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HITS 97.3 Miami Relaunches With New Line-Up And Director of Branding and Programming

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group’s WFLC (HITS 97.3) announced today its relaunch with a new station line-up and director of branding and programming for Miami’s Top 40 radio station. The relaunch includes“The SoFlo Morning Show” (R) hosted by veteran afternoon drive host, Kimmy B, along with resident DJ and 7night show host, Al P, and weekend warrior Kelbin Live. Afternoons will now be anchored by South Florida native and WFLC’s Music Director, Dia Ryan. Nights will feature Carolina Calix. “The entire HITS 97.3 on-air team represents the passion, culture and soul of South Florida,” sai7d Jill Strada (TR), Director of Operations, who launched the station in 2014.

HITS 97.3 temporarily changed its name to “Quarantine Radio” while on-air talent broadcasts live from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The station hosted several viral events including Happy Hour, Brunch, and Bootcamp Workouts with their listeners before taking a pause before the relaunch.

Ian Richards, who is relocating from Michigan, will begin as the new Director of Branding and Programming for WFLC starting in July. “I’m grateful for this opportunity in Miami and want to thank Ralph Renzi, Jill Strada, Tim Clarke, Steve Smith and Jeremy Rice,” said Richards.

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Longtime Host Rich Lauber Exits B104.7 After 35 In Syracuse Radio

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– Another longtime voice is gone from the air in central New York. Syracuse.com reports that Rich Lauber has exited B104.7 (WBBS-FM) after 35 years on Central New York radio. He spent the majority of his career in afternoons on B104.7, and had also served as operations manager for iHeartMedia’s Syracuse market, which also includes Y94FM (WYYY-FM), Hot 107.9 (WWHT-FM), NewsRadio 570 WSYR (106.9 FM, 570 AM) and Power 620 (WHEN-AM).

Bob Morgan, president of the Upstate New York market for iHeartMedia, confirmed Lauber’s departure Thursday but did not provide any other details. Lauber started working at Y94FM in early 1985 as a music director and on-air personality. He also became assistant program director of WSYR in 1988. Lauber was the first afternoon host on B104.7 when it first changed format to country music in 1993, back when its call letters were WKFM under NewCity Communications. He held the 3-7 p.m. shift for more than two decades while also serving as program director, during which B104.7 frequently dominated the radio ratings and was nominated multiple times for station of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. The B104.7 website now lists a DJ named “Shanna” as the afternoon host.

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Independent Broadcasters Association Garners Interest From 1,360 Stations

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5Th, 2020 –– Adams Radio Group CEO Ron Stone says he has been very encouraged by the phones calls and conversations he has had with many operators and owners about forming the association. “As of today, the IBA has received interest from owners and operators representing 1,360 stations. These are people that have taken the time to go to the site and sign up. This is significant for the first week. We still have a long way to go given there are 7,000 independent stations. But this is a very good start. I believe as information continues to spread about the organization throughout the industry and what our mission is, we will continue to see independents embrace it."

Stone adds, " We all know we can accomplish far more success together than we can alone”. Owners / operators are encouraged to sign up without any commitment at this point. We are only gauging the interest level and keeping everyone updated." CLICK ON LINK HERE

Stone says all future correspondence from the IBA will be directed to those that have signed up on the site to receive the communications, though he will continue to personally reach out to independents that have not signed up.

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Free Access Of Coleman Insights Contemporary Music SuperStudy 2 Now Available

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– Coleman Insights is offering free access to a sortable spreadsheet containing song-by-song data from its Contemporary Music SuperStudy 2. This year’s study evaluates the appeal of 2019’s most consumed songs according to MRC Data/BDSradio with 1,000 12- to 54-year-olds across the United States and Canada. The test utilizes Coleman Insights’ FACT360SM Strategic Music Test platform. Visitors to the Free Studies section at the company’s website, ColemanInsights.com, can now view how each song was evaluated by listeners, with 7breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity, fans of each genre, streaming listeners and AM/FM listeners. That section also includes the more detailed analyses Coleman Insights released earlier this year.

This year’s study’s major findings, which Coleman Insights previously shared via webinar and through its Tuesdays With Coleman blog series, include: Pop is the best-testing genre, followed by Country and Hip Hop/R&B; Country’s share of the 100 most popular contemporary songs has nearly doubled from last year; Daily radio listeners prefer Pop and Country, while daily streaming listeners have many more Hip Hop/R&B titles in their Top 100; “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran is the best-testing title, while “Baby Shark” is the worst-testing.

“We’re pleased to once again offer the industry free access to this study," says Jay Nachlis, Associate Consultant/Marketing Director at Coleman Media Research. "Programmers should remember not to make any music decisions based on this data but we encourage them to use it to ensure that many of the stronger-testing songs in their stations’ formats are included in any customized music research they do.” The Contemporary Music SuperStudy 2 sortable song data is available here. PHOTO/Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock

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jācapps Webinar: The Mobile Opportunity For Radio In Challenging Times

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– jācapps is bringing their largest free radio webinar to the public on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST. In partnership with Jacobs Media, jācapps will dig deep into information from Techsurvey 72020, the radio industry’s largest online survey as well as their recent studies on how COVID-19 is affecting media habits. Join Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs for this data and information fueled discussion. Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media, will share many new findings related to mobile apps, in-car listening via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and smart speakers. These findings will provide a road map for radio, their sales teams, and their advertisers regarding the consumer habits that are ready to take off, as well as those that may require more time, preparation, and education given the current climate.

Bob Kernen, COO of jācapps, comments, “With so many Americans working from home right now, the importance of digital audio platforms is higher than ever. And if there’s any kind of surge in the virus this fall, stations need to be prepared with a a robust, outstanding mobile program have a significant opportunity in today’s new world.” To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE

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EVENT: MBA And Local Radio Stations Join For 'Twin Cities Night of Light'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– The Minnesota Broadcasters Association announced that today, June 5, 2020, all Twin Cities commercial radio stations will join broadcast outlets from across the state to lead the people of the Twin Cities region in showing their support for each other through “Twin Cities Night of Light”.

The Minnesota Broadcasters Association and local broadcasters encourage all Twin Cities residents to participate in the “Twin Cities Night of Light” on Friday night by simultaneously turning on their home porch lights and car headlights parked in driveways from 10:00pm to 11:00pm.

“Twin Cities Night of Light” is a community-wide effort to shine a light on the region’s wish for unity, healing and hope, by showing neighbors and the world-at-large that Minnesotans care about one another and seek to move forward in a positive and united way. Wendy Paulson, President of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, said: “Minnesota’s broadcasters proudly serve our communities. The Twin Cities Night of Light is a symbol, a unifying way for our communities to show support for one another and get one step closer to healing.” #TCNightOfLight

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JOY FM Listeners Donate More Than $123,000 In 'Tip Jar' Concert For Artists

THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2020 –– On Thursday, 99.1 JOY FM St. Louis listeners were invited to support and thank their favorite Christian artists for their ministries. Recent concert and event cancellations have resulted in a lack of income for many artists to pay their bands and crews. JOY FM hosted 15-minute “Tip Jar” Concerts on-air and invited listeners to toss money into the virtual tip jar to support the artists. Listeners also sent written comments and encouragement to their favorite artists as they shared their donations.

Performances and interviews via Zoom where shared on the radio and online from TobyMac, Mandisa, For King & Country, Josh Wilson, I Am They, Blanca, We Are Messengers, and Unspoken. As of Thursday evening, JOY FM listeners had donated more than $123,000! The money will be split evenly between all participating artists. JOY FM’s Tip Jar remains open through the weekend and early next week for those who wish to contribute, and for those who would like to watch or share the performances. joyfmonline.org.

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7Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ Returns to Top 20 Thanks to TV

 

7WATCH - The Rock Asks: 'Where Is Our Leader?'

Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over ‘America’s Got Talent’ Firing

WATCH - L.A. Pride Organizers Plan Protest in Solidarity With Black Community

'Grease' Is The Word! Where Are The Stars Now?

Amazon Warehouse Workers Sue Over COVID-19 Infection Risk

Carrie Underwood To Release Christmas Album Later This Year

Ratt’s ‘Round and Round’ Returns to Top 20 Thanks to TV

WATCH - Game of Thrones Actor Reveals His Next Goal

Couple Gets Engaged in Middle of N.C. Protest

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Rochester Host Wakes Up to Death Threats In Case Of Mistaken Identity

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– In an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, Deanna King, cast member of The Brother Wease Show on Radio 95.1/WAIO Rochester, posted yesterday on Facebook that she "woke up to 500 messages and death threats from people who think I was the one who spewed racist hate on the radio. It was not me. You will not be 7hearing me live on the air today. I refuse to go on," she posted. Others came to King's defense posting: "Proud of you for taking a stand. Thank you for having a voice and standing up. I look forward to your return." ---"Appreciating your stance and I'm so sorry you were mistaken by so many."

This preceded the station's firing on Wednesday of its Kimberly & Beck afternoon show (R) over racist comments made on their Tuesday show reports syracuse.com . The discussion centered on a local couple that appeared to be attacked by a group of looters early Sunday morning; video of the incident went viral.. “Okay, let me ask you a question. Were they acting N-word-ish?” Kimberly said on the air Tuesday. She did not use the explicit racial slur, but also asked if the attackers were acting “N-word-ly.” “If you look like a thug and if you act like a thug, and you’ve got three on one beating up a white woman with a two-by-four, by God, you’re a thug,” Beck said. The pair also discussed whether they can use the term “N-word,” and said “no one’s offended by that.” - Listen to exchange HERE

Among numerous comments that soon followed they included one from Deanna King who tweeted: "I have never and would never spew such racist hate," she said. "I’ve told management I won’t work at a company that employs people like this. I’m raising my children to love everyone and stand up for what is right. I will, too."

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SYNDICATION: The Woody Show To Debut On Las Vegas' 93.1 The Mountain

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4Th, 2020 –– iHeartMedia’s 93.1 The Mountain announced the debut of “The Woody Show,” effective June 8. Featuring Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, “The Woody Show” is described by listeners as “authentic,” “raw,” “unapologetic” and “recess/happy hour on the radio.”

In 2016, the popular program was a NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist for “Major Market Personality of the Year,” and it was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in 2017. AD Rowntree will now move to 3 – 7 p.m. Rowntree also serves as Assistant Program Director for the station and will continue his recently expanded on-air role in other iHeartMedia markets, including Houston, San Diego, Cincinnati and Tulsa, Okla.

“Joining 93.1 The Mountain is an incredible opportunity for ‘The Woody Show,’” said Woody. “We’ve had a long-distance relationship with Vegas for a long time. It’s consistently one of the Top 5 cities consuming our daily podcast, and as a neighbor market with Los Angeles, we are there A LOT for both business and personal adventures. We owe a great deal of gratitude to Tony Matteo, Glynn Alan, Gene Romano and Kevin LeGrett for going ALL IN with ‘The Woody Show." PHOTO/courtesy of Woody Fife

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Competing Greensboro Shows Join For Discussion On George Floyd Killing & Race Relations

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– In another example of the new normal, this morning listeners of both 105.7 KZL Greensboro's The Jared & Katie Show and crosstown 102 Jamz 3 Live Crew connected on air to discuss George Floyd’s murder, ongoing protests, race relations and more. Jared posted on Facebook, "I am grateful they accepted our shows invitation immediately and we are excited to be able to use our platforms to start a dialogue and perhaps start some healing during this difficult time. "

The show added: 'For those not in our industry it is unheard of for two competing morning shows from two different companies in the same market to agree to be on each other’s shows at the same time! But the times call for doing things differently, the times call for honesty, the times call for real listening, real compassion, real love and real change. Much respect to Jamz and 3 Live Crew for seizing this moment and I’m grateful for each member of our show and management for being so willing to have a much needed and difficult conversation. Don’t know what tomorrow will hold but I do know we will all be better for taking the time to really listen and hear from each other!"

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Springsteen Dedicates Radio Show To Floyd

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– After playing his own police brutality-themed “American Skin (41 Shots),” Bruce Springsteen didn’t back-announce the song title, but he did back-announce the running time: eight minutes. "That song is almost eight minutes long - the time it took George Floyd to die, with a Minneapolis police officer’s knee buried into his neck," said Springsteen. "That’s a long time. And that’s how long he begged for help and said he couldn’t breathe. The arresting officer’s response was nothing but silence and wait. Then he had no pulse, and still it went on," Springsteen. added.

Variety reports that Springsteen also played a song he co-wrote with Joe Grushecky back in 1995, “Idiot’s Delight” — a lament for humanity from on high, with the key refrain, “How did something so beautiful turn into an idiot’s delight?” But original material accounted for only a little of Wednesday’s satellite radio playlist. The other tracks Springsteen played,were explicitly or implicitly protest songs — including the 20th century’s most famous song about lynching, using to frame a death he called a “21st century visual lynching”: “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday “This is America” by Childish Gambino “Who Will Survive in America?” by Kanye West “Burnin’ and Lootin'” by Bob MarleyBlind WIllie McTell,” “Political World” and “Murder Most Foul” by Bob Dylan “In My Hour of Darkness” by Gram Parsons “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” Martin Luther King’s 1963 Birmingham speech - Read Article HERE

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RAB/NAB Cancels Nashville Radio Show; Virtual Event Planned

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) President and CEO Erica Farber and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon H. Smith announced yesterday that they'll forgo plas for this year's Radio Show set for mid-September, but will provide a digital event. Farber wrote in part:

"Just as you put your listeners’ interests first, your well-being is our top priority. With that in mind and considering the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic, we have decided not to move forward with the 2020 Radio Show in Nashville as previously scheduled for September 13-16. Instead, we will produce a digital event incorporating the best of what the Radio Show has to offer."

Despite our disappointment at not being able to gather in person this year, we are excited to announce the future locations and dates for the Radio Show, which in 2021 will be held September 21-24 in New Orleans. In 2022, we will return to Nashville October 5-7.

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[WATCH] 1010 WINS New York Reporter Darius Radzius Attacked During Riots

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– ICYMI, check out this very quick clip earlier this week from 'Inside Edition' on 1010 WINS news reporter Darious Radzius having his mic taken, they thrown at him while covering looting at Liquor Store in New York.

We're happy to report, other than a swollen ey, Radzius appears to be okay. WATCH HERE

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Rudy Giuliani To Host SundayMorning Show 77 WABC

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– TALKRADIO 77 WABC welcomes former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to its Sunday morning lineup. Beginning this SundayJune 7, Giuliani will host Uncovering the Truth with Rudy Giuliani from 10 am – 11 am, immediately following The Cats Roundtable, hosted by John Catsimatidis, owner of WABC and its parent company Red Apple Media.

“New Yorkers want to hear the truth, and that’s exactly what we’re going to give them on 77 WABC,” stated Catsimatidis. "As U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Rudy prosecuted numerous high-profile cases, and his leadership as Mayor of New York, especially post 9/11, has been unparalleled. I am delighted that he is joining our on-air team.” “We’re pumping up Sunday morning programming because that’s what our listeners want,” said President of Red Apple Media and 77 WABC Chad Lopez. “With Rudy joining our amazing Sunday morning lineup, WABC is leading the way on delivering compelling Sunday morning talk radio.

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Iain Lee Out of talkRADIO In London

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 – talkRADIO’s late night presenter, Iain Lee, has not had his contract renewed. He joined the station from its launch in 2016 and during that time has won two Radio Academy ARIAs – for Best Speech Presenter in 2017 and Radio Moment of the Year in 2020.

Zach & Josh Launch Radio Show As A Spotify Podcast - In Australia, Zach Miller and Josh Perring are hosting a podcast that sounds like a radio show. They launched the Morning ‘Wood podcast on Spotify. The key point of difference when coming up with the idea for the pod was to combine the breaks, teases and story-arcs with back-announcements and music. Zach & Josh got started on SCA’s Hubble program where they hosted shows on Triple M Modern Digital and the Hit Network’s Sunday Experiment over the past couple of years. Each week, they record updated breaks and add new music. The operation takes place in a tin shed in Collingwood, Melbourne and the pair are joined by radio comic and host Mike Liberale. Read more and listen here;
https://www.radiotoday.com.au/zach-josh-spotify-podcast/

New Online Radio Station in Ireland - Gold Radio launches in Ireland on Monday morning with a host of well-known radio personalities part of the schedule. Gold Radio’s line-up includes founder Mike Moloney (RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Gold & Radio Nova), Chris Barry (FM104 & 98FM), Electric Eddie (RTÉ 2FM & Q102), Liam Quigley (98FM, Q102, RTÉ 2FM & Radio Nova), Mick Mulcahy (Cork’s 96FM & Red FM), Pat James (Radio Nova), Bob Conway (RTÉ 2FM, KFM & East Coast FM) and Dave Lyons (98FM, Classic Hits 4FM & DJ at Copper Face Jacks).

Amada Holden From Heart FM in The UK Reveals Her Daily Diet - Heart FM Breakfast presenter, Amanda Holden, is featured in the UK’s Hello Magazine in a feature all about how she keeps her figure looking good. It lists what she each for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. It turns out to be not that much. Muesli for breakfast, often no lunch and homemade pizza for dinner.
Read the article here;
https://www.hellomagazine.com/cuisine/2020060290794/amanda-holden-diet-food-revealed/

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

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SNAPS: Icicle Broadcasting StateHonors Over 2020 Graduates On Facebook

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2020 –– Icicle Broadcasting, based in Wenatchee, WA recognized the 2020 Graduates not able to hold traditional graduation ceremonies by featuring pictures and bios of graduates on its Facebook pages. PD Randy Roadz tells Jockline, "We put out a call for listeners to send us the info at 2020@iciclebroadcasting.com. Several grads are featured daily on each Facebook page and recognition is given on the air as well. It's been a rewarding community outreach.

Icicle Broadcasting includes KOHO 101 and Z-Country 94.7 based in Wenatchee WA and Community Radio KOZI in the beautiful resort town of Chelan, WA.

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7Fred Williard's Cause Of Death; Taylor Swift's Property Portfolio

 

Taylor Swift's incredible $360 Million Property Portfolio

Warner Music Valued at Nearly $15 Billion After IPO

WATCH - Nick Cordero's Wife Says She's Been 'Told to Say Goodbye'

Legendary Nashville Guitarist Jimmy Capps Dead at 81

Fred Willard's Official Cause Of Death Released

WATCH - ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel's Plays 'Before You Call The Cops' Video

Lea Michele loses partnership with HelloFresh after Samantha Ware accusations

Snapchat Demotes Trump to Its Bunker Over His George Floyd Protestor Tweets

The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood

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WAIO-FM/Rochester's Kimberly & Beck Fired Over Racially-Charged Comments

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 ––A Rochester radio station has fired the hosts of its afternoon show over racist comments made on air Tuesday reports syracuse.com. Robert J. Morgan, president of the Upstate New York market for iHeartMedia, told the Democrat & Chronicle that Radio 95.1 (WAIO-FM) hosts Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, known as “Kimberly & Beck,” were fired Wednesday morning.

“We made the decision to terminate Kimberly and Beck yesterday as soon as we learned of their comments and informed them early this morning," Morgan said. "We will not tolerate this kind of behavior, which is antithetical to our core values and beliefs and to our commitment to our community and everyone in it.” According to the D&C, Kimberly had repeatedly referred to the N-word live on air Tuesday while discussing Black Lives Matter and Rochester protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd.

The discussion centered on a local couple that appeared to be attacked by a group of looters early Sunday morning; video of the incident went viral, viewed more than 165,000 times. “Okay, let me ask you a question. Were they acting N-word-ish?” Kimberly said on the air Tuesday. She did not use the explicit racial slur, but also asked if the attackers were acting “N-word-ly.” “If you look like a thug and if you act like a thug, and you’ve got three on one beating up a white woman with a two-by-four, by God, you’re a thug,” Beck said. The pair also discussed whether they can use the term “N-word,” and said “no one’s offended by that.” - Listen to exchange HERE

Among numerous comments that soon followed they included one from another iHeart host who Deanna King, a member on The Brother Wease Show on sister-station Radio 95.1, who tweeted: "I have never and would never spew such racist hate," she said. "I’ve told management I won’t work at a company that employs people like this. I’m raising my children to love everyone and stand up for what is right. I will, too."

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Grant Napear Cut Loose By KHTK Sacramento Following Tweet Exchange

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 –– Sports1140KHTK Bonneville Sacramento has parted ways with Grant Napear. The news comes on the heels of his response to DeMarcus Cousins’ question about the Black Lives Matter movement. According to ABC 10 TV. The statement was read live by the station's program director Jason Ross alongside former Kings player and Napear's cohost Doug Christie.

Following his departure, Bonneville International said in a statement "In the wake of George Floyd's tragic death and the events of the last several days, it is crucial that we communicate the the tremendous respect that we have for the black community and other groups or individuals who have cause to feel marginalized." One day after the Kings said Napear's "comments do not reflect our organization’s views and values," the organization announced that Napear resigned from his position.

In a statement to ABC10, Napear said "I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support. I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart." Napear cohosted a popular radio show from 3-7 p.m. with Christie, who also served as a TV analyst alongside Napear during games. According to The New York Post, Napear resigned from role with the Sacramento Kings.

On Sunday, in a random exchange with former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins, … Cousins asked: ""What's your take on BLM"

"Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven't heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER...EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!" Napear replied.

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Phil Zachary Exits Entercom Following Seven Year Run

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 –– In another day of Facebook-to-the-rescue, Phil Zachary, former Entercom SVP/MM for Entercom Boston and Washington, DC, and most recently serving in a corporate post for special projects, has parted ways with the Philadelphia-based company.

Zackary shared on Facebook: "Today, May 30th, is my last at Entercom. My current contract is ending, and it's just time. I accepted the offer of David Field and Weezie Kramer to join the company in September, 2013 and have zero regrets. Both have become dear friends, and I'll be forever grateful for the countless opportunities afforded me."

Zachary continued: "Suffice it to say, whatever "I" accomplished could not have occurred without hundreds of passionate professionals who believed in me and, by extension, Entercom. I'm grateful for them all and will never forget their dedication. Now, get back to work because I own a lot of stock, and time's a wasting! What next? There's a great lyric in Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away" that goes like this: "Stood alone on a mountain top starin' out at the Great Divide. I could go east, I could go west, It was all up to me to decide. --- I'm incredibly excited about what comes next and will announce shortly."

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Miss Bryan Exits Mornings On Hits 97.3/Miami

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 –– Miss Bryan (Carstensen) posted that he has exited mornings at Cox Media WFLC-FM/Hits 97.3)/Miami ahead of a planned relaunch by the station set for today, June 3. Carstenson had previously teamed with longtime market vet, DJ Laz, for morning show in 2014 as a producer and co-host and then remained on a solo basis after DJ Laz departeded in November, 2019. Carstensen posted on Facebook:

"After 6 years of laughter, tears, and so many other emotions in between, my time with #HITS973 is over. I'll never forget you for allowing me to be with you each morning. That connection I made with each and every one of you will last me a lifetime! I grew exponentially with each passing year, and I have no regrets! I'm still around... cuz ya can't get rid of this laughter!"

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Mark Wheat Quits Nights At 89.3 The Current Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 –– Mark Wheat announced Tuesday he has left his longtime position as the evening host on 89.3 The Current. “After trying to balance other personal and professional goals with my MPR career for the last few years, I’ve decided, given the times we’re in, to take the plunge and follow my dreams,” Wheat wrote in a message posted Tuesday afternoon on the station’s website. When asked by twincities.com for further comment, a spokesperson for the station said: “Mark’s words in his farewell note speak for themselves.” Wheat won’t have the chance to say farewell to listeners on the air. His final shift was Friday and he was on vacation this week. “The company has been extremely supportive during this period of transition, and we agreed on all the logistics and timing,”

Wheat wrote. “Sorry about the abrupt departure from the airwaves … I’m not good at goodbyes.” When Minnesota Public Radio launched The Current in 2005, Wheat was among the first DJs on staff. He quickly stood out thanks to his British accent and sometimes halting speech patterns that earned him both fans and detractors. He became a U.S. citizen in 2012. PHOTO/Nate Ryan/MPR

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iHeart West Palm Beach’s WZZR AndWRLX Announce New Station Signals

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 ––iHeartMedia West Palm Beach announced that Real Radio (WZZR), Real Talk for the Palm Beaches, and Mia (WRLX), #1 para Hits de Hoy en Palm Beach, are interchanging signals. Beginning this week Real Radio will now broadcast on 92.1 and Mia will broadcast on 94.3. Real Radio 92.1 will continue to be the Palm Beach Hot Talk leader.

“While both frequencies do a great job of reaching Palm Beach County, 94.3 has better penetration in some of our most southwestern communities and will help serve the growing Hispanic communities there as the new Mia 94.3,” said Mark McCauley, Market President for iHeartMedia West Palm Beach. “Naturally, both Mia 94.3 and Real Radio 92.1 can be heard anywhere via iHeartRadio, including simply asking your smart speaker to play those stations on iHeartRadio.” Real Radio 92.1 Full Programming Lineup: Rover’s Morning Glory 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. The Penthouse 10 a.m. – 2 p.m (Shown) The Love Doctors 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Lex & Terry 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Mia 94.3 Full Programming Lineup: Enrique Santos Mornings 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Yako 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Super Martinez 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gigi Diaz 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Benztown To Host Free Webinar This Friday For Voiceover Talent

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2020 –– Benztown will host a free webinar for voiceover professionals this week on the current state of the art of radio imaging and production in the post-coronavirus environment. Hosted by award-winning director and voiceover coach Marice Tobias, the webinar, entitled “The State of the Art”, will also feature Benztown VO and Production Pros Teddy Shrader, Dave Savage, and Matt Anderson.

The State of the Art webinar will answer VO talents’ most timely questions, including: When is it OK to start reaching out to PD's and stations again? Can I still wear my pajamas while recording? What are stations looking for? How do I get PD’s to notice me? It takes place this Friday, June 5, 2020, at 3:00pm. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit: https://www.benztown.com/state-of-the-art.

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7Carole Baskin Wins 'Joe Exotic's' Zoo In Court Ruling

 

Sesame Street Shares Message Condemning Racism & Encouraging Kindness

ABC reruns 2016 'Black-ish' episode exploring race, police brutality

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BLOG: Dispelling The Myths Surrounding Coronavirus And AM/FM Listening

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– This week’s Westwood One blog uses a variety of sources plus just-released Nielsen data from an April 2020 listening analysis of 44 diary markets to dispel the myths surrounding Coronavirus and AM/FM radio listening, particularly among those living in New York City who work in media. The Nielsen report was the first of listening in markets ranked 50 to 100 reflecting the impact of COVID-19. New Nielsen diary data reveals there was no audience impact from COVID-19.

AM/FM radio retained 97% of prior listening volumes in markets 50-100. There was only a -3% reduction in listening from February to April in markets ranked 50-100, dispelling New York City-based media planner and strategist beliefs that no one is listening to AM/FM radio. Geopath:

Outside of America’s largest cities, miles traveled match or exceed prior year volumes. Total U.S. miles traveled for the week of May 11-May 17, 2020 are down only -10% versus the prior year. Miles traveled in the top 25 markets is -25% lower than the prior year. Outside the top 26 markets, miles traveled volumes match or exceed the prior year. Geopath data shows a significant drop in miles traveled in late March and early April. Since then, traffic volumes have recovered significantly. While total U.S. driving volumes have returned to prior levels indexed to January, New York City is at 77% pre-COVID-19 norms.

American AM/FM radio retains 93% of pre-COVID-19 audience. Combining the just-released April diary data with recent May PPM audiences to form a national perspective, American AM/FM radio has retained 93% of pre-COVID-19 reach levels and 86% of pre-COVID-19 average quarter-hour audiences. Pandora and Spotify are reach-challenged. In a typical day in America, 91% are not reached by ad-supported Pandora and 96% of Americans are not reached by ad-supported Spotify, according to Edison’s recently-released “Share of Ear” report. READ BLOG HERE

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[LISTEN] The Breakfast Club & Rush Limbaugh Clash Over 'White Privilege'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– DJ Envy, co-host of The Breakfast Club, told listeners at the beginning of yesterday pre-recorded interview. "We've always had diverse guests and are open to the tough conversations. In that spirit, today we're having a candid conversation with fellow broadcaster Rush Limbaugh. Why are we having this conversation with someone whose historical viewpoints differ so significantly from ours and who we represent? Because a dialogue has to happen beyond who we know and who we talk to every morning."

Some described the first-time dialogue between Rush Limbaugh and the "The Breakfast Club" as 'finding common ground,' while true, that was hardly the case on a number of issues. The Breakfast Club, led by Charlamagne tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee, didn't sidestep their opinions on matters such as 'White Privilege, a point that Charlamange called out Limbaugh as being 'delusional' for not buying into the notion.

7In an interview that was recorded over the weekend, Limbaugh began the conversation by telling the "Breakfast Club" it was "his honor" to appear on their show, noting that it became a must-do campaign stop for every major Democratic candidate during the 2020 primaries. Limbaugh said, “It sickens me what happened to (George Floyd),” man who was killed when a white cop kneeled on his neck on Memorial Day. “ I want to make sure you have no doubt and I’m not the only American who feels this way." He added he believes most Americans feel the same and he’s “fed up.”

Limbaugh said the killing of Floyd was “not America,” to which Charlamagne responded, “Oh, it’s definitely America.” When Limbaugh asked The Breakfast Club how they would change the system that has failed black Americans, Charlamagne turned it back around asking the conservative talker how he would use his immense privilege to effect change. That set Limbaugh off saying he does not “buy into the notion of white privilege.” “I think that’s a liberal, political construct right along the lines of political correctness,” Limbaugh said. “It’s designed to intimidate and get people to admit they’re guilty of doing things they haven’t done.” In response, Charlamagne told the talk-radio star: “You’re being delusional.” According to The WRAP, Limbaugh’s appearance on the show was heralded as a “special conversation” because his past remarks on race, women, the LGBTQ community and more are exactly the opposite of the views expressed on “The Breakfast Club.” LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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Frosty Stillwell Among Cuts At Meruelo Media's KLOS LA

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– Among a number of cuts being reported Meruelo Media in LA include longtime show member, Frosty Stilwell, of the Frosty, Heidi and Frank Show. Other formerly furloughed staffers have also reportedly been permanently cut.

In his Facebook post, Stilwell confirmed his departure, posting, in part, "Yes, it is true. Sadly, management at KLOS has terminated me and I am no longer on the show. It is now the Heidi & Frank Show, and I hope you will continue to give them your support. Don't blame them, they had no say in this. Some of my best friends are in that room and I only wish everyone remaining on the show the best going forward."

Stilwell added, Apparently management's budget-cutting axe swinging also cut several others and perhaps I should feel honored to be in the same company of executed LA radio legends Gary, JD, Jonesy, and Frazier. Anthony was also cut from the morning show. I hope you understand there was nothing I could do about this. So like it or not, I am off the team. I will have more to say later. But just not right now..." Stillwell added, "I know there are many of you out there going through your own struggles and job losses right now in this terrible, unsettling time we are all going though. What a rotten year 2020 has turned out to be, for all of us. Good luck to you, with whatever crisis of the week you are going through. Here's to better days for us all. And yes, there will be better days. There have to be."

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David Corey Exits Beasley

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– As reported yesterday, David Corey, Beasley Country Brand Manager & Program Director Country 102.5 (WKLB), Boston, has parted ways with the Naples-based Beasley Media Group. According to sources close to the situation, he and the company parted on extremely amicable terms. Reportedly, the timing of the pandemic and his contract renewal did not lend well to the situation.  

Corey's impressive background includes his most recent stay at Beasley where he joined June 2017. Before then he was VP/Programming at Bell Media, overseeing programming for the company's 105 radio stations and managing the day-to-day programming of CHUM-FM. He arrived at CHUM from a lengthy stay at WXKS/KISS 108 Boston before leaving for CHUM-FM in 2006. Corey is now pursuing his next programming opportunity and can be reached through his agent, Heather Cohen at The Weiss Agency at heather@theweissagency.com - send Corey your best at KDMusic65@gmail.com.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Al Sharpton Join 107.5 WBLS And HOT 97 For Special Townhall

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– Reverend Al Sharpton and HOT 97’s Ebro alongside WBLS’ Ann Tripp will be hosting a Town Hall discussion around Police Brutality and COVID-19 and its impact on communities of color. Joined by various leaders in government. Panelists will include: Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman (NY’s 9th Congressional District) Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney Hakeem Jeffries, Congressman (NY’s 8th Congressional District) & Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Melinda Katz, Queens District Attorney Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman (NY’s 14th Congressional District) Nydia Velazquez, Congresswoman (NY’s 7th Congressional District) & Chairwoman of House Small Business Committee.

It takes place today, Tuesday, June 2nd from 7:00-8:30PM est. The Town Hall will be broadcast on-air on 107.5 WBLS-FM and HOT 97.1, streamed live on WBLS’s Facebook Live, HOT 97’s YouTube Channel, and available to access directly by going to www.wbls.com/townhall

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NETWORKS: Westwood One & Oxford Road Team To Debut 'The Bongino Briefs'

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– Cumulus' Westwood One and s Oxford Road are partnering to launch The Bongino Brief, a daily short-form report on the hottest political issues from former Secret Service Agent, former NYPD officer and NY Times best-selling author Dan Bongino. The Bongino Brief is now available through smart speakers. This marks the next form of short-format streaming media, as personalities and not just news come to the format.

These briefings extend popular programming to a rapidly emerging consumption platform and deliver fans and listeners of Westwood One podcasts an additional touchpoint and update from their favorite podcast personalities.

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EVENTS: iHeart Celebrates Black Music Month

THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2020 –– iHeart announced that it will celebrate Black Music Month with exclusive audio vignettes from some of today’s top Urban artists. The celebration will honor the incredible achievements of Black musicians and their influential contribution to the world of music. Beginning this week, iHeartMedia will air special audio messages from artists including H.E.R, Flipp Dinero and Russ and more as they celebrate the impact and achievements of Black musicians who have influenced their lives.

“With community and personal connection being more important now than ever before, we’re honored to be able to celebrate the significant impact that Black Music has had on all of us,” said Doc Wynter, Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip-Hop Programming Strategy for iHeartMedia. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring our listeners’ favorite artists together to support one another with inspiring messages from artists like H.E.R. who will pay tribute to the legendary Lauryn Hill, and Russ who will celebrate the important contributions that his fellow Atlanta native, Ludacris has made on Black Music.” For a link to audio messages from H.E.R. and Russ, visit HERE.

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Radio Reacts To George Floyd Tragedy: The Bert Show Launches 'Peace In The Streets' Campaign; Nick Cannon Arrives In Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– As cities across America entered day-six of protests and violence following the George Floyd tragedy, numerous music radio outlets sidestepped their usual formats to let listeners weigh in. In Atlanta, where establishments such as CNN's headquarters (shown) was heavily damaged, stations such as Q99.7 kicked off a 'Peace In The Streets' on air campaign. Cumulus VP Top 40/Rhythmic Top 40, Louie Diaz, tells Jockline: "We are playing "Where Is The Love" by Black Eyed Peas every hour TFN. The Bert Show will be not focused on the horrible news rather on emotional and personal feelings. We will take calls from listeners and connect with real feelings.

At the same time we have invited Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to help spread the message of Peace In The Streets with The Bert Show. We also have The Bert Show extended to 11am on Q99.7. For our CHR stations we are also kicking off the same Peace In The Streets campaign

At crosstown Reach Media syndicated The Morning Hustle, Executive Producer Loren Henderson tells us, "We'll provide a platform for our listeners to vent. The common theme to much of what is happening is people of color don't feel they are being heard. We'll also talk to business owners in other cities that have been affected by violence and looting."

7In Minneapolis, KDWB's Dave Ryan posts in Randy Lane's blog: "When a tragedy like the George Floyd murder happens, some on-air shows say, “our station won’t let us touch topics like this,” or “our show is a haven from negative topics.” Since listeners often go to music stations to escape negative news, tragedies, especially in your hometown, must be addressed to remain authentic. On a morning when their beloved Minneapolis wakes up heartbroken and on fire, “We opened up the phones and asked, how do you feel? People of color could talk uninterrupted, and some were deeply emotional. Many people who never listen to KDWB heard about it and called in." Ryan added, "Going on with the regular show would have sounded stupid.” On Friday, Dave aired 'Where is the love' repeatedly.

Meanwhile, POWER 106 and Masked Singer's Nick Cannon showed up in Minneapolis. He tells Variety, “I had to go to Minneapolis. I needed to be right there on 38th Street and Chicago where George Floyd’s life was tragically stolen from him. I needed to see the people in that community — how much love they had for their community and their people and how much pain this has 7caused. We feel the pain go across the world — the anger and the hurt. Those visuals will never be removed from our minds. - Being at 38th and Chicago and seeing people crying at the memorial — it was disappointment more than anything. They didn't’t think something like this would happen in Minneapolis. But it did. “This is what America is. If it can happen in Minneapolis, it could happen in Georgia and it can happen in Los Angeles and it can happen in New York.

Of note, George Floyd's Funeral will be held in Houston this week. KRBE/Houston's Eric Rowe, of The Roula and Ryan Show, says, "We don't pretend to have the answers. I don't know who does. But we have a powerful forum that can reach a lot of people and hopefully we can all learn and start to make some real progress and change in not only Houston but America. We are also having Houston Icon Bun B (R) on the show with us. He is leading the march to city hall tomorrow with The Floyd Family and even flew to Minneapolis to speak with Jaime Foxx and others.

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Daniel York Appointed CMG President & CEO

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) announced the appointment of Daniel York as President and Chief Executive Officer. York most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of AT&T and its subsidiary, DIRECTV. As President and CEO of Cox Media Group, York will be responsible for all aspects of managing the company’s market-leading, award-winning media platforms and will oversee CMG’s long-term strategic priorities. “I’m excited to welcome Dan as the President and CEO of Cox Media Group,” said David Sambur, Co-Lead Partner of Private Equity at Apollo Global Management. “He has an outstanding record of leadership in this industry, and of operating efficiently, creating strategic vision, and inspiring organizations to innovate and grow.” Steve Pruett will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of CMG.

York said, “I am excited to lead Cox Media Group, a company that has the most talented team and leadership in the industry. I have always admired and respected the unparalleled quality of CMG’s 90+ TV and radio stations, digital and advertising platforms, and the company’s unwavering commitment to journalistic integrity. The past few months have underscored that there is no substitute for the most important and valuable content in the ecosystem, market-leading local news and entertainment. I look forward to working with the Board and the CMG team as we continue to enhance our partnerships with our advertisers, content providers and distribution outlets to best serve our communities and millions of viewers and listeners.”

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Joe Walsh Returns With National Talk Radio Show

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– Joe Walsh, the former congressman and talk show host who once declared "I'm done with talk radio" last summer, is getting back behind a microphone again, Robert Feder reports. Starting Monday, Walsh will host a two-hour Monday-through-Friday talk show to be distributed nationally by Global American Broadcasting Radio Network. It will originate live from 10 a.m. to noon.

It marks a return to radio for Walsh, who spent six years on Salem Media. He stepped down in August from both his local show and his national show, syndicated by Salem Radio Network, to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020. Walsh ended his bid in February.

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WTOP/Washington Unveils New Sonic Identity

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– ReelWorld is proud to unveil the new sonic brand identity for Hubbard Radio’s WTOP/ Washington DC. The official on-air rollout will begin today, June 1. Created by ReelWorld co-founder Erik Huber and his Seattle-based production team, the new WTOP imaging package provides Washington DC’s all-news station with a bold and unmistakable new sound. Anchored by a vibrant and memorable sonic logo, the comprehensive suite of musical themes gives a sleek, modern edge to the WTOP brand and sets it firmly in line with today’s radio, media and tech landscape.

“This has been our favorite news story of the year by far,” said ReelWorld CXO Craig Wallace. “From my first call with Greg Strassell, to the detailed discussions we had with the team in DC, it was clear from the start that we were going to be creating something special. We were incredibly excited to have the opportunity to craft a new sonic identity for such a prestigious station in our nation’s capital and our team’s production talents and pride in their work really shines through in the final product. Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News & Programming adds, “Everything we put on our air has a purpose. Our goal was to make our station imaging match the urgency of our 24/7 constantly-updated news product in a modern and elevated way. When I listen to these new music beds, I say to myself, ‘THAT is what news should sound like in 2020.’

The package consists of 10 unique themes, covering all essential station benchmarks. From Top of Hour to Traffic, Business, Weather and beyond, each theme is designed to create a specific mood and energy and deliver the proven brand recall of a ReelWorld sonic logo. The WTOP imaging package is now available worldwide and can be customized with any station’s sonic logo melody. LISTEN HERE

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HONORS: Entercom Honored With 10 New York State AP News & Broadcast Awards

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– Entercom is the proud recipient of 10 2019 New York State Associated Press Association News and Broadcast Contest Awards. WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM, 1010 WINS (WINS-AM were recognized in 11 categories total. Among the awards is a first-place win in the podcast category for the sister stations’ first-time collaboration on “The Breakdown,” a powerful deep dive into America's infrastructure crisis. In addition, WCBS 880 received first place in eight categories, including “Outstanding News Operation, Radio I” for the second year in a row. 1010 WINS was awarded top honors in two categories.

The stations received second place recognition in five categories collectively. Radio I Outstanding News Operation First Place WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY Spot News Coverage First Place WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY “The Jersey City Shooting” Second Place 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) New York, NY “Helicopter Crash in Manhattan” Feature Story First Place WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY Sean Adams “Stories from Main Street: Dr. Vitalone” News Series First Place WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY Peter Haskell “The New Pain of Sandy” Sports Coverage First Place WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY “The 50th Anniversary of The Miracle Mets” Digital Presence First Place 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) New York, NY - see all awards HERE

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Mike McVay to Moderate 'Gracies' Virtual Event This Week With Elaina Smith

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– This week’s Gracie Interview Series kicks off this week with its Virtual Gathering, hosted by the Alliance for Women in Media, with special guest Elaina Smith and moderator Mike McVay. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, June 4, at 2:00 pm EST. The link to register is: https://allwomeninmedia.org/events/gracie-interview-series-virtual-gatherings/.

During these uncertain times, we’re starting to learn how to navigate in these uncharted waters. The role of on-air talent, as front-line storytellers, is critical during this pandemic. It is especially important for on-air personalities to understand their roles, what to say and how to say it. This will be a conversation moderated by Mike McVay, President, McVay Media, with special guest Elaina Smith, and will help us to better understand that nuance and maintaining mental balance as a public figure while also working with a team remotely. Hear from Elaina about the risks she’s taken, what has worked and not worked while building her brand and the opportunity now in front of her as a trusted personality in media. REGISTER HERE

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EVENTS: Radio One To Launch 'We Are One: Feeding The Community Campaign

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 ––  Radio One announced today the launch of its We Are One: Feeding the Community Campaign. It is partnering with the music community to feed hundreds of families as many are feeling the significant financial strain as a result of these tough economic times. Radio One's 53 stations will come together across its 15 markets to feed families in their localities by giving away meals provided by local minority-owned restaurants.

"We are eager to help local businesses and listeners during these unprecedented circumstances," said David Kantor, CEO of Radio Division and Reach Media. "Right now, we're all living in an unfamiliar time, forced to deviate from our daily routines. Although COVID-19 has changed everything about the way we operate, it hasn't changed our ability to serve our community," said Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One. "We are grateful to our partners for truly supporting this campaign." "In these difficult times as people are struggling throughout the country, a good meal and support for local small businesses at the same time is much needed," added Colby Tyner, Vice President of Programming for Radio One.

We Are One: Feeding the Community Campaign will not only ease some of the hardships that families are facing, but it will also help to support the hard-hit restaurant industry, while providing quality food to the community. Radio One continues to be committed to its social responsibility during these challenging times.

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Eric Ferguson, Of WTMX-FM's ‘Eric in the Morning Show,’ Sells Home For $2.9 million

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– The Chicago Tribune reports that Eric Ferguson, morning mainstay at Hubbard's WTMX Chicago, has sold his Hinsdale mansion for $2.9 million. The property was sold in late May. Eric and his wife, Jen, sold their six-bedroom, French country-style mansion with 8,270-square-foot which they bought for $3.07 million in August 2012.

The 16-room mansion has eight bathrooms, a limestone fireplace in the family room, a two-story foyer and hardwood floors. Details include crown moldings, coffered and wood-beamed ceilings and radiant heat in all bathrooms. The finished basement features wall-to-wall wool carpeting. The kitchen touts Carrera marble and soapstone countertops, along with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Downstairs, a finished basement features a wine cellar, a full bar with a dishwasher, a rec room, a media room and a powder room. Outside on the property are a bar, a grill and fire pit, professional landscaping and a three-car garage. They listed it April 27 for $3.3 million, and it went under contract just a week later.

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Cumulus 101 The Fox Kansas City On The Hunt For PD

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2020 –– Cumulus Kansas City is looking for a new PD at KCFX/101 The Fox. They have the tools, talent, and support team in place to execute the game plan to win. We need YOU to collaborate with our teams to craft this heritage winning station’s future. Key Responsibilities: • Create operational strategies to deliver #1 ratings in this Rock market that indexes twice the industry average for rock • Utilize research and best music implantation practices to generate winning quarter hours every day • Work collaboratively with the promotions, digital and sales teams to develop and enhance existing client relationships and grow new revenue and community partnerships • Collaborate with all resources to create imaging and promotions that continually refresh and grow the brand of 101 The Fox through all distribution channels • Collaborate with heritage talent to create and deliver unique content that attracts the target demo, grows ratings, and provides best-in-class listener experience.

Also needed, • A strong understanding of PPM / Nielsen Ratings and ability to interpret various kinds of research • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with air staff, all departments, and clients. For immediate consideration, please visit https://www.cumulusmedia.com/work-here/ CUMULUS MEDIA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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7Music Industry Calls For Tuesday Blackout In Floyd Solidarity

 

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Entercom 'Unleashes' BIG 103 Boston

THE MOUTH, 29TH, 2020 –– Entercom has launched Boston’s newest radio station – BIG 103, “Music Unleashed,” effective immediately. The variety hits station on 103.3 FM formerly known as AMP-FM, will boast a vast music library spanning multiple music genres from the 1980’s 1990’s and 2000’s. “As we continue living through one of the most challenging times in our country and the world, we are committed to providing comfort by delivering optimistic and entertaining content to our listeners,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “BIG 103 will be a straight-forward, no nonsense sanctuary for fans focused on great music and artists, accented with an irreverent tongue-in-cheek approach that reflects the spirit of our city.”

In addition to the expanded music library, BIG 103 will also feature limited interruptions during its on-air programming through the “2-Minute Promise,” which will not stop the music for more than two minutes at any given time. To further focus on the music, artists and attitude that will define the station, it will initially launch without DJs.

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SYNDICATION: DeDe In the Morning Tops 40 Markets With Debut on STACKS 92. 1 Lansing

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THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications, Inc. owned WQTX-FM “Stacks 92.1” in Lansing, MI debuted “DeDe in the Morning” from 5-10 am weekdays. "The playlist on Stacks 92.1 has a very fun, upbeat vibe. We needed a morning show that fit that vibe.  All fun and no drama “says Terry Stevens, Operations Manager. “After listening to DeDe in the Morning and seeing the results she delivers in markets similar to ours, we are 7100% confident that DeDe and her team are the perfect fit for AM Drive on Stacks 92.1!  Lansing is going to LOVE her!”

DeDe says, "Thank you Midwest and the Stacks 92.1 team.  We all need to laugh right now, and we are excited to bring our fun and laughter to Lansing.” Head of Content Geo Cook adds: “The rapid expansion of the DeDe In the Morning brand across the country continues to exceed expectations. DeDe’s comedy, format versatility, unique content, and unrivaled commitment to community has fueled #1 ratings in PPM and diary markets, even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are ecstatic to partner with Midwest Communications owner Duke Wright, VP of Programming Jeff McCarthy, OM Terry Stevens and the Stacks 92.1 team to help them dominate in Lansing with DeDe.” 

DeDe in the Morning is distributed nationally via a partnership between Service Broadcasting Group (SBG) Urban KKDA (K104)/Dallas and Compass Media Networks. For more information visit www.compassmedianetworks.com. Call Nancy to affiliate (914) 708-1451 or email nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com .

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FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Says 'This Won't Work' On Executive Order

THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– According to press reports, an Executive Order the White House planned for release yesterday would call for the Federal Communications Commission to propose rules about when and how social media companies may edit content online without forfeiting their protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 protects social media companies from legal liability for the material their users post.

In response to these reports, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued the following statement: “This does not work. Social media can be frustrating. But an Executive Order that would turn the Federal Communications Commission into the President’s speech police is not the answer. It’s time for those in Washington to speak up for the First Amendment. History won’t be kind to silence.”

Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to "defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history." "A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States," he claimed. "They've had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences." The executive order tests the boundaries of the White House's authority. CNN reports in a long-shot legal bid, it seeks to curtail the power of large social media platforms by reinterpreting a critical 1996 law that shields websites and tech companies from lawsuits.

But legal experts on both the right and the left have raised serious concerns about the proposal. They say it may be unconstitutional because it risks infringing on the First Amendment rights of private companies and because it attempts to circumvent the two other branches of government. READ MORE HERE

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EVENTS: KSHE 95 St. Louis Raise $103,372 For Local Business' Relief

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THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– KSHE 95 “Real Rock Radio” teamed up with the St. Louis Community Foundation to raise money for the Gateway Resilience Fund (GRF). The fund provides short-term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners visited the KSHE SCHSTUFF STORE (online), to purchase the “Rockin’ Against COVID-19 Sweetmeat T-shirt” or the limited-edition KSHE 95 branded Face Mask with the 100% of the profits benefiting the fund. After nearly 8 weeks of sales, KSHE 95 raised $103,742.

“This is normally the time of year that KSHE would be gearing up for hot concerts, summer beers, great food, and making great memories with our listeners and friends at restaurants and venues across the region. However, due to COVID-19, too many of our friends are hurting. Thanks to our generous listeners, we were able to offer a little help!” stated Kristen Lewis – KSHE Marketing and Advertising Director.”

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HONORS: New Jersey 101.5 Wins Three Keystone Society of Professional Journalists Awards

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THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” (WKXW-FM) is the proud recipient of three Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter awards for work done in 2019. The awards were announced by the chapter over Memorial Day Weekend. Deputy Digital Editor Sergio Bichao and Reporter David 7Matthau won the contest's most prestigious award, The Spotlight Award, for their entry on how judges minimized sexual assault in New Jersey. Across several stories, Bichao and Matthau shed light on the dismissive comments made by judges and how they impacted treatment of victims and alleged perpetrators alike.

"Some stories produce a spark that explodes into attention around the country," the judges wrote. "That’s what happened in this case. Digging into records produced juvenile sexual assault cases where judges made remarks that stunned the community. The reporting in this #metoo era led to big changes in how cases of this nature were handled. Excellent work." Sergio and David will also be presented a cash prize for their win.

Afternoon Drive Host Jeff Deminski won first place in the Blog category, for a portfolio of opinion pieces. Deminski has long been one of New Jersey 101.5’s most prolific, consistent, thoughtful opinion writers — crafting thorough and heartfelt pieces as well as pointed opinions in a voice that's distinctly his.

Earlier this month, the station won the Radio Television Digital News Association Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage, for its on-air stories about a December, 2019 Jersey City shooting rampage.

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NAB Leadership Foundation Announces 2020 Service to America Awards Finalists

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Celebration of Service to America Awards Available for local broadcast To Air In Late August

THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 ––The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation revealed the finalists for the 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. One winner from each category will be announced during the Celebration of Service to America Awards program, accessible online and available for broadcast radio and television stations to air on a specific date in late August.

The 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards, previously scheduled for June 9, has been reimagined as a pre-recorded event. Through a partnership with Hollywood production company Trailer Park, the NAB Leadership Foundation will provide a broadcast-quality program showcasing the vital role of local radio and television stations throughout the U.S. The specific date for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Following is the list of 2020 Service to America Awards finalists by category with links to information on their remarkable public service initiatives Learn more at www.nabfoundation.org. - PHOTO/Creator: © 2019 Erika Nizborski

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Futuri Sees Spike In Station-Specific Mobile Apps During Covid-19

THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– Consumer usage of station-specific mobile apps is on the rise since the onset of consumer behavior changes spurred by restrictions related to COVID-19. Futuri has seen the following trends across Futuri's station-specific mobile apps:

Average of +25% increase in sessions since the early April across a variety of market sizes and format types, with higher increases showing for brands who actively promote mobile on-air and on social

The station’s stream is the top mobile app feature on all mobile apps, but non-stream features have seen consistent increases in usage. Top features that significantly contribute to increased engagement include: 

Open Mic, which allows users to send audio messages from their phones directly to the studio. 

Flash Contesting, which enables stations to run contesting through their mobile app instead of a traditional “Caller 9” execution. This also provides station data on listener engagement unavailable with call-in contest

Breaking news (via mobile web integration), driven by push notifications

“As consumer habits continue to change due to COVID-19 disruptions, audiences want new and different ways to engage with their favorite radio station brands,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Content-rich station mobile apps are a critical complement to aggregator presence, giving listeners ways to stay connected with their favorite brands, personalities, and features beyond just streams, websites, and socials, and sales teams new ways to generate digital revenue.” For more information on Futuri Mobile and growth trends, visit futurimedia.com/mobileapps.

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Kiss 95.1 LauRen Featured In Magazine

THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2020 –– Before you ever utter the phrase 'a face for radio' again, be sure and catch this nice spread for our friend LauRen, co-host on the Maney, Roy and LauRen Show on Beasley's KISS 95.1 7Charlotte. Following her move to nearby Ballantyne, she was interviewed its own Ballantyne Magazine.

7Prior to entering radio, Lauren was a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins from 2003 to 2006; performed on three USO tours (in Bosnia, Kosovo and Vienna) for the troops overseas during that time and competed in the Miss USA pageant in 2008. Before then, she landed in the Top 5 as Miss Pennsylvania USA but also landed her first job in sports entertainment because of it."

In 2015, after moving to Charlotte, she landed at Kiss 95.1’s morning radio show. "We created The Maney, Roy & LauRen Morning Show out of three strangers who happen to become unlikely friends. Since then, we have been sharing 'Real, Life, Laughs' with our Queen City!” You can catch the full interview HERE. - By Michelle Boudin | Photos courtesy of LauRen Merola

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7 Ice Cube Cancels GMA Appearance Amid George Floyd Death

 

'Unite We Sing: A Grammy Salute to The Unsung Heroes' Special To Air June 21 On CBS: Hosted By Harry Connick, Jr. And Featuring Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah And More

Global Citizen Enlists Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Other Celebs to Lobby for COVID-19 Funding

Ice Cube Cancels on GMA After George Floyd's Death: 'In No Mood to Tell America, Good Morning'

WATCH - MGM Resorts to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand in Las Vegas

LISTEN - Lady Gaga, 'Blackpink' unwrap 'Sour Candy' in new dance anthem

Sting's Daughter Helps Fan Officially Fulfill Her Father's Dying Wish

WATCH - Hulu Launches a New Watch Party Feature for Virtual Watching Parties and Chat

WATCH - Share Henry Cavill Could Play Superman Again, And The Internet Can’t Get Enough

Animal Planet to Spotlight Irwin Family's "Life in Lockdown"

Good News: 7 Year Old Plans ‘Mini Prom’ For His Graduating Babysitter

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MSBC 32 Moves To Sept. 24 & 25 Chicago - New Swissotel Link Up & Running

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THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– ICYMI - Morning Show Boot Camp, one of the largest gatherings of top shows in radio and the people behind them, announced last week it was moving back its annual summer event to September 24 & 25 at the classic Swissotel in Chicago. We're now happy to announce that a new link for hotel registration has been added to website - book room(s) HERE

MSBC Host Don Anthony commented: "After much thought, countless conversations and an ongoing concern for the safety, well being and challenges faced by our attendees and sponsors during the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve decided to reschedule Morning Show Boot Camp 32 to Sept. 24 & 25 at the Swissotel in Chicago. By moving back to September, roughly a month and half later, gives all of us some extra breathing room and more time for things to get back to normal."Anthony added that given the economic impact the Pandemic has had on our industry, new rates and a timely Job Fair would be added to help those attending.

"We’re not forgetting those in our industry who jobs were impacted by this crisis. For this purpose, we’re creating a special ‘Job Fair’ that will offer those affected with the opportunity of getting one-on-one advice, counsel and possible job-leads from top executives, programmers and experts," said Anthony. "We also haven’t forgotten the economic challenges now faced by most everyone in our industry. As such, we’re discounting our regular registration by $100* and made sure that our special hotel conference rate from August was locked in place for September. Thank you again for your input, support and patience in us making this decision. We look forward to seeing you again soon." Don Anthony - Host/Morning Show Boot Camp

Anthony says that MSBC will continue to keep a close eye on Covid-19 and how local policies may evolve over the next several weeks. As for the hotel, no matter how back to normal things may be by late September, the Hotel has assured us that proper spacing of seats and well-sanitized facilities (as shown above) will be provided at all times. *Discounted rates offered with stay at Swissotel.

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Jacobs Media: Activities Listeners Most Interested In Resuming Along With The Risk

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THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– Jacobs Media has released some of the key findings from its second national audience survey of core radio listeners, focusing on reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic. The study, fielded in mid-May, examined a variety of behaviors, including the activities with the most interest – as well as the highest perceived risk. The findings provide a road map for businesses, community leaders, as well as media executives, their sales teams, and their advertisers about the activities ready to take off, as well as those that may require more time, preparation, and education.

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“None of us has lived through a disruption like Covid-19 before,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs remarks. “Now as we prepare to re-open, not all activities are created equal. While consumers are interested in going to a restaurant or a concert, they are also very concerned about the risks involved.” Jacobs Media’s VP/GM Paul Jacobs notes, “In light of these findings, many customer-facing businesses will need to retrench and refocus. Savvy media marketers and salespeople can use this data to work strategically with clients representing many verticals.” The chart below represents the top seven activities that generate the most interest, along with their corresponding levels of risk. The additional activities can be found here.

This second Covid-19 study was conducted May 12-14, 2020. The web survey was comprised of 16,004 respondents - listeners of 98 commercial radio stations representing a variety of formats in the United States and Canada. The survey is primarily made up of radio station database members. It is unweighted, and does not represent all commercial radio listeners or the general populations of the United States and Canada. The full survey results from this second Covid-19 study, and the first (conducted in early April), can be found HERE

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SYNDICATION: Shawn Parr Across The Country' To Debut In 16 Markets

THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– Key Networks will launch popular Country radio host Shawn Parr’s new weekday show, Shawn Parr’s Across the Country on Monday, June 1, 2020, in 16 markets across the U.S. The program’s inaugural affiliates include: WGSQ-FM/94.7 Country Giant, Cookeville, TN; KBCR-FM/Big Country 96.9, Denver-Steamboat Springs, CO; WAKX-FM/Kix Country 98.7, Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL; WYOT-FM/102.3 The Coyote, Rockford, IL; WKOA-FM/K105, Lafayette, IN; and WXFL-FM/Kix 96 in Florence, AL.

The four-hour show is customized to air anywhere in a station’s lineup between 6am-Midnight – Mornings, Middays, Afternoons or Nights. Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, said: “We are delighted at the initial response from stations to Shawn Parr’s Across the Country. There is no one in country radio that works harder putting together amazing content for affiliates than Shawn and we look forward to coming to your towns Across the Country!”

Shawn Parr commented: I have waited a long time for this and have built an amazing team who are ready to help me take Nashville "Across the Country!" I don't anticipate any sleep Sunday night… THIS is going to be FUN!”

All network advertising is included with the show, with no additional barter units for stations to run. For more information and to get Shawn Parr’s Across the Country for your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or dennis@keynetworks.com.

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EVENTS: AJ McLean & His Daughter To Kick Of iHeart 'Summer Camp With The Stars

THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of “Summer Camp with the Stars,” a special four-week series featuring the top names in music helping millions of children across the U.S. missing out on summer 7camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will stream every Friday in July 2020 beginning July 3 at 5 p.m. ET on iHeartRadio’s Facebook page. “Summer Camp with the Stars” series will kick off with special guest counselor AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, who will be leading a dance class with his daughter from their home.

“With millions of Americans postponing or canceling their summer plans to keep themselves and others safe, we wanted to produce a virtual summer camp experience for the entire family to enjoy together,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’re thrilled to have AJ and several other of our favorite artists helping to create families of happy campers.” “I’m thrilled to be the first camp counselor for ‘Summer Camp with the Stars,’ especially since I get to share the experience with my daughter,” said McLean. “It’s so important that we still find moments to just have fun with our children during such a strange time. I hope everyone is ready to dance!”

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Among Over 2,000 Entries, Finalists Named In The NPR Student Podcast Challenge

THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– After two deadline extensions and a lot of creative solutions to the challenges of recording from their homes and more than 2,000 podcasts from 46 states and the District of Columbia, NPR has announced its finalists! Having narrowed the list down to 25 finalists, NPR says their judges will select our two grand-prize winners, and we'll announce those winners on Wednesday, June 3. (We also identified more than 200 honorable mentions and we'll be announcing those soon as well.)

Among the many outstanding entries we received were: Six high school students at St. Helena High School in northern California who worked together to track down a childhood hero, Popo the Clown. Their witty and poignant conversation with Popo helped the students say goodbye to high school in preparation for life beyond. The entire senior class at Stilwell High School investigated their rural eastern Oklahoma town after a Washington Post article dubbed them "the early death capital of the US" last year. The students' months-long investigation included interviews with elected officials, lifelong town residents, and even researchers in Washington, D.C., to help them understand the data.

A middle school class in Castle Rock, Colo., focused on local history — with two groups of students on our finalist lists — one for the Forgotten Flood of 1965 and the other for 40 Years Cold. Ditto for J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, Ill., where English teachers Mark Sujak and Jeremy Robinson's students produced compelling podcasts about their lives and struggles in the Chicago suburb. SEE ALL FINALISTS HERE

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Brad Paisley And Fitz Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend With A ZOOM Pizza Party

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THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– Ten lucky 98.9 Bull Nation family members won their way in to hang out with Brad Paisley, Friday evening, in an exclusive Zoom Pizza party hosted by 98.9 The Bull Seattle Morning host, Fitz. Brad stayed on the Zoom party for over 45 minutes answering questions, having a quick awkward sing-a-long of his new release, “There’s No I In Beer” and sharing the amazing scenery of his ranch, including a close encounter with a hawk!

The station made arrangements to have pizza delivered to all ten winners, prior to the 4:30pm Zoom Party. Fitz said, “It’s not really a pizza party without pizza, right?” WATCH HERE

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SNAPS: Ram's Jake Gervase; WWE's Seth Rollins Win Dwyer & Michaels Celebrity Pinewood Derby

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THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– Like virtually all other events, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a change in how Cub Scouts run their annual Pinewood Derby races. Rather than running the cars in person, Cub Scouts were forced to watch their cars race via video feed. A Scoutmaster in Davenport Iowa reached out to Dwyer & Michaels and asked if either still had cars from their Cub Scout days.  The idea was to add a celebrity heat to the regular Cub Scout event. Both cars are long gone.  Instead, the duo came up with a celebrity Pinewood Derby and enlisted cars from local professional athletes. Complete list HERE

The fastest car was an entry from Jake Gervase of the LA Rams. Listeners voted for best looking car with WWE Champ Seth Rollins (shown below in the studio with Dwyer & Michaels) taking home the "Best in Show" trophy. Voting results HERE: Complete race HERE

Both Dwyer and Michaels built new cars.  Dwyer recreated the "Deathmobile" (TR) from Animal House and Michaels submitted Speed Racer's "Mach 5" (TL).

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Kyle Sandilands Opens Up About Mental Health; Maya Jama Leaves BBC 1

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2020 –– Breakfast co-host on Sydney’s KIIS FM, Kyle Sandilands spoke on air about his mental health struggles, saying he’s ‘very, very sad’, but that Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview wasn’t ‘the right forum’ to discuss it. Kyle and co-host Jackie ‘O’  were featured on Australia’s 60 Minutes. During the episode, Kyle became very emotional and hinted he was severely unwell.
Read more and watch video HERE

Alexander Armstrong, New Classic FM Morning Host In The UK - After almost 10 years hosting Classic FM’s morning show, John Suchet is moving to present a new weekday evening concert programme. The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet will feature orchestras, choirs and soloists from across the UK and around the world. Alexander Armstrong will replace John on the weekday morning programme and becomes the fourth presenter of the show in the station’s 28-year history.

In Ireland, Quarantine FM Will Air Interview Sinn Féin Leader - Digital station Quarantine FM, will air an interview with Sinn Féin leader, Mary Lou McDonald. Presented by station founder Kate McKeown, the interview will air at 12pm on Friday. McKeown promises that this interview will show a completely unseen side of the TD. Questions generated by listeners range from asking why legalising marijuana isn’t a bigger part of Sinn Féin‘s manifesto to whether the party leader would consider rap battling with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Maya Jama Leaves BBC Radio 1 After Two Year - Weekend morning show presenter Maya Jama (Shown) has left BBC Radio 1 after deciding not to renew her contract. She joined the station in 2018 and has most recently been hosting 10am-1pm on Friday and Saturdays. During the coronavirus schedules the weekend mornings slot has been on a 3-week changing cylce between Maya, Jordan North and Dev & Alice. Radio 1 says Jordan, Dev and Alice will continue to do the show in rotation.

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

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7 Jimmy Fallon Apologizes; Gabrielle Union Breaks Silence

 

Wanda Sykes, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner Set For ‘Laughter In Lockdown’ Comedians Fundraiser

Betty White, 98, is 'Doing Very Well' Despite Pandemic

WATCH - Jimmy Fallon apologizes for Chris Rock impersonation in blackface on 'SNL'

WATCH - See Kevin Hart and Jimmy Kimmel's Heartwarming Surprise for a Nurse in Philadelphia

Gabrielle Union Breaks Silence on ‘America’s Got Talent,’

WATCH - Terry Crews Talks Giving Tearful Golden Buzzer to 'Inspirational' Homeless Choir

WATCH - All My Children cast reunion for EW's #UnitedAtHome series

Martin Scorsese Self-Shoots Short Film for BBC About Being in Isolation

HBO Max is here, but you can't watch on Roku or Amazon Fire TV

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[WATCH] Rush Limbaugh Says Third Wave Of Cancer Treatment 'Is Kicking My Ass'

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– Rush Limbaugh shared details Tuesday with his audience on the third wave of his cancer treatment during his Premiere syndicated show saying they were overdue for an update. He admitted,“These are extremely challenging times for me, medically, nothing that millions of you haven’t gone through or aren’t going through. And those of you who have or those of you who are going through it, you understand it, and so it’s… (sigh) The temptation here is to start divulging a lot of stuff, and I’m not gonna do that, because I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio. I vowed to shield as much of that from the daily program as I can. I’m in the third wave of treatment now. -- There have been many cycles but this is the third wave and, this current wave, I have to tell you is kicking my ass,”

Limbaugh said. “For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house, I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax,” he said. “It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try and prolong your life. I’m doing extremely well, all things considered.”

Limbaugh revealed, "I do not have the energy that I used to have. I’m gonna have to take this… I didn’t realize until I got sick… I honestly didn’t. You’re gonna think this is strange. I didn’t realize how much physical and mental energy doing these three hours — the way I do them, with no guests — and, you know, I don’t do anything to give myself a break during the three hours to take, not even that many phone calls on a normal basis. important.”

As for his intention, Limbaugh added, "My intention is to be here as often as I can. My attitude is this, and the reality is, the day is gonna come where I’m not gonna be able to be here. I don’t know when that is — and I’m hoping that it is months, years." READ TRANSCRIPT HERE - SEE VIDEO HERE

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STUDY: Dropping AM/FM Radio Could Prove Costly For Advertisers

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– This week’s Westwood One blog looks at what happens when a successful AM/FM radio advertiser decides to pull AM/FM radio from the media plan. In light of the pandemic, the case study is a cautionary tale for advertisers who might be considering a cut to their spending. Cumulus' Westwood One retained MARU/Matchbox to track campaign effect during 2017 and 2018 for a relatively new brand that was taking on two major category players. With AM/FM radio, the brand became a strong performer in the category. Brand equity grew and usage shot up. Especially among heavy AM/FM radio listeners, every brand equity and behavior measure was much stronger. Here’s what happened when, in 2019, the brand decided to shift out of AM/FM radio and double down on TV: Nielsen analysis: TV skews much too old for the consumer category. The brand’s category users are mostly made up of adults 18-49 (73%).

Dropping AM/FM radio in 2019 caused erosion in awareness, weekly usage, brand consideration, and AM/FM radio ad recall. After strong growth from 2017 to 2018, association to brand attributes stagnated from 2018 to 2019. Dropping AM/FM radio also caused major damage among heavy AM/FM radio listeners. Brand equity suffered greatly down the entire purchase funnel with double-digit losses. Let us know if you would like more information from the Insights team.

For brands, it is easy to fall victim to misconceptions about AM/FM radio and assume dropping the medium will not incur any negative consequences. However, AM/FM radio is a medium that can be used to reach younger target audiences, build a brand image, and drive usage, consideration, and ad recall.

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iHeart Debuts New Alternative Rock For Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced the debut of the new ALT 104.5, Philly’s Alternative Rock, effective immediately. To kick off the launch, the station will broadcast uninterrupted songs from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. The station will also feature top on-air personalities including Amber Miller, Mike Jones, Jessie and more.

“Who doesn’t love the big reveal at the end of a makeover show,” said Amber Miller, Program Director for ALT 104.5. “Well, ta-da! Philly’s Alternative Rock station is now sounding bigger and better than ever, combining the music and personalities our listeners love with this fresh, energetic new aesthetic. The station offers listeners the same music and entertainment they crave, just with a fresh new coat of paint.”

“It’s incredible for us to be able to give the people of Philadelphia an even bigger and stronger brand of the Alternative Rock format with the new ALT 104.5,” said Derrick Corbett, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “The foundation for this music started right here over a decade ago, so to watch it evolve in the manner that we’re planning is something the city deserves and that we’re excited to provide.”

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NRG Media Omaha Launches Local 1290

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– Omaha’s News Talk leader News Talk 1290-KOIL has launched a daily two-hour program focusing on the local community as our friends, neighbors and businesses begin to face the new normal. The program will be live and local, and hosted by legendary broadcaster Neil Nelkin. Each day the two-hour program will focus on everything “local” in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa as businesses start to re-open and figure out how to go forward.

The program will be co-hosted by other NRG Media on-air talent and biggest morning radio personalities on a daily basis. Nikki and Laura from Sweet 98.5, Mike’l Severe and Damon Benning from 1620 The Zone, and Matt Tompkins from the New 101.9 The Keg. AM Program Director and Executive Producer for Local 1290 Mike Thompson stated, “There has certainly been a lot of doom and gloom in this pandemic’s new normal – so it’s time for an uplifting, informative and entertaining celebration of all of us in Omaha and Council Bluffs.” Neil Nelkin commented, “Finally a positive show about our listeners, our community and businesses within the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. We want to highlight the local business and hear their stories about how they are doing and re-opening. It’s a community feel good, as we are all in this together.”

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NETWORKS: AdLarge Extends Partnership With Crime Junkie And Just Launched Audiochuck

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THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– AdLarge Media has extended its ad sales agreement for Ashley Flowers’ breakout true crime sensation Crime Junkie, hosted by Ashley & Brit, which consistently is a top-ranked podcast with more than 31 million downloads a month. Adlarge is also lending its support to further grow Flowers’ audiochuck Network with four new shows, all executive produced by Flowers. The 7first show from this partnership, CounterClock, debuted at #1 on the Apple Podcasts chart earlier this year. Crime Junkie and CounterClock are part of an award-winning portfolio of podcasts in AdLarge’s digital audio business, cabana.

“Crime Junkie has captivated female audiences with Ashley’s unique approach to true crime,” stated Cathy Csukas (L), Co-Founder and Co-Chief 7Executive Officer of cabana and AdLarge Media. “Her insights into what passionate true crime fans want to hear will be an asset as we bring on new titles to audiochuck Network. We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Ashley.”

“AdLarge has been with me from the start," said Flowers. "I couldn’t be happier that they will continue to bring their audio ad sales expertise to Crime Junkie and the audiochuck Network.”

With over 220K reviews, Crime Junkie was named 2019’s most reviewed podcast by Chartable, an industry-leading podcast measurement company. “The ROI from Crime Junkie has been tremendous for our advertisers,” said Ilwira Marciszek, Vice President of Digital Sales & Partnerships for cabana and AdLarge Media. “The premium ad opportunities available with Crime Junkie are trusted by our ad partners and will only expand with Audiochuck Network, which will bring more engaged listeners at scale.”

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CMG Tampa Stations Host 'Break The Stigmam 'A Virtual Walk for Mental Health Awareness

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– On Saturday, May 30, from 9am to 11am, Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa Radio stations WWRM (Magic 94-9), WPOI (Hot 101.5), WHPT (102.5 The Bone), WDUV (105.5 The Dove) and WXGL (107.3 The Eagle) are recognizing that May is Mental Health Awareness Month by hosting “Break the Stigma,” a virtual walk. The five radio stations are inviting their listeners to join them for a “walk” to help raise awareness and break the stigma of speaking about mental health issues.

“Cox Media Group Tampa really wants to do our part and help shine a spotlight on the importance of mental health issues in our community,” said Vice President and Market Manager at CMG Tampa Keith Lawless. “Everybody in Tampa Bay has been affected during this incredibly stressful time and we want to just remind people how important it is to take care of themselves and others.” Additional sponsors include The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, To Write Love On Her Arms, Michelob Ultra, Neurospa TMS Therapy Centers and Peltz Shoes.

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MSBC 32 Moves To Sept. 24 & 25 Chicago - New Swissotel Link Up & Running

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THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– ICYMI - Morning Show Boot Camp, one of the largest gatherings of top shows in radio and the people behind them, announced last week it was moving back its annual summer event to September 24 & 25 at the classic Swissotel in Chicago. We're now happy to announce that a new link for hotel registration has been added to website - book room(s) HERE

MSBC Host Don Anthony commented: "After much thought, countless conversations and an ongoing concern for the safety, well being and challenges faced by our attendees and sponsors during the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve decided to reschedule Morning Show Boot Camp 32 to Sept. 24 & 25 at the Swissotel in Chicago. By moving back to September, roughly a month and half later, gives all of us some extra breathing room and more time for things to get back to normal."Anthony added that given the economic impact the Pandemic has had on our industry, new rates and a timely Job Fair would be added to help those attending.

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"We’re not forgetting those in our industry who jobs were impacted by this crisis. For this purpose, we’re creating a special ‘Job Fair’ that will offer those affected with the opportunity of getting one-on-one advice, counsel and possible job-leads from top executives, programmers and experts," said Anthony. "We also haven’t forgotten the economic challenges now faced by most everyone in our industry. As such, we’re discounting our regular registration by $100* and made sure that our special hotel conference rate from August was locked in place for September. Thank you again for your input, support and patience in us making this decision. We look forward to seeing you again soon." Don Anthony - Host/Morning Show Boot Camp

Anthony says that MSBC will continue to keep a close eye on Covid-19 and how local policies may evolve over the next several weeks. As for the hotel, no matter how back to normal things may be by late September, the Hotel has assured us that proper spacing of seats and well-sanitized facilities (as shown above) will be provided at all times. *Discounted rates offered with stay at Swissotel.

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Next RAB Business Unusual Set For June

THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2020 –– As part of RAB’s Business Unusual initiative, RAB’s next live-video series features Open for Business: The Advertiser Perspective. The live-video presentation will include a panel of national, regional, and local advertisers who will share challenges, opportunities, ideas, and tips for success to drive business forward during this challenging time. Panelists include representatives from key radio advertising categories including automotive, retail, and restaurants.

The live-video presentation takes place June, 8th at Noon Central and features: Kristy Carruba, Director of Audio Planning and Strategy, Macy's Inc. Jerry Reynolds, Automotive Expert and President, Car Pro Radio Network Chris Robinson, Owner, Eubank Pizza This live-video presentation will include a Q&A moderated by RAB’s President and CEO Erica Farber. Registration is FREE to RAB Members for the live presentation and will be available for on-demand viewing. To register, click HERE

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7 Universal Studios Orlando Set To Reopen; Virus Protective Suit

 

Universal Studios Orlando set to reopen on June 5

Champions for Charity Was the Most-Watched Golf Telecast Ever

WATCH - New COVID-19 Protective Suit Designed Specifically for Concerts and Festivals

How Hollywood’s biggest germaphobe, Howie Mandel, is currently coping

LISTEN - Eric Clapton’s Unreleased Duet With B.B. King

Mark Consuelos Fills In Again for Ryan Seacrest On Kelly and Ryan Show

J.K. Rowling to Release Children's Fairy Tale 'The Ickabog' Online During Pandemic

Richard Herd, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Star Trek’ Actor, Dies at 87

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CBS News Radio With LIVE Coverage Of SPACE X Dragon Launch From Kennedy Space Center

On Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33PM Eastern two Americans are set to launch for space aboard a US Spacecraft from US soil, the first time since 2011.

7THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 ––NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft due to launch tomorrow on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. CBS News 7Radio will provide live anchored coverage of the historic launch with reporter Peter King (R) airing from The Kennedy Space Center.

Coverage will include the NASA Audio of the launch as well as well as expert analysis. CBS will use Radio Channel 40 feed and audio will be available via the CBS News LiveU Matrix.

Leading up to Wednesday, May 27, 2020, King will provide stations with material previewing the launch and the astronauts on board. Today, May 26, after a nine year drought, the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon share their thoughts why it is important to begin resuming launches from US soil. King will be available for Two-Ways from Kennedy Space Center. (After 7AM Eastern). SPACEX PHOTOS/spacex

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Charlemagne tha God Draws National Spotlight Following Controversial Interview With Joe Biden

Biden Later Apologized

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– Last Friday's interview with Former VP Joe Biden with The ‘Breakfast Club's Charlamagne tha God, co-host of The syndicated Breakfast Show with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ 7Envy, perhaps raised the bar on the show's political power. Well known as a regular stopping spot for Democratic presidential candidates, “The Breakfast Club” found Biden's appearance a bit more challenging -- until last Friday. And it may have been well worth the wait.

According to New York Times, Biden seemed defensive during a tense 18-minute remote interview that was also broadcast on the show’s YouTube channel but fared well in an interview he managed to put off for nearly a year. But in 7the final minute of the conversation, Biden had a misstep that was heard around the world. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said. The social media response, as expected, exploded. Following the remark, Charlamagne fired back, “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact [that] I want something for my community.”

Biden, later apologized for his remark saying he “should not have been so cavalier,” during a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden said. “No one should have to vote for any party based on their race or religion or background.” Charlamagne has been critical of Biden throughout the campaign, saying on CNN in September that he appears to be “suffering from that same white entitlement and privilege and ego” and that he falsely assumes that black voters would support him no matter what. Over the weekend, Charlamagne was a featured guest on numerous networks and cable programs. READ MORE HERE

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WGAR Cleveland Resets Mornings With Wazz & Carletta; LeeAnn Sommers Moves To Afternoons

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– Changes come to WGAR/Cleveland as former morning co-host LeeAnn Sommers (BR) moves to afternoons and current PMD host and PD, Carletta Blake (L) joins 7Wazz for mornings. The show will be rebrand as Wazz & Carletta in The Morning.

Carletta posted on Facebook, "When I was in college and I caught the radio bug, the thing that made me want to be on the radio was morning radio. It’s a part of your every day life. If it’s done right, you feel like you’re just hanging out with friends and your day isn’t complete unless you start it off that way. When I got my first radio job in Dallas in 2004, if you would have asked me what my dream job was, I would have told you morning radio. That was the ultimate dream. I’ve chased the dream a few times and it didn’t come to fruition. Over the years, my career started a different path into programming, which I absolutely love. So, my dreams altered with new goals to match the way things were going and I was okay with that. I love my job. Then, something crazy happened."

Carletta added that "Our morning co-host, LeeAnn, has adopted a beautiful new daughter and her life at home is different. Which means her work life needed to be different. And all of a sudden, an almost 20 year dream of mine was back on the table. It’s a strange thing to see a dream you’ve had that long come true. Wazz and Carletta in the morning starts Tuesday, May 26th on 99.5 WGAR! Here we come, Cleveland!!"

LeeAnn adds on Facebook: "Thank you Cleveland for allowing me to be part of your morning routine for so many years. I am grateful for every single one of you that shared your life with me and for having the chance to share my life with you. If you missed the announcement, I'm moving my show to weekdays from 3-7pm starting Tuesday.

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FORMATICS: iHeart Jackson Debuts The New Real 105.1

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– iHeart Jackson has launched The New Real 105.1, Jackson’s New #1 For Hip Hop and R&B. The station kicked off with 10,000 uninterrupted songs in a row. Additionally, the station will feature top shows and on-air personalities including T-Roy, Big Sue, Papa Keith and the Premiere syndicated “The Breakfast Club,” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God in mornings.

“We are excited to launch The New Real 105.1 in Jackson and bring another choice for Hip Hop and R&B to the market,” said Mike Comfort, Market President for iHeartMedia Jackson. “Based on our research, we know not only is this going to connect with our market’s audience, but this format is also going to produce a strong listener base for our advertisers - things just got real!”

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REPORT: The Mightier 1090 Could Relaunch by July 4 In Time For Baseball's Return

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– The return of XEPRS 1090-AM, rebranded as “The Mightier 1090,” could occur as soon as the Fourth of July to coincide with the resumption of Major League Baseball, according to advertising agency president Bill Hagen, the station’s major investor. “We would love to return to the airwaves at the same time as baseball,” Hagen told the Times of San Diego. Previously known as “The Mighty 1090,” 1090-AM has been off the air since April 2019, after a dispute over leasing fees for the Tijuana-based signal transmitter. The Mighty 1090, a fixture in the market since its founding in 2003, was operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas, which is now out of business. Hagen, owner of Out The Window Advertising, based in Flagstaff, AZ, said he has secured a five-year lease of the 1090-AM frequency from Andreas Bichara Assad of Interamericana de Radio in Rosarito, the Mexico-based signal tower operator.

“Every day we make progress towards the relaunch,” Hagen said. “Things have taken longer than first anticipated because of the challenging circumstances in the world due to the coronavirus. But, everything is positive. “We want to be more about just sports talk 24/7,” he said. “Yes, sports will be part of the mix, but not all of it. Instead, we will also focus on lifestyle programming.” Since word has spread about “lifestyle programming” options, Hagen said hundreds of personalities have contacted him. “There is a ton of interest in the station,” he said. However, the station’s anchor personality, said Hagen, will be Scott Kaplan, who spent 16 years at The Mighty 1090.

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SYNDICATION: The John Tesh Radio Show Fills Nights On KYXY 96.5 in San Diego

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 ––Entercom announced it will add John Tesh, with his Intelligence For Your Life Show, to evenings on KYXY 96.5 (KYXY-FM) in San Diego. The John Tesh Radio Show will be airing Sunday through Friday 7pm-midnight. him every day on the ‘Intelligence For Your Life’ radio program. “Throughout his career, John Tesh has built a strong following through his work as a television and radio broadcaster, and we’re excited to welcome his show to KYXY,” said Karyn Cerulli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “We’re excited for our listeners to enjoy Tesh’s expertise and advice as they wind down their days.”

"I'm THRILLED to be joining KYXY 96.5," says John Tesh. “We stand ready to encourage and inform the listeners. I’m honored to be a part of the KYXY team and I believe KYXY’s great playlist and our ‘Intelligence For Your Life’ will be a powerful combination."

For more information about John Tesh, Intelligence For Your Life Radio, visit Tesh.com or IntelligenceForYourLife.com.

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101 WKQX'S Brian, Ali and Justin Raise Over $34,000 For Local Stages

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 ––Brian, Ali and Justin set out with one goal… to help Save Our Stages here in Chicago. We are excited to announce that over $34,000 has been raised for the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL), and its venues. The 34-hour Radiothon ran from 6AM Thursday, May 21st until 4PM Friday, May 22nd. The hours on-air were filled with music, memories, interviews with venue owners, Chicagoans, and artists reminiscing about favorite venues and shows. Interviews included Billy Joe Armstrong from Green day, Grouplove, Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant, Local H, KFlay, All Time Low, Powfu, Chip Z’Nuff, and Jerry from JBTV.

Brian, Ali and Justin also heard from so many venue owners including Reggie’s, Metro, Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, Hideout, Dorian’s, Café Mustache, Park West, The Riviera Theatre, The Vic, Spybar, The Silverroom, Avondale Music Hall, Cole’s, Rosa’s Lounge, The Whistler, Martyr’s, and Tonic Room. The event was sponsored by Goose Island Beer Company, supporting Chicago music venues since 1988. “THANK YOU for sticking with us during our 34-hour Radiothon! We are exhausted, proud and in love with this city and our music venues! Good Night!” -Brian, Ali, and Justin, WKQX Mornings.

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Beasley Unveils New Jersey Stands Together Merchandise To Benefit Relief Fund

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– Beasley's WDHA-FM, WMTR-AM, WMGQ-FM, WCTC-AM, WRAT-FM and WJRZ-FM have officially unveiled a line of “New Jersey Stands Together” & “Jersey Shore Stands Together” merchandise to benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. T-shirts, ladies tank tops, coffee mugs, phone cases and stickers officially went on-sale at 9am Friday, May 22nd with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF). Funds donated to the NJPRF are granted to organizations that provide essential services to those in need and individuals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Garden State.

“We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and commitment of the Beasley Media Group,” said New Jersey first lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, founding chair of New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. “The money raised from this merchandise will help address the urgent needs of our community, both now and in the weeks and months ahead as we continue fighting this pandemic.” “Our heritage radio stations are all about the local communities,” said Beasley Media Group New Jersey SVP & Regional Market Manager Dan Finn. “We proved that during Superstorm Sandy. It’s an honor to contribute towards helping those who are helping others during this crisis.”

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THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2020 –– Beginning today, Tuesday, May 26, ABC Audio’s “COVID-19: What You Need to Know” will re-launch as “Bringing America Back: What You Need to Know.” The daily, one-hour radio program and podcast will continue to be hosted by Correspondent Aaron Katersky. Each weekday, ABC News updates the country’s fight against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – both medical and economic. We answer your questions about the latest outbreak numbers and treatment developments, and look at the cities and towns that are reopening, and what our new normal looks like.

ABC's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton and other experts respond directly to questions submitted by ABC News listeners and viewers, and our team of correspondents and medical contributors keep you up to date on the latest news related to coronavirus.

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7 NYT's Fills Front Page With Names Of Coronavirus Victims

 

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National Geographic Announce New 16-Part TV Docuseries 'Breaking Bobby Bones'

THE MOUTH, MAY 22Nd, 2020 –– The Disney-owned cable network National Georgraphic has ordered up 'Breaking Bobby Bones', a competition show 'Race to the Center of the Earth reports The Hollywood Reporter. Marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the a travel/adventure show will star American Idol mentor and Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones of the Bobby Bones Show.

Bobby Bones is headed back to the television screens with another new show. He announced today (May 21) that he teamed up with Disney and National Geographic for a brand new series. The new show is called Breaking Bobby Bones. The 16-part series will follow Bones as he travels across the country to find working-class Americans with "unique jobs, skills, hobbies, and abilities." He will work with them to learn some of the skills behind their trade and "live up to his mantra - Fight. Grind. Repeat." The press release added that the show is "an action-packed celebration of resilient Americans who work hard, play hard and above all take pride in everything they do."

Bones shared the news on Instagram writing, My new show was announced today at Disney Upfronts. Can’t wait to get going. And for you to see this show that will entertain you, make you laugh, and inspire the crap out of you! And thanks to @Courtney Monroe for believing in the dream! And appreciate all of you! It’s not happening without you!

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REPORT: Joe Rogan Deal Now Means 'It's Spotify Versus Everyone Else'

THE MOUTH, MAY 22Nd, 2020 –– Following this week's blockbuster news of Spotify inking Joe Rogan's The Joe Rogan Experience to an exclusive deal combined with a spree of other past podcast acquisitions, the company is now setup to become the biggest name in podcasting — and to possibly control podcasting in an unprecedented way reports The Verge. Ashley Carman explains that all together, Spotify reportedly spent around $400 million for the three companies combined. This year, Spotify continued to spend big on talent acquisitions. In February, Spotify acquired The Ringer and Bill Simmons’ flagship show, reportedly for around $196 million.

And now there’s Rogan’s deal, which could reportedly cost Spotify more than $100 million. Joe Rogan says his show reaches 190 million downloads per month, meaning he could, on the low end, bring in $3 million in ads per month. Forbes says Rogan made $30 million last year. Rogan’s show will still be free to listen to on Spotify; people won’t need to pay for Spotify Premium to hear or watch it, although they will pay with their data, which helps Spotify sell more lucrative ads.

Carman adds, "Podcasting was once equal across all platforms, but it now seems like there will be two podcast worlds: Spotify versus everybody else." WATCH REPORT HERE

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EVENTS: 2020 CBS-FM's Summer Blast Off With Scott Shannon In Virtual Mode

THE MOUTH, MAY 22Nd, 2020 –– In yet another adjustment to Covid-19, CBS-FM New York's highly touted Scott Shannon in the Morning 'Summer Blast Off' on 101.1 CBS-FM New York blasted off as scheduled but in virutal mode:

Scott Shannon, Patty Steele, Brad Blanks, Louie Louie, and the rest of the crew were joined this morning by special guests Dennis Deyoung and Gavin DeGraw. Plus Scott presented a very special Mystery Guest DJ to get the summer going right. The station says, "We can't wait to be back on the beach with you, our loyal listeners... So while we're all doing our part to stay safe at home and #StayConnectedTogether, enjoy some fun in the virtual sun with us today morning on the Scott Shannon in the Morning 'Summer Blast Off - Virtual Edition'! PS, we're told that the mystery DJ is none other than it's former traffic Director, Joe Nolan, now with crosstown 'KTU. - WATCH HERE

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Jammin' Las Vegas To Host Online JamAthon

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THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2020 –– Beasley's Jammin' 105.7’s Jam-Athon has been rescheduled to take place as an online virtual event beginning at 5pm on Saturday, May 23th, 2020. Net proceeds from the free star-studded concert will benefit the Salvation Army of Southern Nevada. Musical artists scheduled to perform include: En Vogue's Maxine Jones, CeCe Peniston, Lisa Lisa, triple Grammy Winner Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dru Hill’s Sisqo, Tony Terry, Shanice Wilson, Az Yet's Marc Nelson, Tierra, Gary "Lil G" Jenkins, DJ Kool, and Troop's Jon Jon. Also appearing on the show will be Keith Sweat, Cameo’s Larry Blackman and Rob Base. Jammin 105-7 Morning Show Personalities Paco Lopez and DJ Thump will serve as the official emcees for the event with the support of other personalities from Beasley Media Group Las Vegas radio properties.

In addition, the event will feature a stellar lineup of comedians, including Vegas legend George Wallace, members of the Jammin' 105.7 Steve Harvey morning show and Nephew Tommy & J. Anthony Brown, as well as former BET Rap City Host Chris Thomas and L.A.’s Jammin' Jay Lamont. "During this Covid-19 pandemic, we knew Jammin' 105.7 had to do something for our community,” said Jammin' 105.7 Program Director & Midday Personality, Paco Lopez. “We reached out to our celebrity friends, who felt the same way and Jam-Athon was born!”

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SYNDICATION: Nick Cannon Radio Rises To The Top At First Affiliate

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2020 –– In partnership with Meruelo Media and Skyview Networks, Nick Cannon’s new nationally syndicated radio show, Nick Cannon Radio, sees major success with its key demographic in its first rating period. B96.5 Louisville (WGZB-FM), the first station in America to launch Nick Cannon’s syndicated daily show, recorded number one ratings with target audiences, W18-34* and A18-49*. DJ Q” Flowers, Alpha Media Louisville’s Content Director and Midday Talent says, “We were excited to be the first station to syndicate Nick in the mornings and the pay off in ratings and revenue has come much faster than we expected.” Nick Cannon added, “Thank you, Louisville! I love bringing you the facts with no fear and a whole lot of fun each morning during these crazy times!”

“We knew Nick Cannon Radio would succeed in mornings, middays or afternoons and he’s now being programmed in all three dayparts by stations that want to win with one of America’s most trusted and well-known entertainers,” said Steve Jones, President and COO of Skyview Networks.

Nick Cannon’s resume extends beyond radio, making him one of the most accomplished, creative, and versatile entertainers in America. In addition to hosting Nick Cannon Radio, he is executive producer and host of the iconic comedy series “Wild ‘N Out,” host of America’s most watched TV show “The Masked Singer,” and this fall will host his own daily talk show seen in over 90% of the nation. For affiliation information, email affiliation@skyviewsat.com and to hear scoped versions of Nick Cannon Radio, visit HERE

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MIW Group Welcomes Four New Members To Its Executive Committee

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2020 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced the addition of four new members to the MIW Group Executive Committee. Listed alphabetically and shown left to right, these esteemed radio broadcasting professionals include: Angie Balderas, Senior Vice President & General Manager Entravision; Valerie Blackburn, Principal VKB Media Consulting; Tricia Gallenbeck, Vice President & General Manager Reno Media Group; and Beth Neuhoff, Chief Executive Officer and President Neuhoff Media. MIW Group

National Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik extended heartfelt thanks to two good friends and long-term MIW colleagues transitioning off of the Executive Committee, Heidi Raphael, Chief Communications Officer Beasley Media Group (MIW Spokeswoman from 2008-2014) and Jennifer Williams, Vice President Digital Marketing Beasley Media Group. They leave with our immense gratitude for many years of dedication and service to the MIWs.

"These newest individuals join existing MIW Executive Committee members, listed alphabetically: THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2020 –– , Vice President National Agency Partnerships & National Sales Manager Entercom; Corinne Baldassano, Senior Vice President Programming & Operations The Dr. Laura Program; Erica Farber, Chief Executive Officer and President Radio Advertising Bureau; Mary Beth Garber, Audiobook Narrator; Valerie Geller, President Geller Media International; Sheila Kirby, Senior Vice President Sales Acceleration Entercom; Denyse Mesnik, President The Mesnik Group; Kay Olin, Principal Olin & Associates; Ruth Presslaff, Founder Presslaff Interactive Revenue & Enterprise Sales Leader Second Street Media.

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CONDOLENCES: Longtime Harrisburg Host Dusty Rhodes Passes Away

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2020 –– Dusty Rhodes, longtime voice in Harrisonburg, VA., has passed away at 74. Rhodes worked in local radio since 1966 and retired from WSIG 96.9 in January of this year. As a tribute, WSIG rebranded their station for the day back in January. Paul McDaniel, also known as Uncle Pauly, the program director for WSIG, told WHSV Rhodes left because of health reasons, but he wanted everyone to be happy about his retirement.

Yesterday, the station announced that Rhodes passed away peacefully at his Elkton home on Wednesday. His WSIG family says he is loved and will be missed, as well as by all at the Harrisonburg Radio Group. At 6:10 a.m. today, May 22, WSIG began running a special segment to memorialize Dusty Rhodes.

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7 Yankee Stadium Turning Into Drive-In, Concert Venue For Summer

 

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Phil Mackey Named Brand and Digital Content Director for Hubbard Radio

Will Continue To Oversee SKOR North Brand In Twin Cities Minneapolis-Saint Paul

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– Hubbard Radio announced that Phil Mackey has had his role expanded to “Brand and Digital Content Development Director” for Hubbard Radio. Phil will report to SVP Programming Greg Strassell, and be dedicated to assisting Hubbard Radio managers with strategies for creation of new multi-channel content, built around the core brands. Mackey will retain his Brand/Distribution Director duties at SKOR North, Twin Cities.

In his new role, Mackey will work closely with Strassell, Jeremy Sinon, Hubbard Radio VP for Digital Strategy, and Hubbard Radio brand and content managers to maximize their current content, as well as create new content for digital platforms.

“As difficult as the Covid-19 crisis has been, we’ve learned a lot,” commented Dan Seeman, VP/Region Manager for Hubbard Minnesota. “With radio listening habits disrupted we’ve realized firsthand how important digital platforms are to brand messaging and engagement. The work that Phil has done creating digital brand extensions for SKOR North can be utilized by all of the brands in our company. Let’s take the model and support all of Hubbard.” According to Strassell, “Phil is charged to identify new ‘plus’ content opportunities for all our brands, targeting growth of multi-platform content and associated revenue ideas across the group. He is a forward thinker, and I have had the privilege of watching him grow from one of our first podcasters in the previous decade.”

Phil’s new role evolves from the recent departure of Wheeler Morris, Manager, Podcast Strategies, who became Market Manager for Hubbard Radio Seattle.

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iHeart Albany’s 99.5 Debuts The River Morning Show With Randy McCarten

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Albany’s 99.5 The River debuted the new “The River Morning Show with Randy McCarten,” effective May 26. McCarten, who has been a familiar, trusted voice to listeners around the Albany community for years, will return to the morning program lineup and broadcast weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“It’s great having Randy back,” said Kristen Delaney, Area President for iHeartMedia Albany. “He has connected with so many listeners throughout the years and has really been the heart and soul of 99.5 The River. Capital District listeners are going to love starting their day with him.”

“The River and its listeners have been a part of my life for over 20 years, and I'm really excited to help them start their day with great music, information and entertainment – it feels great to be back,” iHeartMedia Albany owns and operates WGY AM/FM, WPYX-FM, WRVE-FM, WOFX-AM, WTRY-FM and WKKF-FM.

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WDRV/Chicago's Bob Stroud Celebrates 40 Years As Host Of 'Rock n Roll Roots'

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– WDRV 97.1 Chicago's midday mainstay, Bob Stroud will be celebrating 40 years as host of the weekend show, “Rock ’n Roll Roots.” According to media blogger Robert Feder, he’ll feature songs from his 12 compilation CDs and intersperse air checks from shows on WMET, The Loop, AM 1000, CD 94.7 and WXRT.

Feder writes, "In May of 1980 when ‘Rock ’n Roll Roots’ debuted on WMET, Dick Biondi was debuting his new Sunday morning show opposite me on The Loop,” Stroud told Feder. “I remember thinking: ‘What are the chances?’ I didn’t think ‘Roots’ would last four weeks let alone 40 years. I’m a lucky guy.” “Rock ’n Roll Roots” airs from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays (rebroadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight Sundays) on The Drive.

WDRV 97.1 Managing Director - Branding / Content's Rob Cressman tells Jockline, "“Bob is a consummate professional and true gentleman whose Rock & Roll reputation precedes him. Like my colleagues at The DRIVE, I feel fortunate to work with him and look forward to all that’s ahead.”

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HOT 97 & WBLS Food Bank Fundraiser Donates More Than 225,000 Meals for NYC

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– WQHT-FM HOT 97 and WBLS-FM 107.5 surpass original goals of 97,000 and 107,000 meals, respectively, for Food Bank For New York City with a whopping grand total of more than 225,000 meals donated. Donations came from fellow New Yorkers able to help out as well as individuals across the country, most leaving well wishes on the donation page like Gayle Turner who posted “We will make it through TOGETHER… BE encouraged”, and Kellie who wrote “Thank you for the opportunity to donate to your organization and thank you for providing meals to many who have lost their jobs and are struggling to get by during these challenging times. Keep on fighting as I will do the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I have with others”.

Some of New York’s well known Hip Hop artists contributed funds as well including Jadakiss, Fabolous, Dave East, J.I. The Prince, and Flipp Dinero. HOT 97’s Ebro said: “To see everyone come together and support in such an authentic way was really special. People want to help each other. We’re lucky to be able to make it happen.” WBLS’ Shaila said: “The WBLS listening family really rallied around this! We proclaimed it to be Food Bank Friday, got the word out on-air that we were close to the goal, and the donations came pouring in.”

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Alpha Luverne Minny Raises Over $250,000 For Businesses In Town Of 9,500

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 ––In an effort to soften the impact of COVID-19, Alpha Media Luverne, Minnesota, in a joint effort with the local chamber of commerce, held a Radiothon on Saturday morning, May 16th from 8 to noon on K101 and KQAD. As part of the campaign, the local partners created the “Share the Luv Fund” to kick in extra money for gift card shoppers. The #RockSolid campaign encouraged people to buy gift cards for local businesses and for every $100 spent the Share the Luv Fund would contribute an additional $25. At the end of the morning, the Rock Solid campaign raised $253,000 which will directly benefit businesses in Rock County.

Rock County, MN has a total population of 9,500 residents with over 170 businesses that participated in the Radiothon. As an indication of its success, the Radiothon sold out of gift cards in four hours vs the two-day effort that was originally planned. Alpha Media General Manager, Joel Vis remarked, “ What a great effort by everyone involved supporting a great cause during his difficult time.”

“What a great effort by everyone involved supporting a great cause during his difficult time.” Photo above - K101 AM Show hosts Max Hodgdon (L) & Rick Freitag (R)

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NETWORKS: WWO Sports To Air First-Ever CBS Radio Broadast Of Super Bowl 1

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– Cumulus' Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NFL, will air the original CBS Radio broadcast of Super Bowl I on Monday, May 25, marking the first time the national CBS Radio broadcast has been replayed in its entirety. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET the Green Bay Packers battle the Kansas City Chiefs, with Jack Drees and Tom Hedrick calling all the action from the game that launched the biggest sports spectacle on the calendar each year. Ryan Radtke of Westwood One will host the re-broadcast which will also include comments from Hall of Famers Bart Starr, Len Dawson, Vince Lombardi, Hank Stram and more, as they remember that historic game.

The broadcast will also feature an archived CBS Radio interview from 2000 with the late Lamar Hunt, the founder of the AFL, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, and the man who gave the Super Bowl its name. The interview examines the genesis of the game and Super Sunday. Westwood One’s Kevin Harlan, who has broadcast the last 10 Super Bowls for the network, also interviews Tom Hedrick about what it was like to witness and be a part of broadcast history on January 15, 1967. For more information please visit westwoodone.com.

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[LISTEN] Amy Brown Welcomes Robin Roberts To Her 4 Things Podcast

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– Premiere Networks personality Amy Brown and cast member of The Bobby Bones Show, welcomes Emmy Award-winning Good Morning AmericaCo-Anchor Robin Roberts to the 4 Things with Amy Brown podcast tomorrowMay 21.  Tune in to hear Roberts and Amy share stories about how cancer has 7touched their lives and the importance of finding joy every day. They also chat about Roberts’ MasterClass on authentic and genuine communication, and the meaning behind one of her key lessons: “Make Your Mess Your Message.”

“I didn’t know that when my parents left me, when my hometown was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, when I went through cancer not once, but twice, that I would be here right now at this moment and be able to still find joy,” shared Roberts. “So, my message to people is that I didn’t know I had that strength in me. And you don’t know until you are put to the test, what is inside of you.”

Roberts also revealed her favorite Country song – Through the Years by Kenny Rogers; the last TV show she binged – HBO’s Succession; and “4 Things” she’s grateful for: health; being the daughter of her two amazing parents; that she is loved and knows how to love back; and the ability to be grateful in the moment and stay present with what’s going on in the world.

Tune in to hear Robin Roberts on the 4 Things with Amy Brown podcast tomorrowMay 21, on iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to podcasts: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/834-4-things-with-amy-brown-30156363/

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Will & Woody Ink For Three More Years On KIIS-FM Australia

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2020 –– KIIS FM National Drive duo Will & Woody (shown) have been re-signed by Australian Radio Network for another three years. Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw jumped into the Drive slot in 2018, and replaced the heritage show Hughesy & Kate. Their show is heard across KIIS 106.5 Sydney, KIIS 101.1 Melbourne, 97.3FM Brisbane, Mix 102.3 Adelaide and 96FM Perth. As of Survey 2 of 2020, they are the equal top-rated Drive show in Sydney on KIIS 106.5, as well as having the second-most listeners in the slot nation-wide. The contract extension comes as Will & Woody gear up to host a week-long concert series from Woody’s house. Kicking off on May 25, a different comedian or artist will perform live during their show. Read more HERE

Bullying Regulator Strikes Again - Ofcom, the British version of the FCC, is picking on another non-profit radio station run by volunteers. West Hull Community Radio in Yorkshire has been put on notice by Ofcom for repeatedly ignoring the regulator’s request for information. Ofcom received ONLY ONE COMPLAINT that the station was not sticking to its “Key Commitments”, so requested recordings of its output. They failed to respond to the request. Each radio licence comes with the condition that it shall give Ofcom information when it asks. In this case, Ofcom requested information and recordings from the station to assist in carrying out an assessment of its broadcast content to check whether it was meeting its “Key Commitments”. Ofcom said this week: “We are putting the Licensee on notice that this contravention of its licence will be considered for the imposition of a statutory sanction.”

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[WATCH] Joe Rogan Strikes Deal With Spotify Worth More Than $100 Million

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Joe Rogan announced yesterday on his show that he's taking his podcast exclusively to Spotify which The Wall Street Journal describes as a licensing deal worth more than $100 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The comedian, television host and mixed martial arts commentator has 7become one of the most influential and lucrative podcast hosts in recent years, especially with his popular “vodcast”—video podcast—format on YouTube. Rogan had previously withheld his podcast from Spotify, saying the streaming service didn’t pay enough and he had been generating significant revenue on other services. His full library, dating back 11 years, will begin with Spotify on Sept. 1, and become exclusive to Spotify after that, before the end of the year. His video podcasts, which will also appear on Spotify, will no longer be available on YouTube.

7Launched in 2009, the Joe Rogan Experience has built an avid fan base discussing wide-ranging topics from neuroscience, sports and health to comedy and culture. His show consistently ranks at the top of Apple Podcast’s rankings, sitting at No. 2 on Tuesday.

“We’re going to be working with the same crew doing the exact same show,” Rogan said as he announced the deal on his podcast Tuesday. “The only difference will be it will now be available on the largest audio platform in the world.” He also assured fans the podcast will still be available free on both Spotify’s ad-supported and premium tiers. Spotify became the single biggest podcasting platform earlier this year, according to Midia Research. Click on above graphic for announcement. - Read Spotify Release HERE

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Andi McDaniel Named CEO Of Chicago Public Media

To Oversee WBEZ, Vocalo & Podcast Unit

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Andi McDaniel, a public media executive with a record of expanding local journalism and audience, will join Chicago Public Media this fall as its new CEO, leading WBEZ, Vocalo and the podcast unit. McDaniel has served as chief content officer at WAMU, the NPR-member station in Washington, D.C. The CPM board of directors unanimously voted her in on Tuesday and McDaniel starts at the end of September, following her maternity leave.

While at WAMU, McDaniel led the development of the NPR show 1A, which WBEZ’s Jenn White will take over in July. McDaniel expanded the audience at WAMU, which now frequently ranks as the most listened to news station in the D.C. area. Revenue also grew under her leadership from $25 million to $40 million. And she established a new podcast division.

“The board is unanimous in its belief that Andi is the right person to lead Chicago Public Media as we continue to deliver high-quality, in-depth journalism and innovative original programming,” said Bryan Traubert, CPM board chair. Steve Edwards has been CPM’s interim CEO. He will resume his role as vice president and chief content officer. PHOTO/ Jeffrey Watts - American University - READ MORE HERE

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EVENT: WKQX's Brian, Ali & Justin To Host 34 Hr. Radiothon Supporting Indy Music Venues

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Businesses large and small have been affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, and Chicago’s independent music venues may be at risk of closure. Venues like Metro, Lincoln Hall and Thalia Hall were some of the first businesses to close their doors, and will be some of the last to reopen. 34 of these Chicago venues have formed CIVL, (Chicago Independent Venue League) to support each other at times of need.

Brian, Ali and Justin, 101WKQX’s morning crew will be live for 34 hours in honor of the 34 iconic venues that make up CIVL. Each hour we’ll be pushing awareness and donations for CIVL, as well as the individual venue GoFundMe.com pages (https://www.civlchicago.com/relief). The Save Our Stages Radiothon kicks off 6AM Thursday, May 21st and runs until 4PM Friday, May 22nd. “Chicago has the best music venues in the world!!! CIVL is an organization to help keep them alive during this tragic time in all our lives so the joy of live music will be open in Chicago for years to come! We’ll be punishing ourselves to help. Join us!” -Brian, Ali, and Justin, WKQX Mornings.

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Futuri And ReelWorld Announce Partnership

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Futuri and ReelWorld announced a strategic partnership that includes the launch of the new interactive programming platform Tether, designed to help programming teams create truly standout, engaging on-air moments with minimal drain on resources. 

Tether features include: Listener Voting Sessions: Designed to create anticipation and excitement, and keep listeners tuned in, Tether helps programmers quickly build listener voting battles, takeovers, and more that boost audience involvement while programmers maintain total control. Turnkey Production: Each week stations receive new creative 7audio features from ReelWorld that include setups, recaps, and payoffs - all produced with their own station VO - that take the hard work out of bringing listener voting sessions to life. The Power to Customize: Tether’s simple yet powerful audio editor lets stations quickly customize the content further or create their own features in seconds. Tether even lets stations upload their own audio for total creative freedom. Song Alerts and Playlist Social Integration: Automatic integration with social platforms and all major playout systems means stations can achieve maximum reach with minimal effort while keeping listeners connected. Data on all interactions, including music preferences, is available to all station users. Social Video: Each Tether audio feature is accompanied by a supporting video piece for station socials and websites to keep station programming top of mind even when listeners aren’t tuned in.

"There are no better partners in this endeavor than Mike Thomas (TR) and ReelWorld, who are the best in their field, bar none,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig (TL). ReelWorld CEO Mike Thomas adds, “We’ve been big fans of Daniel and Futuri for years. They know the tech, research and listener engagement side of radio better than anybody else out there, just like ReelWorld knows a thing or two about making amazing jingles, imaging and sonic branding. With Tether, we were able to focus on our core strengths and join together to build a product that gives stations the best of both companies.”

Tether with ReelWorld audio is currently available for CHR, Country, Classic Rock, and Classic Hits formats, with more formats to be announced soon. Tether’s core audience engagement features are available for all formats.

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COVID 2: Another Look At Listener Mindset Six-Weeks After First Report

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– As part of RAB’s Business Unusual initiative, RAB’s next Open for Business live-video series features Jacobs Media with the COVID2 Listeners’ Behavior Survey Findings. In late March, the Radio Advertising Bureau partnered with Jacobs Media in its first national tracking study to provide radio broadcasters with guidance to help them better understand the mood of the audience, how their radio and entertainment habits had been impacted, as well as ways their spending habits have changed since the onset of COVID-19.

One month later, Jacobs Media in partnership with the RAB fielded a follow-up listener survey May 11-May 14. The new findings provide broadcasters with quantitative ‘radar’ to help shape their tactics and strategies moving forward in Q2. The new findings will include:

• Current audience mindset and outlook
• Radio’s performance vs. other media
• Consumer behavior as it relates to spending habits and purchasing decisions
• Gadgets and technologies listeners use to access their favorite radio stations
• And new questions about the pandemic to help radio better understand what audiences are thinking

The live session takes place Wednesday, May 27th at 11AM Central and features • Erica Farber, President and CEO, RAB -- • Fred Jacobs, President and Founder, Jacobs Media -- • Paul Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Media

Registration is FREE to RAB Members for the live presentation and will be available for on-demand viewing. To register click, HERE

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STUDY: Trump Fans Like Country Music; Biden's Prefer Pop; Hip Hop A Close Second

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Coleman insights reveals that consumers with a positive opinion of President Donald Trump have an overwhelming affinity for Country music. Fans of former Vice President Joe Biden favor Pop, followed closely by Hip Hop/R&B. These are among the previously unreleased findings of Coleman Insights’ second annual “Contemporary Music SuperStudy.” 

The study conducted by the media research firm examines the appetite for contemporary music among 12- to 54-year-olds across the United States and Canada. The firm’s FACT360SM Strategic Music Test platform is utilized to measure the appeal of the most consumed songs of 2019 based on radio airplay, streaming and sales data, as reported by MRC Data/BDSradio. 

Among consumers who have a positive opinion of President Trump, Country represents 50% of their Top 100 titles. The next-highest testing genre is Pop at 26%, the only other genre achieving a double-digit share of the Top 100 contemporary songs. This is followed by a tie between Alternative/Rock and Hip Hop/R&B (9%), Dance/Electronic (4%), Other (2%) and Latin (0%). 

Meanwhile, Pop titles perform best among consumers with a positive opinion of former Vice President Joe Biden. These titles comprise 38% of their Top 100, followed closely by Hip Hop/R&B at 33%. Performance of other genres includes a tie between Alternative/Rock and Country (10%), Dance/Electronic (6%), Latin (2%) and Other (1%).

”While we are not in the business of giving political advice, there are some clear takeaways from this study for the Trump and Biden campaigns,” said Coleman Insights president Warren Kurtzman. “When considering music to use in stage entrances at rallies (if and when they return) and advertising efforts, each group of supporters has clear, distinct genre preferences. And it’s probably best for both campaigns to pass on using ’Baby Shark.’” -- Coleman Insights has released findings and trends from this year’s study via webinar, on the firm’s Tuesdays With Colemanblog, at ColemanInsights.com as well as on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

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HONORS: iHeartRadio Snags First-Ever Webby People’s Voice Award

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– iHeartRadio won its first-ever Webby People’s Voice Award in the Events: Social category. The Webby Awards recognizes and honors all the amazing work iHeartRadio’s social media team did to promote the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Each year, the Webby judges choose a winner for each category, but a public vote from the online community decides the coveted People’s Voice Award winner as well – making this award especially significant because it is voted on by the fans.

This win is an outstanding accomplishment because not only did iHeartRadio stand out among 13,000 entries, but a Webby People’s Voice award is achieved by only the top 4% of all entered work. SEE ALL WINNERS HERE

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SYNDICATION: Zach Sang to Host 'Prom From Home - Under The Living Room Lights'

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– Westwood One’s Zach Sang will host the St. Jude “Prom from Home – Under the Living Room Lights” this Friday, May 22 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. These two special hours bring “Prom 2020” to all who missed out on their school proms and aid an important cause - to raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Artists planning to stop by for “Prom from Home” include Restless Road and Kane Brown, FINNEAS, Lewis Capaldi, Lauv, Monsta X, Noah Cyrus, CNCO, Ashe, mxmtoon, AJR, Blanco Brown, Bazzi, MAX, Asher Angel, Stephanie Poetri, Loren Gray, Cheat Codes, Loud Luxury, Serf Mesa, Olivia O’Brien and a special appearance by Darren Barnet of the Netflix show, “Never Have I Ever.”

To find out more about the Zach Sang Show, contact Todd Alan at talan@westwoodone.com, 212.735.1107.

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SNAPS: WIRK Emerges From Quarantine

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2020 –– WIRK air staff came back together live this week for the first time in more than two months! We put this video together “Emerging from Quarantine”...and I definitely wanted you to see it. The video feature all the air staff...in order of appearance: Chelsea Taylor, Nick Rivers, Moriah Daniels, Garrett Phillips, Phil Flatts, Kristen Cioffoletti, Tim Leary Let me know what you think!

PD Bruce Logan proudly states, “I blatantly stole this from Patti at our sister station Q102 (WKRQ)!” He said we needed to also shoot an emerging from quarantine video because honestly he said we looked way rougher"

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Over 850 iHeart Stations Air Featured Commencement Speech Clips For Class of 2020

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– Over the weekend iHeart shared Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020,” a much- anticipated special podcast distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network and made especially for high-school and college seniors who were left without a graduation ceremony this year due to COVID-19. iHeartMedia’s 7more than 850 broadcast radio stations across the country aired featured clips from “Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020” every hour, culminating Sunday night with a series of 30-minute on air commencement specials on all music stations and 60-minutespecials on all Talk stations. The podcast features speeches from the most talented philanthropists, business leaders, artists and musicians, including Hillary Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tim McGraw, Eli Manning, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend and numerous others.

The “Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020” podcast was released last Friday, May 15, through the iHeartPodcast Network. Following its digital release, iHeartMedia’s more than 850 stations across the country aired 7featured clips from speeches every hour, ending Sunday night with a series of 30-minute on air nt specials on all music stations and 60-minute specials on all Talkstations.

The on air specials aired on every station between 7 p.m. and midnight local time and featured multiple speeches from the podcast – taking these inspirational speeches directly to millions of graduates nationwide.

 Among the Class of 2020” speaker highlights include:  Bill Gates: “The important thing to remember about career paths is that they don't have to last forever, and when I was in my 20s, I thought I'd always work in software. I never saw myself working in philanthropy or on global health at all, let alone leaving behind my job at Microsoft to do it full-time. As you get older, your interests and your skills will evolve. My advice is to be open to change. Don't be afraid to try something new.”

Among other notables: Actor, producer, singer and songwriter Rita Wilson; actor Sienna Miller; acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; General Stan McChrystal; MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle; top country artist Tim McGraw and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020” also featured speeches from leading iHeartRadio on-air personalities and podcast hosts, including Ryan Seacrest; Enrique Santos, Bobby Bones, Jake Brennan, Angela Yee (BR), Josh Clark, Chuck Bryant and Woody (BL).

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Company Says Portland Host Was 'Laid Off' - Not 'Terminated' - For Failing To Return To Work At Station From Quarantine

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– Portland host/PD Randi Kirshbaum (L) says she was fired for not returning to work in office. Kirshbaum said she wanted to continue working at home because of health concerns related to COVID-19. According to The Press Herald, Kirshbaum requested to work remotely at the recommendation of her physician, Dr. Allyson Howe, because of Kirshbaum’s risk of contracting pulmonary fibrosis.

Kirshbaum had been part of Portland’s radio for 38 years and was working for the Portland Radio Group as PD for WCLZ and Coast 93.1, and was on-air host for WCLZ and country station WPOR. She wrote on Facebook that she was "terminated" during an online meeting with officials from Saga Communications, Portland Radio Group’s parent company.

7In a copy of an email we obtained from Saga, Chris Forgy (R), SVP/Operations for Saga wrote to its staff in part: "I am sending this email because we wanted to set the record straight about what actually happened in Randi’s situation. Today, when Randi did not report to work as requested, we gave her notice that she was being placed on layoff." Forgy added: "WE DID NOT TERMINATE HER FOR HEALTH REASONS. In fact, we didn’t terminate her at all."

Forgy continued, "When we started to allow people to work remotely it was our intent to have Randi work on site due to the nature of her supervisory position. After discussion with her we reached an agreement allowing her to work remotely but with assessments every two weeks to determine whether such arrangement was successful. We both agreed that it would be Saga’s decision as to when Randi would report back to work. We started discussing her return to work several weeks ago and even extended the agreement allowing her to work remotely until (Monday) when employees at the Portland Radio Group would be beginning to come back to work. We instructed Randi to return to work today and she refused. As a result, we placed her on layoff and continued to pay for her health care benefits. Randi’s current status laid off. Again, she has NOT been terminated. I hope this helps clear up any confusion that may have existed."

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Ryan Seacrest 'Did Not Have Any Kind of Stroke' Says Rep

s

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– Following Sunday night's American Idol finale on ABC, some eagle-eyed fans expressed concern with host Ryan Seacrest's health after he appeared towards the end of the show to slightly slurred his words and his right eye appeared larger than his left. The moment prompted a flurry of Twitter comments from fans concerned that Seacrest was not well, or had suffered a stroke. Add to this, him not appearing on Monday's episode of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan. Jumping in to allay their fears, a representative for Seacrest told People Magazine: “Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night. Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home.”

"We put the show together earlier in the week because there are so many factors to it," Seacrest told People. "Every once in a while we have to be careful not to step on each other while we're talking because there’s that delay that we’ve all experienced talking to our families at home on different Zooms and things like that." Indeed, even during the finale, Seacrest had to navigate seemingly awkward pauses and live-stream imperfections that comes with the uncharted territory.

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The Eagle/Houston's Producer Hoss In The Hospital With COVID-19

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– Huge get well wishes are in order for excutive producer/on-air host Adrian ‘Producer Hoss’ Perez for Cox Media Group Houston who is battling COVID-19. According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, Adrian ‘Producer Hoss’ Perez, of the Dean & Rog Show on 106.9 & 107.5 The Eagle KGLK who serves as Executive Producer of the Q Morning Zoo on 93Q KKBQ, learned from the station via Facebook that Perez was in the hospital due to COVID-19.

"One of our own has been hit with the Coronavirus. Producer Hoss has tested positive for COVID 19 and is currently in the hospital. If you have an opportunity, please pray for a quick recovery. We love him and we need him. He also wanted to be on the show to tell his story.

Perez started his radio career in 2009 as an intern for 104.1 KRBE The Roula & Ryan Show where he became an associate producer. He joined Cox Media Group KGLK and KKBQ in 2012.

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STUDY: NASCAR Broadcasts Stand To Attract A Number Of New Fans For Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– Hungry for live play-by-play, sports fans are getting their fix from NASCAR races, which will broadcast live on 435 U.S. radio stations from the Motor Racing Network (MRN): The Voice of NASCAR and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). AdLarge, longtime ad sales partner for both, partnered with radio research firm NuVoodoo Media Services, which used its Consumer Insights service to conduct the study.

According to the study: 84% of those who intend to tune in to the live broadcasts this season are existing NASCAR fans 16% are new to NASCAR this year 87% of existing NASCAR fans have a positive impression of brands that sponsor or advertise during a NASCAR event 28% of those new to NASCAR this year share that same positive impression of sponsors and advertisers associated with a NASCAR event 75% of NASCAR fans reported they are more likely to purchase brands from those sponsors and advertisers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, races currently take place without fan attendance at the tracks, giving even more value to the live broadcasts. “We’ve seen the loyalty of NASCAR fans transfer to brands associated with their racing events,” noted Don Wachsmith, Chief Revenue Officer for, AdLarge Media. “With so many new listeners tuning in to broadcasts from MRN and PRN, our advertisers can reach an engaged audience that will likely turn into loyal customers.”

Last week, AdLarge announced NASCAR’s return to live broadcasts with the May schedule that began this past Sunday in Darlington and continues all month with races in Darlington, Charlotte, and Bristol.

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BLOG: As Listeners Take To The Road Again There's An 'Emerging Opportunity For Radio'

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– As radio collectively grapples with historic levels of unemployment and millions of people telecommuting, our indomitable spirit remains, says Andrew Curran, President & COO, DMR/Interactive. As we fight our way back, there’s an emerging opportunity to increase average daily cume and AQH persons, the building blocks of ratings and revenue. Despite the temptation to pursue at-home listening/streaming, radio needs to maintain its strategic focus and resources on the Heavy Listeners (7+ hours/week in PPM; 100+ QH in Diary) who generate consistent daily cume and deliver the majority of their QHRs out of home (commute/work). Prior to COVID-19, 130 million Americans commuted to work in a car each day. These listeners are radio’s bread and butter.

According to Curran “If there was ever a doubt that radio consumption is dominated by workers who commute, coronavirus has driven home that point. As more segments of the economy reopen, radio must continue to earn these newly available listening occasions and not assume we are entitled to them.” As radio keeps moving forward, Heavy Listeners remain essential. Audience data across markets and formats confirms that although light users generate cume, they have minimal impact on your ratings. This insight was true before COVID-19, it's true now and it will be true on the other side of this pandemic.

As Heavy Listeners head back to work, they will be joined by an emerging segment of commuters who have access to a car, but until coronavirus, relied on mass transit. - About 7.5 million workers nationwide previously used public transportation to get to work. - In the age of coronavirus, nobody wants to be on a crowded bus, subway or commuter rail. - The impact on mass transit from COVID-19 has been catastrophic* New York - Ridership down 92% Los Angeles - Ridership down 76% Dallas - Ridership down 71%

Curran continues, “In the weeks and months ahead, as more people resume their commute, it's an opportunity to welcome people back and remind them that Radio Rides Shotgun – No Distancing Required.” Will you be ready to capitalize on these waves of heavy listeners? DMR/Interactive is committed to ensuring radio gets Back in the Driver's Seat with Heavy Listeners and Advertisers. Accelerate the recovery of your core audience, win listening from your competitors, and capture heavy listening from new in-car commuters. Ensure your brand is top of mind before listeners turn on the radio, so that you win the listening occasion and it doesn't go to Spotify, Sirius/XM or your competition across the street. SEE FULL BLOG HERE

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NETWORKS: CBS News Radio & National Press Club Team To Celebrate A 'Century of Sound'

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2020 –– To commemorate the centennial of electronic media, which began at two of CBS News Radio’s key affiliates, Entercom’s WWJ in Detroit and KDKA in Pittsburgh, the network and The National Press Club have joined forces to produce a ten part series “Celebrating a Century of Sound,” which will air on the World News Roundup at 8AM ET and 10AM PT. Anchored by CBS News Correspondent Sam Litzinger, the series includes ten one-minute chapters, plus a mini-documentary, chronicling the history of radio from crystal sets to digital platforms, and from soap operas and symphonies to rock-n-roll, all-news, talk, and sports radio.

“From the creation of broadcast journalism by Edward R. Murrow to today’s offerings on multiple media platforms, CBS has provided programming you can trust,” said CBS News Radio Vice President and General Manager Craig Swagler. “Our CBS stations have also been there from the start, inventing many of the formats we know and love, while also creating our successful path forward into the 21st century. We’re pleased and proud to partner with The National Press Club to bring this unique series to our listeners across the country and around the world.”

“Radio is the one medium you can fall in love with--and hundreds of millions of us have done just that over the decades,” said Executive Producer Michael Freedman, president of the National Press Club and former general manager of CBS Radio Network. “At its best, it is an art form, painting pictures for the mind’s eye. It is a world of information and entertainment, a lifelong companion and a trusted friend. It is part of the fabric of America and indeed, represents the sound of our lives.”

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7 Texas Tries Pandemic Jury By Zoom; TV's Eddie Haskell Passes

 

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Adams Radio Begins Return To Studios For On-Air Staff

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2020 –– Adams Radio becomes the latest group to begin transitioning back to the studios for its radio hosts following home quarantine. CEO Ron Stone (R) announced that all Adams Radio markets have officially begun with each market staging the return of 7employees in phases, beginning with on air staff. "We will have 100% of our employees back on all sites by July 15, which allows additional time needed for some employees that have requested additional time to transition. Our employees have done an incredible job keeping our stations live and local during this health scare. Listening to our stations, one would never have known our people were not in our studios. I can never say enough about our news staff and the incredible job they have done keeping our communities up to date with local information."

Stone added, "What radio has done all over the country over the past 9 weeks certainly proves the value of live and local radio and why it is so important to every community”. PHOTO/Courtesy Scott Fybush/fybush.com

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NAB Lauds Passage Of $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Bill By House

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2020 –– Late Friday the House of Representatives Passed the HEROES Act, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated the Senate will pass further COVID-19 relief legislation. But he said he will work with the White House to determine what's needed and how soon. Following its passages, the NAB issued a statement on the bill which includes provisions to expand eligibility for U.S. Small Business Administration loan access to struggling local newspapers and radio and television stations.

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith commented: “NAB applauds House passage of the HEROES Act that includes expanded access to Payroll Protection Program loans for local media outlets. As local radio and TV stations and hometown newspapers struggle with historic advertising losses, it is critically important they have access to resources to support lifesaving journalism that keep families and communities out of harm’s way. “We thank Speaker Pelosi and Chairwoman Velázquez for including these provisions in Coronavirus economic relief legislation, and are grateful to Reps. Cicilline and Sensenbrenner for leading a bipartisan letter with 124 of their colleagues championing support for local journalism. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress on legislation to help local media persevere during these unprecedented times.”

Smith continued: "The expansion of PPP for local media would: provide television and radio broadcasters, as well as newspapers, the same treatment as hotels and restaurants received under the original CARES Act PPP – eligibility based on a physical location basis; require a local station to fit within the SBA size standard for the broadcasting industry, or under $41.5 million in revenue annually; ensure that expanded PPP funds would remain at the local level through additional oversight."

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Josh Wolff Adds VP/Programming Duties For iHeart Harrisburg/Lancaster Markets

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced that Josh Wolff has been named Vice President of Programming for the Harrisburg/Lancaster markets, effective immediately. Wolff will remain the program director for B104 and 951 ZZO in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Wolff will report to Dave Hovel, Area Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Pennsylvania, and Nick Mickley, Market President for iHeartMedia Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading.

“With Josh’s strong leadership skills in Allentown, it was a no-brainer to elevate him to oversee iHeartMedia Harrisburg and Lancaster,” said Hovel. “The entire Harrisburg/Lancaster team is excited to have Josh in the role to lead and grow our iHeart footprint in the markets.” “I couldn’t be more excited to have Josh as part of our team,” said Mickley. “He has proven himself in prior roles and offers a new exciting perspective to our brands and sales integration strategies.”

Before joining the Pennsylvania region, he served as the music director and assistant program director for 99.9 KEZ and 95.5 The Mountain for iHeartMedia Phoenix. Wolff also served as the senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Salisbury-Ocean City, assistant program director for 105.9 KGBX and Alice 95.5 as well as digital program director for iHeartMedia Springfield.

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Nexstar To Host Live Virtual Town Hall Today With Connecticut's Government And Community Leaders

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2020 –– Nexstar Media Group will host an exclusive live virtual Town Hall meeting, “COVID-19 The Virtual Town Hall,” featuring a cross-section of Connecticut’s federal, state, and local government and community leaders today, May 18, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Town Hall explore a wide range of critical issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the state of Connecticut. Due to restrictions on large gatherings, all of the guests will remotely join the broadcast and livestream. The two-hour virtual Town Hall will be hosted from the studios of WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV in New Haven, CT and bring together more than 3.5 million viewers across Connecticut. The live broadcast will be simulcast on both WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET and will continue to air on WCTX-TV from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The broadcast will also be available across iHeartMedia Connecticut’s 11 radio stations, airing the Virtual Town Hall in both the Hartford and New Haven markets in real-time. The virtual Town Hall will open with an exclusive one-on-one interview with Governor Lamont. “Connecting our listeners with local issues that are top-of mind is one of our top priorities especially as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as a community,” said Steve Honeycomb, President of iHeartMedia Hartford Region. “We are happy to bring this town hall to our platforms through our partnership with WTNH-TV, whether that’s listening through a car radio or on our iHeartRadio app.”

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TRACY JOHNSON: What We’ve Learned After 45 Days (Or So) Of The New Normal

THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2020 –– Remember the good old days? You know, 3-4 months ago? It seems like decades, doesn’t it? Yet in just the last 45 days or so, the radio world has turned upside down. So what have we learned? Plenty. And what should stations do now? Here are my early takeaways from 45 days of the new normal:

PPM Ratings: It’s Not Pretty - In spite of industry reports showing radio consumption higher in the first few weeks of stay-at-home, it’s not true. It’s not even logical. Think about it. Radio is most listened to in the car, followed by at work. At-home listening is a distant third. And a growing number of households have no traditional radios. Yes, entertainment consumption is up. Nielsen released a media study that shows how consumers are spending their time now: But that rising tide is not lifting all boats.

While it's true that streaming AM & FM stations (online, apps and smart speaker usage) has increased, that’s a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to over-the-air listening that has been lost. March ratings information has come in for PPM markets, and listening is down significantly. In some markets, AQH is off by nearly 40%. Here are some highlights:

Cume is lower for almost all stations that rely on a music base. CHR cume is off most, which makes sense because they typically have the largest cume to lose. Some CHR stations are down 45%. I know of one station that has lost nearly 60%of their cumulative audience.

As a result of lower cume, TSL for many music-oriented stations has gone UP. Which makes sense. This is explained in detail here and in The Ratings Game book (attached). As you know, when the cume is down, TSL will naturally go up because the cume decline comes from secondary listeners who aren’t big fans. Fans, on the other hand, continue to come to the station from home…usually drawn because of personalities.

Stations with morning shows that rely on personalities are holding up much better. Though their music-based dayparts are down significantly, the morning shows (all talk or mostly talk shows) are actually up in some cases. But most are at least flat. SEE REPORT HERE

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HONORS: Alliance For Women in Media Honors Female Leaders At Gracies Award

THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”

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Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco. Highlights from their speeches include: • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio. • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.” Others honored included Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications - Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks and Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Combs at (859) 219-3561 or catherine.combs@allwomeninmedia.org.

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