-the-air radio from 2020 to 2021, as the industry started to pull out of the pandemic slump.
WTOP-FM is also the only station on this list to surpass its pre-pandemic revenue figure of $69.8 million in 2019. Hubbard Radio, LLC garnered 30.5% of the over-the-air revenue in the Washington, DC market in 2021… 29.1% of which went to WTOP-FM. Number two ranked KIIS-FM in Los Angeles accounted for 9.1% of the over-the-air revenue in Los Angeles with $43 million (down from pre-pandemic revenues of $59.9 million in 2019). And Number 3 ranked WLTW in New York accounted for 8.7% of the market’s over-the-air radio revenue with $34.6 million (down from $44.0 million in 2019). Both KIIS-FM and WLTW are owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Audacy’s WBBM(AM) in Chicago moved up to the #4 spot (it was #5 last year), and showed the most year-over-year growth of any station in the top ten, growing 14.5% from $29.7 million in 2020 to $34.0 million in 2021. The station is still down from $39.0 million in 2019.
Looking at the billing of radio station owners, iHeartMedia Inc. sits in the top spot in 2021, with 865 AM/FM stations in 150 markets bringing in $2.2 billion. This is up from $1.97 billion with 865 stations in 2020, but down from $2.56 billion (only 858 stations) in pre-pandemic 2019. Number two Radio Owner is Audacy (formerly known as Entercom Communications Corp.), with 231 AM/FM stations in 47 markets bringing in $1.345 billion. This is up from $1.2 billion (also 231 stations) in 2020, but down from nearly $1.6 billion in pre-pandemic 2019 (235 stations). A distant third, revenue-wise, is Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. with 407 AM/FM stations in 85 markets bringing in $481 million. This is up from $470 million in 2020 (415 stations), but down from $531 million in 2019 (425 stations). Hubbard Radio LLC, which owns the number one station WTOP-FM, is in 4th place with 54 stations in 10 markets bringing in $252 million. Hubbard is the largest privately owned radio group owner in 2021.
Kristina 'Luca' Koppeser & Tom Rickert Rise To New Leadership Roles For KYW Newsradio Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Audacy announced new leadership for KYW Newsradio (103.9 FM / 1060 AM) in Philadelphia. The station has named Kristina “Luca” Koppeser as Brand Manager and Director of Digital Content. The station also named Podcast Director Tom Rickert as Assistant Brand Manager and Director of Podcasting.
Koppeser joined KYW Newsradio in July 2021 as the Digital Managing Editor. She has over a decade of experience in digital media, spending much of her career pioneering new roles across both news organizations and social platforms. In 2017, Koppeser launched the Digital Curation Desk at Hearst Television and later led the Amplify Team, where she managed production and distribution of national digital video content sourced from HTV's local news stations.
Rickert has served as director of podcasting at KYW Newsradio since 2021, his latest role in an 11-year career at KYW that included time spent as a news production assistant, digital and social media producer, writer, and editor. Rickert is an award-winning audio producer for KYW Newsradio; his work has received multiple honors from the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Rickert joined KYW in 2011 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media.
Mike 'Moose' Smith Returns Home To Max Media As OM Over Hampton Roads Cluster
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Max Media Hampton Roads announced the return of Mike “Moose” Smith to the Max Media family. Effective immediately, Smith will be taking over the role of Operations Manager for the Hampton Roads cluster.
Moose remarked, “I am stoked to be rejoining the Max Media family in Norfolk. These radio stations are legendary, and the team Keith has assembled is fantastic. I am honored to be asked to join this team and I can’t wait to get started!”
Smith, who has 20+ years of experience with Max Media including stops in the company’s North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, and Illinois clusters is a graduate of East Carolina University and will formally take over the position on Monday, Sept 26th.
“Mike has been a friend and colleague to me for over 15 years, and we are extremely excited to welcome him back to Virginia Beach.”, said Keith Barton President and Market Manager for Max Media Hampton Roads. Max Media’s Norfolk-Virginia Beach properties include Country WGH-FM (97.3 The Eagle), AC WTWV (92.9 The Wave), Urban Adult Hits WVBW (100.5 The Vibe), WVSP (ESPN Radio 94.1) and WGH-AM (Money Talk 1310).
Cory Edmondson Joins Froggy 98 KFGE-FM For Middays And APD/MD Posts
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– NRG Media Lincoln's Froggy 98 (KFGE-FM) welcomes Cory Edmondson as he hops into the APD/MD chair and handles middays. Cory comes to the Cornhusker state from KFLS in Klamath Falls, Or. Prior to this, Cory has had stops along the way in Seattle, Wash.; Eugene, Ore.; Pocatello, Idaho; and even the Big Island in Hawaii.
Froggy 98 PD/OM Steve King comments, “I have known Cory for many years and have seen him grow in his career. He has the kind of personality that fits with ‘Nebraska Nice,’ and his work ethic is exactly what Froggy 98 needs. Not to mention, he is one of the few people who understands the difference between jelly and jam.”
Cory added, "When I heard Big Daddy Steve King was having a party in Lincoln, I knew I needed to pony up and add to the BBQ. So far it is tasting good. Real good." You can hear Cory on air on Froggy 98 weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Syndication: Real 97.7 Chattanooga Adds The Baka Boyz For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– The World-Famous Baka Boyz (aka Eric and Nick Vidal) announce Real 97.7” Chattanooga as the newest affiliate of their weekday “Baka Boyz Daily” show:
“The world-famous Baka Boyz have been bringing their creativity and energy to Real 97.7’s weekends with their Hip Hop Mastermix show, “said Nichole Hartman SVP/Market Manager Audacy Chattanooga “We are thrilled to expand our partnerships with the Boyz and welcome their amazing chemistry and fun to our weekdays.
The Baka Boyz are now in over 100 cities. For more information or to reserve your market on the Baka Boyz daily show, contact Nancy Abramson at email@example.com or Gary Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org - watch the Baka Boyz Video demo HERE
EVENTS: Tim McGraw And Carly Pearce To Host Skyview Networks’ Fifth Annual Upfront Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Skyview Networks announced that Tim McGraw and Carly Pearce will be hosting the fifth annual Skyview Networks Upfront event, Power of Momentum, on September 21.
The event is set to take place on a virtual stage with hundreds of advertising executives and industry leaders confirmed to view it in real time. The 2023 Skyview Networks Upfront is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Denise Krause at email@example.com.
For details on its sales platforms, technology services and syndication programming, visit skyviewnetworks.com.
Soledad O’Brien To Keynote Gracies Leadership Awards Presented By AWM
Valerie K. Blackburn to receive AWM Legacy Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) announced that Soledad O’Brien – award-winning journalist, CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, philanthropist, and author – will keynote the Gracies Leadership Awards on Monday, November 14, 2022, at Tribeca 360 in New York, New York.
During the event, AWM will present its Legacy Leadership Award to Valerie K. Blackburn, a longtime radio executive, industry leader as well as active and committed supporter of AWM. Google News Initiative is a presenting sponsor for this key education and recognition celebration. The annual event provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the significant impact women have made in the media industry, while also spurring to action and emboldening female leaders in attendance. The list of this year’s honorees will be announced soon.
“The Alliance for Women in Media’s commitment to shining a light on the impressive work of women in our industry and how they cover them in support and celebrate their talent makes me all the more honored and delighted to serve as keynote,” said O’Brien. O’Brien has been a mainstay in the world of media for several decades. She currently anchors and produces Hearst TV political program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports.
IBA Wraps Up Members Only Inaugural Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) presented its first IBA Members-Only “In-Focus” Conference yesterday at the Intercontinental at Doral in Miami. The inaugural one-day event drew attendees from across the country, representing more than 500 radio stations owned and operated by independent broadcasters.
“We are thrilled with the fabulous turnout and the response from our attendees,” stated Ron Stone, President and Executive Director of IBA. “I want to thank all who attended our first event, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. In the meantime, we will continue to present our year-round members-only webinars.” Vipology and Marketron were among the presenters, and ARC CEO Jay Bailey delivered the keynote.
The IBA In-Focus Conference was held in conjunction with the two-day Radio Masters Sales Summit, which is co-presented by Radio Ink and the Center for Sales Strategy, on September 22 and 23 at the same location.
Audacy Reveals Day-One Lineup For Second Annual' Beach Festival' In Fort Lauderdale
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Audacy has revealed the lineup for day one of its second annual “Audacy Beach Festival,” which will take place December 3 and 4 on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Performances on Saturday, December 3 will include Muse, Jack White, Jimmy Eat World, Phoenix, YUNGBLUD, Beach Weather, BoyWithUke, half•alive and The Maine. Audacy will announce the remaining artists for Sunday, December 4 on October 5.
$1 from every ticket sold will go toward our partners, including REVERB, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to empowering millions of individuals to take action toward a better future for people and the planet.
St. Cloud's Kelly & Wood's First-Ever 'Tattoo For A Cause' Gets Listeners Lined Up For Hours
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Wild Country 99/St. Cloud's Kelly & Wood had their first ever 'Tattoo for a Cause' event. They partnered with a local tattoo shop, offering flash tattoos that focused on raising awareness for various Cancers, Veteran Suicide and Mental Health.
Listeners started lining up four hours before the event started and the some stood in line for 13 hours as Kelly & Wood stayed in the shop until every person got through. Parts of the proceeds were then donated to local charities focusing on the causes. Matt Wood (inset) says, "A waitlist 75 people long has already started for the following year. The one day event raised nearly $5,000 dollars for the charities!"
SNAPS: NYC'S Radio Community Gathers To Support Scott Shannon At Premiere Of Z100 Documentary
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Top members of the New York's radio community showed up last night (Wednesday) to support Scott Shannon in SoHo at the premiere of "Worse to First: The True Story of Z100."
Among the many included: L-R: WCBS-FM/NY DJ Race Taylor, WCBS-FM Morning host Scott Shannon, WOR-NY Program Director Tom Cuddy and former programmer/current talent agent John McConnell. It was announced that Shannon's documentary will soon be available on DVD with added footage.
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Detroit’s Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show Now Available Nationwide From Key Networks
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– Key Networks will now offer Detroit’s top-rated morning show, Dave & Chuck the Freak, to radio stations nationwide. The show currently airs on WRIF-FM, the show’s flagship station in Detroit, and is also heard on Beasley Media Group stations WBOS-FM, Boston, MA; WPBB-FM, Tampa, FL; and WRXK-FM, Fort Myers, FL. Captaining the morning mic on Dave & Chuck the Freak are co-hosts Dave Hunter and Chuck the Freak, joined by an ensemble cast including Lisa Way, Andy Green, James Campbell, Jason Watson, and Al Beck.
“We have been self-syndicating Dave & Chuck the Freak on many of Beasley’s rock stations for the past few years and have enjoyed ratings growth on ALL the brands carrying the show,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “The content is absolutely hilarious, and the show characters have made a deep connection with audiences in our markets. Now that we have a proven model for success, we’re excited to share it with other broadcasters who want a winning show on their stations too!”
“We are continually amazed at how far the show has progressed over the years, and are so excited to take it to the next level on more stations across the country,” said Dave Hunter. “We love the fact that even more folks can join the party with us every morning.” To snag Dave & Chuck the Freak for mornings in your market, visit: www.keynetworks.com or contact Dennis Green, Chief Operating Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syndication: Bob & Sheri Team With Skyview Networks As Their Network Audio Sales Partner In 2023
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 ––Skyview Networks announced a partnership with The Bob & Sheri, hosted by Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch, for Network Audio Sales. Starting January 1, 2023, Skyview Networks will serve as the advertising sales partner for the program, with access to digital and podcast opportunities. “The team at Skyview Networks truly shares our passion for creativity and innovation,” said Sheri Lynch, Co-Owner, and Co-Host of Bob & Sheri. “They are absolutely all in. It’s an exciting partnership and I’m thrilled at this opportunity to learn and grow while serving our audience, affiliates, and advertisers in new, dynamic ways.”
“Known and respected in the audio space for their proven success and genuine connections with listeners, the program and podcasts continue to grow and deliver on all levels for audiences and advertisers,” commented Jeanne-Marie Condo, President of Network Partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer for Skyview Networks. “We are thrilled to work with Bob & Sheri and are proud to showcase the program as part of our influencers and integrations platforms in our upcoming 2023 Upfront show.”
Co-owned by Sheri Lynch and Tony Garcia, Bob & Sheri is one of the few independently syndicated shows owned by a female and a Latino. It airs four hours Monday through Friday and is also a daily podcast. For details on affiliation, please contact Tony Garcia at email@example.com.
Covino & Rich Join The Weekday Lineup On FSR
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network announced that widely-popular broadcast duo Steve Covino and Rich Davis will join the network’s industry-leading weekday lineup. Covino & Rich will take over the FSR’s 5 to 7 p.m. ET/2 to 4 p.m. PT weekday timeslot, effective September 26.
Covino & Rich will broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide, in addition to FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio, which is available via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app. The program will also be available as a podcast directly following each show. With the addition of Covino & Rich to FSR’s weekday lineup,
The Doug Gottlieb Show will transition from a three-hour program to two hours, broadcasting weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. ET/12 to 2 p.m. PT. Expanding his ever-growing podcast, Gottlieb will also host a new original daily podcast featuring interviews with the latest newsmakers in sports. Launching September 26, the program will be available via The Doug Gottlieb Show podcast feed on iHeartRadio and other podcast platforms.
Covino and Rich first joined FSR in September 2021 as part of the network’s weekend football lineup. In addition to their move from weekends to weekdays on FSR, the duo will continue to host the popular, long-running Covino & Rich live podcast, which debuted in 2004 on SiriusXM and is available via Patreon subscription.
REPORT: Following Off-Air Rant Where Female Co-Host Was Berated, Show 'Appears To Be On Hold'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– Vic Faust, host on KFNS/100.7 'The Viper', who last week targeted a female co-host on his radio show with a barrage of foul language, sexist remarks and personal insults, appears to be 'on hold' with the show reports The St. Louis Post Dispatch. According to the report, Faust used profanity at least 40 times during an off-air break that berated Crystal Cooper, who was part of Faust’s morning-drive show on Sept. 13 on KFNS (100.7 FM), known as “The Viper.”
Faust lambasted Cooper for her weight and parenting skills. He also called her “fat,” “stupid” and “nasty,” and at one point said, “Your kids have a (expletive) terrible mom. I feel sorry for them.” Faust was not on the air Monday or Tuesday, and the radio show appears to have been put on hold says the paper. And as of this morning, both hosts had been scrubbed from the station's website. The outburst, which occurred off-air, was digitally recorded and sent anonymously to the Post-Dispatch tip line.
Faust’s outburst seems to have occurred in the closing minutes of last week’s show when Faust became irked by Cooper’s criticism of his computer skills. During a commercial break of the morning show the co-hosts argued over their treatment of each other. At one point, Faust tells Cooper to not come back to the show. “If you come back, I’m going to be in your (expletive) every (expletive) day,” Faust said, who added that he would “call you a (expletive) every day.”
The radio station is licensed out of Troy, Missouri, and its studios are in Lake Saint Louis. General manager Chris Blevins could not be reached for comment. In addition to radio, Vic Faust, who is a Fox 2 news anchor in St. Louis. PHOTO/The Edge/YouTube - Listen to edited audio of exchange HERE
Kristy Beebe Named President For iHeart's Newly Formed Kentucky/Carolina Area
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Kristy Beebe has been named Area President for the newly formed Kentucky/Carolina Area, effective immediately. As Area President, Beebe will be responsible for all operations over the seven markets in the newly formed Kentucky/Carolina Area, including Louisville, Lexington and Somerset, KY along with Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Florence, SC. She will report to Nick Gnau, Division President for iHeartMedia.
“Kristy has shown success in every opportunity that has been presented, she knows how to build culture and high performing teams,” said Gnau. “Her passion for serving the community, our portfolio of assets and her team makes her the perfect choice to lead this newly developed Area. I look forward to working with Kristy and watching her continued successes over the seven markets in the Kentucky/Carolina Area.”
Kristy Beebe joins the Kentucky/Carolina Area from the iHeartMedia Indianapolis cluster where she most recently served as the Market President. She also served as the Vice President of Sales for the iHeartMedia Kentucky markets. She began her career at Cumulus Broadcasting in Toledo, Ohio and is a graduate of Lourdes College.
“I am excited to be leading the alignment of the Kentucky/Carolina Area within the Gnau Division,” said Beebe. “Our combined talent and resources will create exciting new opportunities and growth within this newly formed group of markets!”
106.3 WGER Saginaw Debuts 106.3 The Core Led In Mornings By Dave & Chuck The Freak
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– Alpha Media has launched The Core in Saginaw. The outlet will focus on rock/alternative music from the '90s & '00s. The playlist will include artists like Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam & Soundgarden, Blink 182, The Red Hot ChiliPeppers, and Sublime.
Mark Thomas, Alpha Media Market Manager in Saginaw, said, "We are thrilled to launch a locally programmed Rock station for the Great Lakes Bay Region. Joining our team is market veteran MacKenzie 'MacK' Furlo and Michigan legends Dave & Chuck the Freak who land their first affiliate outside of Beasley.
Content Director Clay Pierce shares," Alpha's commitment to delivering unique products to underserved audiences is one of the reasons I love being a part of this company. Our listeners and advertisers now have a rock 'alternative' run by people in the mitten for people in the mitten.'
BLOG: Smart Speaker Ownership Has Stalled Since Last Spurt Occurring Christmas 2020
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– The recently released Cumulus Media 2022 Audioscape examined the podcast consumer and smart speaker trends using data from Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” Report from Q2 2022. This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog outlines eight key findings on smart speakers.
SPARC Media Hub Partners With G Audio Networks For Workflow System On Barter
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– G Audio Networks, a Gen Media Partners company, is now offering SPARC Media Hub for barter to radio stations throughout the United States. The all-in-one platform helps station teams stay organized, communicate more effectively, and eliminate costly mistakes.
“Every day, SPARC Media Hub continues to develop its product to be the best workflow system available,” noted Rich O’Brien, Chief Development Officer for G Audio Networks. “Using customer feedback, researching the latest trends in media, and always thinking ‘what’s next?’ are just some of the pillars that make SPARC a leading-edge product in the industry. We’re very excited about bringing this superior product to radio stations.” “We’re beyond thrilled to work with Rich and everyone at G Audio Networks.” said Skyler Richard, co-founder of SPARC Media Hub. “G Audio Networks knows the industry unlike anyone else and is the perfect partner to help us make life easier for so many radio and media people all over North America.”
For more info, contact G Audio Networks’ Rich O’Brien at (Office) 212-280-9338 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS: Core Atlanta Presents 'Streetz Morning Takeover Stay In College Scholarships Awards'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– Chevrolet has partnered with Core Radio Group by offering 8 students from selected Historical Black Colleges and Universities the opportunity to fulfill their educational dreams. Hosted by the Superadio nationally syndicated morning show “The Streetz Morning Takeover with Yung Joc”, Core Radio Group has established this scholarship contest that will allow students assistance in completing their higher educational goals. ”We are extremely pleased to partner with General Motors in this endeavor.
"Far too many HBCU students are not able to finish their education due to various financial hurdles. General Motors recognizes these challenges and has stepped up by partnering with Yung Joc and the Streetz Team to help students achieve their goals” says Steve Hegwood, President CORE Communications. To compete for their chance to secure funding, eligible students can register at streetzmorningtakeover.com.
SNAPS: Bay Country San Jose's Morgan Wallen 'Lookalike' Draws A Crowd During Sold Out Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022 –– Alpha Media San Jose’s Bay Country (KBAY 94.5 FM/KKDV 92.1 FM) hits the pavement at Morgan Wallen's Dangerous Tour, and are excited to share the massive success of their Morgan Wallen "lookalike" promotion following the sold out show on Friday, September 16, 2022. The station conducted an "online casting call" contest, searching for the best Morgan Wallen doppelgänger to take photos with listeners on the concourse of Shoreline Amphitheater before the concert.
Following the search all over the Bay Area, and thousands of votes, Cole Hodges of Hollister was announced the winner before the show. “Fake Morgan” enjoyed premium tickets to the sold out show and some cash for his efforts courtesy of his new fav radio station, Bay Country. He was the most popular person at the venue (other than Morgan Wallen himself).
“Our new Bay Country fan base is already raging and they are so much fun. I couldn’t believe the engagement we got from listeners. Everyone wanted a pic with the faux-Morgan!” said Bay Country Program Director, Bo Matthews. KBAY Afternoon drive personality, Brooks said, "Our winner Cole went ALL OUT and looked the part. I was blown away by his performance and the response from our amazing listeners throughout the promotion.
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Judge Vacates Conviction Of Adnan Syed, Subject Of First Season Of Groundbreaking ‘Serial’ Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– A judge on Monday approved a motion by prosecutors to vacate the murder conviction of Adnan Syed (shown below left, leaving the courtroom yesterday, and at right in photo after his arrest 23 years ago). He was the subject of the first season of the groundbreaking “Serial” podcast hosted by NPR's Sarah Koenig, who has maintained he is innocent in the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend. According to CNN, Baltimore prosecutors filed the motion last week asking for a new trial for Syed, who has been serving a life sentence after he was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in connection to the killing of Hae Min Lee.
In her decision, Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn cited material in the state investigation that was not properly turned over to defense attorneys, as well as the existence of two suspects who may have been improperly cleared as part of the investigation. Syed walked out of the courthouse to cheers and applause from supporters. He did not stop to speak to reporters as he got into a vehicle.
"Twenty-three years after he went to prison, we now know what Adnan and his loved ones have always known, that Adnan’s trial was profoundly and outrageously unfair. Evidence was hidden from him, evidence that pointed to other people as the killers,” Assistant Public Defender Erica Suter, Syed’s attorney and director of the Innocence Project Clinic, said in a statement after the ruling.
The hearing comes nearly eight years after the “Serial” podcast dug into his case, raising questions about the conviction and his legal representation. In doing so, the podcast reached a huge audience and set off a true-crime podcasting boom as well as further examinations of the case, including the HBO docuseries “The Case Against Adnan Syed.” Prosecutors moved to vacate Syed’s conviction following a nearly year-long investigation, they said in a news release last week. At the time, Mosby said prosecutors were “not asserting, at this time, that Mr. Syed is innocent” but that the state “lacks confidence in the integrity of the conviction” and that Syed should get a new trial. Read Article HERE
Fred Jacobs: 'No Doubt' Serial Podcast Was The Difference Maker In Getting Syed Freed
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Fred Jacobs blogged today about yesterday's Adnan Syed court decision writing 'there was no doubt this seminal podcast, produced and narrated by Sarah Koenig, were the difference-makers in drawing attention to the case, and ultimately getting Syed freed.
When “Serial” first debuted in 2014, it rekindled the fledgling podcast medium, virtually creating and setting the bar for the “true crime” genre. Some in the podcasting space actually expressed a degree of remorse toward “Serial,” always quick with reminders that podcasts were invented a decade earlier. And some of the elitist podcasting producers also noted “Serial’s” opening episode actually aired on NPR, a tremendous boost for a fledgling series. Well, it worked – on multiple levels.
At the time, I blogged about the impact of “Serial” on podcasting, culture, investigative journalism, and economics. Back then, “Serial” had racked up an unheard of 77 million downloads. Today, it has amassed nearly five times that many.
Sarah Koenig and “Serial” will drop a new episode with an update this morning – how appropriate for perhaps the greatest podcast of all time.Read Blog HERE
Cumulus Media Promotes Three in Syracuse
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has promoted three longtime Cumulus Syracuse radio members to expanded roles within the company’s four-station group.
Rick Roberts (TL) has been promoted Program Director and Digital Content Producer for heritage Top 40 station 93Q/WNTQ-FM. Roberts has been with WNTQ-FM for over 25 years and began his career with the station while still in high school. He has been Music Director and Afternoon Personality for 93Q since 2006 and Assistant Program Director since 2018. Roberts will continue to host afternoons on 93Q and can be heard weekdays from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Also promoted is Joe DeTomaso (C), Program Director, Content Production Manager and Midday Host for Alternative Rock station 95X/WAQX-FM. DeTomaso expands his purview as the new Program Director for Sports/Talk station The Score 1260/WSKO-AM. DeTomaso joined WAQX-FM in 2003 and was named Program Director for the station in 2011.
Additionally, Scott Dixon (TR), was promoted to Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Host for Alt Rocker 95X/WAQX-FM, to Content Production Captain for the company’s all-new streaming station, The SGNL (The Signal). Dixon, who has been with Cumulus Syracuse for 11 years and is a 2019 SAMMY Hall of Fame inductee, will continue in his role as APD and Afternoon Host for 95X.
Beth Coughlin, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Syracuse, said: “These promotions and expanded roles recognize the valuable contributions that Joe DeTomaso, Rick Roberts and Scott Dixon continue to make in growing our vibrant station brands through outstanding local entertainment content. The deep programming bench strength at Cumulus Syracuse stations is unmatched in the market, and that translates into programming that listeners love and choose every day - on-air, online and wherever they are.”
Podcasts: iHeart Launches Round Two Of Its Initiative To Empower Underrepresented Podcast Creators
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia has announced round two of its NextUp Initiative, with applications now officially open. NextUp aims to empower creators of all backgrounds by giving them the tools to succeed in the podcast industry, from developing and marketing a podcast to using industry-leading software. The NextUp program will span six months beginning January and will include a monthly stipend. Creators will exit the program with at least three finished episodes and a polished pitch for their podcast.
NextUp is led by industry veterans and iHeartPodcast executive producers, Anna Hossnieh and Joelle Smith, and iHeartPodcast production manager Yesenia Medellin. The program will mentor the selected NextUp fellows, elevating the voices of new, historically underrepresented storytellers, and provide an incredible opportunity for the next generation of podcast creators to be heard.
All interested up-and-coming creators are encouraged to apply. Applicants selected will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of iHeart’s top creators and executives with the goal of creating content focused on their own unique perspectives and stories. Submission period begins today and runs through September 30, 2022. Visit iHeart.com/nextup to submit your application.
4 Things With Amy Brown Podcast To Go Before Live Audience In Wichita
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Premiere Networks personality Amy Brown, co-host of iHeartMedia’s CMA and ACM Award-winning Country radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” will bring her “4 Things with Amy Brown” podcast to Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, November 5, at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.
4 Things with Amy Brown is co-produced by Amy Brown and Premiere Networks as part of Bobby Bones’ Nashville Podcast Network, 4 Things with Amy Brown is a weekly podcast featuring “4 Things” listeners can do to promote an overall healthy well-being and maintain an attitude of gratitude, while sprinkling joy and giving back in their daily lives.
A Gracie Award winner, Brown also co-hosts iHeartMedia’s CMA and ACM Award-winning Country radio program The Bobby Bones Show, as well as Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, and hosts Women of iHeartCountry.
iHeart And Amanda de Cadenet Launch “The Conversation: About the Men
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Amanda de Cadenet, host of the hit TV series “The Conversation,” announced a brand new talk-style iHeartPodcast titled “The Conversation: About the Men.” After a celebrated career interviewing some of the most high-profile women in the world, Amanda is turning her attention to men. Featured guests will include Matthew McConaughey, Charlamagne tha God, Zachary Levi, Dr. Terry Real, Nick Viall, Kal Penn, and YungBlood, to name a few.
“Men have undeniably had a massive cultural reckoning over the last few years. The existing concepts of masculinity have been shattered and need to be rebuilt. Men’s voices are crucial in the restructuring of modern masculinity,” said Cadenet. “As the mother of a teenage son and someone who values a multitude of opinions, my hope is to build bridges and create a space for men to speak honestly and openly in a collaborative way. Consent, parenting, race, cancel culture, porn, Roe V Wade and toxic masculinity are just some of the subjects we get into in an uncensored and authentic way.
“The Conversation: About the Men” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and can be heard on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are available. Listen to the official trailer HERE
Sobriety Awareness Month Continues With Two Special Episodes From Matt Pinfield’s Podcast 'Sound, Sobriety & Success'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks announces that it has released two special episodes of the Sound, Sobriety & Success podcast, hosted by Rock journalist and former MTV host Matt Pinfield, in recognition of Sobriety Awareness Month in September. The first of the two new episodes features AJ McLean, actor, dancer, and Grammy-winning singer of the Backstreet Boys, one of the most successful music groups in music history.
In the second new episode of the Sound, Sobriety & Success podcast, Pinfield talks to Chrissy Metz, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress and singer known for her portrayal of Kate Pierce on NBC’s award-winning TV series 'This is Us.' Metz shares what she learned from playing a mother addicted to opioids in the film “Stay Awake.”
Pinfield, a former MTV host currently heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country as host of Westwood One’s Rock radio show, “Flashback” – has been a fixture in the music scene for three decades and has been on the road to recovery along the way, with a little help from his friends. For more information, contact Susan Aksu, Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks, email@example.com, 818.842.4600.
Syndication: Delilah Debuts On Alpha Media’s 102.3 The Rose Louisville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– Alpha Media’s 102.3 The Rose (WXMA-FM) – Louisville’s Lite Favorites - announced the addition of nationally-syndicated personality Delilah. The hosts will now broadcasts on the station nightly, Monday through Sunday.
“The Louisville area is a special place for me,” said Delilah. “The listeners have always received us well and welcomed us so warmly. And when you love horseback riding as much as I do, just thinking of the beauty of the farms and pastures, and the majesty of Churchill Downs each spring, I’m all the more excited to be connecting again with listeners on 102.3 FM!”
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AdLarge & Eeriecast Announce Ad Sales Partnership
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– AdLarge announced they have entered into an ad sales partnership with Eeriecast, The Horror Podcast Network. AdLarge will oversee the management, sales, and fulfillment of the audio ad sales for the Eeriecast network which is dedicated to horror-themed content for those who want to be scared or those who find relaxation in terror.
With over 618,000 YouTube subscribers, Eeriecast’s Owner and Founder, known as Darkness Prevails, got his start on the platform by creating horror-themed lists. He eventually began narrating true horror stories from around the world, which organically evolved into the podcast network. Today, Eeriecast curates several podcasts for horror fanatics including popular titles like Unexplained Encounters, Freaky Folklore, and Tales from the Break Room.
“Darkness Prevails has created the ultimate audio playground for captivating stories of terror, mystery, and darkness,” said Cathy Csukas, Co-CEO, and Co-Founder of AdLarge. “This partnership expands our immersive storytelling content and provides our advertisers with passionately engaged audiences.” The Eeriecast network of podcasts are available wherever you listen to podcasts.
EVENTS: RAB Announces 2023 Radio Talent Institutes
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 –– National Radio Talent System (NRTS), a division of the Radio Advertising Bureau, announced a number of Radio Talent Institutes scheduled to take place in-person across various college campuses next summer. • Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of PA May 22 – 28, 2023 • Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University June 5 – 14, 2023.
In this first program of its kind, broadcasters, universities and the National Radio Talent System produced by RAB work together to discover, develop, and prepare students to become the next generation of broadcast leaders. After a three-year break due to the pandemic, RAB brought back the Kellar Radio Talent Institute in June 2022 with the plan to strategically roll out additional existing and new programs in the coming months and years.
“An integral part of the RAB’s mission is providing the industry with the tools and resources to help broadcasters attract new sales talent to the medium and enhance radio’s professionalism through training and support,” said RAB President and Chief Executive Officer, Erica Farber. “We were excited to get our feet wet this past year but are so looking forward to forging ahead with our broadcast underwriters, academic partners and industry sponsors in 2023 to continue to excite the next generation of broadcasters.” To find out more information about the radio talent institutes, login on to www.nationalradiotalentsystem.
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Iliad Media Group Announces Its Forty-Six Employees Will Become Employee-Owners
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– Iliad Media Group Holdings Inc. has announced its forty-six employees will become employee-owners of the award-winning, highly rated media company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The transition to 100% employee ownership by the media group illuminates that despite dismal news about workforce retention, volatile economy, and speculation about the decline in radio revenues, the team believes so much in the power of good local radio that they partnered with ownership to buy the company.
The multi-media company has a long tradition of being the only locally owned, privately held, large commercial radio cluster in the Boise market since 2007 and enjoys a 26-year history of commercial radio excellence in Twin Falls, Idaho.
President and CEO Darrell Calton (shown above left) says, "One of the biggest concerns that the ownership and I had about the company was not the year-to-year successes, but the decade-to-decade success. Many independent business owners struggle with what to do about the march of time regarding estate and business planning. We are so fortunate to have an owner that wants to recognize the efforts of our long-term employees and wants to put the future of the business in our hands. This ESOP business transition tool is precisely what we all needed.” Among those soon taking part of the ownership are its highly successful Joey & Lauren in the Morning (shown above) on My 102.7 Boise who are also heard in mornings on other Iliad markets.
Sandy Clough Announces Retirement From Full-Time Duties At KKFN/104.3 The Fan Denver After 25-Yr. Run
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– "I’ve had a tremendous experience over the past 25 years sharing my opinions and interacting with our wonderful listeners at The Fan,” Sandy Clough said. “Being able to share in the joy of Denver’s wins while consoling the city’s heartbreak of losses was a privilege and responsibility I was honored to have. I’m very grateful and appreciative for all of the amazing colleagues I’ve had the opportunity to call teammates, and most of all I’m extremely thankful to The Fan audience who took the time to listen in and interact during our shows.”
“Sandy Clough has had an incredible broadcasting career, leaving behind a standard of excellence on The Fan that will carry on for years to come,” said Bonneville Denver SVP/market manager Katie Reid. “We are all incredibly thankful to Sandy for all of his contributions and his unwavering commitment to quality programming on The Fan over the past 25 years.”
Clough came to Denver in 1979 as a host on KOA-AM’s Broncos Radio Network. He later hosted for KYBG-AM from 1990 through 1996 and joined The Fan in 1997.
Syndication: Josh Innes Show Now Heard On Rock 103 Memphis In Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– 105.9 The Rock Nashville's Josh Innes announced via social, "We will be the morning show on Rock 103 in Memphis. This is pretty bad ass.' This marks his 2nd station since arriving at WNRQ/105.9 The Rock in April of 2021 to add his morning show.
Innes spent most of his career in sports radio with stops in Houston and Philadelphia. More recently, Innes' show was picked up at 106.7 WLLZ Detroit.
Rickey Smiley Show On The Hunt For New Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– Following news that the executive producer of Reach Media EP of Rickey Smiley, the show had to step down to deal with her family, the company announced 'they have big shoes to fill. The job is based in Dallas. If you wish to apply, here, among others, is what we they are looking for and a link to apply. Rickey Smiley is one of the biggest brands is radio, so any candidate must be the following:
–– A dynamic leader who can manage a diverse team of people.
–– Team management and empowering others is a very important skill needed.
–– Excellent communication and problem solving skills. The courage to make tough decisions and ready to adjust on the fly.
–– A sense of humor –– Relentless networking skills. And Guts under pressure.
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Condolences: 'GBH's Eric Jackson, 'Dean Of Boston Jazz Radio,' Passes Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– Eric Jackson, host of Eric in the Evenings on 'GBH Radio, passed away this morning. Eric was known widely as the “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio.” For more than 50 years, he inspired audiences in Boston and across the world with his unmatched knowledge of Jazz and the history of African American music.
Eric first joined GBH as a regular host in 1977, quickly emerging as one of public broadcasting’s most popular and knowledgeable on-air personalities. He shared his knowledge and his love of music with all of us, inspiring future generations of musicians, broadcasters and music lovers.
“Eric's great skill as a broadcaster was how he used his warmth and intimate knowledge to connect listeners to the music. He was a legend and he will be missed,” said Anthony Rudel, General Manager at GBH Music. Thank you, Eric, for sharing the joy you found in music with us. Photo taken in the WGBH studios in Boston. Meredith Nierman
EVENTS: Bull Personalities Take To The Streets In Beat Up Van To Clean Up Piles Of Trash
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2022 –– The All New 98.7 The Bull Portland has been given the boot from their downtown Portland studios. Rendered homeless, but not hopeless, Portland’s favorite Bull personalities have taken the show on the road, so to speak, in the station's beaten-down SUV. Starting this past Saturday, September 17th at 12:00 pm the station’s Jake Byron and Danny Dwyer aired live from the corner of North Columbia Blvd and North Interstate Place in Portland while they clean up the piles of trash at the intersection.
“As they say in show business, the show must go on,” says Alpha Media Promotions Director, Karli Dirksen, “Even if that show is in a junk wagon, we won’t let the Bull Nation down.” Pictured L-R: KUPL-FM, 98.7 The Bull radio personalities Danny Dwyer and Jake Byron.
Colleen Grant Name Metro President For iHeart Detroit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced that Colleen Grant has been named Metro President for Detroit, effective immediately. he will report to Tom McConnell, Division President for iHeartMedia. “Colleen has been instrumental to the success in Detroit,” said Tom McConnell. “She has created a culture of high performance, accountability and respect and is the perfect choice to lead the Detroit market.”
Grant most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Sales for the Detroit Metro. In addition, she also served as the Region Vice President of Automotive for iHeartMedia’s Detroit Region, and Co-Host of iHeartMedia Detroit’s Public Service Program, “Light Up the D.” She began her career at KDZR in Dallas, Texas, and attended Ball State University.
“This is a childhood dream come true for me,” said Grant. “Having a father who was the General Manager of television stations, I’d always wanted to oversee stations as he did. I saw the care for people it required, the creativity necessary to generate growth, and his commitment to the community. These are the things I plan to bring to this opportunity and I couldn’t be more excited to do it.”
Andrea Coleman And Mike Stevens Draw Promotions At BIN: Black Information Network
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– BIN: Black Information Network has name Andrea Coleman (TL) has been elevated to Vice President of News Operations, while Mike Stevens (TR) becomes BIN’s first-ever Managing Editor. Coleman previously served as News Director of BIN.
The shift in leadership structure comes after the passing of Tanita Myers, a seasoned network and local news manager, producer, broadcaster and anchor who joined BIN in June 2020 and was most recently serving as Vice President of News Operations.
“A major part of Tanita Myers’ legacy at the Black Information Network will forever be the incredible depth of talent she hired. Following her passing, Andrea and Mike not only helped us to continue her work but have built upon this foundation,” said Tony Coles, President of BIN: Black Information Network. “It only felt natural to elevate both to these leadership positions and trust them to continue bringing BIN to new heights. I am excited to see two of our best journalists advance into these new roles, and I am confident we will continue to grow under their leadership.”
Andrea Coleman joined iHeartMedia as an anchor/reporter for the Black Information Network in the summer of 2020 with 30 years of experience in the communications industry. Coleman is an Emmy award-winning journalist who formerly served as an anchor for CNN as well as CBS Atlanta. Other career highlights include the founding and publishing of “Cultured Living Atlanta Magazine,” a local publication that was dedicated to celebrating the history and excellence of the Black community in the metro Atlanta area.
Events: iHeart Presents 'iHeartRadio LIVE with Carrie Underwood' On September 29th
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia is presenting “iHeartRadio LIVE with Carrie Underwood” in celebration of her new album Denim & Rhinestones. Fans with a Meta Quest 2 headset can view the performance in Meta Horizon Worlds and on iHeartRadio Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET. The lead single from Denim & Rhinestones, “Ghost Story,” is currently in the Top 10 at country radio and has garnered over 133 million global streams. As part of a new partnership with iHeartRadio and Meta, this concert is the first of more shows to be announced this fall.
Carrie Underwood is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur. She has sold more than 66 million records worldwide, recorded 28 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.
Fans with a Meta Quest 2 headset can view the VR performance in Meta Horizon Worlds and on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and Instagram.
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WSYR Syracuse Celebrates 100th Birthday With A Brew
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– For the second time in as many days, here's yet another radio outlet reaching the 100-year milestone. iHeartMedia Syracuse is celebrating today the 100th anniversary of News Radio 570 WSYR. While WSYR was first licensed in 1926, the origin of its founding was September 15, 1922, which was the date WMAC was started. WMAC would later be merged with WSYR.
WSYR's Bob Lonsberry will be doing his show live 3p-6p joined by some of the reporters and personalities from WSYR! Plus, the station is inviting everyone to partake in the official 100th Anniversary beer of 570 WSYR, "The American Warrior". A special Pale Ale was brewed in collaboration with Clear Path for Veterans, and a portion of the profits are donated to Clear Path for our Vets! It taste pretty darn good too!
Michael Biondo Rises To President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships At iHeart
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– iHeart announced that Michael Biondo has been promoted to President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, effective immediately. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Operations of the iHeartMedia Networks Group and has been with iHeartMedia for almost 12 years. He reports to Conal Byrne, CEO of the iHeartMedia Digital Group.
“Mike has had a long, varied career at iHeartMedia, and has gained experience and wisdom across a diverse set of priorities, vendors and partners,” said Byrne. “With Mike in this new role, our company will be even better prepared to approach the market in a thoughtful, streamlined, strategic manner every day, and in every conversation.”
Biondo’s previous stints include ESPN, AT&T and, most notably, Thumbplay, where he served as VP of Customer Operations when the company was acquired by iHeartMedia in 2011. Biondo has gone on to run a number of varied divisions at iHeartRadio and most recently served as EVP, Strategic Business Operations within iHeart’s Venture and Corp Dev team. “I am thrilled about this next chapter of my iHeart story and I’m looking forward to bringing new exciting opportunities to life here at iHeart,” said Biondo.
Syndication: Tino Cochino Radio Now On In Toledo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– Andrew Z recently launched Party 103-3 (WTOD-HD2 and W277BI-FM) and has now inked YEA Networks syndicated Tino Cochino Radio for afternoon drive (3p-7p). Immediately after signing the new deal TCR host Tino said: Andrew Z is a Toledo legend and to have his stamp of approval and the ability to help launch this new station is humbling and exciting. It’s always a thrill to work with programmers/owners that understand and execute personality driven radio.
Party 103-3 Owner Andrew Z commented - I've been part of radio my whole life. I know great radio and TCR is great radio!!! They're fun, edgy and a great compliment to our morning show. Can't wait to hear them on the Toledo airwaves... Tino Cochino Radio is available for all dayparts including an extended morning show version via barter. Reach out to Scott@yeanetworks.com or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com to get TCR on your station today.
Podcasts: Eddie Pappani, Conan O'Brien Asst. Sona Movesian Featured In 'Chachi Loves Everybody' Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– Benztown released two new episodes of 'Chachi Loves Everybody,' an original podcast produced by Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes. It features Eddie Pappani, popular host of "The Show" on Rock 105.3 FM in San Diego and Q103.3 in Temecula, CA, and Sona Movesian, Conan O’Brien’s Executive Assistant, Co-Host of Conan’s podcast Conan Needs a Friend, and New York Times bestselling author of The World’s Worst Assistant.
In Eddie Pappani’s episode, he shares his journey to success and how he got into radio, learned by doing, and eventually got voted Best Morning Show in San Diego six years in a row. He also reveals what it was like to: Grow up in Gilroy, CA, the Garlic Capital of the World Build."
Sona tallks about visiting Armenia with the Conan crew for the production of “Conan in Armenia.” She'll also share details of her new book, The World’s Worst Assistan' and becoming a NYT Bestselling Author and Chachi and Susan Aksu finding her book at the Hudson Bookstore on their way back from Morning Show Boot Camp!
To listen to the new podcast episodes, visit: HERE
NAB Show New York Is One Month Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022 –– In a little over a month, NAB Show New York returns in person to the Javits Center, October 17-20, 2022. The NAB Show New York will offer hands-on learning, discovery and insights into the technology and business strategies that are transforming media and entertainment.
Through exhibits, conferences and networking events, NAB Show New York spotlights the products, practices and leaders promoting superior audio and video experiences. Learn more at www.nabshowny.com.
iHeart Sacramento’s KFBK Radio Celebrates 100th
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento’s KFBK News Radio, Sacramento is celebrating 100 years since its first on-air broadcast on September 17, 1922 all week long. Since then, KFBK News Radio has added to the 50,000 watt AM 1530, a simulcast on 93.1 FM and is also heard on iHeartRadio and the iHeartRadio app.
Signing on less than two years after the very first U.S. radio station, KFBK News Radio was first licensed to the Kimball-Upson department store located at 607 K St., which sold radios. The station’s first broadcast that Sunday evening began at 8 pm with “Song of the East,” played on the piano by a local musician.
Additional songs and local news announcements followed to complete the evening’s first-ever radio broadcast. That inaugural day began Carlos McClatchy’s mission for KFBK to serve the Sacramento Valley and Northern California with local news, information, and entertainment.
“One hundred consecutive years of informing Northern California is a remarkable accomplishment, part of the enduring legacy that is KFBK,” said Sara McClure, Market President for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “I’m proud to be part of this organization at this point in time and grateful to be sharing it with the talented team of people who make KFBK News Radio what it is today!” KFBK News Radio Program Director Bill White adds, “The founding principle of KFBK News Radio remains the same today as it did in 1922, to provide relevant local news and information. Through the generations, KFBK’s team of talented news anchors, reporters, and talk hosts continues to proudly uphold that mission, to serve the listeners of Sacramento and Northern California.”
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iHeart Expands Metaverse Footprint With The Launch Of 'iHeartLand On Roblox'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia today opened the gates to iHeartLand on Roblox, cementing itself as a go-to destination and pioneer in the rapidly-expanding metaverse. iHeartLand is a one-of-a-kind place where gaming, live events, never-ending entertainment, music and the most popular talent converge to offer fans a premiere interactive experience. Users on Roblox will become music tycoons by collecting sound energy throughout iHeartLand to power their own customized music studio as well as unlock upgrades, fan experiences and rewards.
Users can also visit different branded spaces like the State Farm Neighborhood (shown below) featuring Jake from State Farm and Intel House of Wonder to engage with other avatars, play games and more.
“We’re always looking for more ways to connect with our audience and provide the kind of unique experiences only iHeartMedia can offer, and we’re thrilled to expand our footprint in the metaverse by opening iHeartLand on Roblox,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “Our scale and reach across all forms of entertainment give iHeart an elite position to bring the hottest artists, freshest music and biggest podcasts to Roblox. iHeartLand on Roblox is set to blow all expectations away.”
To celebrate its launch on Roblox, iHeartLand’s State Farm Park will host a video performance from multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lauv on September 16 at 7 p.m. ET. Lauv will perform songs from his new album “All 4 Nothing,” and fans can walk the red carpet and take selfies with his NPC (non-player character). The kickoff concert will be followed by an album release party with Charlie Puth on October 7, where new music will be performed for the first time in celebration of his upcoming album CHARLIE. State Farm Park, the epicenter of iHeartLand, will host a total of 20 can’t-miss events in the next year.
iHeartLand was created by The Gang, an industry-leading developer specializing in Roblox. Click here to view a tour of the new iHeartLand on Roblox.
Nia Addison Rises To Customer Success & Renewal Contract Manager For PromoSuite
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– PromoSuite announced that Nia Addison has been promoted into the newly created position of Customer Success & Renewal Contract Manager.
Addison began her career immersed in the tech start-up world focused on user experience and services through the luxury spa, beauty, lifestyle, and wellness apps, prior to joining PromoSuite in January 2016.
"PromoSuite has been my home for over 6 years now and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Rocco (Macri, CEO) and Chris' (Bungo, CTO) vision and leadership has given me the opportunity to experience and explore new possibilities for my career. I'm excited to jump into this new role and continue working with all our amazing clients," said Addison.
"We have been constantly impressed with Nia's performance and ability to super serve our PromoSuite partners," explained Rocco Macri. "Her energy, positivity and hard work is inspiring, and we look forward to watching her succeed in this new position."
WTVS 56 Public TV Detroit Airs Documentary On Iconic Host/Philanthropist Dick Purtan
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– A special documentary titled: 'Remember When | A Tribute To Long-Time Detroit Personality And Philanthropist Dick Purtan' will air tonight, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. Fans of Detroit radio can celebrate the life and extraordinary career of Dick Purtan in a televised remembrance of his legendary journey as a radio personality and community philanthropist, to premiere on DPTV Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. as part of a “Detroit Remember When” segment.
This special documentary highlights Purtan’s life on and off the air, told through audio and video clips, archival film and interviews with Purtan, his family, friends and colleagues. The 60-minute documentary film features some of the most memorable moments from Purtan’s top-rated morning show. In addition to his successful radio career, the film looks back on Purtan’s community outreach on behalf of the many charities he supported and the ways he used his position of influence behind the microphone to help the less fortunate.
According to videographer, Art Vuolo, Dick came to WKNR 'Keener 13' in May of 1965. He was also at WXYZ-AM and CKLW-AM before jumping over to WOMC-FM where he stayed until his retirement in late March of 2010. It's scheduled to repeat at 8 pm on Friday night the 16th. Watch Trailer HERE
RAB And Amplifi Media To Benchmark Local Podcast Advertising Revenue
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau, announced today a new partnership with Amplifi Media with the goal of benchmarking the local marketplace’s podcast advertising revenue. Radio groups and stations are invited to participate in the "Local Podcast Opportunity" survey and provide insights into the challenges, opportunities, and revenue generating successes they’ve been able provide local advertising clients.
"We know that podcast advertising dollars continue to grow and we’re seeing good momentum at the local level, however, we have not been able to size the market up," said Erica Farber, president and CEO, RAB. "By partnering with Amplifi Media which has been at the advent and a leader in the podcast space, we hope to be able to provide broadcast radio a benchmark report that can show the growth and opportunities ahead."
"Up to this point, podcasting has been national, but that is changing rapidly as local sports, news, food, and culture podcasts are popping up across the country from major companies and entrepreneurial content creators," said Steve Goldstein, founder and CEO, Amplifi Media. "Local podcasts are a remarkable opportunity for radio stations to both retain and grow audience. That's why Amplifi partnered with RAB to field the first survey examining what's happening with commercial radio and local podcasts. It is a landmark study with tremendous implications."
The "Local Podcast Opportunity" survey which has been designed by Amplifi Media in partnership with RAB can be completed here and is open for four weeks. Participation is encouraged for those responsible for the digital/podcasting revenue at their station(s)/groups.
Audacy Launches 'Game Time With Boomer Esiason' Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– Audacy has launched Game Time with Boomer Esiason, a new podcast produced by 2400Sports, Audacy’s sports podcast studio. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to expand our in-depth conversations with some of the biggest stars in sports through the launch of this new podcast,” said Esiason. “This show will enable us to dig deeper into what makes these icons tick and will deliver can’t-miss content for listeners across the country.”
Esiason, a former NFL quarterback, who has played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, has been recognized as NFL’s Most Valuable Player, AFC Player of the Year, AFC Champion, Walter Payton “Man of the Year,” and four-time Pro Bowler. He holds numerous NFL records, including most passing yards, touchdown passes and completions for a left-handed quarterback. He is the lead analyst for CBS’s “NFL Today” and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and the host of Audacy’s drive-time morning radio show “Boomer and Gio.”
SNAPS: The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Visits Austin’s KLBJ For Live Show And Meet & Greet
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– Last week, The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show visited affiliate NewsRadio KLBJ – 590 AM/99.7 FM in Austin, Texas. The Premiere Networks-syndicated program, which is among the top-rated Talk radio programs in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, broadcast live from the station on September 8 and 9, and the duo hosted a client and listener meet and greet.
On Saturday, September 10, Travis and Sexton headed to Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Texas Longhorns.
Pictured left to right: Buck Sexton (left) and Clay Travis (right) with some local listeners at NewsRadio KLBJ – 590 AM/99.7 FM in Austin, Texas
[WATCH] Bob & Tom Pay Tribute To 'King Chuck'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– Check out "The BOB & TOM Show" parody video that paid tribute to King Charles III set to the tune of Steve Martin's classic "King Tut." It features, Pat Godwin, Tom Griswold, and "The Bob & Tom Show" gang.
North America’s Podcast Day 24 Announces Speaker Line-Up For October In-Person Event
Now Includes Access to Videos of All Podcast Sessions at Podcast Day 24 Conclaves in London and Sydney
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– Podcast Day 24, a live one-day conference for podcasters on October 4, 2022, in New York, London and Sydney, announces the speaking line-up for its North American event. The New York conference will be held at the SVA Theatre and is one of three in-person events that comprise Podcast Day 24, with the other two taking place in London and Sydney all on the same day.
Featured speakers and brands at the New York event will include: Sarah van Mosel, iHeartMedia; Laura Mayer, LRM Works; Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, LWC Studios; Shira Atkins, Wonder Media Network; Jon Schnaars, Pushkin; Emily Rasekh, Sony; Tom Power, CBC; Eric Nuzum, Magnificent Noise; Dave Zohrob, Chartable & Spotify; Dan Misener, Bumper; Stephanie Kuo, PRX; Duncan McCue, Kuper Island Podcast; Martha Troian, Kuper Island Podcast; Kai Wright, WNYC; John Rosso, Triton Digital; Kundan Kumar, Descript; Mangesh Hattikudur, Kaleidoscope; Tom Webster, Sounds Profitable; Bryan Barletta, Sounds Profitable; and Arielle Nissenblatt, Earbuds Podcast Collective.
Podcast Day 24 is presented in partnership with Radiodays Europe, the British Podcast Awards, and the Australian Podcast Awards. In addition to a ticket to the in-person New York event, registrants will get free access to videos of all the Podcast Day 24 podcast sessions in London and Sydney. Special discounted registration rates are available HERE: with discount code: LAUS1214.
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iHeart With Leadership Changes In Texas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 –– Two longtime regional presidents have reportedly parted ways with iHeart in Texas.Kelly Kibler has exited as Dallas Region President after a 25-year run. Prior to becoming Market President in Dallas, Kibler was EVP/Operations for Texas Major Markets and EVP/Multi-Cultural Marketing for the iHeartMedia Markets Group. She was promoted to DFW Regional President in late 2016. In addition, Kibler previously served as Market President in Las Vegas, San Diego and Dallas.
Also exiting is Matt Martin who served as President of Austin and San Antonio and was with the company or 27 years starting out as an Account Executive.
Detroit Region President Paul Corvino will add oversight of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.
Lowry Mays, Founder Of Clear Channel Communications, Passes Away At 87
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– Lowry Mays, founder of Clear Channel Communications, forerunner of iHeart Media, has passed away at 87. According to mysanantonio.com He and his wife Peggy were also well known philanthropists throughout Texas.
Among their top recipients was Texas A&M University which renamed its business school to the Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business after his $15 million donation.
"A really big tree fell in the Aggie forest today,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, in a news release. "We will never forget what he did for Aggieland."
Through his philanthropy, he also created the Mays Family Foundation. In January 2018, the Mays Family Foundation increased its commitment to the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center to $30 million. The increased donation led to changing the name to the Mays Cancer Center.
Mays founded Clear Channel in 1972 while he was an investment banker and purchased his first radio station. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2004. When the broadcast industry was deregulated in 1996 with Telecommunications Act, Clear Channel would go on to buy 49 radio stations. Now, iHeartCommunications owns an operates over 860 live broadcast stations in 160 markets across America.
According to Variety, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman said, “We built this company on the foundation and vision created by Lowry Mays. He started it all from a single station in San Antonio — and look at iHeart today.” He added, “He was a kind and caring person who influenced countless lives through his generosity. He will be missed, even as his legacy lives on through iHeart.”
PODCASTS: Spotify Edges Past SXM Media In Q2 As Top Podcast Network In U.S. Per Edison
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– Edison Research announces the Top Podcast Networks in the U.S. for Q2 2022, and Spotify, SXM Media, and iHeartRadio take the top three spots, respectively. Spotify’s weekly reach outstripped the leader from the Q1 estimate, SXM Media, by a tiny margin.
The list ranks the most listened-to podcast networks based on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. The Top 10 Podcast Networks for Q2 2022: 1. Spotify 2. SXM Media 3. iHeartRadio 4. Audioboom 5. NPR 6. The New York Times 7. Audacy 8. Wondery 9. Cumulus Podcast Network 10. PRX. This ranker measures reach as a percentage of the weekly podcasting audience.
Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network. Listening is credited to the producer and/or the network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast.
The network ranker is derived from data collected continuously Q3 2021 – Q2 2022, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information.
Surveys of 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q3 2021 through Q2 2022.
Products: Gagl Now Available For Purchase From Comrex
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– Gagl, a new cloud service for remote contribution from Comrex, is now available for purchase. Subscriptions are available for $35.00 USD per month or $350.00 USD per year with a free 14-day trial.
Gagl allows between one and five users to send and receive audio from computers and smartphones. Each user receives their own mix-minus to hear other connected guests, and the Gagl audio is delivered to a Comrex hardware codec (such as ACCESS or BRIC-Link, usually in a studio). All participants can hear other participants and the codec “sends” audio back to them.
Participants can connect and send audio by simply clicking a link using any common web browser. Gagl is designed to be used with consumer grade equipment, so contributors only need a device and a headset to get on the air. Gagl uses the Opus audio encoder, with a bit rate that delivers both voice and music in excellent quality.
Gagl could be used as the hub for a news program or for a morning radio show to support multiple simultaneous contributor connections. Because it offers low latency, it’s appropriate for call-in talk radio. Gagl could also be used to allow a single contributor to connect back to the studio from a computer or smartphone.
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Audacy's 'I'm Listening' Campaign & 'We Can Survive' Concert Set For Return
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– “I’m Listening,” Audacy’s program that's committed to delivering more mental health conversations, resources and pathways to help over 200 million listeners will return on Wednesday, September 21st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time across more than 230 Audacy stations and will be live streamed via its digital app and website. Each year, Audacy activates “I’m Listening” through national campaigns featuring artists, celebrities, and athletes who share their experiences with mental health. Partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), these events help raise awareness and support of issues that we all face in our daily lives.
Kicking off the initiative, Audacy will broadcast and stream its sixth annual “I’m Listening” special, which will once again be co-hosted by Carson Daly, co-host of “TODAY” and “The Voice,” radio personality and vocal advocate for mental health awareness, and by Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee), a pioneering psychologist, author, scientist and founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project.The guests included in the broadcast are Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Vice President Kamala Harris, Lizzo, Ricky Williams, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth and Stephen A. Smith, who will share personal mental health stories. Also, AFSP’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, will be joining Katie Neal, host of Audacy’s nationally syndicated country show “Katie + Company,” in studio for the event.
Also, returning to the Hollywood Bowl for its ninth year, the star-studded concert We Can Survive will take place on Saturday, October 22. Featured artists will include Alanis Morrisette, Garbage, Halsey, OneRepublic, Weezer and more. "It all started on May 18th, 2017, in response to the tragic loss of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, sadly something that seemed to be recurring in Seattle for far too long. We were at a loss and had to do something, so the Seattle team opened the mic and started talking on air, and others joined in, both famous voices and the voices of our audience. It was raw, it was emotional, it was real,” said Dave Richards, Senior Vice President Programming, Audacy. “For me it's personal -- we all have a connection with someone we know and love who's struggling. And too many people are afraid to show and share their vulnerabilities. Thankfully each year, ‘I’m Listening’ shares more stories of hope, letting people know they are not alone, and each year the conversation really does become easier for more people to join. The more people we connect with the better. We know first hand, talk saves lives."
Power 105.1 New York Announces The Lineup For Its Powerhouse Event Set For October
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia New York’s Power 105.1, Home of The Breakfast Club and Angie Martinez, announced the star-studded lineup for its annual live music event, Powerhouse produced by Live Nation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Power 105.1’s on-air personality Angie Martinez officially announced the all-star performers on-air for Powerhouse which will include Kodak Black, Fivio Foreign, Moneybagg Yo, Tems, SpinKing and Friends with more to be announced.
"We're thrilled to celebrate the biggest names in Hip-Hop and R&B again this year at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive VP of Programming/Program Director at iHeartMedia New York’s Power 105.1. “This will be an unforgettable show that fans will not want to miss!” Power 105.1’s Powerhouse is powered by Berkeley College, Bravo Supermarkets, C-Town Supermarkets, Hennessy, Lincoln Tech, Metro Plus Health, and Personal Touch.
Tampa Bay Lightning & Cox Media Team To Make 102.5 The Bone The Official Flagship Of The Bolts
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– The Tampa Bay Lightning and Cox Media Group today announced a multi-year partnership that will make 102.5 The Bone the official flagship station of the team.
“As we continue to grow our brand and fan base throughout the state, the Lightning are excited to partner with Cox Media Group to provide Bolts fans throughout Central Florida and beyond, the opportunity to hear all games on 102.5 The Bone,” said Mark Pitts, Chief Operating Officer for Vinik Sports Group. “As the exclusive professional Tampa Bay sports team with Cox Media Group, we look forward to providing our fans with unfiltered access to all things Lightning, inclusive of our great game broadcasts on The Bone, sports talk and other new programming across all Cox platforms. We’d like to thank Keith Lawless, Jason Meder and the entire team at Cox for their support and look forward to a great partnership that will greatly benefit Bolts Nation in Tampa Bay and beyond.”
“Adding the Tampa Bay Lightning to the market leading line up on 102.5 The Bone is a perfect fit,” said Jason Meder, Vice President and Market Manager for Cox Media Group Tampa. “Vinik Sports Group’s commitment to the community is the perfect match for those of the Cox Media Group and we are honored to be partnered with this amazing and winning organization for years to come!”
RAT 95.9's Gotts To Spend 72 Hours On A Billboard To Benefit Children With Cancer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022 –– 95.9 WRAT’s host Gotts will once again rise to the occasion atop a billboard for a full three days. It's part of the annual Jersey-based WRAT's Billboard Radiothon now in its 24th year.. The Rat Rock Nation came out in force to support this incredible local organization that supports families in Ocean County who have a child going through cancer treatment. So many families have been touched by Ocean of Love. They provide a lifeline of emotional and financial support that local parents and families depend on while they go through such a hard challenge.
Gotts, of the Morning Rat Race, will pitch tent atop the Ocean of Love billboard from September 19th through the 22nd. where he'll cover the whole event as the donations roll in. This is the 24th annual fundraiser for the Ocean of Love organization.
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Kramer & Jess Ink For Two More Years In Mornings At Audacy's Mix 106.5 Baltimore
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2022 –– While we await the official announcement, we're beyond happy to learn that Steve Kramer an Jess Dutra have inked for two more years with MIX 106 Baltimore. Plus, we hear they'll be adding 2 producers in the near future.
"When we started, the show was in 17th place, and we finished August in 5th W 25-54," says Kramer. "I don't say this because it sounds like a good quote to print, but I am truly honored to be creating radio with a super talented partner. With a staff the allows us to grow and be 100% creative! Thankful for the city of Baltimore, Tracy Brandys, Tom Cook, Mike Peterson, the whole Audacy team.
Kramer and Jess are represented by Heather Cohen of the Weiss Agency.
K Foxx Headlines Revised Talent Lineup At 99 JAMZ Miami
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2022 –– WEDR 99 Jamz, Miami announced a powerful remixed talent lineup that includes K. Foxx, who’s been named mid-day host from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., effective today. WEDR 99 Jamz is a Cox Media Group radio station. Foxx has been recognized as the “Best Female Air Personality” by the Miami New Times and voted “Best Radio Personality” by the Broward New Times and The New Yorker. She’s been recognized by The Source Magazine as one of the most powerful media personalities in the nation.
Foxx also has solidified herself as a TV personality on “The Gossip Game” on VH1, HLN's Jane Valez-Mitchel, Showbiz Tonight, Uncommon Sense on MTV, and Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29. In addition, she’s been a correspondent for NBC’s EXTRA and can add cover girl to her resume, after being selected to grace the cover of the 8th edition of EBE Magazine: Evolving Beauty and Elegance.
Foxx got her first job in radio at K97.5 WQOK in Raleigh. She’s worked mornings at WQHT Hot 97 New York and WRNB in Philadelphia. The journey has taken Foxx back to where she started, when she was the co-host of the #1 rated “TAKEOVER” with the world-renowned DJ KHALED on WEDR-99 Jamz. It’s now her homecoming as she takes over mid-days. Foxx joins a recently revamped lineup of personalities on WEDR-99 including The Pac Jam Morning Show with Supa Cindy, DJ Nasty 305, and Radio Big Mack - The Afternoon Vibe with Julezz (Formerly from the Pac Jam Morning Show - Da Crib’ with DJ Entice-- The Turn Up Partna’s Lucky C and DJ She-J-Hercules.
Uta Knablein Rises To Chief Product Officer At iHeart
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced Uta Knablein as the company’s new Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio. Knablein steps into the position with more than two decades of work in user experience and product innovation, most recently as iHeartMedia’s Executive Vice President of iHeartRadio’s Flagship Products and User Experience. In her new role, Knablein will report directly to Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group.
“At iHeartMedia, we’re committed to innovation and being on the forefront of this fast paced industry,” said Byrne. “Since joining the team, Uta has played a critical role in elevating the user experience through groundbreaking products and features. With her decades of experience and shared values, there is no doubt she is the right leader for our product team. As we look toward the future, we’re thrilled to have Uta’s depth of industry knowledge to keep us on the cutting edge.”
Knablein steps into this role following former Chief Product Officer, Chris Williams’ 17-year tenure at iHeartMedia. “My time at iHeartMedia, working alongside Chris Williams, has been impactful and inspirational – to say the very least. We have built an incredibly talented team that continuously strives to deliver a best-in-class experience and industry-leading products, and I am elated to step into this new role,” said Knablein.
Skyview Networks To Produce Tampa Bay Rays Broadcast In Wake of Hurricane Ian
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Skyview Networks announced today they will remotely produce the Tampa Bay Rays in-game broadcast from their Technical Operations Center in Scottsdale, Arizona due to Florida office closures. The Skyview Networks operations and engineering teams will manage the play-by-play broadcasts for the Rays’ upcoming series at the Cleveland Guardians.
For over ten years, the Tampa Bay Rays have utilized Skyview Networks’ AdView software for play-by-play inventory management, allowing them the flexibility to shift the studio location of their broadcast quickly and efficiently. Using Skyview’s state-of-the-art studio and technical facility, the Rays broadcasts can be seamlessly produced in Scottsdale and distributed to Rays affiliates across Florida.
“Skyview Networks is a proud, longtime partner of the Tampa Bay Rays and we are glad to step in for their production team so they can focus on Hurricane Ian,” said Andrew Kalb, SVP Business Development and Communication of Skyview Networks. “Our operations team is diligently working to ensure that the Rays play-by-play remains uninterrupted this week and we are proud to have the technical support and software that allows us to step in wherever necessary.”
Samantha Bee to Host New York Public Radio’s 2022 Annual Gala (TV News Roundup) By EJ Panaligan Plus Icon Full Frontal With Samantha Bee TBS In her first major gig since TBS canceled “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” comedian Samantha Bee will host the New York Public Radio’s annual gala later this fall. The event, which takes place Wednesday, November 9 at The Plaza Hotel, will honor WNYC’s “On the Media” host and managing editor Brooke Gladstone. The evening will also include a musical performance from Kronos Quartet. NYPR’s annual gala is its largest fundraising event of the year, celebrating the vital work produced across New York Public Radio. Also in today’s television news: DATES Adult Swim animated series “YOLO: Silver Destiny” has set a premiere date of Sunday, January 15 at midnight ET on the network, with streaming availability following the next day on HBO Max. The new season is set to have a two-episode premiere, with new episodes premiering weekly after. The animated series comes from Michael Cusack, who co-created “Smiling Friends.” Sarah Bishop and Todor Manojlovic will reprise their roles as Sarah and Rachel, respectively, still on the hunt for fun times in the town of Wollongong. The two main characters set off the pursue their destinies in the new season, with Sarah wanting to grow a beautiful garden and Rachel wanting to become a dark empress. The show is produced by Laura DiMaio with Line Producer Paul Moran. Executive Producers include Cusack, Mike Cowap, and Emma Fitzsimons. The series is produced by Princess Pictures with animation services provided by Monkeystack.
NAB Show New York Tech Chat Stage Presents Solutions to Content Community Challenges -- Features conversations with exhibitors about product applications and advancements --
NAB Show New York attendees will have the opportunity to interact directly with exhibiting companies about their brands and products through sessions on the Tech Chat Stage, part of a new immersive show floor experience. NAB Show New York returns in-person October 19-20, 2022 at the Javits Center. Located within the Experiential Zone on the show floor, the Tech Chat Stage provides a platform for exhibitors to discuss challenges facing the content community and share innovative solutions. Through 15-minute focused discussions, exhibitors will present specific product applications and successful execution strategies. The Tech Chat Stage presentations will examine the complexities of connected TV apps, ad insertion technology and video on demand, content management and AI, expanding local news programming, and much more. Participating companies include Bally Sports, Cox Media Group, EVS and TelevisaUnivision. The full schedule of Tech Chat Stage sessions is available online here. “The Tech Chat Stage is centered on sharing solutions to here-and-now challenges,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president and managing director of Global Connections and Events at NAB. “It provides a forum for attendees and exhibitors to engage on a more intimate level to zero in on how cutting-edge innovations can solve for customers’ pressing needs.” In addition to the Tech Chat Stage, the Experiential Zone includes networking space and a Content Theater where keynote sessions and award presentations will take place, including Evan Shapiro’s address Bringing Media Into the Current Century, Now and the presentation of the NAB Show New York Impact award. Press registration for NAB Show New York is available here.