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Spotify Grant's Neil Young’s Request, Removes Music Amid Joe Rogan Podcast Kerfuffle
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– Neil Young’s music will be removed from Spotify at his request, following the legendary star’s protest over the streaming service airing a popular podcast 'The Joe Rogan Experience' that featured a figure criticized for spreading COVID misinformation. Spotify, posted in a statement that it regretted Young’s decision, “but hope to welcome him back soon.” AP reports It wasn’t immediately clear when his music will actually be taken down. “I realized I could not continue to support Spotify’s life-threatening misinformation to the music loving people,” Young said in a statement.
Young had asked his management and record company publicly on Monday to remove his music from the popular streaming service, where he had more than six million monthly listeners, according to his Spotify home page. Spotify airs “The Joe Rogan Experience,” where last month the comedian interviewed Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious disease specialist who has become a hero in the anti-vaccine community. Malone has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID misinformation and has falsely suggested that millions of people have been hypnotized into believing that the vaccines work to prevent serious disease.
Spotify says it has a team of experts that reviews content, and it’s removed if the information presented can cause harm or pose a direct threat to public health. False suggestions that injecting bleach could fight the virus, that COVID-19 wasn’t real or that vaccines could be deadly were among those removed from the platform. Spotify would not comment on Rogan’s podcast. Young said that many of Spotify’s listeners are hearing misleading information about COVID. They’re young, “impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth,” he said. “These young people believe Spotify would never present grossly unfactual information,” he said. “They unfortunately are wrong."
Former Florida Radio Host Cooperating With Federal Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– Radio host Joseph "Big Joe" Ellicott (formerly of 810 CBS Radio Orlando - "Baumann and Big Joe Show " - shown at right) is reportedly cooperating with the US Justice Department's investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Sources told The Daily Beast that Ellicott pleaded guilty in federal court to a plot to “pay bribes and kickbacks.” He also pleaded guilty to a separate crime related to illegally selling Adderall.
According to RawStory, Ellicott is the best friend of Joel Greenberg, a former "wingman" of Gaetz who is said to be cooperating in the sex-trafficking investigation. It was reported last year that Ellicott knows "intimate details" of a relationship Gaetz and Greenberg allegedly had with a 17-year-old girl.
For his part, Gaetz has denied having sex with the girl. The report indicated that Ellicott's plea deal requires him to cooperate in other ongoing investigations. In exchange, he will have an opportunity to receive a significantly reduced sentence.
iHeart And Fox Entertainment Announce Nominees for Its 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Airing Live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 22, on FOX
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 – iHeartMedia and FOX Entertainment today announced the nominees for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing LIVE from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The event also will be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.
Now in its ninth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2021, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2022. The show will feature award presentations in multiple categories, live performances from the biggest artists in music, surprise stage moments and will tell the stories of the winning artists’ road to #1. “The 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards will once again celebrate the great artists and songs we’ve featured on iHeartRadio stations throughout the past year,” said Tom Poleman, President and Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We can’t wait to celebrate the year in music with iconic performances and never-before-seen collaborations.”
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Steve Moore Rises To Operations Manager For Audacy St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– Steve Moore has been promoted to Operations Manager For Audacy St. Louis. He will now oversee the markets' six brands - 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM), Y98 (KYKY-FM), 97.1 FM Talk (KFTK-FM), News Radio 1120 KMOX (KMOX-AM), Hot 104.1 (WHHL-FM) and 96.3 The Lou (WFUN-FM).
"I am beyond delighted to have Steve ascend into this new role," said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis. "He has been so instrumental in building operational alignment, collaboration, and synergy across our St. Louis footprint. I am looking forward to Steve helping us continue to grow our incredible brands."
"I couldn't be more excited for this new opportunity," said Moore. "I appreciate the trust that Becky Domyan and Audacy have shown me and I'm looking forward to working more closely with Derrick, Leo and the talented broadcasters on these incredible music stations."
NETWORKS: United Stations To Handle Ad Sales For KRS Audio Productions’ Weekly Country Countdown
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– United Stations, announced it has signed an agreement to sell national network commercial time for the team at KRS Audio Productions, LLC and their Country Music Countdown package. The deal is effective immediately and United Stations’ Chief Revenue Officer, Greg Janoff, made the announcement in the company’s New York headquarters in conjunction with the executives at KRS.
KRS Audio Productions is the radio group formed by Ken Halford, Roger Ramsey and Shawn Studer who together have a combined 60 years of experience working production and affiliation for Bob Kingsley’s long-running Country Countdown show. This past summer, KRS Audio Productions announced that they would be producing a new Top 30 Country Countdown in a “brown bag” format. The host-it-yourself format allows radio stations to utilize top notch writing, production and audio to create a high-quality local program each week.
United Stations’ Greg Janoff commented, “Country remains the most prevalent format in U.S. Radio, and the KRS team know how to super-serve local stations in that format. We’re happy that we can now include the environment of their programming to our marketing partners.” KRS Audio Productions’ Shawn Studer added, “The guys at United Stations recognized immediately what we are doing at KRS, and we appreciate their partnership as we roll out and grow our programming.”For more info, contact at USRN: Andy Denemark, 212-536-3603 email@example.com
PODCAST: Dark Secrets of Youth Treatment Facilities Examined In iHeart's 'Trapped In Treatment'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– iHeartRadio Original Podcasts, seasons, and episodes to keep on your radar from our weekly Podcast Spotlight blog: "Trapped in Treatment" (Produced by Paris Hilton, London Audio, iHeartRadio, and Warner Bros);“XOXO with Jessica Szohr” (an iHeartRadio Original podcast); “You and me Both with Hillary Clinton” (an iHeartRadio Original podcast).
"Trapped in Treatment"- Hosted by activists Caroline Cole and Rebecca Mellinger, the series examines and exposes the dark secrets of youth treatment facilities. Each season will focus on one facility – beginning with Provo Canyon School – shine a light on what really happens at behavior modification centers, expose the abuse and how this industry has flourished for so long. Tune into ‘Trapped in Treatment’ today and join Caroline and Rebecca on their journey to expose treatment centers that are far from what they claim to be.
“XOXO with Jessica Szohr” - Hosted by Jessica Szohr, otherwise known as Vanessa, the new Gossip Girl rewatch series features interviews with the cast and crew as Jessica brings to life our favorite memories of Gossip Girl.
Check out our Podcast Spotlight roundup blog for new podcasts, seasons, and episodes that you won't want to miss. Also, don't forget to click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up to date with the most popular and trending shows.
NEWFM In Australia Bans Adele On Fridays
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– "I love NEWFM but there’s too much Adele,” said one listener. So now on Fridays, no Adele will be played on the Newcastle station. The new album from Adele, ‘30’, was released last November. The album debuted on top of the Australian Albums Chart with the lead single ‘Easy on Me’ also topping the Singles Chart. Nine other songs from 30 also debuted in the singles chart, with ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Can I Get It’ both cracking the Top 10. The move to boycott Adele for 24 hours every week coincides with NEWFM’s Feel Good Friday.
London’s Daily Mirror Showcases Heart FM Presenter’s Raciest Outfits - Amanda Holden, host of the Breakfast Show on Heart FM in the UK and Judge on the ITV show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is making the news in the UK for what she wears in public. Check out the article HERE
Ex-BBC Radio 1 Xtra DJ Fined For Lockdown Rave - The British government is currently being investigated by the police over a party held at 10 Downing Street during lockdown in 2020. This week, news came out that days before that government party, DJ Maressa Innerarity was fined £1,000 for her involvement in an illegal rave held in November 2020. The rave with 200 people, was held days after a lockdown was announced. Police were called by a resident complaining about the noise at a warehouse in Bethnal Green in November 2020 when the country was socially distancing.
Presenter Of Britain’s Most Popular Radio Show Doesn’t See Eye-To-Eye With Management - Since 1992, Ken Bruce has been presenting the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 2 and has 8.49 million weekly listeners. This week, London’s Daily Express picked up on a story from The Radio Times about some of the frustrations he’s faced dealing with BBC management. Ken admits there are occasions when he and the broadcaster don’t see eye to eye on music choices and he is forced to speak out. Ken explained: “I can’t do justice to something that I think is dreadful”.
EVENTS: 104.3 WZYP-FM Huntsville Gives Those Devastated by Tornadoes A Second Christmas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2022 –– Cumulus' 104.3 WZYP held a successful toy drive to bring a smile to children in communities devastated by tornadoes that swept the area on December 10th. As the one-month anniversary approached, WZYP Program Director/Afternoon Host, Steve Smith, and WZYP Morning Host, Mojo, joined forces with Bobby Ray of Huntsville’s Toys for Tots organization to give affected families in these communities an extra Christmas, rallying listeners to donate over 2,000 toys in a January 11th collection event at the station.
On January 12th, WZYP staff loaded the toys into a large WZYP box truck and delivered them to children in two of the hardest hit towns, Dawson Springs, KY, and Mayfield, KY. Prior to their arrival, they arranged for a local church in Dawson Springs and the Cajun Navy relief group in Mayfield to distribute the toys in their respective communities.
Steve Smith, WZYP Program Director/Afternoon Host, recounts: “I shared the details on when we would arrive with both towns’ Tornado Recovery Facebook groups, and we had a crowd waiting for us at both locations. It's been over a month since the tornadoes hit and the national media attention has faded, but there are still great needs in these towns. The WZYP team was glad to do our part to make some kids smile. It was such a great feeling to roll into the towns in our station truck knowing we were about to provide some much-needed happiness!”
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Thomas Rhett &Carrie Underwood Among Headliners At Live iHeart Country Festival '22
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One on Saturday, May 7. Now in its ninth year, the 2022 lineup will feature Country music’s hottest artists including Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Scotty McCreery, Cody Johnson and more performing live at the new “Moody Center” in Austin, hosted once again by iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated top on-air Country personality, Bobby Bones.
“Country music fans across the country look forward to the iHeartCountry Festival each and every year,” said Rod Phillips, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartCountry. “We are thrilled to have such an incredible lineup perform at this year’s show and are especially excited to bring our nationally-recognized event to the new Moody Center in Austin (shown right) for the first time.”
iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (7 p.m. CT) For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.
Man Who Stalked Texas Host Gets 20 Year Sentence
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– A Lubbock Texas man accused of stalking a popular local radio host in 2019 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. KCBD-TV reports that Chad Edward Joyce pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation Tuesday. Joyce was indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation, as well as burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felonies in October of 2019.
Joyce was first brought to police attention following a series of actions that left 104.9 The Beat radio DJ Amy Olivares (L) feeling afraid for her safety. He was arrested in January 2019 after he was pulled over by police for driving past Olivares’ home multiple times while an officer was there. Olivares told KCBD what started with flowers and coffee from a listener, quickly evolved to occasions where he sent her photos of her sleeping from her window.
“I had to call the cops because I heard movement in my home. I lived in a two-story townhome and I was asleep in the living room when I heard my patio sliding door close,” she said in a 2019 interview with KCBD. According to the police report, Amy heard the suspect in her home. When she screamed, he ran down the stairs and out her front door. He got away, but the report says police found a ladder leaning up against Amy’s patio and believe that’s how he got into her upstairs bedroom. Amy said she thought that would be the end of it, but she was wrong.
The report states that Joyce was stopped and arrested. After being read his rights, Joyce told police he was driving around to calm down from a fight with his father. Police noted he had passed that area four times that day. They also noted Joyce’s address placed him living in Northwest Lubbock, several miles from where he was stopped. Joyce is currently in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
Richmond City Council Votes To Put Rejected Urban One Casino Proposal Back On Ballot
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– The Richmond City Council voted Monday to put the Urban One Casino proposal back on the ballot for to a second vote by residents. Virginia Business reports that less than three months after voters narrowly rejected a proposed casino in Richmond, city council members decided Monday to ask them to reconsider, this time with a promise to cut the real estate tax rate as a sweetener. The council voted 8-1 to revive the city’s arrangement with developer Urban One and put a second referendum on the ballot this fall on its proposed One Casino + Resort.
A majority of council members agreed at last night’s meeting that the $565 million proposal is too good of a deal to pass up. Urban One also had committed to pay the city $25 million upfront, and the project was projected to create 1,500 permanent jobs and 3,000 construction jobs. Council members also stressed that the project would not involve financial commitments from the city and contended that many voters were misinformed that they would be helping to pay for it.
“There is simply no other economic development deal that provides this kind of upside with virtually no cost or downside risk to the city.” Urban One co-owner Alfred Liggins also spoke at the hearing, stating the casino would be one part of a larger entertainment complex to include dining, a four-star hotel and a sound stage to benefit film and TV production in the region. On the issue of a second vote, Liggins said, “Many referendums are reheard, particularly if the project and the benefits of the project have changed. I applaud the administration and council for starting the discussion tonight on the main issue I heard from people of where the dollars are actually going, who was going to benefit.”
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Cumulus Promotes Five in Providence; Mary Ellen Kachinske Rises To Dir. Music Programming
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has promoted five radio programming professionals across its Providence, RI, radio station group. Cumulus has elevated Mary Ellen Kachinske (left) to Director of Music Prog. for WWLI-FM (Lite 105), WPRO-FM(92PRO-FM) and WWKX-FM (Hot 106). Kachinske rises from her previous role as Operations Manager/Program Director of WWLI-FM/Lite 105.
Cumulus has also promoted Nick Giuliano (TL) to Assistant Program Director of WPRO-FM. He will continue in his previous roles as On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive on WWKX-FM and as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for WWKX-FM. Jess Schiano (TR) rises to Music Director for WPRO-FM. She was previously On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM and now moves to Afternoon Drive hosting duties on the station. Also promoted at WPRO-FM is J Buff (BL), who has been named On-Air Host, Middays, on WPRO-FM. J Buff will continue to produce the Giovanni and Kim Show on WPRO-FM.
At sister station WWLI-FM, Heather Gersten (BR) has been promoted to Music Director, in addition to her current roles as On-Air Co-Host, WWLI, and Assistant Program Director for WWLI-FM.
Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “When Mary Ellen Kachinske came to Providence in 2020, WWLI immediately benefited from her many years of broadcasting in larger markets. Elevating her to a position where she can oversee music programming for the entire cluster will allow all the stations to draw from her successes. In addition, the team of individuals working with Mary Ellen will provide the necessary support to succeed in the ever-changing landscape.” Paras added: “I am delighted that the Cumulus Providence cluster has the combined dedication and commitment from so many talented broadcasters. We are well positioned to take on what the future may hold.”
Carla Rea Inks Multiyear Extension With Beasley's 96.3 KKLZ-FM Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Beasley announced that Carla Rea has renewed a multiyear deal to continue serving as Co-Host with Mike O’Brian on the Mike & Carla Morning Show on 96.3 KKLZ-FM in Las Vegas. Rea has served as co-host of one of Las Vegas’ top rated morning shows over the past decade. "I'm thrilled and a very lucky person to be working for such an iconic station for the past 10 years,” said Rea. “I'm also very excited to continue doing the morning show with a pro like Mike O'Brian. “He's not only the best in the Las Vegas market, but one of the best in the business, as well as a dear friend! I just know if I called him needing bail money, he'd be the first one there to stop me from clanging the bars with my cup!"
Mike O'Brian added, "I am excited that Carla Rea has decided to call KKLZ her home for the next few years. She is the consummate professional both on and off the air and a great representative of the KKLZ brand as well as on behalf of the Beasley Media Group here in Las Vegas.”
“We are thrilled to renew Carla’s contract,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Vice President and Market Manager Peter Burton. “The great content and consistency of personalities as well as their longevity has provided strong stability and performance for KKLZ.”
Traci Taylor Rises To Director of Content For Townsquare Binghamton, NY
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Townsquare Media Binghamton announced that Traci Taylor, co-host of the 98.1 The Hawk Morning Show along with Glenn Pitcher and Brand Manager of Kiss 104.1, has been promoted to the role of Director of Content. Traci will oversee the Binghamton local content for 98.1 The Hawk, 99.1 The Whale, Kiss 104.1, News Radio 1290/92.1 WNBF, and CBS Sports Radio 1360.
“I am very excited to announce that Traci Taylor has been promoted to Director of Content for our Binghamton market effective January 31, 2022. She has proven her passion and commitment to our Company and our market by consistently being a leading content creator for our Company,” said Barbara Meaney, Townsquare Binghamton Market President. A 24-year radio veteran, Traci has lived and breathed radio in markets large and small all across the country, but she and her family fell in love with Binghamton and for the last decade, Traci has co-hosted the 98.1 The Hawk Morning Show.
In 2019, she became only the second female to manage a Binghamton radio station when she became the Brand Manager of Kiss 104.1. Through her hard work and dedication, Traci has achieved a Binghamton market first by becoming the first female Director of Content with this promotion.
Darren Moore Named VP/GM Of CMG Ohio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Cox Media Group has appointed Darren Moore as Vice President & General Manager of CMG Ohio, effective immediately. Moore will oversee all CMG Ohio operations including news, programming, sales, digital, engineering, production and community affairs for WHIO-TV, 95.3 and 101.1 The Eagle, 1290 and 95.7 WHIO and K99.1 New Country.
Moore joined CMG 26 year ago as an intern for WPXI in Pittsburgh, launching an impressive career built on his early childhood memories of visiting the station with his father, a former CMG employee. After finishing his internship, he relocated to Charlotte and worked as an Account Executive for the newly launched WAXN. Upon his return to Pittsburgh, his career continued to progress from National Sales Manager at WPXI/WJAC/WTOV, to Local Sales Manager of WPXI, and later to Director of Sales.
Dennis Green Rises To COO At Key & Sun & Fun Networks
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Sun & Fun Media and its radio syndication company Key Networks announced the promotion of Dennis Green to Chief Operating Officer for both companies, effective immediately. Green, a 30-year veteran of network radio sales and operations, rises from his position as Chief Revenue Officer for Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks. He will continue to report to Rob Koblasz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks and will continue to be based in New York.
Green joined Sun & Fun Media as Chief Revenue Officer in May 2018 and added Chief Revenue Officer responsibilities for Key Networks upon the network’s launch in March 2019. In his new role, Green will oversee operations for Sun & Fun Media’s products and services for barter to radio and for Key Networks’ portfolio of nationally syndicated programming and services including Bloomberg Radio, The O’Reilly Update With Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition, Shawn Parr’s Across the Country, Virtual Jock and others.
BFOA Achieves Top Score of 100 From Charity Navigator
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America is proud to announce it has achieved a rating of 100 from Charity Navigator, the world's largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator. The evaluation process takes place over a seven-year period and uses Charity Navigator’s Encompass Rating System. The Broadcasters Foundation received a score of 100 in Finance & Accountability, reflecting its solid financial health (stability, efficiency, and sustainability) and commitment to governance practices and policies. In addition, the Broadcasters Foundation also received full credit at 72% for its Program Expense Ratio, which measures the percent of total expenses spent on the programs and services it exists to deliver.
“We are very proud to receive this high level of accreditation from Charity Navigator,” said Jim Thompson, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “We have worked diligently to maximize our budget to provide the aid that so many in our industry desperately need. Life-altering illness or accident can devastate a family’s financial situation, and the Broadcasters Foundation is committed to easing that strain for our colleagues who qualify.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIW Announce New Series On Understanding Broadcast Law
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, is proud to announce a new career enhancing program “Understanding Broadcast Law,” sponsored by Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth Law, PLC.
“Understanding Broadcast Law” is built to clarify the numerous legal issues inherent to the radio business. In addition to underwriting the program, which runs throughout 2022, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth partners Frank Montero and Kathleen Victory, and their team, will host a series of free and on-demand videos dedicated to answering questions and providing practical and applicable information as it pertains to radio law. From EEO to FCC license renewals and contracts, to conversations with corporate lawyers, each unique and informative video will be easily accessible on a variety of platforms.
“Knowledge is power,” adds MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff, “and the opportunity to empower more women by demystifying legal issues is huge. We are beyond grateful for Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth’s sponsorship of this important series. Frank and his team are providing an invaluable opportunity to the MIW community and the industry.”
For more information, please visit www.RadioMIW.com.
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HONORS: Jason Aldean Named Recipient Of CRB's 2022 Artist Humanitarian Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2022 –– Multi-Platinum entertainer Jason Aldean has been named Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) 2022 Artist Humanitarian Award recipient. CRS/CRB Board President Kurt Johnson commented, “Jason Aldean doesn’t have to brag about his songs or his concert tours. They speak for themselves. He also doesn’t call attention to his massive philanthropic work. So we will. Join us at CRS as we shine a light on all the good that Jason does and the good people he supports.” While many of Aldean’s efforts are removed from the public eye, his charitable acts have gained recognition throughout the years. Aldean has contributed to numerous organizations over the course of his career.
The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor those Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, and Charlie Daniels, among others. Jason Aldean will be recognized with the Artist Humanitarian Award during CRS Honors Wednesday, February 23 at 2 p.m. CT.
Following his award presentation, Aldean will reveal the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees, who will be honored during the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony on June 30, 2022, at the Virgin Hotel. Kicking off CRS Honors will be a special performance of the National Anthem by Big Machine Record’s Callista Clark. For more information, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com and follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.
ACM Announces Radio Awards Nominees For 57th Academy Of Country Music Awards
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– The Academy of Country Music announced today Radio Awards nominees for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™, including double nominations for KCLR-FM in Columbia, MO; KHAY-FM in Ventura, CA; KXKT-FM in Omaha, NE; KYGO-FM in Denver, CO; WFMS-FM in Indianapolis, IN; WHKO-FM in Dayton, OH;WUBE-FM in Cincinnati, OH; WUSY-FM in Chattanooga, TN; WYCD-FM in Detroit, MI; and WYCT-FM in Pensacola, FL. Winners of the Radio Awards will be announced ahead of the 57th ACM Awards, with more information to follow in coming weeks.
The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and will stream live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, marking the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively. The live show will give fans in Las Vegas and around the world a nonstop party to celebrate Country Music’s biggest stars.
The full list of 57th ACM Awards nominations will be announced in the coming weeks, as will talent bookings for the show itself, including hosts, performers, and presenters.
CRS 2022 Reinforces Commitment For Live, In-Person Event Next Month In Nashville
Partners With 3P America To Build Comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Protocol
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– After careful and thorough consultation with attendees, panelists, performers, sponsorship partners, vendors, event staff, and CRB Board leadership, CRB says it has committed to moving forward with CRS 2022 as a live, in-person event on February 23-25, 2022, at the longtime host hotel and home of CRS, the Omni Nashville Hotel (shown above). CRB’s top priority is to provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for CRS 2022 attendees, sponsors, staff, and volunteers. CRB staff and Board leadership have spent the early weeks of the New Year crafting protocols designed to provide the safest possible environment and feel achieving the highest level of protection is a shared responsibility. In that spirit, everyone attending CRS 2022 will be required to provide documentation of full COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative COVID test result, to be completed within 48-hours of arrival at the event. If attendees cannot provide either, rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available upon arrival and conducted on-site at no cost to attendees.
Additionally, voluntary testing (rapid antigen and PCR) will be available to all attendees throughout CRS, courtesy of CRB. Complimentary tests will also be available on Saturday, February 26 for both local and out-of-town attendees before returning home. CRB has engaged the services of 3P America for end-to-end digital compliance, using its mobile-based, proprietary application, 3P Smart Verify.
SYNDICATION: The Dana Cortez Show Returns to Mornings in San Antonio On 98.5 The Beat
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Skyview Networks announced that The Dana Cortez Show is returning to 98.5 The Beat/San Antonio beginning this week. After almost four years, The Dana Cortez Show will once again kick off weekday mornings in San Antonio on 98.5 The Beat from 5am-10am CT. In addition to Dana, The Dana Cortez Show includes DJ Automatic, (TR) her executive producer and husband, and comedian Anthony Almanzar (TL) their best friend. “I’m excited to be back on The Beat and wake up with the beautiful people in the city of San Antonio! "We’re proud to partner with this iconic station and be a part, once again, of their amazing team in SATown,” commented Cortez. "The Dana Cortez Show is the first nationally syndicated morning show hosted by a Latina."
“We are excited to welcome back The Dana Cortez Show to mornings on 98.5 The Beat in San Antonio,” said Chris Morris, President and General Manager, Univision San Antonio. Led by her strong connection to females, millennials and the Latino audience, The Dana Cortez Show is a proven revenue and ratings driver."
“Dana continually connects with her audience on an authentic level. With ratings growth across the network over the last year and now a return to 98.5 The Beat, the show is ready for a tremendous 2022,” said Rico Colindres, VP Content Development and Syndication, Skyview Networks. Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of The Dana Cortez Show. For more information on affiliation, please contact email@example.com and visit skyviewnetworks.com/dana-cortez-show.
JR Ammons Named Operations Manager Over Audacy Kansas City Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Audacy welcomes JR Ammons as Operations Manager of 98.9 The Rock (KQRC-FM), ALT 96.5 (KRBZ-FM), 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM) and 99.7 The Point (KZPT-FM) in Kansas City, effective February 1. Ammons will also serve as Brand Manager of 106.5 The Wolf and 99.7 The Point, overseeing the content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the stations.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome JR back to Audacy to lead our collection of music brands here in Kansas City,” said Roxanne Marati, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Kansas City. “His extensive background operating multiple stations will position him for success, and we look forward to working alongside him in this next chapter of his career.”
“I'm so thankful for the 11 years I've spent in Indianapolis; we've had so much fun, made so many lifelong friends and had so much success,” said Ammons. “But the opportunity to come back to Audacy and work with Roxanne was simply too good to pass up. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the team she's building in Kansas City.” A 30-year industry veteran,
Ammons joins Audacy after spending the last 11 years as Operations Manager for WZPL-FM, WNTR-FM and WXNT-AM in Indianapolis. He also has prior programming stops at Atlanta sister station Star 94 (WSTR-FM), WAPE-FM in Jacksonville, FL, and KMXV-FM in Kansas City.
BUSINESS: Banyan Software Announces The Acquisition of Mr. Master
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Banyan Software, Inc. announces the acquisition of Mr. Master Inc., the industry leader in compliance and content distribution software that provides radio the tools to reach 100 percent advertising accountability. Mr. Master joins Banyan's growing portfolio of media companies which includes vCreative and Counterpoint Software. Banyan employs a decentralized management philosophy, allowing Mr. Master to operate independently and continue the successful practices that led to Banyan’s acquisition interest. The acquisition is effective immediately. "The Mr. Master team has deep, network radio software expertise and has spent over two decades developing market leading products that serve the unique needs of its long-standing customers,” said David Berkal, CEO, Banyan Software. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Master into the Banyan family of companies and look forward to supporting the company’s future growth in the coming years.”
"We have a great team and product that radio has embraced as its go-to traffic and production workflow solution and partnering with Banyan marks an exciting new chapter in our journey," said Stu Jacobs, President and Founder of Mr. Master. "I am thrilled to stay on as CEO and work alongside Banyan as we continue to build on the foundation of client-centered innovation and services that has made Mr. Master so exceptional. Equally important is the opportunity to leverage additional resources, fueling our continued growth.”
Founded in 2016, Banyan is backed by a world-class group of CEOs and investors with deep technology experience and currently operates across a growing number of verticals. For more information, please visit: http://www.banyansoftware.com.
Futuri Names Tracy Gilliam Chief Strategy Officer, Todd Storch Chief Revenue Officer
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Futuri announced the creation of two new leadership team roles designed to support its growth and expansion initiatives. Tracy Gilliam (TL) has been named Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Gilliam will focus on M&A and strategic growth, as well as further developing Futuri’s client solutions and best-in-class Customer Experience team. Gilliam is one of the founding members of Futuri, which acquired the sales intelligence system she launched, TopLine Matters, in 2015. Now known as TopLine, the evolved product, which pairs cutting-edge AI with expert human analysis, helped deliver $130 million in advertising and sponsorship revenue for its partners in 2021.
Todd Storch (TR) has been named Chief Revenue Officer. Storch will be responsible for driving Futuri’s continued revenue growth through aligned sales and marketing go-to-market strategies and operational plans for profitable growth. He brings more than 25 years of executive business management experience to Futuri, having held CEO roles at Kindrid and Five Star Global, and serving as SVP, Strategic Initiatives at Ministry Brands. A former VP/senior consultant at The Center for Sales Strategy, Storch also co-founded the award-winning Taylor’s Gift Foundation. A non-profit organization providing grief support to organ donor families, it was created after the loss of his oldest daughter, Taylor.
“Some of the biggest brands in media rely on Futuri’s ROI-focused technology solutions to grow their content, grow their audience, and grow their revenue. As such, our own growth has followed, as evidenced by honors like making the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for eight consecutive years,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig. “With Tracy Gilliam and Todd Storch in these important new roles, Futuri is well-positioned to continue our record of continuous profitable growth and grow the company through organic and inorganic measures.”
Pat Eastburn Named VP of Digital Sales For Beasley Media Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group announces Pat Eastburn has been named Vice President of Digital Sales. He will begin his new position on Monday, January 24, 2022. Eastburn most recently spent the past seven years serving as the Vice President and General Manager at Flypaper Digital Marketing, the internal digital agency of WEHCO Media. In his new role, Eastburn will report to Todd Handy, Beasley Media Group Chief Digital Officer.
“Pat was the consensus choice as the top candidate for this role given his extensive background in leading digital agency sales teams and disrupting traditional media channels,” said Handy.
"I'm very excited to join Beasley Media Group,” said Eastburn. “It's so well-respected and I've been thoroughly impressed by the entire team. I believe that digital marketing has significant potential as an industry relative to current and future opportunity. Combine that opportunity with top level talent and the sky is the limit."
Lee Brice To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 LA For The Month Of February
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– Curb Records recording artist Lee Brice has been tapped to “take over” the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO) acting as guest host throughout the month of February. Brice will share personal stories, his unique perspective on country music and much more weekdays from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday January 31, 2022 through Friday February 25, 2022.
“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing artist for the month of February, especially with Lee performing at this year’s Stagecoach Festival. Lee has a huge following in Southern California and we look forward to working with him on an exciting show” stated Go Country 105 Station Manager Michael Levine. Fans around the world will be able to hear Lee Brice each day at www.gocountry105.com and on the Go Country 105 mobile app. PHOTO/Curb Records
EVENTS: 101.9 WLIF Maryland Helps Donate Hundreds Of Coats, Blankets And More For Those In Need
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2022 –– This past Saturday, Today's 101.9 (WLIF-FM) teamed up with the Salvation Army of Central Maryland and helped donate over 1,200 coats, 300 blankets and hats, gloves, socks and shoes for those in need as part of the 4th annual "Bundle Up Baltimore."
"Thank you to all of our generous listeners who made this event such a success," said Tracy Brandys, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Baltimore. "I'd also like to also extend a sincere thanks to our air staff for making this event possible. This demonstrates the unwavering connection our station has with our listeners and we're proud to leverage our reach to give back to our neighbors in need."
As part of the event, morning show co-host Greg Carpenter and afternoon show host Tom Cook broadcast live from the two sites, with The Salvation Army on hand to assist with the collection of items. Thank you for your consideration. David Heim Manager, Corporate Communications & PR
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iHeart Names Mark Adams & Dylan Sprague New VP's Of CHR; Taylor Jukes & Cara Hahn Join The Team As CHR Brand Coordinators
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– iHeart announced via a company memo that Mark Adams (TL) and Dylan Sprague (TR) have been named VPs of CHR. In addition, Taylor Jukes (BL) and Cara Hahn (BR) and have officially joined the team as CHR Brand Coordinators.
Chief Programming Officer Tom Poleman says, "Mark and Dylan are two of the most successful CHR programmers of all time, having led their home stations at KYLD/SF and WXKS/Boston to record breaking ratings over the past decade. Both are fantastic leaders with a wealth of experience and vision for the future of the format." Mark has been a programmer for more than 25 years across multiple formats in markets including San Diego, Milwaukee, Portland, Houston, and San Francisco. Dylan has had a similarly impressive track record in competitive markets like Atlanta, Boston, Kansas City and Denver.
Poleman adds, "Under Taylor Jukes’ innovative leadership at Y100 over the last 3 years, ratings have flourished and WHYI has grown from a 17th place ranking (A25-54) in early 2019, to a consistent Top 5 position in 2021. Over the past few years, Cara has developed into one of our smartest emerging programmers as APD/MD of Z100 in New York. Both will make important contributions to the continued growth of the iHeart CHR platform."
The Mo Show Joins The Lineup At Radio One's 92.7 The Block Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– Radio One Charlotte's WQNC/92.7 The Block has added “The Mo Show” hosted by Mo Quick on 92.7 The Block in middays from 10am to 2pm.Operations Manager Jeff 'Uzi D' Anderson says, “We are excited to announce Mo Quick as the new midday personality on WQNC 92.7 The Block. A long time student of the industry, Mo was heavily influenced by her uncle, Charlotte media legend, the late Nate Quick. She has tremendous talent as a multi-media personality and has already infused her awesome infectious energy to the listeners of the Queen City!”
Mo Quick added, “ I am so excited to be in Charlotte and to be able to continue the legacy of my late uncle Nate Quick; there is nothing more fulfilling. I can’t wait to not only entertain the listeners of Charlotte, but to also educate and uplift the community.”
Mo Quick will follow The Morning Hustle from 6am to 10am and Cam Cooper from 2pm to 7pm. The show air from sister station WHTA/HOT 107.9 Atlanta.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On 99.5 WJBR Delaware's Deanna Marie
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– In this week's edition of 'Backstage At Boot Camp' where we put the spotlight on some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're shining the spotlight on Deanna Marie, co-host on The Mix Morning Show with Johnny B & Deanna Marie on Beasley's' 99.5 WJBR Wilmington. In just four years, she began her radio career on a morning show in Reno, Nevada September 2018. With a background in entertainment and a Theater Major from Montclair State University (graduated 2006), she tells us she's always performed and worked in tv/film in her spare time.
"I spent a lot of time in New York and Philadelphia before moving to the west coast in 2014, says Deanna. "I have a strange story of starting a radio career and a love/hate relationship with telling it. It’s serendipitous for sure, but I would hate to be judged for how it basically fell into my lap. Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamt of being on the radio some day but I always thought you needed to study broadcasting. I would tape record myself as a child and pretend I had my own radio show."
Deanna says as a teen, she would listen to Delilah every night with my mom. "As I got older, hosts like Elvis Duran and Preston and Steve were my idols. One day while working my 9-5 in Reno, I saw my acting agent, Justine Reyes of Tru Talent in Reno, post on Facebook about the local morning show looking for a guest host for a day. It was a top 40 hits station with a fun and vibrant morning show. I thought it would be fun, so I submitted myself and I was chosen. I told my boss at the time that the next morning I would be coming into work a couple hours late to take my seat on the third mic of the Alice Morning with Bill & RJ (previously Bill, Connie and RJ at Alice 96.5 Reno). It should have occurred to me but it didn’t, I was being auditioned. Later that day they called and asked if they could take me to lunch. They offered me the full time position on the morning show and my life changed forever."
In early 2021 After almost 3 amazing years at Alice, here husband’s job presented an opportunity for them to move back home to the East Coast. "I was devastated to leave this amazing dream come true but with the help of my co-host at the time and PD at Alice 96.5, Bill Schulz, I gathered my air checks and started pounding the pavement. I sent an email with my credentials to WMMR, Q102, Z100 and other stations I grew up listening to. I thought, this is it. I’m shooting my shot. I have little experience but I reminded myself I’m good at what I do and I deserve it just as much as the next person.
Bill Weston at WMMR got back to me right away saying he’d love to meet but they had no openings full time or on a day part. He passed my info unbeknownst to me, and I got a note from Joe Bell and Eric Johnson at WJBR in Wilmington, DE. They were looking to fill a morning show position and low and behold, I fit the bill! Here we are, a few months later and I’m part of the Beasley Philly/Wilmington family! I joined the Mix Morning show in October 2021 shortly after traveling cross country from Reno to Doylestown. The road doesn’t stop here but I’m excited for what the future holds at JBR and in my radio career because I’m in this for the long haul!
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Danae Davis Named Interim Executive Director Of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– Danae Davis has been named as interim executive director of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) while a search committee launches a formal search process to permanently fill the position. “88Nine Radio Milwaukee is a special place, and I look forward to working with the excellent staff team and board and our many community partners to continue its mission of making our community a better, more inclusive place for everyone,” Davis said of her interim role.
Davis previously served on the Radio Milwaukee board of directors for nine years, including time as board chair. She currently serves as executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds, a nonprofit focused on improving educational outcomes for local students, and will continue in that role. Throughout her career Davis has held top leadership positions with for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations. She served as CEO of PEARLS for Teen Girls Inc., a Milwaukee- based nonprofit that uses a nationally recognized model for girl empowerment and leadership development for adolescent girls, in addition to serving as diversity affairs director at Miller Brewing Co. (now Molson Coors) earlier in her career. She held a similar position at Kraft Foods.
The change in leadership at 88Nine comes as Kevin Sucher steps down from his role as executive director to pursue other opportunities.
SYNDICATION: Rick Party Show Added At Hot AC KPLZ Seattle for Nights
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– Recently kicking off on Audacy’s WBMX Chicago weekdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the syndicated Rick Party Show has now been added at Lotus Seattle’s KPLZ/STAR 101.5 for nights. Lisa Adams, Program Director for KPLZ Seattle says, “I’m scoring one of the country’s best air talents for nights. This is a huge win for us. Rick’s on-air presentation is filled with warmth, charisma, energy, and personalized, localized, and topical content. Plus, no one can forget his incredible set of pipes!”
Gary Bernstein, President of Oceanic Tradewinds says, “Rick Party proves, once again, why he is arguably the most versatile and successful air personality in the country. After hitting #3 in Chicago last month with females on a fabulous throwback formatted station, Party is poised to showcase his skills on yet another major market station – KPLZ/STAR 101.5 in Seattle.
The Rick Party Show syndication is a product of Oceanic Tradewinds in partnership with Compass Media Networks and is serving all flavors of CHR and Urban in all day parts. For more info, contact Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS: iHeart Announces Lineup For 2nd Annual 'Living Black' Event!
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced the second annual “iHeartRadio Living Black! Empowered by AT&T” a month-long on-air celebration that will culminate with a special event featuring performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo, Ari Lennox and more, plus a special moment from Lizzo at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles and Black-owned businesses across the country. The event will also feature special appearances from J. Cole, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Saweetie, Bas and more.
The special event will exclusively stream on TikTok and broadcast on iHeartMedia Hip-Hop and R&B stations and the iHeartRadio app at 8:00pm ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. iHeartRadio Living Black! is the first collaboration between iHeartMedia and TikTok, and the companies are exploring even more ways to bring compelling and unique programming to their audiences together in the future. iHeartRadio Living Black! will spotlight the power of Black culture – past, present and future –throughout Black History Month in February. iHeartMedia national and on-air personalities including The Breakfast Club – Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy – as well as Big Boy will honor trailblazers, modern history makers and future change-makers of Black culture.
“We are thrilled to once again honor Black History Month and Black culture through on-going and informative discussions about race and some very special performances during this year’s iHeartRadio Living Black!,” said Doc Wynter, President of Hip Hop and R&B Programming for iHeartMedia. “We can’t think of a better way to spotlight our community than partnering with these incredible artists and trailblazers, as together we celebrate the impact that Black lives have on American culture with a month-long celebration that will culminate with a special event across iHeartRadio’s stations nationwide and on TikTok.”
iHeart Memphis Announces Sista Strut 3k Breast Cancer Walk On April 2nd
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Memphis’ 95.7 Hallelujah FM, V101, K97, and WDIA announced their eighth annual Sista Strut breast cancer charity walk will take place at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 with the rally starting at 8am and the walk at 10am. Sista Strut aims to raise awareness for breast cancer specifically in the African American community.
The event will raise money for breast cancer organizations Sisters Network Memphis and STAARS, both local Memphis breast cancer charities. iHeartMedia Memphis will promote the event on-air encouraging listeners to sign up for the event, as well as bringing awareness to community resources for breast cancer. Due to COVID-19, the event has been a drive through parade the past two years with over 600 decorated vehicles. This year the event will be back in its original format as a 3k walk with participants walking throughout the Cooper Young neighborhood.
WEBINAR: Alpha Media's Phil Becker Featured On Benztown & P1 Media's Free Webinar This Thursday
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– Benztown and P1 Media Group will host a free webinar entitled “Stop Using Best Practices and Try Something New.” The webinar is 18th in the companies’ “Global Radio Ideas” webinar series from top radio experts from around the world. The 40-minute webinar will be hosted by Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown, and Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, and will feature Phil Becker, EVP, Content, Alpha Media. Becker, who talks live from Alpha Media’s home of Portland, OR, is responsible for the programming of 207 U.S. radio stations in 44 markets.
Becker will share his insights into what stations should be doing in 2022 to drive the growth of their brands, and will take attendees’ questions and cover topics including: Why the new best practice is to stop using best practices and try something new -- How to build a brand people like to tell others about -- What bits and contests should stations stop doing NOW, and what they should replace them with in 2022.
It takes place this Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST/7:00pm CET. Register HERE .
SNAPS: Scott Shannon Rings Up Terry Meiners On National DJ Day - Listen
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2022 –– As social media was filled over the weekend with retro photos of DJs honoring last week's National DJ Day, WCBS-FM morning host and radio legend Scott Shannon rang into his longtime friend and golfing buddy Terry Meinerson WHAS/Louisville to reminisce about their first meeting in Indiana over two decades ago.
Shannon torched Meiners about a lack of listeners he once had at a radio remote from about 25 years ago. Shannon said he knew Meiners was in trouble when he said 'C'mon by, there's a lot going on.' Shannon guaranteed whenever a DJ says that you know 'there's absolutely nothing going on." LISTEN HERE
PHOTO/Will Heath NBC
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SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Adds Third Affiliate In Tennessee With Pickup Of B96-3 Memphis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– The YEA Syndicated Tino Cochino Radio Show which already airs in Nashville and Knoxville, announced yesterday that it will now air in Memphis as well. Tino commented, "Wow! This is our 3rd affiliate in Tennessee, it’s starting to become Tino-ssee! Lol! We can’t wait to hit the B96-3 airwaves Monday morning and wake up this legendary city. B96-3.
HB96-3, Hit Music Now for Memphis welcomes the Tino Cochino show to mornings starting January 31st. PD Joe Mack said... We wanted a show that had great content, dynamic personalities that can truly connect with the listeners and offer something different to the Mid South. Their ability to localize and tie into the station is what makes this show connect.
Tino Cochino Radio is available via barter for all dayparts. Reach out to Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com or Scott@yeanetworks.com to get TCR on your station today.
Q104.3 New York's Jim Kerr Reaches Another Milestone; 'Can A Street Sign Be Far Behind?'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– WAXQ/Q104.3 New York' Trevor The Producer posted on social that Jim Kerr didn’t want to make a big deal out of it but yesterday marked his 20th year with the iHeart outlet. Maria Milito brought in cupcakes to celebrate and said she tried to hug him but only got this pic instead. Kerr, who holds title to the longest running radio show in NYC, began nearly 50 years ago in the Big Apple with stops at WPLJ (AOR), WPIX FM PIX 102 (CHR), WPLJ (AOR/CHR), WYNY (Country), Y-103.5, WMXV, MIX 105, WQCD 101.9 Smooth Jazz, and later WAXQ Classic Rock Q-104.3 in 2002. The post promted tons of comments. Here's a few samples below:
Bob Buchmann (Former PD at WAXQ): "HUGE ANNIVERSARY for both of us, Jim! I’m smiling ear to ear".
Art Vuolo Jr. added: "Bob Buchmann aren't you glad that I told you 20 years ago that the secret sauce for WAXQ was being wasted just doing Saturday's on Q104.3? I'd say Mr. Kerr has worked out just fine! Maybe I've got an eye for talent...but then I did meet Jim when he was too young to drive. Wait a minute...he still can't drive! LOL"
Dave Logan: "Tri-State listeners have been the beneficiaries. Can a “Jim Kerr Way” sign be far behind?"
Special thanks to Art Vuolo Jr. for assistance with this piece
New NAB Chief Curtis LeGeyt Says 'You Have A Compelling Story To Tell About Your Stations Work In Their Communities'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– New National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt shared his vision and outlook for the organization and the broadcasting industry in a virtual town hall for NAB members today. LeGeyt was joined by members of NAB’s policy team for a briefing on legislative and regulatory issues facing broadcasters, as well as an update on the association’s work to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the industry.
LeGeyt, who assumed his position on January 1, praised broadcasters for their work during challenging times over the past two years and pledged to champion for the tools and resources broadcasters need to continue serving their communities. He said the three areas he is focused on as president and CEO are winning policy fights that ensure a broadcast business that can thrive in today’s media landscape, ensuring that NAB engages in business-oriented initiatives prioritized by the organization’s membership and restoring NAB Show’s preeminent stature as a destination for the entire broadcast community.
LeGeyt also spoke about his experience advocating for broadcasting during his 10 years at NAB and the importance of local broadcasters’ grassroots engagement in achieving legislative and regulatory success. “You have the compelling story to tell about your stations work in their communities. And it is incumbent on all of us to ensure policymakers recognize the importance of our investigative reporting, emergency alerts and philanthropic efforts that local stations provide to their constituents,” said LeGeyt. “We need your help sharing our story with policymakers – tell them about the issues that you care about and the unique role you play in your community.” READ MORE HERE
Steve Jones Rises To CEO And President Skyview Networks
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– Skyview Networks announced that Steve Jones, its COO/President, has been elevated to CEO/President. Ken Thiele, Founder and CEO, moves to Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, where he will continue to engage in a high-level advisory role for the company.
“I am grateful to Ken for trusting me to steward the company he has built in partnership with longtime EVP, Jeanne-Marie Condo,” said Jones. “During the last three-years, despite pandemic challenges, Skyview Networks has become the fastest growing leader in network audio sales, syndication and distribution. Our unwavering commitment to customer service and proven financial performance have convinced content creators and influencers to join Skyview, while simultaneously providing advertisers effective, efficient and creative campaigns that achieve their marketing goals. At the core of this success is our company culture built on integrity and transparency, resulting in employees committed to one another and to our customers.”
Prior to joining Skyview Networks, Jones established a highly successful executive career at Disney/ABC, leading business units at ABC News Audio and ABC News Digital.
Alejandro Ortiz Named 2022 Chief Judge For Radio Mercury Awards
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– The Radio Mercury Awards named Alejandro Ortiz, executive creative director for Campbell Ewald, as the 2022 chief judge for the 31st annual Radio Mercury Awards.
"I lost my first job in advertising because of the Radio Mercury Awards. I started as an art director, but my stubborn creative directors demanded I write some radio. So I did. And my first radio campaign ever, which was Heineken, won a Radio Mercury Award. I was hooked, and I switched from art director to copywriter, and I haven’t looked back. Today, I ask all my art directors to work on radio as well," said Ortiz. "Looking forward, it’s clear the pandemic has led to new constraints in the ideas we come up with and how we produce them. This is actually making creatives, sound engineers, radio stations and producers flex their creative muscles even more than before. I can’t wait to hear the work that will be submitted this year."
"Ale is a multi-faceted creative leader who we have known for many years as he was building his creative reputation,” said Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “We have truly benefitted from his support of the Radio Mercury Awards, not only as a winner, but as a passionate judge." Call for Entry for the 2022 Radio Mercury Awards will open in a few weeks. To learn more information on this year’s Call for Entry guidelines and deadlines, go to https://www.radiomercuryawards.com/.
HONORS: Heather Froglear Draws Humanitarian Award From CRB
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) announces the 2022 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award recipient and individuals selected to receive the Rusty Walker and Lisa McKay Women in Radio Scholarships.
Heather Froglear (L) has been named the 2022 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award recipient. Froglear will be recognized with the award during the New Faces of Country Music show, held during CRS 2022. Froglear has spent 28 years on the air at KFRG and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and the Country Radio Seminar’s Agenda Committee. She is the creator of K-Frogger’s for Kids Radiothon, benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. In its 20th year, K-Frogger’s for Kids Radiothon has cumulatively raised over $7 million.
Every year, the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award is given at the discretion of the CRB Board of Directors to recognize an individual in the Country Radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community. The Tom Rivers Award is named in honor of CRB Board member Tom Rivers. Rivers, known for his work at WQYK, Tampa/St. Petersburg and WUSN, Chicago, was highly regarded for his public service.
CRB/CRS Board President Kurt Johnson remarks, "Heather is the kind of person this award was made for. She's not about prestige or celebrity, but she has lots of both and personally commits to using them for good. The power of her empathy raises the lives of people who need her. And we all need people like her. CRS is proud to recognize Heather's significant and very real service."
Receiving this year’s Rusty Walker Scholarship are Kyle Matthews (APD/MD, KFGE, Lincoln, NE), Spencer Campbell (Account Executive, WLVK Ft Knox, KY), and Morgan Taylor (On-Air Talent, KGRT, Las Cruces, NM), and set to receive the first-ever Lisa McKay Women in Radio Scholarship is Jacqueline Dunn Pailizzi (PM Drive and APD, WCJC, Marion, IN).
CRS will be held Wednesday, February 23 through February 25, 2022 in Nashville
ARC Kicks Off 2022 With New Producers And 'Intention Form Process'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– ARC Software,Inc., the affiliate relations platform developed by radio’s Jason Bailey (L), announced it has welcomed two new producers to the platform as well as the introduction of an entirely new online intention form process, a first for network radio. New clients starting the year on ARC are Broadcast Radio USA and Gen3 Entertainment, the producers of Nashville Mininute
The software simultaneously announed a brand new online intention form process for live broadcasts that users can now leverage. The new “ARC Intentions” offers a public portal for radio stations to signup for and “automatically” affiliate live broadcasts into complete and final digitally secure agreements. The backend system allows for multiple intention groups to customize which products and broadcasts a station can see, custom rider forms with additional required products by market or station and much more.
Jason Bailey, Founder and CEO of ARC added “First, its an honor to welcome these great companies to our software family. ARC changes the game for producers and radio networks alike with an end-to-end affiliate solution second to none. Second..our new intention form feature is out of this world! If you have live events, live broadcasts or any need for stations to signup online for your products…this is going to change your life!” To set up a demo or for more information visit www.arcsoftware.us.
EVENTS: Sam Alex's Camp Broadcast Acoustic Concert Raises Money For Student Scholarships
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 –– Radio & TV personality Sam Alex’s inaugural Camp Broadcast Acoustic Concert this past Sunday (1/16) helped raise money for student scholarships to attend Camp Broadcast. The Nashville style singer-songwriter round at Pinstripes in South Barrington, IL featured uplifting and powerful performances from Adam Hambrick, Jake Hoot and Lanie Gardner. “I’m so proud of all the accomplishments from our Camp Broadcast alumni, many of them are now working full-time in the broadcast industry,” Alex said. “Supporting these students and giving them opportunities to attend camp and interview celebrities & newsmakers for their hosting reel and be mentored by professionals is an opportunity that should be available to all.”
Camp Broadcast® is an event for high school and college-aged aspiring journalists and broadcasters. The camp has been featured on NBC's TODAY SHOW, ABC's Good Morning America, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine and many other national outlets. Camp hostSam Alex is the host of the nationally syndicated radio programhttps://samalexradio.com/ for more information. PHOTO/L-R: Jake Hoot, Lanie Gardner, Andrea Boehlke, Sam Alex, Adam Hambrick | Photo Credit: Mike Kelly
EVENTS: Virtual IBS College Radio Conference Looking For 'Morning Show' Speakers
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– The 82nd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System college radio conference is coming and will be held VIRTUALLY again – Tuesday March 1 through Saturday March 5. We are looking for 2-3 morning shows who might be available to volunteer and impart some knowledge on students looking to break into our crazy industry over zoom for an hour.
Previous speakers include Angela Yee from the Breakfast Club, Wendy Wild from WKTU, Holly & Miguel from Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay, and consultants like Mike McVay, Sean Ross and executives like Scott Hopeck from IHeart. If you are interested in helping out, please email Shawn Novatt from WHPC, IBS Board Member, at email@example.com.
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Texas Attorney General Sues Google Over Radio Ads For Smartphones Voiced By Local Hosts
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday, Jan. 19th, sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio personalities to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn’t used or been provided. CBS Dallas/Ft. Worth reports the lawsuit filed in Montgomery County by Paxton said Google engaged in false and misleading practices in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices/ Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit says Google hired iHeartMedia in October 2019 to have its radio personalities — including those in markets in the Dallas and Houston areas — record advertisements for the Pixel 4, a Google-brand smartphone. But at the time the advertisements were recorded, the lawsuit says, the phone wasn’t released yet and none of the DJs had used them. The suit says that even though iHeartMedia “expressed to Google the violative nature of the advertisements” if the DJs had not used them, Google did not provide phone samples.
Google spokesman José Castañeda said Wednesday that they take compliance with advertising laws seriously and have policies in place to help ensure they follow regulations. “We will review the complaint but the AG’s allegations appear to misrepresent what occurred here,” Castañeda said. Paxton also sued Google in December 2020. In that lawsuit, Texas led a group of states alleging Google was running an illegal digital-advertising monopoly in cahoots with Facebook. Google, which is based in Mountain View, California (shown), called the claims in that lawsuit “meritless.” READ MORE HERE
'Product Of The Year' Awards Returns For 2022 NAB Show, Nom's Window Opens In February
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– NAB Show will present the fourth annual Product of the Year Awards at the 2022 NAB Show. The awards, which recognize the most significant and promising new products and technologies exhibited at NAB Show, will be announced on Tuesday, April 26 at an awards ceremony and cocktail party held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The nomination window will open on February 1 and remain open through April 1.
“The return to in-person events, including NAB Show, promises to drive innovation in technology that is transforming the media business,” said Eric Trabb, NAB senior vice president and chief customer success officer. “We are proud to showcase the prominent companies that are advancing technologies and leading our industry’s future.” The Product of the Year Award recipients are selected by a panel of industry experts in 15 categories and announced during an awards ceremony. Companies scheduled to exhibit at the 2022 NAB Show are eligible to enter. Nominated products and technologies must be available for delivery in calendar year 2022.
Award categories for the 2022 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards are: AI/Machine Learning Asset Management, Automation, Playout Audio Production, Processing and Networking Camera Support, Control and Accessories Cameras Cloud Computing and Storage Digital Signage & Display Systems Graphics, Editing, VXF, Switchers Hardware Infrastructure IT Networking/Infrastructure & Security Location/Studio Lighting Monitoring and Measuring Tools Radio Remote Production Streaming
More information about the Product of the Year Awards is available at nabshow.com.
iHeart & Sports Illustrated Launch 'Sports Illustrated Weekly' Podcast Hosted By John Gonzalez
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– iHeartRadio and Sports Illustrated Media have launched an original podcast series focused on iconic names in the sports industry, “Sports Illustrated Weekly.” Hosted by John Gonzalez, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and previous podcast host and writer at The Ringer.
Episode one will kick off with Howard Beck, who chats with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr, and Bob Myers about how the Golden State Warriors are somehow in “win now” and “rebuild” modes at the same time. Then, Tom Brady sits down for a 1-on-1 interview with Jon Wertheim about how he’s changed over 20 seasons, while still playing his best football, and what the future holds. And finally, in a segment titled “Where Were They Then?,” former NFL Offensive Lineman Joe Thomas recalls the first time he was featured in Sports Illustrated.
The first episode is available now with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. “Sports Illustrated Weekly” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and is available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. See More HERE
ABC Launches 'GMA' Apple Podcasts Channel; Announces 3 New Projects
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– ABC News Today, ABC Audio launched its new “GMA” channel on Apple Podcasts and announced three new podcast projects: a “Good Morning America” podcast; the second season of “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson”; and new entertainment podcast “Close Up,” hosted by Kelley Carter. ABC Audio’s free “GMA” channel will house these new projects, as well as all of ABC News’ lifestyle, culture and entertainment on-demand audio content, including its popular “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson” podcast. All of ABC Audio’s podcasts are available across major podcast platforms.
Beginning today, the “Good Morning America” podcast will allow both the first and second hours of “Good Morning America” to be available to listeners as a podcast. Now, every day, listeners will be able to listen to the morning show wherever they go and stay up to date on the latest news, entertainment and Deals & Steals.
“Good Morning America,” “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson” and “Close Up” will all be available for free on major listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, Audacy and the ABC News app.
Kelsey Gresham To Take Market President Reins At SummitMedia Knoxville Following Chris Protzman's Retirement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– Following an 18-yr stint, SummitMedia/Knoxville announced that Market President Chris Protzman will retire, effective February 1. Protzman stated, SummitMedia Chairman/CEO Carl Parmer and I started this conversation last Fall and I am delighted with how all the pieces came together."
Parmer stated, "Chris has done an outstanding job leading our Knoxville Cluster and we wish him the very best as begins his next Chapter. He was instrumental in helping choose his successor and we couldn't be more excited for our team."
Protzman will be followed by current Station Director of CMG/Athens, GA, Kelsey Gresham. Gresham said, "I'm excited to return to the Knoxville market and cluster that I managed in 2017 as LSM. This homecoming is both a personal and professional desire for me and my family. Carl's passion for the Knoxville Operation and our team members drove this perfect fit."
Bradford Caldwell Joins NAB as VP Of Member Experience
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) today announced the hire of Bradford Caldwell as vice president of Member Experience. Caldwell, who starts on February 1, will report to Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs April Carty-Sipp. “As a third-generation broadcaster, Bradford knows what it takes to operate stations on a day-to-day basis,” said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. “He is well-respected by his peers and our membership will benefit greatly as he helps NAB continue serving the needs of the broadcasting community.”
Caldwell was previously the chief financial officer of East Arkansas Broadcasters (EAB), which owns and operates 31 radio stations in Arkansas. His responsibilities included finance, human resources, music licensing, and legal and regulatory affairs. Caldwell has served as a member of the NAB Radio Board of Directors representing Arkansas and Tennessee and is a past chairman of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association. He is currently chairman of the Cross County, Arkansas Community Foundation and a past president of the Cross County, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.
The vice president of Member Experience is a new position created following the retirement of NAB Senior Vice President of Member Services and Operations B.J. Corriveau at the end of 2021.
Entire 102.9 Breakfast Crew In Australia Remain On Christmas Break After Contracting Covid
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– The Gold Coast’s Hot Tomato 102.9 Breakfast Crew have all contracted Covid, which will delay the team returning from their Christmas break. Galey, Emily Jade and Christo are now being called, ‘The Coronavirus Club’ by Christo on Twitter after he revealed in a tweet that the three had contracted covid, as well as their producer, news reader and content director.
UK’s FCC Turns Blind Eye To Complaint On The UK’s Biggest Commercial Talk Station And Continuing To Bully Non-profit stations - Ofcom (The UK’s FCC) has decided not to pursue the 860 complaints it received about Steve Allen marking remarks about Tilly Ramsay (TV chef, Gordon Ramsay’s Daughter) on LBC. In the latest Broadcast Bulletin, the incident is buried under the, “Standards Complaints Assessed But Not Pursued”. Steve had said on the air, “Tilly Ramsay is a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Probably her dad’s cooking!” as a comment after seeing an article about her in the paper. As a result, Tilly posted feedback on her Instagram account saying being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far. LBC’s owner Global (the biggest radio station owner in the UK) did not comment on the situation and Steve remained on-air as normal, despite some media outlets calling it a scandal. It is not known if Ofcom received Any complaints about Revolution but it is known that LBC received 860 complaints for Steve Allen’s comments.
Radio Nova In Dublin Ireland Is Going Back To Playing Vinyl Records - Radio Nova is breaking open The Vinyl Vault and powering on the turntables to play some classics. Radio Nova’s ‘Vinyl Vault’ will be opened across the day, seven days per week and it’s all with thanks to sponsor Des Kelly Interiors.
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Convicted Stalker Charged With Harassment Of Another Host At 89.3 The Current Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– A 62-year-old man has been accused of violating a harassment restraining order by stalking a radio personality at the same Twin Cities radio outlets where another host who endured his troubling attention worked. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Patrick Henry Kelly of Minneapolis faces two felony cases of violating a harassment restraining order after he twice visited the St. Paul home of Jade Tittle, music director and midday host on 89.3 The Current, in October. Kelly, who is due in Ramsey County District Court on Jan. 25, remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Minnesota Public Radio, which operates The Current, said in a statement that it was "pleased to hear that the authorities are investigating this matter, and we will wait for the legal process to play out." As reported in Jockline in December of 2015, Kelly was sentenced to five years of probation and nine months in the workhouse after pleading guilty to stalking and terroristic threats for his behavior toward host Mary Lucia beginning in the summer of 2014. Lucia also obtained a harassment restraining order against Kelly prohibiting him from being within two city blocks of her and having any direct contact, including social media. However, Kelly repeatedly violated the order and left unwanted items on her door.
According to the charges involving the latest incidents: Tittle secured the restraining order after Kelly started sending flowers to her home and workplace in St. Paul. Kelly also sent her a "burner" cellphone, so she could call him without detection. "Kelly had been fixated on her for months," one of the criminal complaints read. On Oct. 13, Tittle told police that she and her husband saw Kelly circling their block in a vehicle that night. Her husband tried to follow Kelly but lost sight of him. Tittle's husband said, Kelly had sent her flowers with the message, "Dear Jade — Don't go changin'. Love, Patrick." PHOTO/MPR
Grammy Awards Moving To 'Vegas On April 3
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– As tipped last week, The Grammy Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (shown) in Las Vegas on April 3, confirmed The Recording Academy. Variety reports the CMT Awards, originally scheduled for that day, will now be moved to a later date. Trevor Noah, long-running host of “The Daily Show” and host of the 2021 Grammys, will return as master of ceremonies. According to the announcement, additional details about the dates and locations of other official Grammy Week events, including the Premiere Ceremony, the MusiCares Person of the Year benefit concert and the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala will be announced soon.
As Variety noted earlier this month, the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena is in many ways the most practical option. It was only two months ago that this arena hosted the Latin Grammys, so its benefits are well-known to the Academy. Besides being familiar, it also has the benefit of being largely dark, since so much traffic has been siphoned off by the shiny new object that is the T-Mobile Arena. The 2022 Grammy nominee list is led by Jon Batiste with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with eight apiece. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo followed with seven nominations each. Jesse Collins, Raj Kapoor and Ben Winston will serve as executive producers, with Kapoor taking over for Winston this year as showrunner. PHOTO/MGM -123RF - NOAH/Michael Schwartz/CBS
Chris Petlak Moves From Afternoons To Mornings On Hubbard's 101.9 THE MIX Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 101.9 THE MIX & 100.3 WSHE Vice President of Brand and Content, Jimmy Steal says that, after conducting an extensive national search, effective Monday 1/24/22 Chris Petlak will move to MIX Mornings as morning show host, leading Nikki, Whip, Violeta, and Swany. Prior to this, Chris spent nearly two years on The Afternoon Mix with Lisa Allen. Additionally, Chris hosted MIX Evenings and served as Director of Digital Content for WTMX and WSHE.
Chris' past achievements include: success in scripted television co-creating, co-writing, and co-starring in The Jamz – (original Netflix Sitcom) currently on Apple TV/Amazon Prime, working as Ryan Seacrest’s Social Media Manager, serving as LA Agency Liquid Advertising’s Associate Creative Director, and LA stand-up comedy success at The Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, and The Ice House.
Despite a brief stint in L.A., Chris is a Chicago native, who started his career in 2008 with Hubbard Chicago as a Promotion Assistant, growing into the role of Hubbard Chicago’s first Social Media Manager. Petlak says, “It’s beyond exciting to start this new chapter and build The Morning Mix alongside Swany, Nikki, Whip and Violeta. I am proud that I have been part of the Hubbard Chicago family for so long and grateful that Jeff England, Greg Strassell and Jimmy Steal have entrusted me with this opportunity. Now, it’s time to ask Alexa to set a very early alarm.”
The Priscilla And Joey Show To Debut In Mornings On MIX 96.9 Phoenix In February
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– iHeart's MIX 96.9 announced the debut of “The Priscilla and Joey Show,” effective February 3, 2022. With the departure of Mathew Blades in December 2021, “Mathew & Priscilla in the Morning” ended its ten-year run on MIX 96.9 and the search was on for a new morning show co-host to join Priscilla Ornelas. As luck would have it, the perfect candidate happened to already be within the iHeartMedia Phoenix building, working on sister station 104.7 KISS FM. Joey Bradfisch has been with iHeartMedia Phoenix for 12 years and was a vital part of “The Johnjay & Rich Show.”
Bradfisch started as a part-time producer before becoming a full-time audio editor and eventually the executive producer of the syndicated “Johnjay and Rich Show.” Bradfisch is making the move to MIX 96.9 for “The Priscilla & Joey Show.” “I knew as soon as Joey auditioned, that was it. It was the beginning of something amazing! I couldn’t be more excited to build this morning show with Joey,” said Ornelas. “I also couldn’t be more thankful for the support and guidance of our KMXP team.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to build a successful brand with Priscilla on MIX 96.9!” said Bradfisch. “She's done incredible work for ten years on MIX, and I can't wait to add to her energy that she brings to Phoenix listeners every morning. A special thanks to iHeartMedia and MIX 96.9 for this opportunity to grow. I am eternally grateful for my 12 years with ‘The Johnjay and Rich Show’ and it is with utmost certainty that I wouldn't be ready for this new position without them.”
Rock Radio Vet' Marci Stanley-Boger Named PD For WIXV-FM/I-95 The Rock of Savannah
Will Air In Afternoons As Billie Marshall
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has named Marci Stanley-Boger as Program Director for Classic Rock station WIXV-FM/I-95 The Rock of Savannah. Stanley-Boger, known on-air as Billie Marshall, joins Cumulus Savannah after 14 years as Afternoon Host of The Bad Ass Rock Show on WFXH-FM in Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC. As Billie Marshall, she can now be heard as Afternoon Host on WIXV Monday through Friday from 2:00pm-7:00pm.
While hosting The Bad Ass Rock Show on WFXH-FM, she was Midday Host of Rewind 107.9 FM/WRWN-FM in Savannah. She was previously Midday Host of The Bad Ass Rock Show on Rock 94.3/WRLF-FM in Fairmont/Morgantown WV. Stanley-Boger was Program Director and Morning Show Co-Host for Savannah/Hilton Head Country station WUBB-FM and Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon Host for Rock station WHBR-FM and Classic Rocker WRZZ-FM in Parkersburg, WV. She served as Rock Format Content Specialist for Futuri Media/Prep Plus and is a well-known voiceover artist.
Eric Mastel, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media, said: “I am very excited to have a person with Marci’s credentials join the Cumulus Savannah family. She is a proven winner with a wealth of experience in the Rock format. Marci Stanley-Boger AKA "Billie Marshall” on-air, personifies the very essence of today’s Rock fans. I am looking forward to working with Marci as she and the team propel WIXV to new heights.”
Marci Stanley-Boger commented: "I have been fortunate enough to play rock and roll for over 25 years and am excited to join WIXV, which has a reverence for Rock music, its culture and the Low Country and Coastal Empire. Thanks to Gerry McCracken, Wade Linder and THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– for this exciting opportunity. I look forward to hosting The Bad Ass Rock Show for another 13 years or more on The Rock of Savannah!"
Joe De Angelis Rises To SVP Of Promotion For iHeart New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia has promoted Joe De Angelis to Senior Vice President of Promotions for the iHeartMedia Markets Group, effective immediately. De Angelis will report to Scott Hopeck, Division President for the iHeartMedia Markets Group.
“I’m thrilled to promote Joe to Senior Vice President of Promotions,” said Hopeck. “During his time with iHeartMedia New York, Joe has proven that he is more than qualified for this role. He has extensive experience overseeing all marketing and promotions initiatives for our New York City stations, as well as our national tentpole events. Joe is a natural leader and an exceptional collaborator. I’m confident that he will effectively evolve how we develop and execute promotions for our brands and our partners.”
De Angelis is a media veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, promotions, branding and sponsorships. He is elevated to Senior Vice President of Promotions after serving as Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia New York and National Event Brand Manager since 2015.
“iHeart has given me the incredible opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the business,” said De Angelis. “I am beyond excited to take these next steps and help push our world class brands to the next level.”
Todd Livingston Rises To GSM For Cumulus Birmingham
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has promoted Todd Livingston to General Sales Manager for Cumulus Birmingham. Livingston is a 32-year media executive who joined Cumulus Birmingham in July 2021 as Account Executive. Prior to that, he was Local Sales Manager for Spectrum Reach in Tuscaloosa. Livingston was Market Manager for Cumulus’ former Tuscaloosa radio station group from 2008-2014.
Livingstone began his career in 1989 as an Account Executive with Tuscaloosa radio stations WTUG-FM and WTSK-AM. He later became Sales Manager and then Director of Sales for Radio South’s Tuscaloosa station group. Livingston holds a B.A. degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Alabama.
” Todd Livingston commented: “I would like to thank James Robinson and the rest of the Cumulus family for the opportunity to be a part of the management team as one of the Sales Managers for Cumulus Media in Birmingham.”
NETWORKS: Compass Promotes Doug Ingold To VP/Affiliate Sales
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– Compass Media Networks has promoted Doug Ingold to Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Entertainment & Music Programming, effective immediately. Doug, who just celebrated his 8th anniversary with Compass Media Networks, will continue to be based out of the Company’s Los Angeles office and shall continue to spearhead distribution of some of the Company’s leading entertainment shows, including Big D & Bubba, Dave & Mahoney, Free Beer & Hot Wings, Rick Dees, Pop Crush Nights, Taste of Country, Ultimate Classic Rock and many others.
Doug Ingold comments, “Compass Media Networks commitment to Music & Entertainment Programming is strong and I’m grateful to be contributing to its long-term growth. It’s a privilege to serve our affiliates and partners with a tremendous roster of talent, shows and digital assets. Many thanks to our team for their support and much gratitude to Peter Kosann, Hiram Lazar, and Adam Wilbur.”
“Doug is a real pro and trusted adviser to help stations and groups achieve great success with syndication.” said Adam Wilbur, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Compass Media Networks. Free Beer & Hot Wings says, “Doug is a friend and a co-worker too! Funny, smart, and a problem solver. We are glad he is on our side!”
HONORS: Bennett Zier, SVP/MM For Audacy Virginia, Honored With Urban League's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2022 –– Zier was honored Monday night at The Urban League of Hampton Roads' 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders event. “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Audacy stations in Hampton Roads,” said Zier. “It’s our goal every day to embrace our local communities and partner with local leaders to build awareness in key areas like education, health and job growth...all while promoting compassion in our daily lives.”
This award is presented to individuals or groups who exemplify service, demonstrate the values modeled by Dr. King, and make significant contributions to the Hampton Roads community. This year, Pharrell Williams served as the keynote speaker for the virtual event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognize dedicated leaders in the Hampton Roads community.
Morning Show Boot Camp 34 Adding Podcasts To Its Sponsorship Menu
For the first time ever, MSBC is including podcasts in its menu items that will be available in its custom sponsorship packages.
For a limited number of sponsors, special 30-40 minute podcasts moderated by Marie LeMaitre (R), creator of The Radio Fam, a fast-growing industry brand, will be available to air both before or after MSBC 34, slated for Chicago on August 18 & 19 at the Swissotel in Chicago.
* Sponsors can choose up to 2 guests to participate, The other 2 will be selected from the current list.
WABE Atlanta Rebrands; Replaces 5-Year Old Slogan With Amplifying Atlanta'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2022 –– Starting Wednesday, Public Broadcasting Atlanta is revamping its branding for its radio station, TV station, website and app, using the WABE moniker for everything. The AJC's Rodney Ho says the corporate name will be WABE as well, effectively retiring the name Public Broadcasting Atlanta. The changes, with help from a local branding company Matchstic, include a fresh logo, updated ID music and a new slogan: “Amplifying Atlanta.” This replaces the five-year-old radio slogan “Where ATL meets NPR.”
“We know that the simplicity and elegance of WABE will help us be more effective in building awareness about our shows,” said Jennifer Dorian, the CEO and president of WABE. She joined the operation a year ago after a long run at Turner Broadcasting. In essence, she added, “it’s about strengthening our position in Atlanta and eliminating confusion.” Ho reports in metro Atlanta, WABE competes directly with Georgia Public Broadcasting, which relies heavily on government subsidies but also has to serve the entire state with nine TV stations and 19 radio stations. (About 41% of GPB’s annual budget comes from a state appropriation.) In comparison, a vast majority of WABE’s funding comes from individuals and corporate underwriting.
On the radio side, Doran is happy that the WABE flagship radio station has a relatively young listenership, with a median age of 44. The station’s demographics also reflect the city of Atlanta as a whole, with 35% of its listeners Black. About 7% of its listening is through streaming and she hopes to grow that to 20% in the coming years. READ MORE HERE
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105.9 WMAL DC Debuts New Morning Co-Hosts On O’Connor And Company Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has tapped a new slate of co-hosts joining Host Larry O’Connor on 105.9 WMAL’s popular morning show, O’Connor and Company. Amber Athey, Washington Editor at The Spectator, Julie Gunlock, Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at Independent Women’s Forum, and Patrice Onwuka, political commentator and Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Independent Women’s Forum, debut today on 105.9 WMAL, and can be heard on O’Connor and Company Monday through Friday from 5:00am-9:00am. Athey, Gunlock and Onwuka have been well-received by 105.9 WMAL listeners as guest-hosts on the show in recent months.
Bill Hess, WMAL Program Director, said: “We are excited to welcome these fresh voices to WMAL. Their varied life experiences, chemistry with Larry and with each other, and opinions on the issues of the day serve to create compelling content each weekday morning.” Larry O’Connor, Host of O’Connor and Company, commented: “Having a daily conversation with Julie, Amber and Patrice about what matters most to the people of our community is an absolute pleasure. From the halls of the Capitol to the vital debates at our local school boards, these intelligent and engaging women bring insights and humor that represent the best of Washington. It's a genuine honor to team up with them every morning on WMAL.”
SYNDICATION: The Kidd Kraddick Show Relaunches In Amarillo After Just 17 Days Off The Air
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– Amarillo listeners are excited for the return of YEA Networks’ “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” to the market on Townsquare Media’s KMXJ / Mix 94.1. Hosted by J-Si Chavez, Kellie Rasberry, Big Al Mack, Ana Castillejos and Part-Time Justin, the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show has been on in Amarillo for more than 20 years.
J-Si, host of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show said, “The Amarillo market has been one of our biggest supporters over the years. Lots of KiddNation Members from there drop by our Dallas studio each year, we’ve done numerous market visits, and many families from the area have been selected for our Kidd’s Kids Trip to Disney World. We’re so glad to have found a new home in the Panhandle.”
Kurt Johnson, SVP/Content and Programming for Townsquare Media added, “We’re proud to be a longtime partner with Yea and KKMS. Proven winners for a long time. I love the excellent service and our listeners and clients love the show.” The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is available from YEA Networks by contacting Scott Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-270-2836
Joel Burke Named Program Director At KORA-FM Bryan-College Station
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– John Seigler, Vice President and General Manager of Brazos Valley Communications, Ltd. announces the hiring of Joel Burke as Program Director of legendary 98-3 KORA in Bryan-College Station, Texas. “We’re happy to announce that Joel Burke has been hired as Program Director for KORA in addition to Afternoon Drive Host of our heritage country station in Bryan- College Station. Joel brings a passion and appreciation for local radio and its role in bringing communities, organizations and people together. We look forward to Joel's leadership with the wealth of knowledge and experience he has, which is obvious from all the awards and recognition he has received during his career ” Seigler said.
Joel is a radio veteran with experience in many areas of radio, including on-air, operations manager, and program director for multiple stations and clusters around Texas, as well as other parts of the U.S. During the ten years spent at KYGO, he received countless awards, including the Radio & Records Country PD of the Year in 2004 & 2008 in addition to Radio Ink magazine’s top 15 Country PDs for six years in a row. Also, during his tenure at KYGO, the station received many national awards, including, 5 NAB Marconi Awards, 3 Radio &Records awards and 5 CMA awards - three for morning show and two for the station! Joel also served on the Country Radio Broadcasters board of directors for seven years.
AdLarge Expands Podcast Portfolio With Murdaugh Murders - Profiled On ABC’s 20/20
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– AdLarge announced it has welcomed the Murdaugh Murders podcast into the company’s ad sales network portfolio. This addition furthers AdLarge’s commitment to partnering with creators focused on responsible content that sheds new light, heightens awareness and seeks justice for victims. Named #5 in the top new shows of 2021 by Apple Podcasts, the wildly popular Murdaugh Murders podcast is hosted by award winning journalist and FITSNews.com News Director, Mandy Matney (L), and provides unmatched insight into several horrific deaths, botched investigations and newly-uncovered crimes that are all interconnected.
Matney was interviewed on ABC’s 20/20 episode last Friday, covering the twists and turns of this ongoing investigation. Focused on three missions; expose the truth, get the story straight and give a voice to the voiceless, Mandy is the only investigative journalist who’s been covering the powerful Murdaugh family of South Carolina since the 2019 boat crash that killed Mallory Beach.
Cathy Csukas (R), Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AdLarge said, “Mandy dives deeper than any other news coverage on this case. Her in-depth research and insight has generated an extremely captivated and engaged audience. We can't wait to share the powerful reach of her podcast with our advertiser partners.” Murdaugh Murders is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Steve Goldstein: Why So Many Branded Podcasts FailTHE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– In Amplifi Media's chief Steve Goldstein's latest blog he writes: There are several companies pitching businesses to hop on the branded podcast bandwagon. We make branded podcasts, and we think many will fail. Here's why: It’s the most challenging category in all of audio. That’s why we’re kicking off the new year with a two-part post that gives you the essential ingredients to win with branded podcasts and determine if it is right for your business.
Despite the hopes and wishes of many companies, most people simply don’t want to engage with a brand or business. It is a high hurdle to get them to care. As Bob Hoffman reminds his Ad Contrarian readers, “no one in his right mind volunteers for advertising.” True that. I like my orange juice just fine, but I don’t need a podcast about it.
Of course, there are exceptions where there is a wonderful synergetic relationship between a brand and a podcast. We know a good deal about this. Amplifi Media and Sound That Brands co-produce what podcast insiders consider the most successful branded podcast anywhere. It has millions of downloads under its belt, and when a new episode is released, it rockets to the top of the chart in its prolific category.
You won’t find the client's name on either of our websites. We have a non-disclosure agreement that prevents us from publicly mentioning them by name. But we can share some learnings from this podcast and our other well-known brand partners.
If you want to find success with branded audio, all of these building blocks are necessary: put the listener first, give your audio a sound that represents who you are or what you do, and provide valuable quality content in an innovative way. In Part II, we’ll share a valuable and practical chart we use that helps our clients determine if a branded podcast is the right move.
For part one of our branded podcast series, we’re sharing four proven building blocks to deliver a winning branded podcast. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
AWMF Extends Deadline For the 2022 Gracie Award Entries; In-Person Gala Set For May 24th
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced that the final deadline to submit entries for the 47th annual Gracie Awards has been extended until January 27, 2022. The regular deadline, with no additional fee, is January 20, 2022 (11:59 pm ET). The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in television, radio/audio and digital media. Submissions from all facets of media are encouraged. A full list of the categories can be found here.
“We know the circumstances of the past two years led to delivering content to audiences in ways we never expected, which is why we are more committed than ever to honoring the remarkable work that has been created by, for and about women,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF president. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracie Awards enable the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media even during times of uncertainty.”
The Gracie Awards Gala is still currently scheduled for an in-person celebration May 24 at the famed Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire and Gracie Awards Luncheon for June 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street. AWMF extends gratitude to its ongoing donors and sponsors committed to furthering the mission of the organization including Crown Media Family Networks, CNN, and NCTA – The Internet and Television Association.
The Gracie Awards are also honored to have the leadership of Ms. Heather Cohen, Executive Vice President, The Weiss Agency; Annie Howell, Chief Communications Officer, Crown Media Family Networks; and Mike McVay, McVay Media Consulting as Gracies Co-Chairs and Mr. Vicangelo Bulluck serving as Executive Producer.
The application to judge content for The Gracie Awards is available until January 28, 2022. Learn more about Gracies judging and view the application at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/judging/.
Jacobs Free CES 2022 Webinar Set For Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 19th At 2pm ET/11am PT
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 –– Having just returned from the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jacobs Media head, Fred Jacobs says, "We’d like to share what we saw and what we learned – the trends and gadgets that will be impacting radio as well as all of you in the years ahead – in a free webinar on Wednesday, January 19th at 2:00pm ET/11am PT."
Fred says, "We're talking cars, robots, AI, health and wellness, and even the metaverse in tomorrow's free webinar, “Inside CES 2022.” Join me, Paul Jacobs, and tour guide extraordinaire Shawn DuBruvac for a fast-moving walk-through of this amazing show – and what its innovations mean to broadcast radio. f you’d like to attend this free webinar, simply register by clicking HERE .
CONDOLENCES: Collegues Remember Beloved Chicago Sportscaster Les Grobstein
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2021 –– Chicago media scribe Robert Feder reports that the death of veteran Chicago radio sportscaster Les Grobstein elicited an outpouring of tributes and recollections from media colleagues. Grobstein, 69, who died Sunday at his home in Elk Grove Village, was remembered for his five-decade career on the air here, including the last 12 years as overnight host on Audacy sports/talk WSCR 670-AM. He also was remembered for a lot more. Here’s a sampling of reactions from Grobstein’s colleagues:
Tommy Edwards: My family is still in shock over Les Grobstein’s passing. We have so many memories of him and the WLS 89ers. He was kind, thoughtful and he cared so deeply about the sports he covered. His memory was remarkable. And he was a very good friend to my family. RIP, old friend.
John Gehron: I was stunned to hear the news. He was such a part of WLS history. I was always amazed by his memory for sports events.
Mitch Rosen: Our staff is devastated. Our audience lost a great friend overnight. Les was a legend that will never be forgotten. He was a best friend to so many that knew him that he never knew. That’s the power of radio. PHOTO/670 The Score - READ MORE HERE
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Stars Take The Stage At iHeart's ALTer EGO 2022; Couple Gets Engaged During Performance
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 –– The 2022 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One celebrated everything Alternative Rock LIVE in front of music fans on Saturday evening with unforgettable performances from All Time Low, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Måneskin, twenty one pilots and WILLOW, at the historic Forum in Los Angeles, California. The event also included special guest performance from Avril Lavigne.
The event broadcasted live across over 75 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations and LiveOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVO) (“LiveOne”) exclusively streamed all performances on livexlive.com. Adding to the occasion, a couple decided to get engaged during Coldplay's performance - Watch HERE
Now in its fifth year, the music of iHeartRadio’s Alternative and Rock stations and the iHeartRadio App came to life with an extraordinary lineup presented by Capital One at The Forum on January 15, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
MIW Radio Group Welcomes 3 New Board Members
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a designated 501(c)(3), is pleased to announce three new members to its Board of Directors: Haley Jones of MRC Data; Melissa Mitchell of Bonneville International; and Brittney Jackson of Urban One/Radio One, Inc. Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. consists of top-level female radio professionals who use their experience, influence, and resources to help other women in radio develop management and leadership skills.
Brittney Jackson (TL) currently serves as the General and Digital Sales Manager for Urban One/Radio One Inc. in Richmond, VA where she is responsible for recruiting and developing new talent, leading multi-platform sales efforts, and increasing annual revenue.
Haley Jones (C) serves as Head of Independents for MRC Data where she oversees independent labels, small radio groups, and managers with music intelligence for today. She previously spent over 20 years programming radio, shaping legendary brands such as KFOG in San Francisco, KGSR in Austin, and KMTT in Seattle.
Melissa Mitchell (TR) is Bonneville International’s Director of Finance, Corporate Controller and located in their Denver market. Melissa has over 25 years of broadcast experience. She has been an active member of the Media Financial Management Association, and its Board, since 2008 and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff said, “We are extremely fortunate to have not one but three powerhouses join our Board. Their success speaks for itself; it's their willingness to pay it forward for the good of women and our industry that makes each so special and appreciated. I’d be remiss in not thanking the three Members leaving our Board as their terms end: Kay Olin, Principal Olin & Associates, and past MIW Spokeswoman, whose constant leadership, dedication, and long term participation profoundly impacted MIW and me personally; Valerie Blackburn, Principal VKB Consulting, whose financial expertise led MIW through the arduous process of establishing a formal 501(c)(3) status; and Beth Neuhoff President & CEO Neuhoff Media who provided invigorating energy and challenging ideas that MIW will push ever forward.” Photos left to right: Brittney Jackson, Haley Jones, and Melissa Mitchell)
Country Music Hall of Famer, Broadcasting Legend Ralph Emery Passes Away At 88
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 –– Walter Ralph Emery, Country Music Hall of Famer and host of the TNN primetime talk show "Nashville Now," died Saturday at the age of 88. Emery "passed away peacefully" surrounded by his family Saturday morning at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, his family wrote in a statement.
"Ralph and I go way back," Loretta Lynn said in a tweet Saturday. "He was a Nashville original and you cannot underestimate the role he played in the growth and success of country music. He made you feel at ease and interviewed everyone just like an old friend." According to The Tennessean, Emery was known as a local morning show staple and member of the community. "Ralph Emery's impact in expanding country music's audience is incalculable," Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a statement Saturday. "On radio and on television, he allowed fans to get to know the people behind the songs.
Emery leaves behind his wife, Joy Emery, his three sons, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced. PHOTO/Country Music Hall of Fame
Famed LA Talk Host Michael Jackson Dies at 87
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 –– Michael Robin Jackson, a talk radio personality who broadcast for more than 32 years at KABC Radio in Los Angeles, died on Saturday at his California residence. He was 87 years old. Variety reports the former radio host had been enduring Parkinson’s disease for the past decade.
Jackson began his stateside career in radio working as a DJ in San Francisco at KYA and KEWB before moving to Los Angeles to work at KHJ and news station KNX. In 1966, Jackson moved to KABC, beginning a decades-spanning tenure as a talk show host at the station. In 1998, he left KABC and moved across talks shows at KRLA, KLAC and KGIL until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 73. Over the course of his career, Jackson broadcast at KABC and was syndicated on the ABC Radio Network for nearly a decade. He has received four Golden Mike Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an induction into the Radio Hall of Fame and an honorary doctorate of laws from Western School of Law.
The family asks that donation be given to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in memory of Jackson.
NETWORKS: Compass Launches Six New Weekend Versions Of Shows Produced by Townsquare
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 ––Compass Media Networks announced the launch of six new syndicated weekend shows, comprising 10 new hours of unique programming each, and available immediately for affiliates. The six new shows are weekend versions of the successful weeknight shows produced by Townsquare Media that are already represented by Compass Media Networks and air on a collective 381 affiliate radio stations around the country:
Each show will have two five-hour episodes, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, and each show has a distinct personality and vibe, with a vibrant and dynamic hosts.
PopCrush Weekends (CHR Version) will feature the PopCrush Top 25 Countdown to kick off the show, counting down the biggest pop songs of the week and voted on by listeners using the PopCrush mobile app. The countdown will be hosted by multimedia star Donny Meacham, who has been a writer for OK! Magazine, a TV host for Reelz TV, a podcaster for iHeartMedia, and a radio personality for SiriusXM and Press Communications.
PopCrush Weekends (Hot AC Version) offers 5 hours of today’s top hits and the best throwbacks from the ‘00s, combined with fun and irreverent insights on pop culture and lifestyle from trendsetting Nashville personality Lauryn Snapp, (L)formerly of ‘CMT Radio Live’ and ‘After Midnite with Cody Alan.’ Lauryn brings exuberance and vitality to every trending topic she covers on the show.
XXL Higher Level Weekends brings XXL Magazine’s unparalleled influence in Hip-Hop to the airwaves on the weekends. Weeknight features showrunner Joey Ech.
Taste of Country Weekends extends the reach of the biggest country music brand on the internet and the popularity of the Taste of Country Nights weeknight radio show by bringing Nashville to North America every weekend. Country radio mainstay Jess Rowe hosts the weekend party.
Ultimate Classic Rock Weekends serves up the best music ever made, along with stories from the road, backstage, and the recording studios that made it magical for decades from host Matt Wardlaw, longtime rock radio veteran and editor of www.UltimateClassicRock.com.
Loudwire Weekends carries the tradition of Loudwire Nights by playing ALL the Rock that matters, plus rare live versions, special artist blocks, and great songs you may have forgotten. The biggest names in rock regularly stop by to chat or spin their favorite tracks. It's hosted by Todd Fooks.
Townsquare SVP/Programming and Content Kurt Johnson added, “These shows will become a regular destination for our weekend listeners. Each show is curated by an expert programmer, hosted by a compelling and engaging host, and woven with info and entertainment from the leading music websites in the world.” Adam Wilbur, SVP of Affiliate Sales for Compass Media Networks said, “Our ability to deliver quality, reliable weekend programming along with some of the most well-known online brands for music fans in these formats should give radio station listeners and programmers a chance to settle in and enjoy the community we are building.” Radio stations that are interested in airing these shows should contact Compass Media Networks at email@example.com or 310-242-8746. READ MORE HERE
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On KIIM-99.5 Tucson's Krystal Pino
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2022 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Krystal Pino, midday host on Cumulus' KIIM 99.5 Tucson. Pino's story as a DJ began the moment she heard New York's Angie Martinez (right). She tells Jockline, "I was 14, and I was obsessed. I finally got to experience my show in college. My firstovernight show was from 3a-6a, on KTSC Rev 89 in Pueblo, CO at the end of 2002. By the start of the next semester, I was promoted to the Morning Show. After graduating \in 2005, I got my first job in commercial radio at KILO 94.3 Colorado Springs as a weekender and part-timer. I was only there for half a year before I got the opportunity of a lifetime to host a morning show on HOT 98.3 in Tucson, Arizona."
Like so many others in radio, Krystal experienced her first layoff after a new PD was hired. "I was devastated," she says. "I picked myself up and moved back to Denver for a street team/promotions job at iHeart. I gave the VP of programming my aircheck, and by the next week, I was officially on-air in a major market. I loved that job, and I loved the people, but my impatience got the best of me. After having my first daughter, I thought I wasn’t moving up fast enough, so I moved back to Tucson to work for KFMA 102.1. That didn’t last long; I had a college degree and was making less than minimum wage. So, I packed up my things again and moved back to Denver to pursue middays on HOT 107.1." Krystal then faced another layoff, "I was with the company for a couple of years before I was laid off at 4-months pregnant. This was another devastating blow not only to my career but my self-esteem."
From there she moved around, 92.5 the Wolf and 98.5 KYGO Denver before landing full-time at Westwood One."I enjoyed management and my time there but decided to pursue MD/APD strips at 106.3 the Groove in Tucson," she said. "I was with the station for two years before it sold to another company. After two years there, I found myself on the beach in the middle of a pandemic. I all but gave up my radio dreams at that point. That’s when my networking paid off, though."
"I had been in touch continuously with another PD in town, and when the opportunity was right, I was offered a job. I started at Cumulus’ 97.5 the Vibe and eventually graduated to the heritage Country station in town KIIM FM 99.5. Currently, I do middays here and am the in-game host for the Arizona Women’s Basketball team".
Outside of radio, Krystal says, "A typical day consist of getting up to do some yoga, drink some coffee, get my three daughters on their way to school. Once they’re at school, I can prep for my show. I’m live, and I love every minute of it. My days can be pretty chaotic trying to balance my radio show, social pages, in-game hosting, and family life. But, I would much rather welcome the chaos than be sitting at home wishing I was doing it. I realize how incredibly blessed I am to continue to be presented with radio jobs. I will never take it for granted."
Among those who Krystal says helped get here where she is today include: Cheri Marquart,
Smokey Rivers and
And where would Krystal like to see your future take her? "Acting. I love comedy. I love doing stand-up. I would love to get my own TV show eventually. I want to do a sketch comedy show. I am constantly doing impersonations, trying to perfect them. Making people laugh is what I love to do. We sometimes forget, as radio DJs, that the things we say and do can significantly impact our listeners. Make them smile and laugh. Make them feel good about themselves. Change their day. You’ll have a listener for life if you can do that."
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Townsquare Utica Announces Retirement of PD/Morning Co-Host Bill McAdams
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 ––Townsquare Media Utica, home to Big Frog 104 (WFRG), Lite 98.7 (WLZW), 96.1 The Eagle (WODZ), WIBX 950 (WIBX), and 96.9 WOUR, announced the retirement of Bill “Tad Pole” McAdams, Brand Manager and co-host of the “Tad and Polly” morning show on Big Frog 104. Bill’s co-host and spouse, Stacey “Polly Wogg” McAdams, will get a new morning show partner with the addition of Carl Neff.
“We are so incredibly thankful for Bill McAdams’ immeasurable contributions to Townsquare Media. As a programming leader over the last decade, he has helped build WFRG/Big Frog 104 into a mammoth radio brand, and helped expand WFRG and all of our stations into successful, multi-media brands,” said Townsquare Utica Market President Karen Carey. “We wish Bill the absolute best in his well-deserved retirement.” Carey continued, “We are excited to welcome Carl Neff back home to our Townsquare Media team, as Big Frog 104’s new Morning Show Co-Host, with Polly. Carl is a fresh, energetic talent who is excited to connect with the Big Frog 104 audience. Carl is starting with this sage advice: Put on your seatbelt, Carl, because you are in for one heck of a ride with Polly!”
Neff first joined Townsquare Media as an intern in 2018 and worked his way up to weekend part-time on 96.1 The Eagle and Big Frog 104. After graduating SUNY Oswego for Broadcasting in 2020, he worked as afternoon news anchor on WHCU in Ithaca New York. He returns to his hometown and Townsquare to co-host mornings with Polly on Big Frog 104.
The Nation Pauses To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2021 –– Each year on the third Monday of January we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to reflect on the life and achievements of the beloved civil rights leader — best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. After his death, U.S. Representative John Conyers and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday.
On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall, to create a federal holiday honoring King. According to nationaltoday.com, The bill had passed the Senate by a count of 78 to 22, and the House of Representatives by 338 to 90. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. It’s observed on the third Monday of January rather than directly on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday because it follows the guidelines of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
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SYNDICATION: Westwood One Launches 'The Eliott & Nina Show' Beginning January 17th
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– The long-rumored pairing of 'Eliott & Nina” was officially announced yesterday by Westwood One. The all new 'Eliott & Nina Show will begin airing from Atlanta's Westwood One studios on Monday, January 17th, each weeknight from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight, “Eliott and Nina are poised to reimagine and recharge nighttime CHR,” said Brian Philips, Executive Vice President of Content and Audience. “Bringing chemistry, comedy and cultural relevance, they will light up every platform with this fast-paced new entry.”
“Eliott and Nina are the perfect duo to anchor our new nationally syndicated evening show. Combined, they have covered both coasts and every corner of this country and know better than anyone how to reach the young adult demo and build a loyal following nationwide,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Eliott & Nina” is available via satellite receiver. For more information on “Eliott & Nina,” contact Todd Alan at (212) 735-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eliott King spent 10 years hosting radio gigs across the country including iHeart WIOQ/Q102 Philadelphia and nights & Radio One's NOW 100.9/Indianapolis.. Nina Hajian, most recently co-hosted mornings on B96 Chicago and before then held a similar role at 92.3 Amp/WBMP New York. She got her start in Seattle where se served as radio’s exclusive red-carpet correspondent at major Hollywood events such as the Grammy Awards, American Idol finales, FOX Premieres, and Teen Choice Awards. Nina has been recognized nationally for her work with two Gracie Awards in three years. Nina raises awareness for breast cancer and suicide prevention.
Jon Hansen To Host 'Your Money Matters' On WGN Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– Beginning Monday, February 7, WGN Radio will add the show “Your Money Matters” hosted by Jon Hansen to its weekday programming schedule. Airing Monday through Thursday, 6pm to 7pm, “Your Money Matters” will feature topics including the basics of personal finance, investing and wealth management, financial security, financial literacy, and retirement planning.
"I’m looking forward to engaging with experts who can help everyone – no matter their financial background. “Your Money Matters” will be a show driven by the listeners’ questions with their needs and financial goals in mind – and I promise we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.” “No one is more knowledgeable in hyper-local business and community news than Jon Hansen,” said WGN Radio Vice President and General Manager Mary Sandberg Boyle. “He is the perfect host to navigate these challenging topics and make them relatable to our audience.”
A native of Downers Grove and graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jon Hansen is an Emmy winning TV, radio, and podcast host. Hansen has hosted several programs on WCIU-TV including You & Me, The Jam and Chicago Food To Go. He has also worked for Block Club Chicago, its predecessor DNAinfo, and has been with the Chicago Blackhawks since 2011 as emcee and in-arena stadium host. Hansen also hosts “Let’s Get Legal” on WGN Radio on Saturday afternoons.
Hubbard's WDRV-FM Awarded Two Silver Domes
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– This week, Hubbard's WDRV accepted two awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. The Silver Dome Awards were presented to WDRV in two categories. The “Best Radio Station Community Service“ trophy was presented for The Drive’s “Friday Night Singalong” series in which the City of Chicago partnered with The Drive and lit the Downtown Chicago Skyline in red, white and blue during a surge in the pandemic.
Thousands of Classic Rock fans took to their porches, patios and balconies every Friday night to sing along with some of the greatest and most inspirational songs of all time.
The second Silver Dome was awarded for The Drive’s “Behind The Song” podcast series, hosted by Janda Lane. Now entering its fifth year in production, “Behind The Song” dives deep into the lyrics of some of Classic Rock’s most legendary titles with details and perspective on the singers, songwriters and inspirations that provided the foundation for each song.
On accepting the awards, WDRV Program Director / Brand Manager, Rob Cressman, commented “We are so very proud to have been considered for this high honor from The Illinois Broadcasters Association. Our team at The Drive is second to none and I am fortunate to be associated with such a talented group. To see such hard work and perseverance recognized is highly rewarding. It fuels our collective determination to perpetually strive for excellence in all that we do. Accepting these awards in the midst of the ongoing pandemic furthers our resolve to reach higher heights in spite of the associated obstacles and challenges.”
Audacy To Debut 3 New Sunday Shows On BETQL
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– Audacy has announced the upcoming debut of three new Sunday shows on BetQL Network, effective January 16. “BetQL 5 Star Weekend,” 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET Hosted by 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) on-air host Chris Mack and CBS Sports Radio’s Damon Amendolara, “BetQL 5 Star Weekend” will use BetQL’s star rating system to preview all of the best bets for the day and the week ahead. 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) evening host Jeremy Conn will serve as a guest host until February 20. *Starting February 20, “BetQL 5 Star Weekend” will air from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.
“Sunday’s Bets,” 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET The action doesn’t stop on Sundays. The Team 980 (WTEM-AM) morning show host Travis Thomas and BetQL Network hosts Quinton Mayo and Michael Jenkins keep listeners up to date with all of the best action from a busy day in sports.
“BetNation,” 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET From bad beats to best bets, CBS Sports Radio’s Shaun Morash and Audacy’s alternative national evening host Kevan Kenney take the pulse of the nation from a sports betting perspective.
“As football season turns the corner for the home stretch, we’re pleased to introduce three dynamic Sunday shows to help bettors get ready for all the action across the sports world,” said Matt Volk, Vice President of Sports, Audacy. “These three programs will continue to put fans in position to win on Sundays, no matter the season.” Audacy subsequently announces BetQL writer Lucy Burdge will join “Back to the Futures” and co-host alongside Brandon Sprague, Sunday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
iHeart Debuts 'Welcome To Our Show' With Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone & Lamorne Morris
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– iHeartRadio has launched "Welcome to Our Show", a 'New Girl' rewatch podcast, hosted by the show's stars Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris. The first episode of "Welcome to Our Show" will be available on iHeartRadioand all major podcast platforms beginning Monday, January 24th. "'Welcome to Our Show' will bring listeners the same hilarious and warm-hearted energy that 'New Girl' originally brought to its audience just over 10 years ago," said Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, iHeartPodcast Network. "It was simply one of the funniest and most relatable shows in recent decades and we're excited to have Zooey, Hannah and Lamorne join the iHeartRadio family to relive the show's best moments and leave us nostalgic for another laugh in the loft."
"I am overjoyed to work again with two of my favorite people, Lamorne and Hannah, and to get to relive some of our favorite moments from the seven years we worked on 'New Girl,'" said Zooey. "The fans have been flooding my inbox and timelines with requests for behind the scenes intel. Well, here we go!" said Lamorne. "We're so pumped that iHeart is giving us this platform to connect with our fans. So dope. All of their questions will be answered….and we also tell weird stories."
Welcome to Our Show" is distributed by The iHeartPodcast Network and available everywhere podcasts are heard.
WWQM-FM Madison On The Hunt For A Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2022 –– Q106 WWQM Madison is looking for a strong two way communicator on air, online and in person. Must have Social Media skills – ability to attract friends, followers and fans. Superior audio editing production skills. Ability to run controls in on air and prod studios. Daily preparation regimen. Minimum 5 years radio or like experience, with a growth mindset.
The proper candidate should also have the ability to write creatively for on air, web and social media. Be equally comfortable in bars, conference rooms and client meetings. Have the willingness to endorse client products. Appreciate, support and believe in the "country" lifestyle. Ability to improvise and be competent with web based dashboards.
It would be helpful if the candidate has Video Production and Editing Skills. Local knowledge of Madison and Wisconsin lifestyle and culture. Experience in Music Scheduling, Google docs, Adobe Suite, Photoshop or equivalent software skills are a plus but not required. Interested candidates should email Demo and resume to Randy Hawke. VP of Programming and Content MWF Madison. email@example.com. No calls. No Social DMs accepted.
Cumulus Inks New Long-Term Deal With Doug Hamand
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has signed a new long-term agreement with Doug Hamand, Vice President, Programming Operations. Hamand joined CUMULUS MEDIA in January 2016 as Vice President, Programming Operations. He was previously Senior Vice President, Programming, for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel, where he served that company in various senior programming posts, including Regional Vice President, Programming, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, for 21 years.
John Dimick, SVP, Programming Operations, CUMULUS MEDIA, commented: “Doug is a fierce competitor and expects the best from our content teams. His expertise and experience with multiple formats have enabled Cumulus to maintain its leadership position." Doug Hamand remarked: “Working the last five years with this team of exceptionally talented Format VP’s, alongside Brian Philips, John Dimick and Greg Frey has been rewarding! I am glad to have helped PDs and Market Managers in key Cumulus cities achieve success in ratings and revenue. I look forward to serving these markets and the industry for more years to come.”
Mark & Jem Take Mornings At 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Mark and Jem in the Morning have joined 106.5 ELMNT FM as the new morning show hosts, effective immediately. Starting Monday, January 10th, Mark Strong and Jemeni can be heard weekdays from 6:00 - 10:00 am on 106.5 ELMNT FM, as well as the Radio Player Canada and iHeart Radio apps. 1
“Mark and Jem have been a beloved duo of Toronto residents for years,” Station Manager Andrew Johnson says. “We are proud to have them as part of the 106.5 ELMNT FM team. “106.5 ELMNT FM understands the importance of showcasing Toronto’s rich diversity,” Johnson adds — a noteworthy sentiment that aligns with Mark and Jem. With 20 years of history as long-beloved on-air personalities, Mark and Jem have been waking up Toronto — all while helping break emerging artists, and giving a voice to the Black community."
Standing in continued allyship with Indigenous people, they also maintain their longstanding commitment and history of using their platform to elevate the stories and voices of marginalized communities. Award-winning Sound Designer and Production Director Azeem Haq recently joined the ELMNT FM team as well, and will be responsible for the Imaging of Mark and Jem — as well as the station, as a whole.
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Veritone Brings Synthetic Cloning Capabilities To The Bert Show's Bert Weiss
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Veritone, Inc. creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, announced it has signed a deal with The Bert Show, hosted by Georgia Radio Hall of Famer Bert Weiss. Selecting Veritone’s award-winning MARVEL.ai for its high-quality custom synthetic voice cloning solution, the popular nationally syndicated morning show can securely and efficiently create text-to-speech and speech-to-speech versions of Bert’s iconic and sought-after voice for a myriad of projects without his physical presence required.
“Partnering with The Bert Show to bring synthetic voice capabilities through MARVEL.ai is a significant step for us both” Tweet this “I am really excited to start using Veritone’s MARVEL.ai. Seems like it makes the impossible possible,” says Weiss, who began hosting the show in 2001. “They say you can’t be in two places at the same time but we’re sure getting close. Between The Bert Show syndication, my new podcasting network, Pionaire, my family and my nonprofit organization, Bert’s Big Adventure, time is at a premium. We’re all pressed for time. Recutting production or creating new promotional content is vital but time consuming. I’m excited to start experimenting with MARVEL.ai’s synthetic voice quality. And it sure looks easy to use."
Veritone promises us professional services, guidance and support to give our Show Director Tommy Owen the ability to develop original content and repurpose audio clips with nothing needed from me other than my consent. Not only will that reduce production cost but also expands where and how my voice can be heard.”
Nationally syndicated through Cumulus Media in 27 markets across the U.S and originating from the studios of Atlanta-based WWWQ, a Top 40 outlet branded as Q100, The Bert Show features Weiss along with co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins and Moe Mitchell
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105.3 HOT FM Grand Rapid's Jackie Green Back In Las Vegas To Compete For Mrs. World Title
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– WORLD props are now in order for Mrs. America 2022, Jackie Blankenship, aka Jackie Green, co-host on 105.3 HOT FM Grand Rapid's Gray & Green Show. She's set to represent the country at Mrs. World Competition in Las Vegas this Saturday.
Jackie was crowned Mrs. America back in November (JL 11/27/21). She is now back in Vegas for the next line of competition, representing the entire United States while competing for the title of Mrs. World, which. according to WZZM 13 TV, she calls an honor.
The Gray & Green Show (R), is West Michigan's first all female morning show. She and Rachel Gray have been waking up West Michigan together on 105.3 HOT FM Grand Rapids since 2019.
Rachel will soon mark her 10th year with the station. Jackie Green started her broadcast career hosting nights and middays at sister-station WGRD-FM before segueing to TV. In 2016, Jackie moved back to radio for afternoons on 105.3 HOT FM, then joined Rachel in 2019 for mornings. Send Jackie, a 'Boot Camp regular, your best HERE
John Foxx Adds Brand Manager Stripes For Audacy's 100.3 The Bull Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Audacy has named John Foxx Brand Manager of 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM) in Houston, effective January 12. He will continue to serve as Regional Vice President of Country Music Programming. “100.3 The Bull embodies the spirit of not only the Houston community but country music, and we’re delighted to have a seasoned pro like John Foxx take over the reins,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Houston. “John’s experience and relationships inside this format makes him a perfect fit for us, and we look forward to him ushering in the next chapter of KILT…just in time for the ‘Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.’”
“I'm really excited to partner with Sarah Frazier and join the incredible team at 100.3 The Bull,” said Foxx. “This is one of the best times in Texas as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the ‘Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’ on KILT next month. Country Music is my love…it's that simple.”
Foxx joined Audacy in 2009. His 22-year career in the radio industry includes experience in multiple formats, with stops as program director and afternoon drive host of WPLJ and Brand Manager of WNSH-FM in New York.
Jae' Nash Fills Middays On WBHK-FM Birmingham
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– SummitMedia, LLC named Jae’ Nash as the new midday personality and promotions director for 98.7 Kiss (WBHK-FM). Nash brings more than a decade of experience in media and entertainment, having served as a radio personality, television host, actress, and reality star.
Most recently, she was an on-air personality at WVEE-FM and WJZA-FM in Atlanta. Off the air, she worked as promotions director for WJZA-FM and was the community relations director at The Atlanta Voice.
'We’re excited that Jae is joining 98-7 KISS, for middays from 10a-3pm; her energy and passion will be a welcomed addition to the 98-7 KISS Family.” said Director of Birmingham Programming Maurice DeVoe. “She also brings a fresh perspective to the market and years of experience in marketing and promotions. Georgia Trend Magazine named Nash a “40 Under 40” in 2019 for her business and philanthropic efforts. In 2016, she was selected to attend The United State of Women summit in Washington D.C., with former First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett and former President Barack Obama.
Brad Ashley, Co-Host Of The Ashley & Brad Show, Becomes Voice Of Frankenstein In 'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' On Amazon Prime
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Brad Abrell, one half of the G Networks’ nationally syndicated Ashley & Brad show, lends his voice to the role of Frankenstein in the Sony Pictures Animation feature film Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, premiering this Friday, January 14, on Amazon Prime.
Abrell’s fellow castmates include Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Hull, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and Keegan-Michael Key. Abrell is excited about the release, saying, “I’m honored to be a part of such an amazing cast! It’s always a blast to voice characters for animation, and Frankenstein is no exception! To be a part of the ‘Drac Pack’ for Hotel Transylvania: Transfomania is a thrill.”
Ashley & Brad is produced by Skid Trax Voice Tracking Service (www.skidtrax.net) and is available as part of G Networks’ daypartable programming. It is available as a four-hour show, Monday through Friday, and is great for Hot AC, Classic Hits, or Country formats. Ashley & Brad is primarily a morning show that also works in any daypart. To learn more about Ashley & Brad contact G Networks’ Rich O’Brien at (o) 212-380-9338, (c) 617-984-9625, or firstname.lastname@example.org About G Networks
Jordan Lee Joins Paragon As Consultant
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Radio Milwaukee Station Director Jordan Lee is exiting the station to join Paragon Media Strategies as a Consultant. Lee begins his consulting career at Paragon on January 31 after 13 years at Radio Milwaukee, where he previously served as Program Director and on-air talent.
Lee, who previously assisted Paragon’s consulting efforts with the new Urban Alternative format while still at Radio Milwaukee, said, “I am excited to continue my work in public media with the talented and knowledgeable team at Paragon. I believe so strongly in the power of music and its ability to bring out the best in humanity. I could not ask for a better opportunity to share my passion with many more who are working in public radio.”
Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Kevin Sucher said, “Radio Milwaukee will miss Jordan as Station Director, but we look forward to his continuing work on our new Urban Alternative station as a Paragon consultant,” Sucher said. “We’re grateful for all he’s done at Radio Milwaukee and look forward to seeing his impact on stations across the country.”
NETWORKS: Sun & Fun Media Celebrates 25 Year Of Service
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Sun & Fun Media will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022. Sun & Fun Media was founded in 1996 by Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer. The company now serves over 1400 stations across the U.S in nearly all 50 states.
Rick Parrish, President, SummitMedia Omaha, commented: “Sun & Fun Media is a terrific company to work with to find incentives for your sales team or vacations and trips for on-air giveaways. They’re always easy to work with and you’ll always get great service from them.”
Rob Koblasz said: “We are proud to have set the standard as a barter partner to radio stations across the country. We thank our team members for their outstanding service and commitment to our customers, and our loyal customers who continue to grow with us.”
Cumulus Little Rock Raises $363,249 for Arkansas Children’s Through Festival of Stars Drive
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– Cumulus' statewide Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive and Radiothon, presented by Cumulus Little Rock on Friday, December 10, 2021, raised $363,249 for Arkansas Children’s, making the holidays brighter for the patients and families of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Northwest, the state’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All toys and monetary donations collected during the statewide Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive and Radiothon are critical to support patients and their families at Arkansas Children’s during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Broadcasting live from 7am-7pm. on Friday, December 10, 2021, Cumulus Little Rock stations hosted this year’s Festival of Stars Radiothon and featured on-air talent from KLAL/Alice 107.7 FM, KURB/B98.5 FM, KARN/News Radio 1029, and KIPR/Power 92 Jams. The Festival of Stars Radiothon has raised more than $3.6 million in the past 17 years. Randy Cain, Operations Manager, Cumulus Little Rock, said: “If you were to ask any of my staff members at Christmas time or in the middle of July, in year 3, 10, or 17: When has your radio career been the most meaningful and impactful? They would answer resoundingly, “During the Arkansas Children’s Radiothon”. There could not be a more rewarding endeavor for our stations than caring for Arkansas’ kids and their families. We’re looking forward to our 18th Radiothon in 2022.”
Australian Breakfast Hosts Are Now Both Mayors; Reality TV Star Lands Radio Gig
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2022 –– 2AY, which serves the cities of Albury in New South Wales and Wodonga in Victoria now has 2 local Mayors for breakfast Monday to Friday. In what is believed to be an Australian if not a world-wide first, Albury-Wodonga radio station 2AY is now home to two popularly elected Mayors. After a strong performance in the recent NSW Local Government elections, local media personality Kylie King will lead Albury City into the future, elected overnight as Mayor for a 2-year term. Kylie joins her 2AY breakfast show co-host Kevin Poulton in the political arena, after Kev was voted in as the City of Wodonga Mayor in November 2020.
Abbie Chatfield Is The Latest Reality Star To Go Intoi Radio - Podcast host Abbie Chatfield is making the leap to radio. The reality TV star is set to host the weeknight 7-9pm slot on 50 Hit stations. Chatfield, who grew to prominence on The Bachelor, has since had a successful media career. The radio program Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield will be hosted by Chatfield alongside Rohan Edwards. National radio network ARN also signed two former reality stars to host radio. Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne both were contestants on The Bachelor before launching their podcast Life Uncut. “We are excited to watch Abbie let loose on radio every night on the Hit Network across the country with Hot Nights,” says Cameron. The radio program kicks off on 17 January and can be heard on any Hit Network.READ MORE HERE
Ray Foley Returns To Today FM In Ireland To Host WeekdayAfternoons - Ray Foley is leaving Cork’s Red FM to replace Mairead Ronan on afternoons at Today FM. Other changes just announced include Pamela Joyce getting her own lunchtime show and Fergal D’Arcy leaving in the coming weeks. The refreshed schedule will also see Early Breakfast presenter Paula MacSweeney take up a new slot in the evenings and Ian Dempsey add an extra hour to his morning show. The station says Ray will bring a conversational fun and cheekiness to weekday afternoons. Pamela Joyce has been revealed as the new lunchtime host and will make the move from her current evening slot. Paula MacSweeney will present a three-hour music show Monday to Thursday from 7-10pm. Today FM has confirmed that Fergal D’Arcy will depart the station.
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Radio Weighs Conditional Settlement Offer From Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– American radio stations are considering a conditional settlement offer between the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) performance rights organization, which have engaged in a high-profile legal battle for over half a decade. Digital Music News reports, The conditional settlement offer – which “will be finalized only if a sufficient percentage of radio stations opt into” the proposed agreement between GMR and the RMLC – just recently came to light in a notice that was forwarded to member broadcasters.
Nashville-based RMLC represents some 10,000 stateside radio stations, and GMR’s catalog includes works from Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, Don Henley, Childish Gambino, Nicki Minaj, and Post Malone, among several others. In brief, the RMLC accused GMR of attempting to bully major broadcasters into paying higher licensing rates – and violating antitrust laws – chiefly by leveraging its hit-driven catalog. (Unlike BMI and ASCAP, GMR isn’t subject to a price-limiting consent decree.) Nine-year-old GMR, in a complaint of its own, characterized the terrestrial-radio representative as an “illegal cartel” and said that the entity itself had engaged in bullying tactics to drive down licensing rates.
Now, a possible settlement is within reach, according to the initially mentioned notice that GMR and the RMLC jointly dispatched to broadcasters. These stateside radio stations have until Monday, January 31st, to green-light the offer with the PRO sending “each broadcaster a direct communication about the settlement which is confidential and 'should not be discussed outside your radio group,” according to the text. PHOTO/ Rob Demartin/Warner Bros. READ MORE HERE
Cumulus Promotes Two Radio Veterans As New PDs In Birmingham
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has promoted two Birmingham radio veterans to Program Director roles for its Birmingham radio stations Hot 107.7 (WUHT-FM) and Talk 99.5 (WZRR-FM). Cumulus has named Tasha Simone (L) as Program Director of Hot 107.7. Simone has been a popular Birmingham on-air personality for over 20 years and will continue as On-Air Host of “The Midday Groove” on Hot 107.7 from Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm. Simone has been honored as a “Female Powerhouse” by Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and is known for her service to the community for her work on behalf of non-profit organizations including Young Women’s Empowerment Conference and the Birmingham Urban League.
Cumulus has also promoted Valerie Vining (R) as Program Director of Talk 99.5. Vining has been a Birmingham radio fixture for more than 30 years. She will continue to be heard on Talk 99.5 WZRR-FM weekday mornings from 6am-10am as co-host of the “Dixon & Vining” morning show from 6am-10am. Vining was previously News Director for Cumulus Birmingham stations WAPI, WJOX, WJQZ, WUHT, WZRR, a position she has held for almost 14 years. She was formerly On-Air Host, Middays, on WAPI-FM for 20 years and was also Music Director and Assistant Program Director for the station.
James Robinson, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Birmingham, said: “We are excited to promote two Program Directors from within our local Cumulus Birmingham family. Tasha Simone’s commitment to the city and ideas for our client partners made her the right choice to lead our iconic Urban AC, Hot 107.7. Likewise, after an extensive search for a dynamic Program Director for Talk 99.5, the market leader in spoken word programming, it became clear that our own Valerie Vining was the perfect fit. Tasha and Valerie both embody Cumulus Birmingham’s commitment to the community, and we are confident that they will take Hot 107.7 and Talk 99.5 to even greater heights.”
SYNDICATION: Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show Continues To Show Rapid Growth
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– Premiere Networks announced that The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show continues to experience rapid growth and success across multiple platforms since its debut in June 2021. In addition to marking one of the biggest launches in talk radio history on more than 400 stations nationwide, the program’s total AQH audience increased +40% from June to November among PPM markets in the key demo of Adults 25-54. The powerhouse duo is also driving No. 1 rankings in many markets, including Houston/KTRH-AM, San Diego/KOGO-AM, Salt Lake City/KNRS-FM, Sacramento/KFBK-AM, Raleigh-Durham/WTKK-FM and Milwaukee/WISN-AM.
The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show closed out 2021 by setting a new podcast record with 10.3 million monthly downloads in December. The popular program is also connecting and engaging with fans online, with unique visitors to www.ClayandBuck.com growing +239% since its launch in June 2021. (Sources: Nielsen Audio, Nov’21 vs. June 21, PPM Metros, Exact Times, AQH, Adults 25-54; FA’21, PPM, Exact Times, AQH Rank, P12+, Houston M25-54. Megaphone.com, Monthly Downloads, December 2021)
Townsquare Brings KLUB Tejano To South Texas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– Townsquare Media Victoria, the home of KIXS 108, 98.7 JACK FM and Q92, launched a brand-new station to the market, KLUB Tejano 106.9. The station debuted at 12PM, broadcasting to towns that have never had Tejano music on the radio. Townsquare Victoria Market President Mason Benitez made the move after surveying the market and finding out what holes needed to be filled. “Tejano is huge in this area,” Benitez says. “The concerts are always sold out and any festival featuring Tejano does really well. We wanted to give our audience what they were previously missing on the radio.”
As for programming, KLUB Tejano will feature Tejano Radio legend Bo Corona in the afternoons, 3PM-7PM. Corona has nearly 30 years of radio industry experience in Texas, having worked as an on-air host for KPRR-FM in El Paso, KTFM-FM in San Antonio, and KXTJ-FM and KQQK-FM in Houston. Corona also helped launch KXTN-FM (now KVBH-FM) in San Antonio where he anchored the morning show. The middays, 10AM-3PM, will feature Victoria’s own JP who has been in the local Tejano scene for years and currently hosts the KIXS 108 morning show with Ingra Lee.
Jim Kovacik, Director of Content for Townsquare Victoria, praised his on-air team. “I’ve worked with Bo before and he has so much passion for radio and Tejano I think people with be blown away,” he says. “JP has been a big part of this switch. He’s going to be the face of Tejano here in Victoria. We are also hoping to be adding even more Tejano superstars soon!” The station will celebrate the launch with their new listeners by hosting a Tejano concert with Grammy-nominated group Los Chamacos at their own Mac Haik performance center on January 27.
Kareem Alexander Rises To Senior Director Of Research For Compass Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– Compass Media Networks announced the promotion of Kareem Alexander to Senior Director of Research. In this role, Mr. Alexander will oversee and manage the research, data, and analytics of Compass Media Networks 16 national advertising networks and audience measurements of the affiliate base.
Alexander joined Compass Media Networks in 2015 and previously served as Director of Research. Previously, Mr. Alexander held positions in research and operations at Dial Global and Westwood One. “Kareem always goes above and beyond to deliver timely research and data for our sales staff and advertisers,” said Paul Gregrey, President of Sales & Marketing for Compass Media Networks.
Jordan Brodsky, Vice President of Sales Planning adds, “Kudos to Kareem for this well-deserved promotion. I am proud to call him my colleague.”
AdLarge Welcomes 'Honeydew Me' Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– AdLarge announced that Honeydew Me podcast has joined the company’s podcast sales network portfolio. Topping the Apple Podcasts chart this week at #1, Honeydew Me is hosted by Emma Norman and Cass Anderson who admittedly are not experts in the field but understand the questions, insecurities, and desires most women experience.
In addition to their podcast, Honeydew Me has an active TikTok fanbase with almost 100,000 followers. Cathy Csukas, Co-CEO, and Co-Founder of AdLarge said, “Emma and Cass have created something that is uniquely compelling, informative, and honest. They have provided a space to openly and authentically address female health and insecurities in a casual and safe environment. Proven by their explosive engagement on social media and with the podcast, it’s abundantly clear these are questions women everywhere want to find answers to.” Honeydew Me podcast is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Dana Carvey & David Spade Launch Weekly ‘SNL’ Talk Show Podcast ‘Fly On The Wall’ With Cadence13
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Dana Carvey and David Spade have teamed up to launch their own weekly talk show podcast about Saturday Night Live. The comedians, who both previously featured on the NBC late-night comedy, are launching Fly on the Wall with podcast company Cadence13. The series will see them sit down with past and present cast, hosts, writers, and musical guests to reminisce about their favorite moments, memories, and sketches.
Fly on the Wall is executive produced by Chris Corcoran, Carvey, and Spade, and co-executive produced by Brillstein Entertainment’s Charlie Finan. SNL Everett Collection/NBC “David is a blast to hangout and riff with—he’s been a great friend for years, not to mention one of the funniest comics out there. We were lucky enough to overlap on SNL for a few years, where I thought he was fantastic, and have been talking about it ever since,” said Dana Carvey. “We have dinner twice a month and talk about life and show business—I usually pay, but I’m not bitter—and it made sense to start recording these conversations with our friends and turn them into Cadence13’s Fly on the Wall.”
“Everyone loves to hear stories from one of the most popular and influential shows in the history of pop culture,” added Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer and Founding Partner, Cadence13. “What better way to do that than with two superstar alumni in Dana and David, who bring instant chemistry, amazing guests, and incredibly engaging and nostalgic storytelling. This is the ultimate backstage pass to the world of comedy.”
HONORS: WLS-AM To Be Inducted Into Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– On Labor Day weekend, WLS' The Big 89' will be inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. WLS Musicradio 89, "The Big 89" was programmed as a Top 40 radio station from 1960-1989, when WLS became a News/Talk station. It airs today as WLS-AM 890 (News/Talk).
WLS-AM was founded in 1924 by Sears, Roebuck and Company, with the call letters standing for Sears' "World's Largest Store" slogan. Clay Norris, Executive Director, the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association, commented: "WLS is a huge part of the rock music history of the entire Midwest, and it had a profound impact on Iowa. As you may be aware, even the AM station's daytime signal can be heard in much of eastern Iowa where 2/3 of the population lives.
The Buckinghams, New Colony Six and Head East are all inductees of the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame and a big reason for their popularity was due to WLS. Other Chicago and Illinois-based groups like The Ides of March, Styx and Cheap Trick all played at the ballrooms and college campuses in Iowa and were promoted heavily by WLS Musicradio. The entire Midwest listened to John Records Landecker, Steve King, Yvonne Daniels, and more (Shown Above) - Photo/Eckharzs Press
BIN: Black Information Network Wins 2022 BIG Innovation Award
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– BIN: Black Information Network has been named a winner in the 2022 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. BIN: Black Information was honored in the Media category.
BIN launched in June 2020 as the first-of-its-kind 24/7 national and local all-news audio network. BIN is focused on service to the Black community and providing an information window for those outside the community to help foster communication, accountability and a deeper understanding. Since its launch, BIN has quickly expanded to 32 affiliate markets and can currently be heard in Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and many more. BIN is also distributed nationally through the iHeartRadio app, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices.
“Innovation is driving growth in the global economy,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Operating Officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Black Information Network as they are one of the organizations leading this charge and helping humanity progress.”
“Innovation has been one of BIN’s core values since our inception,” said Tony Coles, President of BIN: Black Information Network. “It drives us to keep growing and creating spaces for the Black community to hear and contribute to the news that matters most to them. It’s an honor to be recognized with an incredible lineup of organizations and individuals who share the value of innovation and prove it in their work every day.”
Art Exhitbit By Former Jock Scotty Phillips Sparks KLOL Houston Reunion
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– Paintings by former rock radio personality Scotty Phillips will be among those featured in Wild at Art, an art showcase and sale being staged in Houston’s MATCH Gallery, February 4-5, 2022, for the benefit of the StellaNova Foundation. Doug Harris, the event’s organizer and a former colleague of Phillips during their days at heritage Houston rocker, is inviting all KLOL fans, friends, and alumni to be a part of Scotty’s brief homecoming on Saturday the 5th.
“I was first saw Scotty’s work during a visit to Florida a few years back,” says Harris, “and was I immediately taken by his passion for the rock and pop music icons who are often the subjects of his portraits. I knew then that I had to find a way to get his art in front of people who were familiar with Scotty, but who did not yet know his work. This show’s going to change that.” Harris reports an overwhelming initial response to the reunion and predicts appearances by former jocks, programmers, record company representatives and even former KLOL Miss Rockwear pageant winners.
Phillips joined KLOL’s iconic Outlaw Radio in 1992, following a nine-year run at 95 WYNF in Tampa. Phillips handled the early evening duties and was followed by “Scary” Gary Poole into overnights. Phillips took over the mic when John Lisle, who had replaced original Outlaw Grego, re-joined KISS-FM in San Antonio. “For people whose lives were touched by this incredible station, personally or professionally, this is a rare opportunity to relive those days with some of the people that made it happen,” Harris observed. “And the art’s very cool.” Wild at Art benefits the StellaNova Foundation’s efforts to provide mental health care and treatment to those without access or resources. See More HERE
97.9 WRMF West Palm Beach On the Hunt For Promotions Director
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2022 –– If you want to join a heritage legendary HOT AC, home to the KVJ Show morning pack your bikini and flip flops and apply below. 97.9 WRMF sits along the Atlantic Ocean and touches the eastern half of Palm Beach County with over 47 miles of coastal beach front.
Qualifications for this position should include a minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in marketing, promotions, sales and/or event coordination field, preferably in radio and/or television. Social media and digital media engagement skills required-must use and understand social media strategies. Superior verbal and written communication skills. Solid writing, proofreading and editing skills and understanding of how to create content online. Must be a good listener, enthusiastic, detail oriented, proactive, personable, outgoing, creative, highly organized and a self-starter. Excellent computer skills. Basic HTML, CSS and CMS skills preferred. Ability to work autonomously. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and delegate duties as needed. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license and clean driving record.
Hubbard Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer. APPLY HERE
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Frank Harris Named SVP/Programming For iHeart Sarasota; Will Continue To Host Mornings On Z105
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Sarasota has named Frank Harris Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. Additionally, he will continue to host the morning show on Z105. He will report to Chris Soechtig, Market President for iHeartMedia West Central Florida.
"We are thrilled to have Frank oversee our programming efforts in Sarasota,” said Soechtig. “Frank’s extensive experience in the market, coupled with his creativity, drive, and passion for the radio business, makes him the perfect person to lead our talented team of broadcast professionals.” Harris is being elevated from his previous role as Z105 Program Director/On-air Talent & Digital Program Director. He has been part of the iHeartMedia Sarasota team since 2004.
“Over the past couple of decades, I’ve been privileged to contribute to Southwest Florida’s evolving radio dial. It’s truly radio in paradise,” said Harris. “It’s an honor now in my new role to help our award-winning team of broadcasters deliver great content and conversations across all of our iHeartRadio platforms.”
Cara Hahn Named Program Director For iHeart's Kiss 107.1 Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia has named Cara Hahn Program Director of KISS 107.1, WKFS for Cincinnati, Ohio, effective immediately. She will report to Scott Reinhart, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Cincinnati. “We are thrilled to tap into Cara’s expertise and experience to guide the KISS 107.1 brand,” said Reinhart. “She is a great resource for the staff and sellers, and we look forward to Cara continuing and growing the station’s connection with our great city.”
Hahn joins the Cincinnati team from Z100 (WHTZ New York), where she will continue to serve as Music Director and Assistant Program Director for the station as well as Contemporary Hit Radio Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia’s National Brand Team. Hahn began her career at iHeartMedia New York and is a graduate of Seton Hall.
“It is such a pleasure to get to know our iHeart team in Cincinnati, and I'm so excited to create world class on-air and digital content, as well events, that serve our Cincinnati listeners.”
Matt Holiday Named APD For iHeart's 96.7 KISSFM & 102.3 The Beat Austin
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Austin has named Matt Holiday Assistant Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM and 102.3 The Beat, effective immediately. He will assist Dan Hunt, Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM and 102.3 The Beat and report to Jason Mccollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Austin & San Antonio.
“We can’t wait for Matt to join the iHeartMedia family in Austin,” said McCollim. “From the moment Dan Hunt and I connected with him, we knew that with his creative and innovative thinking, he will be a game-changing addition to the Austin, Texas team.”
Holiday joins iHeartMedia Austin from WPYO in Orlando, where he served as Afternoon On-Air Talent and Music Director. He began his career at WBLI in Long Island, New York. “I’m very proud to work for iHeartMedia Austin,” said Holiday. “When I got the privilege to intern with KIIS-FM in Los Angeles a few years ago, I knew right away, iHeartMedia was where I wanted to end up. I'm very excited to get to Austin and start working with the 96.7 KISS FM & 102.3 THE BEAT teams! Thanks to all the helping hands along the way that believed in me and made this opportunity happen!”
Nick Brino Named VP/GM at Adams Radio Tallahassee
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– Adams Radio Group has named Nick Brino VP & GM for its Tallahassee cluster. Most recently Nick worked as Market Manager for Forever Media in Maryland with WXCY. His prior experience includes working with Cumulus of York PA and was the GSM for Salem Media in New York City (WMCA and WNYM). Nick also Served in the same capacity as the GSM for WAVA, Salem Media Group of Washington DC.
Brino commented “Leading by example and always having a mindset focused on the overall success of the team has proven to be a very successful formula in my career. The Tallahassee Florida market is primed for tremendous growth, and I am honored to be the new steward of the market! I am equally excited about working with an organization that shares my values and understands the power of radio!”
Ron Stone, CEO of Adams Radio Group added “Nick is the ultimate professional and has an outstanding record of sales success everywhere he has served. I have zero doubt Nick will deliver amazing results for us in Tallahassee, Florida. His strength in local direct sales is extremely strong…with client focus and results that drive him. Welcome to the party Nick!"
Former NPR 'All Things Considered' Host Audie Cornish Joining CNN+
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– Former NPR Host of 'All Things Considered,' Audie Cornish, is joining CNN as an anchor and correspondent for CNN+ set to debut this spring. Cornish will host a weekly CNN+ show and contribute to CNN+’s slate of live programming. She will also host a new podcast for CNN Audio and will appear on CNN covering national, political and breaking news.
“I am very excited to join CNN and the CNN+ team. There are fresh stories to be told and new ways to tell them,” said Cornish. “CNN has a dynamic system of reporters and storytelling channels. I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Cornish joins CNN after two decades in journalism, most recently as a recognized and trusted voice on the airwaves as co-host of NPR’s flagship news program, All Things Considered. She joined NPR’s National Desk in 2005, reporting from Nashville. She was named host of Weekend Edition Sunday in 201
“We are thrilled to welcome Audie to CNN+ and CNN Audio,” said Andrew Morse, EVP & Chief Digital Officer of CNN Worldwide and Head of CNN+. “Her voice has been such an important part of the lives of so many people, and the perspective, integrity and grace that have been hallmarks of her career will make her such an important addition to our teams.”
XTRA 1360 Announces Lineup Changes In San Diego
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia San Diego has made changes to its weekday lineup during morning and afternoon drive on XTRA 1360 (KLSD-AM), San Diego’s Sports Radio. The revised line-up will feature “The Hartman and Rich O Show” with Steve Hartman and Rich Ohrnberger in morning drive, and the debut of “Jon and Jim” with Jon Schaeffer and Jim Russell in afternoon drive.
San Diego sports listeners will now wake up with “The Hartman and Rich O Show” weekday mornings starting at 6 a.m. The duo currently works together on Fox Sports Radio and has successfully hosted together on XTRA 1360’s “Loose Cannons” show. Hartman has been a staple of the sports-talk scene in San Diego for three decades while former NFL offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger is the Radio Color Analyst for San Diego State University football.
As part of the programming changes, “Jon and Jim” starring Jon Schaeffer and Jim Russell can now be heard daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The duo also hosts “The Wrap-Up Show” following San Diego Padres games and have become prominent voices on Padres baseball. Russell, who previously served as the producer of the “Darren Smith Show,” worked for the Padres Radio Network from 2016-2019 and has covered the team extensively for the last decade.
Additionally, “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd will continue to air weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by “The Darren Smith Show,” which remains in the midday slot from noon to 3 p.m.
97.1 The Eagle Dallas Announces BFD 2022 Lineup With Papa Roach, Bush, Seether And Fuel
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– iHeartDallas’ 97.1 The Eagle announced its all-star lineup for their BFD 2022, set for Sunday, May 29 at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. BFD 2022’s performers include Papa Roach, Bush, Seether, Fuel, Dead Sara, The Hu (pronounced ‘hoo’), and Texas’ own Giovanni and the Hired Guns from nearby Stephenville.
“The Eagle’s BFD has become the unofficial kickoff to the Summer of Rock! We’re really excited to bring another great lineup to Rockaholics throughout DFW!” said Don Davis, Program Director for 97.1 The Eagle.
AdLarge & G Networks Announce Ad Sales Partnership
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– AdLarge and G Networks have entered into an ad sales partnership. With these two companies combining sales networks. In addition to continuing to represent top-tier content producers, AdLarge will oversee the management, sales, and fulfillment of the network audio ad sales inventory for both companies.
“We’re excited to partner with AdLarge,” commented Warren Friedland, President, G Networks. “AdLarge has a reputation for delivering innovative campaigns to help brands reach their media goals. AdLarge’s ad sales efforts coupled with our own extremely targeted networks will lead to a better return on investment for advertisers, brands, and agencies.”
Gary Schonfeld, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AdLarge said, “This unique partnership will enhance our already robust ad sales networks, as well as generate greater critical mass and increased coverage of major markets. This is a win-win for the advertisers and the network audio community.
SNAPS: 94.7 WCSX's Big Jim O'Brien Takes Pizza In The Face Following Lion's Victory
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2022 –– Earlier this year 94.7's Big Jim O'Brien decided to put his face where his mouth was and promise a Lions victory or get hit with food from the opposing teams town. He tells Jockline, "From Chicago style deep dish pizza to Skyline Chili in Cincinnati - I got smacked QUITE OFTEN."
Then he adds, Kroger stepped in to show their “Lions Love” and donated $500 to Gleaners Food Bank for every “Lions Loss Food Toss” - so we were at $5000 going into the final game against the Packers. And the Lions won!!! So I got to slap co-host Ryan Logan in the face with cheese whiz (for cheese heads) - AND Kroger decided to round up their donation to $10k to Gleaners Food Bank!
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NUVOODOO: Top 2021 Findings; Treat Those Who Interact With You On Social Like Stars
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– NuVoodoo says it 's looking forward to diving into the new data and sharing it with the industry in a free webinar in February 16. To get ready for that presentation, they're reviewing its top findings from the two NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Studies conducted in 2021. Last week we shared findings ten through seven. The countdown continues this week with findings six through four.
Number 6: Make sure you treat those who take time to interact with your station like movie stars. Comparatively few among your overall audience will interact with your social media posts (or join your station VIP club or opt in to your text messaging program) – but those who do those things have an outsized chance of falling into the group of likely ratings prospects, the ones we label “RPS Yes” in our tables. In the example below, just about a quarter of our overall sample of over 3,000 14-54’s across all PPM markets say they interacted with a radio station social media post in the past week – but the number jumps to nearly half the RPS Yes ratings likelies.
Even more valuable are those among the smaller subset of those who both model through as likely to end up in a Nielsen sample AND spend an hour or more every day with AM/FM radio – we label them “RPS 60.” They account for only about 7% of our samples, but they’re the people who make or break station ratings. In the chart above, over two thirds of them say they interacted with a station social media post in the past week. You’ll find more detail about this finding in a video here. (for Jockline - SEE 5 THROUGH 4 HERE)
Number 5: Long-form video programming being viewed on YouTube and ad-supported “over the top” (OTT) video providers (think Hulu and similar services with embedded commercials) give stations a potent marketing strategy to get in front of RPS - Yes ratings likelies and the precious RPS 60 heavy-listening subset. YouTube and other internet-delivered video programming usage was climbing even before the pandemic and showed up even stronger among our study samples last year. About half the RPS Yes ratings likelies are using YouTube more than three times a day and spending an hour a day or more viewing OTT-TV content on services that carry commercials. Those are massive numbers. TV commercials have always been a great environment for radio station promotion. Using YouTube and OTT-TV means you’ve got the power and efficiency of digital targeting on your side – no paying for wasted impressions. You’ll find more detail about this finding in a video here.
Number 4: To get the attention of contest active listeners – and ensure that your contest does the job you expect it to do – $1000 prizes are becoming table stakes to stay in the game. In both of our studies last year, about six in seven contest active listeners said they’d need a thousand dollar prize on the line to pay attention. Even if you’re persuaded that catching the attention of two in three contest-actives with $500 is good enough, remember that your $500 prize is enticing … until your competitor starts their promotion with bigger prizes.
You’ll find more detail in a video here. Next week we’ll wrap up the countdown with findings three, two, and one.
Laura Hardy Joins The Big Joe Show In Mornings On Mix 95.7 Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– Laura Hardy announced via its website "I'm the new co-host of the Big Joe Show on Mix 95.7. She says she recently moved to West Michigan from the bluegrass state," trading my bourbon for the beer city. Although don’t worry, I won’t put a big dent in your supply, I quit drinking almost two years ago.
Hardy is originally from a small town called Georgetown. She says "We're the home of Bourbon Whiskey and more recently the home of where most of the Toyota Camrys you find on the road are made."
Hardy adds, "I'm not new to radio: In Louisville, I hosted my own morning show on 1077 The Eagle/Louisville. I had a lot of fun on my own, but I was ready to do something bigger. And let's be honest, who has more fun and a better personality than Big Joe? So joining the team at Mix was the perfect fit. READ MORE HERE
Amy Paige Returns To Middays On Cumulus Nashville’s WKDF-FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– Cumulus announced the return of popular Country radio personality Amy Paige to Nashville Country radio, as On-Air Host, Middays, on 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM. Paige debuts today on 103.3. Country and will be heard live Monday through Friday from 10am – 2pm.
This marks an on-air homecoming for the Nashville Country radio fixture, who has called Nashville home for the past 15 years. Paige spent nine years on-air at WSIX-FM in Nashville and has been heard on SiriusXM’s “Prime Country” and “The Highway.” She was also previously on-air at Mix 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.
Charlie Cook, Programming Operations Manager, Cumulus Nashville, said: “We are fortunate to be able to bring Amy into the Cumulus Nashville family. We continue to build a team that will appeal to the Country radio listener in Middle Tennessee. Amy is a friend on the radio to so many fans who will fall right back into joining her on 103.3 Country.”
Paige said: “My heart is soaring at the thought of reconnecting with Nashville. I’ve missed the music, the people and all the joy that comes with being on-air in our magical city. On top of that, I get to join a line-up of incredible talent who also happen to be people I care about and respect. This is a dream come true. I am truly grateful for Charlie Cook and Allison Warren inviting me to the 103.3 Country family. Feels like I’m home again.”
The Bob & Tom Show Adds Marty Bender As Growth Consultant For All Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– The Bob & Tom Show announces that it has engaged veteran radio programming professional Marty Bender as a consulting member of its Affiliate Services team and growth partner to the nationally-syndicated program and its affiliates. In this new role, Bender will serve as a content/strategy partner to every affiliate of The Bob & Tom Show helping them optimize and monetize the show in their local markets.
Bender, former Executive Producer of The BOB & TOM Show, will also assist in creating new content for the program, with an emphasis on growing the video content side of the iconic comedy brand. In addition, he will package the large volume of entertainment content from The Bob & Tom Show for distribution across various digital platforms.
John Kesler, Chief Operating Officer of The Bob & Tom Show commented: “Listeners consume more hours of content in countless ways, and now more than ever, they want to control when they consume it. 2022 is just the beginning of a huge change in how radio will evolve to meet listener demands. As far as I know, no other syndicated radio show has ever made this service available to their affiliate stations.” Kesler added: “Marty has the unique advantage and perspective of not only being a big part of the show for many years, but also recently programmed our largest affiliate.”
Marty Bender commented: “Thank you to Tom Griswold and John Kesler for reprogramming my key fob to let me back in.” Bender just launched his media consultancy, Worst Consultant Ever, in October 2021, that followed five years as Program Director/Midday Host of Cumulus Cincinnati’s Classic Rock station, 92.5 The Fox/WOFX-FM. For more information about The BOB & TOM Show, visit: www.bobandtominfo.com or contact Todd Alan at email@example.com or at 212.735.1107.
[LISTEN] Jim Carrey Turns Jock On Weeknd's 103.5's 'Dawn FM' - Complete With Jingle
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– The Weeknd’s new album, 'Dawn FM' was released last week and to the surprise of many that soothing voice of Dawn FM was none other that acting phenom, of Jim Carrey. As it turns out, the famed Canadian comedian/actor is now a friend/neighbor to Weekend. The Weeknd commits to the album’s bit too, singing jingles for his fake station, 103.5 Dawn FM, and even recording a commercial
According to Vulture, The Weeknd has fashioned Dawn FM as the radio broadcast that fills one’s final hour of purgatory, and Carrey himself is the DJ guiding listeners to their final destination. ““You gotta unwind your mind, train your soul to align / And dance till you find that divine boogaloo.” LISTEN HERE
Atlanta Station Won't Play 'Sweet Home Alabama' Again Until After Tonight's Game
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– As you may have heard, the Georgia's Bulldogs are set for a rematch tonight against the always formidable Alabama Crimson Tide for the college football national championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Since last month's single loss of Georgia's season, Atlanta' lassic rock 97.1 The River chose not to play Lynyrd Skynyrd's mega hit 'Sweet Home Alabama' on Sunday or Monday. The station posted on social media and has an amusing promotional advertisement that states it will not play the 1974 southern rock hit until after the game ends. "We interrupt this entirely inappropriate Lynyrd Skynyrd song, which has been deemed offensive to any red-blooded member of Dawg nation," the 45-second promotion begins.
"From now until Monday's college football national championship rematch between Georgia and Alabama, 97.1 The River will refrain from subjecting Bulldog fans to the song Sweet Home Alabama." According to onlineathens.com, A man with an emphasized southern drawl then chimes in during the ad, saying: "Skynyrd ain't even from Alabama," a jab at the band's formation in Jacksonville, Florida. "We'll return to our normal Lynyrd Skynyrd programming after Georgia wins the national championship this Monday night. Thank you, and Go Dawgs," the promotion concludes. Of course, what 's unknown is how often the station actually plays the Skynyrd classic, but point made.
EVENTS: Cumulus Dallas Radio Stations Raise a Total Of $1,767,990 for DFW Charities in 2021
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2022 –– Cumulus announced that its Dallas, TX, radio station group raised a total of $1,767,990 for DFW Metroplex charities during 2021. Cumulus Dallas supported signature community events with other groups to help raise additional millions in charitable donations. Stations include: 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 96.7FM/1310 AM The Ticket/KTCK-FM; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM.
Key community events in 2021 for Cumulus Dallas included: • KSCS and KPLX’s Country for the Kids Radiothon on December 9-10, 2021, raised $630,000 for Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. • WBAP’s Christmas is Caring Radiothon drove over $212,000 in donations benefiting the Denton State Supported Living Center serving people with special needs. • KTCK The Ticket’s Jub Jam, an auction, concert and radiothon led by The Musers’ George Dunham raised $136,092 for the Senior Source, which serves DFW senior citizens. • KSCS’s 10,000 for the Troops holiday card drive, which collected nearly 90,000 holiday cards for troops serving overseas, among others
Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, CUMULUS MEDIA-Dallas/Houston, said: “Once again the listeners of our six Cumulus Dallas radio stations stepped up with incredible generosity with nearly $1.8 million in cash to serve our community needs. A special thank you to our staff for the long hours and work to make this possible. Our staff members truly embrace our mission to help our community and the results are significant and change lives for the better.”
Frito & Katy Take Mornings At Y100 San Antonio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”)announced the debut of a new, local morning show in San Antonio on Y-100/KCYY featuring broadcasting team Frito & Katy whose decade-long era in College Station ended last month. Their new show will debut on Y-100 on January 10.
Tucker “Frito” Young and KatyDempsey have racked up a variety of awards during their historic run in College Station, including eight Best of the Brazos Valley “Best Radio Personality” awards, the 2021 National Association of Broadcasters award for personality of the year, and the 2017, 2018 and 2021 Marconi Awards for station of the year. They have also been handed three NAB Crystal Awards for public service (2012, 2016, and 2019) and the 2021 NAB Leadership Foundation’s “Celebration of Service to America” award for local community service.
“I am so excited to add the award-winning Frito & Katy show to the Y100 lineup,” said Christi Brooks, KCYY Program Director. “They bring authenticity and incredible passion for serving our local community and entertaining morning listeners in San Antonio."
Cumulus Names Two New PDs For WWLS-FM And KYIS-FM Oklahoma City
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has named Robert 'Cisco' Mueller (TL) as Program Director of Sports/Talk radio station 98.1 WWLS The Sports Animal. He fills the role previously held for over two decades by Chris Baker, who retired at year-end. Concurrently, they promoted Bobby Yannarell to Program Director for Hot AC station 98.9 KISS FM. He will continue to serve as Program Director of Cumulus Oklahoma City’s Rhythmic CHR station Wild 104.9 (KKWD-FM). 98.9 KISS FM’s former longtime Program Director, Jeff Couch, retired in mid-December.
Jay Davis, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Oklahoma City, said: "We have been incredibly blessed to have both Chris Baker and Jeff Couch leading our programming efforts for over a quarter of a century. We wish them the best of luck of luck in their hard-earned and well-deserved retirement years. With that said, we are equally excited to welcome back Robert "Cisco" Mueller to head programming for WWLS and to elevate Bobby Yannarell to PD of KYIS. We are thrilled and believe we are poised for a similar long run of great leadership going forward. Congrats to all!”
Mueller commented: “What an amazing opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Chris Baker who I’ve known for over 21 years. My wife and I are thrilled to be back home in OKC, close to our son… and it’s so fun to be working in familiar places with familiar faces. Truly humbled to work with the best sports talent on WWLS. I want to thank Jay Davis and Bruce Gilbert for this opportunity!” Bobby Yannarell remarked: “I am happy and humbled to have the opportunity to program such a heritage brand in Oklahoma City. 98.9 KISS FM was a station I grew up listening to on the bus ride to school! Also, I am super excited to work in tandem again with some great personalities and friends that I had the privilege to work with in the past. Excited for the things ahead!"
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Bill Bartholomew Named APD/Executive Producer Of NewsTalk 99.7 & AM 630 WPRO
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has named multimedia journalist Bill Bartholomew as Assistant Program Director/Executive Producer for NewsTalk 99.7 FM & AM 630 WPRO, the Voice of Southern New England. Bill Bartholomew is creator and host of “The Bartholomewtown Podcast,” a popular local political podcast that features in-depth interviews with local and national figures. In addition, Bartholomew is a regular contributor to Rhode Island PBS and is an accomplished musician. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Doug MacGunnigle, WPRO Program Director, said: “I’m excited to welcome Bill to the team. His experience in the digital realm, standing in the community, and political savvy will add greatly to the success of WPRO and be a tremendous asset as we move into new and exciting frontiers, both on the air and beyond.”
Bartholomew commented: “Joining the team at legendary platform WPRO on a daily basis is a tremendous opportunity for me, and one that I take extremely seriously. For nearly a century, WPRO has been a trusted source for southern New Englanders, and I look forward to collaborating with the station to expand the reach of my perspective and insight into the issues that are important to the region, introducing radio to a new audience, and expanding WPRO’s reach in the rapidly expanding digital space.”
Coleman Insights Announces Multiple Promotions
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Coleman Insights announced that four members of the media research firm’s leadership team have been promoted effective immediately. Eileen Genna (TR) is promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Operations; David Baird (TL) is promoted to Senior Vice President, Research Operations; Jay Nachlis (BL) is promoted to Vice President/Consultant & Marketing Director; and Meghan Campbell (BR) is promoted to Vice President/Consultant & Director, Qualitative Services.
According to Coleman Insights President Warren Kurtzman, the promotions represent an investment in the company’s long-term health and its commitment to customer success. “Beyond the insights we deliver to our clients, I’m most proud of how we’ve built an incredible leadership team at Coleman Insights,” said Kurtzman.
Genna will continue to oversee the company’s business operations, including finance, human resources, facilities, and information technology, while Baird will continue to head the company’s research operations, including study design, fielding strategy, quality control, data analysis, and software development. In their new positions, Nachlis and Campbell will take on more “point person” roles on client projects. Nachlis will continue to lead Coleman Insights’ marketing efforts, while Campbell will continue to direct the company’s qualitative services, including the CampfireSM Online Discussion Groups service it launched in 2021.
NETWORKS: Anthony 'Antman' Allen Joins 'After MidNite' With Granger Smith As Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Premiere Networks announced today that veteran Country radio programmer and on-air personality Anthony “AntMan” Allen has been named Executive Producer of After MidNite with Granger Smith, effective immediately.
“To say I’m honored that Jennifer Leimgruber and Rod Phillips have asked me to come on board with After MidNite would be an understatement,” said AntMan. “This show is legendary, and to be trusted with helping guide this venture is humbling. Granger is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever come across. I have the honor of calling him a great friend, and who doesn’t want to work with their friends? I’m excited to dive in!”
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome AntMan to the Premiere Networks and After MidNite family,” said Leimgruber, “Over the years, AntMan has worked with Granger on several projects and we’re confident his decades-long experience in Country radio makes him the perfect choice to successfully lead this exciting new chapter of After MidNite.” AntMan continues to host the podcast PICTURE THIS! with The ANTMAN, and has programmed several Country stations in the past 23 years, most recently iHeartMedia’s KASE 101 and 98.1 KVET in Austin, Texas. For more information about After MidNite with Granger Smith, please visit https://aftermidnite.iheart.com.
MJ Bloch Named East Coast Director of Commercial Production By Benztown
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 ––Benztown has appointed MJ Bloch as East Coast Director of Commercial Production for the company and its client Yamanair Creative. Bloch joins Benztown from iHeartMedia, where she was Creative Services Director for iHeartMedia radio stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for nine years. She also worked in iHeartMedia’s National Production Department.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “We’re excited to have MJ Bloch join our all-star team as East Coast Director of Commercial Production. Her incredible talent and deep experience as a producer make her an industry go-to, and our client Yamanair Creative and their customers and listeners will love what they hear. "
MJ Bloch commented: "I am overjoyed to join the incredible team at Benztown. They have been family and friends for years, a trusted name for quality wherever I was working, and now, I get to be part of that team! It's a dream come true! We look forward to continuing to super-serve our clients and produce incredible branding and advertising campaigns for radio stations across the globe." For more information, visit https://benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
EVENTS: Zac Brown Band To Headline 4th Annual Warner Music Nashville CRS 2022 Luncheon
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Country Radio Seminar (CRS) has announced Zac Brown Band as the headline performer of the 4th annual Warner Music Nashville Luncheon on Wednesday, February 23, during CRS 2022. Joining Zac Brown Band on the lineup are Jessie James Decker, Morgan Evans, Cody Johnson, Randall King, Drew Parker, Michael Ray, and more to come.
“We are excited to be live and in-person with CRS again this year!” said WMN SVP Radio & Streaming Kristen Williams. “What better way to celebrate than with these undeniable artists and their unforgettable performances? This will be a lunch you won’t want to miss!” The Warner Music Nashville Luncheon, held during Country radio’s biggest event of the year, is one of the many exciting shows part of the three-day event. This year’s schedule is full of entertainment, networking, and educational opportunities, and includes panels, mentoring events, informative discussions, and exciting performances from the most talked about emerging acts of today to country music’s biggest superstars.
CRS 2022 will be held Wednesday, February 23 through February 25, 2022. Registration for CRS 2022 is open and available for purchase at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
Tejano Radio Legend Dan Peña Passes Away Following Brief Illness
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 –– Dan Pena, a Tejano radio legend with over 40 years in broadcasting, passed away on Wednesday morning (Jan. 5) after a brief illness, according to his family and Corpus Christi radio station KSAB Tejano 99.9 FM.
The news of Peña’s passing was announced by KSAB via social media, “It is with great sadness that we pass along word that our friend, Dan Pena, has gone to be with the Lord. Dan loved his job. He loved his listeners. He loved Tejano music. We will pay tribute to Dan in the coming days. Please keep his family in your prayers.”
Peña spent 25 years as the morning host at the often top-rated Tejano radio station until health issues forced him to retire this past November. The South Texas native began his radio career in 1980 at 92.1 KDSI-FM in Alice, Texas, highlighted by his time as host of the top-rated morning show in Corpus Christi at KSAB Tejano 99.9, with 20 of those years with co-host Barbi Leo, who departed in December 2019 to become morning anchor at KIII-TV. Texas Governor Greg Abbott honored the legendary career of Peña with an official statement of recognition in November. Funeral services for Peña are planned for next week. Tejano Nation will have more details as information becomes available.
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Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Omicron Concerns; Likely Moving To April Or May, Say Sources
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– As the question was raised in a recent Popline header, The Grammy Awards that were scheduled for later this month at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles, has been postponed due to the recent Covid-19 surge. Sources tell Variety that even though the Crypto.com Arena has a basketball or hockey game or a concert booked nearly every night until mid-April, sources close to the situation also tell Variety that the show will probably move to April or May, which would seem to rule out holding it at the Crypto.com Arena. “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah (shown) is still scheduled to return as Grammy host this year.
Variety reports, The Grammys traditionally require a 10-day-plus lockout of the venue in which they are held, and according to the Crypto.com Arena’s schedule, another such opening will not be available at that venue until June or even later, although a scaled-down show is a possibility. The sources added that a rumored move to the Hollywood Bowl also seems unlikely for logistical reasons; holding the event in a different major city — such as Las Vegas, where the Latin Grammys have been held six of the last eight years, including last November — is also a possibility.
In a joint statement from the Recording Academy and its television partner, CBS, issued on Wednesday reads: “After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th annual Grammy Awards show. The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
Amy Crossman Named Market Manager of ESPN Cleveland
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Good Karma Brands and ESPN Cleveland have named Amy Crossman as new Market Manager of the Cleveland office. She was previously the Director of Sales & Marketing. In her new role, she will oversee all content, marketing, and sales strategy for ESPN Cleveland and The Land on Demand.
“I appreciate the trust Sam Pines and the Good Karma Brands’ leadership team has put in me to lead and continue to grow a legacy brand,” said Amy Crossman, ESPN Cleveland’s market manager. “ESPN Cleveland has a passionate fanbase, loyal advertising partners and a dedicated team that we will continue to build in 2021 and beyond.”
Amy will succeed Sam Pines as Market Manager of ESPN Cleveland, which is owned and operated by Good Karma Brands. Sam Pines was named Senior Vice President and will take on a larger leadership role within the organization in other markets across the country.
“Amy embodies Good Karm Brands’ core values and takes a marketing first approach for our fans, advertising partners and teammates. She directly impacted our growth during a difficult and unique two years,” said Pines. “I am excited for the future of ESPN Cleveland and our continued growth with Amy as Market Manager.” Amy joined Good Karma Brands in 2019 as Marketing Director, after building her career in New York City, leading media and marketing efforts at esteemed publishers, including Time, Inc., The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, Parade Media Group and Nucleus Marketing Solutions, where she served as the Senior Vice President, Marketing.
Matt Derrick Joins Dick Broadcasting As OM For Savannah
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Matt Derrick has joined Dick Broadcasting as its new OM over the Savannah Cluster. Derrick was most recently rec at Summit Media Omaha as OM. He will be oversee programming over DBC Savannah's five stations that includes Top 40 WGCO, Country WUBB, Rhythmic AC WXYY, Active Rock WFXH, Classic Hits WRWN, and Hispanic WHHW. DBC
Savannah Market Manager Aaron Wilburn says "Matt comes to us with a plethora of experience in all sizes of markets and will bring an organized, thoughtful, creative approach to programming and promotions!" DBC VP of Programming Jason Goodman adds "After a nationwide search for the best candidate, it was obvious that Matt was exactly what we were looking for. Matt is passionate, meticulous, and strategic to lead and grow our stations in Savannah!
Matt Derrick commented "VP of Programming Jason Goodman and Market manager Aaron Wilborn have built a special team of talent and 5 dynamic brands, for a very special market. I am beyond thrilled to join Dick Broadcasting to help lead the Savannah team and brands to new ratings and revenue successes!"
KPLZ/Seattle's Curt Kruse Adds Asst. PD Stripes
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Lotus' KPLZ/Star 101.5 Seattle has named Curt Kruse as Assistant Program Director working with PD Lisa Adams. "Curt is such an amazing talent with creative skills that run deep. I'm so excited to be working with him implementing the evolution of STAR 101.5," said Adams.
Lotus Communications Regional Director of Programming Mike Abrams said, "Curt has been a vital part of KPLZ for many years. We are so happy he will now handle the Assistant Program Director duties as we move KPLZ into the next chapter." Kruse has been with KPLZ since 2002 where he hosted afternoons through 2018 and then moved to mornings in 2019 through 2021. Prior to that, he handled stints at WDVD/Detroit WKRQ/Cincinnati, WGTZ/Dayton and WVKS/Toledo.
Kruse said, "Thanks to Jim Kalmenson, Mike Abrams, Lisa Adams and Gary Greenberg for this awesome opportunity. I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate the chance to contribute to the future success of KPLZ."
NRG Media's 1620 The Zone Omaha Launches New Morning & Midday Shows
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– NRG Media and KOZN has reunited Gary Sharp and Damon Benning to do mornings, weekdays from 6a.m.-10a.m., and added Connor Happer to the line-up to host the mid-day slot weekdays from 10a.m.-2p.m. Both shows debuted on Monday, January 3rd. Gary and Damon previously hosted the morning show on 1620 The ZONE for seven years, before Gary moved into mid-days for the last two years. Damon, a former Nebraska Cornhusker, has been doing mornings on KOZN since October, 2012. Now the duo is back together as the premier morning show for Sports/Talk listeners in the Omaha metro.
Connor Happer joins 1620 The ZONE to host The Connor Happer Show on KOZN. Connor joins the team from 93.7 The Ticket in Lincoln where he hosted mornings, middays, afternoons, and late mornings since 2015. Connor is a native of Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. GM Mark Shecterle commented, “I’m extremely excited to have Gary and Damon back together hosting our top-rated sports-talk morning show. And adding Connor to the weekday line-up is just icing on the cake.” David Adams, Operations Manager stated, “Reuniting Sharp & Benning in the Morning is sure to make our listeners very happy, and bringing Connor in for middays will only strengthen our already stellar 6a-6p lineup.”
Johnny 'DJ Koolout' Starks Takes Afternoons At Audacy's Power 93.5 Wichita
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Audacy has named Johnny “DJ Koolout” Starks as its afternoon drive host on Power 93.5 (KDGS-FM) in Wichita, KS. Starks will be heard weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, effective January 10. “Johnny is a real pro,” said Greg Williams, Brand Manager, Power 93.5. “His talent and abilities both on and off the air make him a perfect addition to our team."
“I'm tremendously excited to work with Greg and the whole team at Audacy,” said DJ Koolout. “I'm looking forward to creating something very special while loving and learning the city and community of Wichita, Kansas. When life puts too much on your plate, don't stress, Koolout.”
Starks is a radio veteran with an extensive resume that has taken him through many platforms entertaining, informing, engaging and creating – from Ebony/Jet Magazine's Bachelor of the Year to TV and film roles in “Nothing Like the Holidays,” “Godfather of Green Bay,” “Barbershop,” “I Got the Hook-Up 2,” “Ransum Games” with Wood Harris and Elise Neal, and more. Koolout's credits stretch in front and behind the camera as he has worked with Sharon King casting, State Street Films and production crews on films such as “Spiderman,” “Of Boys to Men,” “Roll Bounce” and others.
Audie Cornish, Host Of 'All Things Considered,' Leaving NPR
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– NPR After a decade hosting NPR news magazines — Weekend Edition in 2011 and All Things Considered since 2012-- Audie Cornish is leaving NPR. Her last day on the air will be January 7. Audie joined NPR's National Desk in 2005, where she covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and other news in the Southeastern United States.
Here's an excerpt from her note to NPR staff: "Hosting All Things Considered helped me find my voice, but I have never considered the host chair a tenured position and there is still much to learn. It's time for me to try my hand at new journalism projects and embark on new adventures. It's been an honor to serve our listeners and a pleasure to work alongside all of you – reporters, producers, engineers, staff, member stations and friends. The teams at NPR and Member stations have always punched above their weight in a very crowded media landscape. I have no doubt that you will continue to do so. I believe deeply in the mission of public radio and its people. As our union so aptly underscores, 'We Make NPR.'
VP for News Programming Sarah Gilbert and NPR SVP for News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes said in part: "Audie's skills and presence are distinctive. Her reporting is incisive and human. Whether in the field reporting on natural disasters, following presidential candidates and historic moments in our democracy, or landing illuminating high-profile interviews, Audie has brought listeners a rich array of topics, voices, and perspectives from across the spectrum of American life.
SYNDICATION: DeDe In the Morning Adds WJZE/Hot 97.3 Toledo; Now Over 60 Markets
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Compass Media Networks announces the addition of Glass City Radio WJZE-FM “Hot 97.3” to The “DeDe in the Morning” family from 5AM -10AM weekdays and on Saturday mornings with DeDe’s Weekend Kickback. “HOT 97.3 is ready for a morning show filled with humor and energy and a host that connects to her audience in a real and meaningful way. We know Toledo is going to fall in love with DeDe in the Morning,” says Mike Mori, Market President, Glass City Radio, Toledo, OH. #DeDeNation keeps growing and we are super excited to welcome HOT 97.3 to the DeDe in the Morning family,” added DeDe McGuire, host of DeDe in the Morning. “Get Ready Toledo to be part of our fun and laughter.”
Compass Media Networks officially launched DeDe in the Morning in partnership with Service Broadcasting K104 in Dallas TX in July 2018. The show is now heard in over 60 markets including Dallas, Chicago (WPWX JUST ADDED), Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New Haven, Austin, Oklahoma City, and Toledo. To find out how to get DeDe in the Morning in your market, contact Compass Media Networks (914) 707-9963 or email email@example.com.
Skyview Network’s XYZ With Erik Zachary Now Heard On Alpha's Live 95.5/Portland, OR - OutKick 360 Adds WMBH WMBH Joplin, MMO
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– (KBFF Radio) XYZ with Erik Zachary features everything entertainment from A to XYZ and creates a multimedia experience that is fun and uplifting. The show is available weekday evenings. Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of XYZ with Erik Zachary. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit https://skyviewnetworks.com/xyz/.
Skyview Networks nationally syndicated sports talk program OutKick 360 starts 2022 with a new affiliate. WMBH Radio/Joplin, MO joins the growing list of radio stations carrying the 3p-6p ET weekday show. Each day, OutKick 360 dives into the day’s biggest stories in sports and pop culture, and all-star interviews, too. OutKick 360 is hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky. Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of OutKick 360. For more information, please contact email@example.com and visit https://skyviewnetworks.com/outkick.
iHeart Lexington & Indianapolis Announce Eight New Community Partners For 2022
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Lexington announced today community partnerships with eight local nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following needs in the community: mental health, youth development and addiction. Beginning today, iHeartMedia Lexington will support the mission of these organization through the stations’ assets including on-air, on stations’ websites and on social media. iHeartMedia Lexington will create in-kind media campaigns for the following nonprofit organizations: Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Lexington; Allegro Dance Project; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington; Central Music Academy; Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road; Goodwill Industries of Kentucky; Newton’s Attic; and Recovery Café Lexington. The last set of media campaigns will end in December 2022.
HeartMedia Indianapolis also announced community partnerships with eight local nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following needs in the Indianapolis community: physical, emotional, academic and spiritual health. Beginning today, iHeartMedia Indianapolis will support the mission of these organizations through the stations’ assets including on-air, on stations’ websites and on social media. iHeartMedia Indianapolis will create in-kind media campaigns for the following nonprofit organizations: AccessAbility; Cancer Support; Kids’ Voice of Indiana; Madam Walker Legacy Center; Pack Away Hunger; Renew Indianapolis; TechPoint Foundation for Youth; and VIPS Indianapolis.
“We are excited to announce our new community partners and share the work they do to help strengthen the Indianapolis community,” said Kristy Beebe, Market President for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “Collectively, we will continue to share our commitments towards uplifting and investing in our communities by utilizing our community partnership program to share the resources and services these organizations provide.”
Bauer’s Hits Radio UK Shuffles The Deck Again
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2022 –– Bauer still haven’t got their schedule right on Hit’s Radio so there’s another re-shuffle. Tom Green is taking over mid-mornings from Mike Toolan and Hattie Pearson is replacing Greg Burns on afternoons. Mike Toolan will move to Drive (4pm to 7pm), replacing Wes Butters but reuniting with Gemma Atkinson who he used to do Breakfast with a couple of previous re-shuffles ago. Tom Green, previously hosted KISS Breakfast. Greg Burns will remain within the Hits Radio Network to present a new show in 2022, but it’s not known for how long. Wes Butters will continue to host his Sunday morning show with Sheree Murphy as well as the new weekend breakfast show on Saturday mornings.
In Ireland The WLR Christmas Radio Appeal Raised Over €100,000 ($113,450) - The WLR Christmas Radio Appeal has raised over €100,000 for the St Vincent De Paul in Waterford, Tramore and Dungarvan. Through a series of events over the month of December, WLR listeners came together to raise funds for those most in need in Waterford.
Fun Kids Will Send AN Intergalactic Messages From Planet Earth - London radio station, ‘Fun Kids’ is sending children’s messages into space in a special radio broadcast. On February 14th, the love letter from Earth will be broadcast nationwide on Fun Kids and will simultaneously be sent to the stars in a live event hosted at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. Kids across the UK are invited to submit their audio recordings to become part of the transmission: a broadcast that will travel through the universe for billions of years. With parabolic radio transmitters and wavelengths that clearly penetrate Earth’s atmosphere, there is no theoretical limit to the distance the signal can travel. In anywhere from 4 to 400 billion years, a potential alien civilization with similar technology to ours will be able to receive the message. Listeners have from January 4th until February 10th 2022 to submit their audio answers to a few key questions with the chance of being included in this nationwide and galaxy-wide broadcast.
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2022 NAB Crystal Radio Awards Entry Window Now Open - Entries Due By January 31, 2022
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2022 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is now accepting entries for the 35th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service efforts undertaken by radio stations throughout 2021. Winners will receive national recognition for their community service at NAB Show, April 23–27, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nev. A panel of judges representing the broadcast industry and community service organizations will review applications and select 50 finalists and 10 winners. Stations must submit an online entry through NAB’s member platform, My NAB, describing their community service efforts for the 2021 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31. Finalists will be announced in February.
Audacy’s Podcast Network Announces Content Distribution Partnership With Samsung Platforms
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2022 –– Audacy and Samsung have announced a content distribution partnership that will make Audacy’s entire podcast library available on Samsung platforms. Listeners will be able to hear favorites from Audacy’s market-leading podcast studios including Cadence13, Pineapple Street Studios and 2400Sports, along with hundreds of other Audacy podcast titles from across its large and rapidly-growing network on the Samsung Free platform and any other Samsung customized or developed apps.
“We’re delighted to expand the reach of our robust podcast library to Samsung Free users across the country and put our award-winning titles on more devices for more consumers,” said Tim Murphy, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Business Development, Audacy. Some of their titles have recently been named to Apple Podcasts Best of 2021, Amazon’s Best Podcasts of 2021, Time Best Podcast of 2021, The New York Times Ten Best Podcasts of 2021, as well as lists from Mashable and Esquire.
EVENTS: 'In-Person' CRS 2022 To Take A Closer Look At Multi-Generational Audience
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2022 –– In partnership with research and marketing partner NuVoodoo Media Services, CRS 2022 will explore behaviors, trends, and tastes of country music consumers spanning Generation Z to Generation X. Results of this broad, comprehensive examination will be presented on Thursday, February 24, during CRS 2022 at Omni Nashville (shown), when the Country music industry returns to its traditional live, in-person gathering, following a virtual CRS experience last year.
“For years, a lot of people have said ‘Country music is for anyone 8 to 80," CRS Research Committee Chairman and Big Machine Records GM Clay Hunnicutt explains. “This year, we’ll find out for sure, as we look at the multi-generational audiences across Country’s past, present, and future, looking at characteristics and day-to-day habits of our listeners - from early adopters to late bloomers.
NuVoodoo Media Services President/Founder Carolyn Gilbert (R) adds, “It’s especially important that we all begin to think in new ways and zero base much of what’s ‘always been done.’ It’s time to recognize what we don’t know about what we do every day. Facing the world as it is and dealing with it is our way to truly get better and thrive.”
Leigh Jacobs (Far Right) , NuVoodoo Media Services EVP/Research Analysis, shared more details about the study’s methodology: “We had conversations with dozens of Country music fans one on one during December via Zoom. We’re using their first-person insights to guide the development of a massive study of nearly 3,000 Country music fans we’ll be fielding in January. We’ll use it all to show how they use radio and other media; the things they love, the things that have changed – and those that haven’t. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.
Dale Dudley Exits KLBJ-FM Austin Following Near 35-Year Run
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2022 –– Longtime KLBJ-FM Austin host Dale Dudley posted yesterday on Facebook that just months shy of his 35th anniversary he was let go. Waterloo Media responded by stating , "Dale was not fired – it’s just time for the station to try something a little different and Dale’s contract was not renewed."
Dudley made the claim on a Facebook post on Tuesday. "I was 3 months away from 35 years at KLBJ-FM. I had a weird feeling driving in today. And sure enough I was fired at the end of today's show," Dudley added, "I want to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to grow from an idiot 25 year old, into a somewhat more grown grown up 60 year old."
According to KVUE-TV, Dudley worked alongside Bob Fonseca on The Dudley and Bob with Chuy Show from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. every morning for the radio station. Dudley originally worked alongside Clark Ryan for five years before Fonseca joined Dudley as the show's co-host. Dudley and Fonseca were on the air together for more than 20 years. In January 2020, the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show on KLBJ moved to afternoons, airing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Waterloo Media released the following statement on Dudley's exit: "Dale Dudley was on KLBJ-FM for just over 34 years and we greatly appreciate his years of entertaining generations of Austin audiences. Dale fearlessly talked about his personal life journeys with wit and passion. "Dale was not fired – it’s just time for the station to try something a little different and Dale’s contract was not renewed. We hope listeners will tune into 93.7 in the coming weeks to see what develops."
SYNDICATION: Delilah Added To Lineup Of Star 102.1 Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2022 –– iHeartDallas’ The New STAR 102.1 announced the addition of nationally-syndicated personality Delilah. Effective January 10th. “I’m so happy to be able to speak with, and hear from, so many listeners in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas,” shared Delilah. “They’ve been a part of my radio life for many years! I’m excited for this opportunity, and appreciative too. Thanks to all involved for creating this connection again!”
“We’re excited about the addition of Delilah and bringing her back to DFW - she possesses an intense connection with her audience because of her authentic personality,” said Jay Shannon, The New STAR 102.1 Program Director.
The Baltimore Orioles Partner With Hearst Baltimore In New Flagship Radio Agreement
The Orioles today announced a multi-year partnership naming Hearst’s 98 Rock FM & WBAL NewsRadio AM/FM the new flagship stations of the Orioles Radio Network. The six-year deal also includes unique cross-promotion on WBAL-TV. Beginning in 2022, fans can hear all 162 regular season games, select Spring Training contests, and extensive Orioles programming on Hearst platforms, including 98 Rock (97.9 FM), WBAL NewsRadio AM 1090 & FM 101.5 (& FM 97.9 HD 2), and across the seven-state, 40-station Orioles Radio Network. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will continue to serve as the club’s exclusive home to all television game broadcasts.
“The entire Hearst Baltimore Team feels like the Orioles have truly come home and are excited to have the O’s back and now on all our radio stations for the foreseeable future,” said Cary Pahigian, President and General Manager of WBAL FM/AM & 98 Rock. “This iconic franchise is undoubtedly going to soon be a force in the AL East and for many years to come. We share the community’s enthusiasm with positive initiatives and plans underway within the entire Orioles organization. It’s a treasured opportunity to be partnered with Orioles baseball again, and we can’t wait to showcase the games on the radio.
” Orioles content will also be featured on WBAL-TV For more information on the Orioles Radio Network, please visit Orioles.com/Radio.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On WSJR/'BHT Wilkes-Barre-Scranton's Laura G
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH , 2022 –– In this year's 1st episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, today's spotlight falls on Laura Gilbert, PD for WSJR-FM and midday host on WBHT-FM/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, (as Laura G). She also handle's fill-in for WKHX-FM in Atlanta as needed.
The first time we met Laura was during a National Radio Talent Institute in Atlanta sponsored by The University of Georgia. It was obvious to us then, as is now, that she was destined for radio success. Growing up in Atlanta, she remembers her dad driving her to school every morning as they listened to the Morning X on 99x (with Leslie Fram, Steve Barnes and Jimmy Baron). "I was so fortunate to be surrounded by so many iconic radio stations and exposed to such great talent," says. "I later caught the radio bug in college. I started doing the live graveyard shift from 2 am - 5 am on Georgia State's student-run radio station, WRAS Album 88, and as they say - the rest was history."
She also holds a special memory of her first trip to Morning Show Boot Camp. "I met Bobby Bones one night along with group of fellow Bootcamp newbies and I got to spend a few hours chatting with him about his career, the industry, and how he got into radio. He was so personable and humble and even reached out when I got my first full-time gig. It was so cool... definitely a "highlight of my career" kind of moment."
And who does she credit with opening the door? Adam Bomb. "Adam brought me on as an intern in 2016 and always did everything he could to help push me to the next level. Adam helped me get my first part-time job in radio as a Remote Tech at Cumulus in Atlanta. He taught me how to run a board, edit audio, engage with listeners, write blog posts, handle artist interviews, and ultimately helped me build my radio portfolio. I am forever grateful for him and his mentorship over the years." Say hey to Laura HERE
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RADIO 2021 PT. 1 & 2: The Special Bond Between Radio And Listeners Never More Evident
By Don Anthony
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 30TH, 2021 –– With a look at what several of our Facebook friends told us they'll remember most about 'Radio 2021,' once again they pointed to radio's unparalleled relationship with listeners. Phil Tower - Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University Principal and Owner Phil Tower Media and Consulting, posted: "In a word: Resiliency. (as Mike McVay noted). In a second R word: Relevant, still. Just ask the residents of Princeton, KY who relied on local radio station WPKY for vital news and updates.
David Kibler - Morning Host KDWB/Minneapolis - " The best talent treat and appreciate their listeners as friends. Not numbers, not “wins” not the insincere term, “family” but genuine friends. We want to make our friends feel important and welcome and entertained and happy for the time they spend with us."
Lori Lewis - (below left) Lori Lewis Media/Atlanta - "The trend that emerged for me in 2020 is that unpolished is the new polished. And radio talent everywhere thrived from this in 2021. You didn’t see much fake, plastic, made up talent lobbing for likes with filtered selfies - you saw talent as raw and and real people behind the mic and the lens - talking with fans about mental health, that it’s ok to not be ok, you saw talent raise millions collectively to help others, champion people in their communities - remind people they matter. Everyone wants to feel a part of something and radio talent give just that. Even in spite of a tough year for their own industry. "
Keith Kennedy - Senior Vice President of Programming - Cleveland Metro at iHeartMedia Inc. - "Realizing that compelling and creative content still matters. There continue to be people who depend on us for entertainment, news, info and even music. Never take for granted those special moments when a listener laughs, cries or pumps their fist in agreement with something you’ve said. Those are the moments we got into this business for."
Bobby Rich - President Radio Tucson LLC at The Drive Tucson and Big Kahuna at The Drive Tucson - "Working from home actually can sound good and can be done right. I did ISDN with a partner hundreds of miles away in the 90s it was OK but lots of delay and issues especially with a video on the Internet. Now we use video that is barely delayed at all so we are not stepping on each other."
Karson Tager- Morning Show Host at Mix 104-1 Boston - "
Using our show and station to help small businesses survive the pandemic."
Cosmo Nick - On Air/Production at Zimmer Radio Group, Y107 Mornings Columbia, MO - "That while so much was/is changing around our audience… that our morning show was there.. everyday. Informing on covid when we absolutely needed too (leaving the heavier sh*t for our news station) and making them laugh, love and cry along with us.
Mercedes (L) Mercedes in the Morning, On-Air Host at Audacy's Mix 94.1 Las Vegas - "I will remember that even though we are working to entertain and inform our listeners, they truly helped and continue to help ME as we went through the year. They were truly a gift to me as I navigated through such uncertainty. I’m grateful for them.
Mike McVay - President of McVay Media Cleveland, OH - That the people on-air and behind the scenes were resilient. Took pay cuts and furloughs. Had to work from a studio that was a converted closet. That they cared and doubled down on effort.
Eric Rowe (L) Executive Producer for The Roula & Ryan Show / KRBE Houston - "My love for radio grew even stronger. So many people in this business worked very hard to entertain, inform, and most of all be there for their listeners everyday. We all do this job because we love it. Reading all these beautiful comments proves how truly blessed we are to be doing this for a living.
Wild Wood - Co-host of 'Kelly and Wood' on Wild Country 99 St. Cloud. "Reading articles and seeing how many people in the business are stressing content over anything now and how much the personal connection matters again which is awesome to see."
Jim Frigo - On-Air Host for Jonesboro Radio Group - "We were hit with COVID along with two tornados and our audience was there to step-up to help, encourage and be there for each other through death, sickness and just a life changing year. We give all the credit and any success to our listeners."
Jeff Mauler - Morning host for HOT 89-9 Ottawa Canada - "I think for myself and the station, no matter what was or is happening in the world, we never stopped. We were the escape that people need and according to our latest ratings our audience is still there. People now more than ever need us as their food. I think it just continues to show me why I love being in radio.
Robby Bridges (shown with his wife and co-host Rochelle) - Director of Programming, Press Communications and morning co-host on 107.1 The Boss New Jersey - “Local Radio proved once again, despite intense competition and publicity for podcasts, streaming music, satellite and a dozen others seeking consumer attention, that in uncertain times the connection it provides to the community and the power of local personalities matter. The quick recovery of audience cume after covid disruption in 2020 simply reinforces that the passion for engaging local audio content on radio remains vibrant”
Several voiced satisfaction with working from home, like Melissa Bunting Hoerst - 90.3 AMP Radio Calgary, Alberta - "Seamlessly working from home, how the connection with our audience is bigger than ever, and how despite challenges and adversity, our listeners were so incredibly generous throughout the year to help others."
SEE BOTH PART 1 & 2 HERE
NAB Show New York Returning In October To NYC
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2021 –– NAB Show New York returns to New York City, with a reimagined experience that focuses on connecting people to the technology and the tactical and actionable insight, strategies and skills they need now to navigate the fast-changing media and entertainment industry. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York is a more intimate opportunity for the broadcast, media and entertainment industry to present and discover product updates, new applications and workflow efficiencies to deliver superior audio and video experiences.
Details and registration, will be available in the coming months. Visit NABShowNY.com to learn more. It will take place on October 19-20, 2022 at The Javits Center New York City - For more info, contact NAB Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Spotify's New 155,000 Sq. Ft. 'Pod City' In Downtown LA Can Accommodate 18 Podcast Studios
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2021 –– Spotify’s new campus in downtown LA can accommodate as many as 600 employees from 18 podcast studios. Digital Music News reports it has a theater, an indoor stage, and places for musicians to work with vintage instruments. That includes a piano once used by Norah Jones.
“We want to be able to have the right home for our teams and for the creator community. That’s why we’re investing in L.A. It’s an important city for Spotify,” says Courtney Holt, Spotify’s Global Head of Podcasts and New Initiatives. The campus features three buildings, including an office building, a building for the stage and conference rooms, and what Spotify is calling ‘Pod City.’ It also features a listening room with soundproofing and a cutting-edge sound system.
“This was a really great attempt to try and create the most forward-thinking and future-proof strategy around how we can do production that’s going to be dynamic and nimble to meet the needs of the platform and consumers,” says Holt. Spotify is also dabbling in audio outside of just podcasts. It acquired and launched Spotify Greenroom earlier this year in March. It also acquired audiobooks business Findaway in November. Holt says her strategy for expanding Spotify is to view it as content-agnostic. “The company broadly continues to believe in and invest in the broader audio industry.”
STAR 101.5 Seattle Names New PD And Lineup
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2021 –– On Monday, January 3rd, Lotus Seattle Adult Hits Station, KPLZ/STAR 101.5, kicks off the new year with a new lineup. Lisa Adams (BL), a Seattle native will lead the charge as Program Director and cover middays. Leading off in mornings will be Moug & Angie (TL) followed by Lisa Adams and then Julian on the Radio in afternoons (TR).
STAR 101.5 Station General Manager, Gary Greenberg commented, “It’s an exciting time at STAR 101.5/KPLZ as we ramp up our commitment to our Adult Hits format, our community and advertisers. I’m thrilled to welcome this highly talented group. We expect great things from STAR 101.5 in ’22”
Moug (pronounced like “Vogue”) is a newlywed with three dogs and a cat and has yet to venture into the world of parenting. Angie is the female half of Moug & Angie Mornings. The duo first met at KLUC in Las Vegas where Moug was doing afternoons and Angie won a contest for a co-host who was going on maternity leave. They became fast friends and developed “Moug and Angie Mornings”, having spent the past 2.5 years in Boise at MIX 106.
Lisa makes her return from Boise to be Program Director and midday host on STAR 101.5. Lisa has spent time Programming and on-air in Seattle, Portland and most recently at Magic 97.9 in Boise.
Julian started his radio career in his hometown, Washington D.C. From there he went to Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco and now Seattle, which he now calls home.
Mike Abrams, Lotus Regional Director if Programming says, “I am excited and ecstatic to have these talented personalities join our heritage station KPLZ. Not only will they be part of the station, but part of the Seattle lifestyle. We are all looking forward to an amazing 2022 with STAR 101.5 leading the way for Seattle radio.”
MIX 94.1 Las Vegas' Shawn Tempesta & 97.1 The Eagle Dallas' Cindy Scull Announce Exits
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2021 –– A couple of popular hosts announced last week via social that they were exiting their longtime posts. In Las Vegas, MIX 94.1's Shawn Tempesta (TL) posted: "Today marks my final day after over a decade in afternoon drive. If you even listened for a minute, thanks for making my dream job a reality. He added that he will be remaining in Las Vegas hosting Las Vegas Morning Blend on KTNV Channel 13 Action News with one of my best friends JJ Snyder. Plus, continuing Free4All with Shawn Tempesta weeknights at 7pm Pacific on Twitch.tv/free4allshow.
In Dallas, citing a contract dispute, KEGL/97.1 The Eagle's Cindy Scull (TR) posted: " "..as of 11/30/21 I am no longer w/97.1 The Eagle/Dallas. ... 27 years chocked full of great memories… It has been the privilege of my life to have you as my friends. I’ll miss you beyond measure. It all came down to a contract dispute. I wanted to work from home and they wanted me in office.”
The Show Inks 5-Year Extension With iHeart's ROCK 105.3/KIOZ-FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced it has renewed its agreement with “The Show” for Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), San Diego’s Rock Station. “The Show” will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for another five years. “The Show,” featuring Eddie Pappani (left center) Sky Williams (right center), Tylhor “Thor” Dodd (top right), and Emily Griffiths (top left) has been entertaining San Diego audiences during morning drive since 2010 on Rock 105.3 FM.
“I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeartRadio and Rock 105.3 in San Diego, said Pappani. “Sky and I have been on-air in morning drive at Rock 105.3 since 2004, and I can't believe they haven't grown sick of us yet! I want to thank the rest of ‘The Show,’ Sky - my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.”
“I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with ‘The Show’ on Rock 105.3! Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listener’s loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience and show, even more, said Shauna Moran, Program Director for Rock 105.3 FM. “Cheers to another five years!”
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On ABC News Radio's Dana Schaeffer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, the spotlight shines on ABC News Radio New York producer Dana Schaeffer. You may know her as a regular staffer at MSBC. Long before her radio journey began, she tells Jockline she would go to these ABC vs. WPLJ charity baseball games in her home town back when she was a child (below left).
"I’d meet the News Anchors and Radio DJ’s, and tell them I wanted to work with them one day. Fast forward to college at William Paterson University - the exec producer Monk -- for the Scott & Todd Morning Show, visited his alma mater. She told him it would be a dream to intern at WPLJ... and then after her interview – "I did! It all started there," she says.
In 2013 she started at CBS Radio ( Entercom, Audacy) where she worked on the street team for CBS-FM, FRESH, AMP, and beyond. From there, she moved to 1010 WINS where she fell in love with news/talk radio. To this day she admits to a soft spot for WINS and everyone there.
On a whim, she flew to LA to interview at KIIS-FM in 2017 where she became producer for JoJo on the Radio, re-launched the globally-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown, started a podcast “Paranormal-ish” and worked with Bill Handel at KFI. Radio in Los Angeles taught me a lot. I really learned all the ropes of not only producing so many different shows, but hosting those shows too."
"I have to shout out Morning Show Boot Camp for the networking opportunities as well, because without those conferences, my jobs may have been very different. They gave me face time with people in the industry that may not have been possible because of schedules, or distance."
And where would Dana like to see career path eventually take her? "The ultimate media goal is to be on Good Morning America, or have a morning show," says Dana. "I’m that morning person that’s super bubbly the minute she wakes up, no coffee needed! I’m the person who wants to lift you up, hear about YOU and bring positive energy into YOUR life."
Dana adds, If you ever want to talk radio for hours on end, reach out – I’m your gal. @danamschaeffer
Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On iHeart San Diego's Chris Martinez
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Chris Martinez, morning show executive producer for iHeart San Diego's Geena The Latina And Frankie V Morning Show on Channel 933. His radio journey began when he was in a community college and taking broadcasting classes. He tells Jockline, "I just thought it was an easy class and I had no idea how to get an internship, so I applied at every station in Los Angeles and Riverside. After being rejected by nearly everyone, there was only one to call me in for an interview and that was KIISFM in Los Angeles. I became an official intern in March of 2004. After a few months of being on the team my promotion director called me into his office to hire me a part of the street team! In December of 2005 my career would take another unexpected turn when working a street team event with one of our morning show talents, Manny On The Streets. He was looking for someone to join him and the Ryan Seacrest Morning team. I took him up on his offer and started with that team in January 2006."
Chris added, "I stayed with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team till 2012 and in 2013 became our special projects coordinator for iHeart LA. There I was on the opening team for the iHeart Theater LA, bringing big name acts to a private intimate setting. In spring of 2014 I was contacted by my old friend and current morning show cohost Geena the Latina at Channel 933 in San Diego to come back to the programming side of the business. I moved to San Diego officially in May of 2014 and I’ve been here ever since as the executive producer of Geena The Latina and Frankie V morning show on Channel 933."
Chris says he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lot of help "From my promotions family to programming to sales, but I owe many thanks to Dennis Clark. While I was working with the On Air with Ryan Seacrest team, I was able to learn so much from him. I know a lot of people admire and appreciate his guidance but it’s something special seeing it live and in action every day. I really got to see how a morning show should operate and I still apply those lessons to this very day."
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, this weeks' spotlight shines on WCDA/HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson, co-host of the Mandy & Jimmy Morning Show.
Mandy says her career started out not for the love of radio but for the need of an internship. "Back in 2009 when MySpace was still huge and Facebook was just coming onto the scene I found myself reading a post from a guy who was the host of a local morning show on Island 106 Panama City looking for interns. I reached out to him, he brought me in for an interview and that’s when my radio career began. I interned for “That Guy” Kramer in 2009 for a full year for free. It was supposed to be three months but that turned into six which turned into a year. Kramer, Holly, Miguel and I just clicked. It felt right so I stayed because I loved it. After a year, she finally went fulltime and started getting paid.
To this day, she still calls Kramer, Miguel & Holly her top mentors. She stayed at Island 106 Navigating my way through several morning shows until she landed at her current job in Lexington Kentucky. Over the next several years, Mandy says she I spent a lot of time on ellipticals listening to other shows in different markets learning from them. Making mental notes of what they did best and how they got in and out of a break or how they interacted with listeners. Some of her biggest inspirations were The KVJ Show on WRMF/West Palm Beach, Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955/Detroit and Mercedes in The Morning on Mix 94.1 Las Vegas. "They all were very different yet all had wonderful qualities that’s inspired me in the way I want to do things on my show". Mandy started out solo in Lexington in 2017, then teamed later with Jimmy who had previously served as an intern.
She says, "I've had a ton of support from all the lovely people I’ve met through the years at Morning Show Boot Camp which is where I’m going to give a lot of credit to. Meeting all the different mornings shows from all over and hearing their stories and ideas definitely helped shape my career. Brady DeAngelo who had been doing a solo morning show for quite some time was my biggest mentor in my transition to Lexington. Not really sure where I’d be with out his guidance at the time.
Of note, Mandy also does TV as well in a segment called Mom to Mom that airs every Monday a few times a day on the local ABC 36 affiliate and it’s syndicated in 7 different markets. She tells Jockline, she was able to get that job thanks to radio.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Utah's McCall Of The AJ & McCall Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, please meet Utah's McCall, co-host of The AJ & McCall Show On 94.5 VFX. McCall's radio journey began in 2014. Back then she was working at a bank and someone just happened to come in saying they worked at the top 40 radio station in town. She tells Jockline: "I RAN across the lobby (IN HEELS nonetheless) to ask how to get a job there. They told me to go talk to the boss, so I did the next day. I was brought on as an intern, and about a month later the afternoon jock didn't show up for his shift, so I got his slot on on KXRQ-FM."
Some years later after she and her boyfriend had moved, she heard an ad, YES, ON THE RADIO, about the Utah Broadcasters Association Job Fair happening that week. I took off from my job to see what it was all about, and met my now bosses and landed the position on the morning show on KVFX in Logan Utah (they also track shifts on 3 different stations across the state). I've since picked up 1 more station in St. George Utah, and have been a part of the AJ & McCall show in my home town for almost 5 years."
And who are some of her 'go-to' shows for radio inspiration? "There's so many," she says. Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly are some of my favorite people to go to for inspiration; Audacy syndicated The Julia Show, I also love 99.5 Portland's Nick & Kristen and Throwback 2K's Chris Cruise have been so darn helpful. With each of these shows, I love seeing their hustle. I'm so inspired by them all. They make me want to be better, and have been so supportive.
"Ultimately, I want to do everything," adds McCall. "Because if I don't try everything, I don't know that I don't like it. I'd also love to syndicate my midday show, I'd love to blow up as an Influencer, but at the end of the day, I just want to support the community that raised me and serve as an example to the community that you can love the being that you are, AS you are. And also make beaucoup bucks. PS, "Can't wait for next year's Boot Camp"!
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On iHeart Radio's Zach Boog
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Zach Boog of WGCI-FM Chicago. His night show also airs in Nashville, Memphis, Milwaukee and Norfolk. In addition to radio, he's a much in demand standup who appears regularly at top clubs in Chicago and Nashville. He tells us, "The Zach Boog story started on YouTube, I was a freshman in College and majored in mass communications and had a college radio show. I started making YouTube videos that became so popular that I got the attention of one of the local DJs at a radio station and he got me an internship (2009).
Zach says he worked his way up the ladder the traditional way. "I interned for a year in Nashville and was then hired as a Promotions Tech. I worked in every department in Nashville I had a digital position, was the courier for the sales department and I would drive the station van to pick up checks from clients, I was still working in promotions and had a show on the weekend. I eventually worked my way to Nights in Nashville and after a few years with top ratings I was promoted to weekends in Chicago and then promoted (in 2017) to the position I currently have which is Nights in Chicago.
JL: And you still do standup at top clubs there in Chicago, Nashville, too. How different is comedy on stage than from behind a mic in a studio? ZB: Comedy on stage is different than from behind the mic in a studio because Comedy on stage you get a instant reaction after you tell your jokes. You know instantly if the joke, or observation was received by the audience. When you are behind the mic on the radio, you’re not sure if your joke landed because you can’t see the reaction. But I will tell you this even though they are different I enjoy them both equally.
JL: I've seen other talent, like Moe on The Bert Show here in Atlanta, who came from stand up. For shows going this route, what would you suggest would be the best way to adapt their talent to radio? ZB: Well, I actually started with radio first then transitioned to stand-up comedy, so that was never a transition I had to make. But my advice would be if you’re a stand up first trying to transition to radio please be faster. You have to learn how to adapt to your team and get your jokes in quick. Being funny alone is one thing but being funny with a group is totally different. It's kind of like basketball you got to know when to shoot and when to pass.
JL: Where would you like to see Zach Boog land in radio's future? ZB: I would like to see myself on a nationally syndicated morning show. I look up to comedians who have their own morning shows like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. I want to be mentioned with those greats one day.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Looks At Hot 101.5 Tampa's Scott Tavlin Of The Miguel & Holly Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Scott 'Scotty With The Body' Tavlin, executive producer of CMG's Miguel & Holly Show on HOT 1.1.5. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Scott's story began after his first year in college. He tells us, "I became an Orientation Leader at the University of South Florida and I had my first experience of getting on stage and speaking in front of nearly a thousand people and…. I LOVED IT!!!!! It launched me into truly finding what my passions were in life. So I ended up switching majors to Communication and one day a friend was casually mentioning the radio station on campus and how they thought I should start a show…" He and his best friend started our weekly show called “The Scotty T and Logie Log Show” and it became addicting. Then, one day in his media class, his professor had a quick announcement before class about a Cox Media Group hiring event. Scott emailed CMG right away for an interview and landed a job on the promotions team.
Then he says, this is when the moment happened. "I was working a remote with Miguel Fuller of HOT 101.5 and we started talking and I shared my goals and dreams with him and he connected with all of it. He ended up asking if I wanted to shadow the show and I pretty much never left. I would just show up everyday and I eventually asked if I could do “Street Bits” for the show to get funny audio of bits like “Drunk Trivia”. Eventually sI got bumped up to programmin and then I asked our PD for a chance at on-air time and that’s when the air-checking sessions started, then overnight shifts to practice, then I got the chance to jock weekend shows. Well, a couple years later the moment finally happened where I was offered a FULL TIME position to become the Executive Producer, the Midday Host, and the Evening Host on K92.3."
Scott has three Full Time Jobs with CMG. He's the Executive Producer for Miguel and Holly Mornings on HOT 101.5 then he host middays 10am til 3pm, and also voice tracks 7pm to 12am for K92.3 as the night jock!
As for the future, he says, "My goal and vision is to have my own morning show one day, “The Scott Show” “Scotty in the Morning” (ahhhh that sounds nice). But also to become a motivational speaker to help inspire others to go after what they deserve in life. I got into radio because I wanted to have a place to inspire, entertain, and inform and I’m forever grateful that I get to do that everyday. I want to be able to do it at the highest level to be able to positively impact as many people as possible."
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FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show', which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler.
Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA."
This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 96.5 in Kansas City and is syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.
As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me. Of course, Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydreamed about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition."
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