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Handicapping Top Formats Of Summer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– During the summer, each and every year, American radio listening habits shift. In recent memory, this has meant that stations specializing in music from decades past—in particular, Classic Rock and Classic Hits—see their audience levels rise during the warmest months of the year.
The release of Nielsen’s July portable people meter (PPM) results are bringing into focus the 2018 race for “format of the summer,” which is an annual accounting of how radio format audiences change during June, July and August compared with the first five months of the year. Over the past six years, Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Country, Classic Hits
and Classic Rock have won this race, with Classic Rock doing so each of the last two years and Classic Hits the two years prior to that. But past history is not a guaranteed measure of future success when it comes to an annual summertime bump, particularly when you consider how playlists evolve and change on a regular basis among the top music radio formats. Evidence of those shifts are clearly noticeable in the following trend, which tracks July results for the top-10 most-listened-to radio formats among Millennial listeners (aged 18-34).
Pop CHR, Country, Adult Contemporary (AC) and Urban Contemporary are the top formats this July among Millennial listeners, based on share of audience. But look back just four short years and the landscape looked significantly different. · Pop CHR since 2014 has seen its share among listeners 18-34 decline by nearly 20% (from 12.4% in July 2014 to 10.3% this year). Country has rebounded in 2018 but is still down from its peak in 2013 and 2014 (2013 was the summer that Country won the “format of the summer” race). · AC is enjoying a multi-year run of success both on a global basis and with Millennial audiences; the format’s share among listeners 18-34 has increased 28% since 2014. · Urban Contemporary has also risen steadily—particularly in the summer—going from the sixth-ranked format among Millennials in July 2014 (5.6% share) to the fourth-ranked this July (6.5% share).
Any of these formats could end up being the summertime winner in only a few weeks’ time, with a strong August showing. Currently, Classic Hits is leading the field and looking to regain the summer format crown after a two-year hiatus.
[WATCH] Aretha Franklin Is 'Alert' And Resting At Home Says Nephew
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– Although still 'Gravely Ill, People is reporting that Aretha Franklin is at home surrounded by her friends and family. "Aretha Franklin is “alert” and resting at home with loved ones says a nephew, Tim Franklin. “She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” Franklin’s nephew Tim Franklin tells People following the news of the 76-year-old star’s illness Monday. “Family is there with her,” he said. “She’s home.” “I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking,” Tim continued. “She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that.”
A friend of the artist has confirmed to People that the singer has “been ill for a long time” and her loved ones have been warned her “death is imminent.” However, her family is choosing to remain hopeful. Tim tells People that while the singer “is sick,” her family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”
Fox News reported that on Monday night, music superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their “On The Run II” concert to Franklin while performing in her hometown, Detroit. PHOTO/Fox Screen Grab - Read People Story HERE
PRODUCTS: 'QGoLive' Rides With Salem
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– KMG Networks and AdLarge Media announced a number of major market partnerships -- specifically, a strategic rollout of QGoLive in Salem Media s major market stations. Several more major market stations and national platforms will be announced shortly. “Salem is proud to partner with QGoLive to get our remote broadcasts on the air cheaper and faster than ever before,” said Phil Boyce, Senior VP/Spoken Word Format , Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network Operations VP, New York Region WMCA/AM970 the Answer.
“Imagine using your laptop or iPhone to send a live show back home. It works, and we are grabbing this technology for many of our stations.” “KMG is excited to grow our successful partnership with Salem Media with their aggressive adoption of the QGoLive platform from Control Room Pro” remarked Gary Krantz , CEO of Krantz Media Group. “ They join dozens of other major market stations across the c ountry who recognize that immediate live broadcast engagement from anywhere is what sets local radio apart from other audio platforms. ”
QGoLive is a mobile App for broadcast - quality, live field reporting on an iPhone, iPad, Android, or laptop, featuring the ability to insert recorded clips into live shots. While designed for news/talk stations, the QGoLive app works for any station that has air personalities or reporters in the field. For Krantz Media Group and Harris Media, contact Gary Krantz 201-400-3682, firstname.lastname@example.org
PODCAST: WWO To Debut 'Run Like a Girl' Podcast Showcasing Female Candidates
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– More female candidates, more first-time candidates, and more minority candidates are running for office than ever before. In collaboration with Cult Favorite Media, Westwood One proudly launches a new podcast with one goal: to get as many women on both sides of the aisle elected to office as possible. Run Like a Girl, co-created and hosted by seasoned voiceover artist and screenwriter Tracy Fraim, introduces listeners to different female candidates from across the country who are running the race of their lives. In addition, now through Election Day, the podcast goes inside the Gretchen Whitmer campaign for exclusive access to one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the country – Michigan.
“The time is now for these exceptional women,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One. “They’re courageous and tenacious, and we are proud to shine our spotlight on their personal stories and support them with a massive radio, social, and influencer marketing campaign.”
Run Like a Girl is a non-partisan show also co-created and executive produced by two-time Emmy award-winning media veteran Corny Koehl, former Executive Producer of Oprah Radio. It’s supported by celebrity announcer Julie Bowen from the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Modern Family. "Run Like a Girl' debuts on August 23, but the podcast trailer is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com, and the Westwood One Podcasts App for iOS or Android and runlikeagirlpodcast.com.
ABC News Airs 100th Episode Of ‘Start Here’ Hosted By Brad Mielke
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– ABC's 'Start Here' hosted by Brad Mielke airs its 100th episode today and along the way has taken listeners across America and to more than a dozen countries. Reports have included ABC News David Muir from Singapore for the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea, and from Helsinki on President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin. It also brought you one-on-one with Former FBI Director James Comey (shown above with Mielke)
Brad Mielke is an ABC News reporter based in New York. Since serving as a Campaign Digital Journalist during the 2016 election, Brad has remained on the front lines of ABC’s political coverage, hosting several politics shows on ABC Radio and covering political stories across the country. In 2015, Brad won an Edward R. Murrow award for his inventive, sound-rich documentary on extreme obstacle course racing. Prior to his time at ABC News, Mielke worked at New York Public Radio, where he helped produce The Takeaway. PHOTO/ABC
Your First Expanded Look At Jacobs Media's First Ever Talent Survey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– The results of our new survey of air personalities is being released today – AQ (Air Talent Questionnaire)– and the findings are revealing writes Jacob's chief, Fred Jacobs. Some are expected, but others are surprising. Among the latter, air talent point to being on the radio as fun and emotionally fulfilling. The vast majority enjoy entertaining people, and nearly four in ten say a main driver for working on the radio is they derive satisfaction from being on the team.
Fred notes some of the more familiar trappings – money, fame, and yes, even sex, are at the bottom of this chart. With all the research we conduct in radio – on the music, perceptions, and the other familiar measures – scant little survey work has been done with talent – about talent. In fact, our partner on the project – Talentmasters’ founder Don Anthony – believes this is the first research study of its kind that actually talks to people on the air to take their temperatures. We conducted this survey in June with the goal of 400 in-tab interviews. We ended up with a much more robust turnout – more than 1,100 completed surveys here in the U.S. And based on its maiden presentation at Morning Show Boot Camp last week, a SRO audience enjoyed having the mirror held up – to see themselves for the first time as a community.
We’re hosting a free webinar so that everyone can see AQ, in partnership with Talentmasters. It takes place on Thursday, August 30th at 2pm ET. A deck of key findings from AQ is also available. You can get them both HERE - See Fred Jacobs Blog HERE
MSBC 30 DVDs Available Soon From Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– Art Vuolo will soon make available a select group of DVD's from this year's MSBC 30.This will include a special commemorative DVD of '30 Year's of Boot Camp shown during a surprise showing during Thursday's event.
This will be an 'unbleeped' version, contained in their entirety. A limited set of DVD's will be available in appx two weeks. Interested parties should contact Art Vuolo at email@example.com
SNAPS: Dan & Shay Presented Genuine St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Jerseys
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– Because St. Louis is known as "the best baseball city" in America, the New Country 92.3 Home Team was proud to present Dan & Shay with genuine, customized St. Louis Cardinals baseball jerseys before their recent show in St. Louis.
Pictured from left to right - Dan Smyers, New Country 92.3's Kelly From Arnold, Shay Mooney and New Country 92.3 Assistant Program Director/Music Director Danny Montana.
MSBC 30 Panelists All Smiles In Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2018 –– Following last week's 30th presentation of Morning Show Boot Camp In Chicago, social media has been flooded with pics and highlights from this year's event. Among the many includes this star-studded snap from Friday's 'Building A Winning Show Chemistry' session.
Shown top left to right are Miguel Fuller, Angela Yee, Brad Booker, Dana Cortez, Geena The Latina, Blaine Fowler, Jenn Hobby and shown below left is Steph Sicat, a producer for The Kramer and Geena Show in San Diego.
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KMXB/Las Vegas' Mercedes Honored With 2018 'Airblazer Award' By MIW Group
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group presented Mercedes Martinez, host of “Mercedes in the Morning” on Entercom’s KMXB Mix 94.1, Las Vegas, as the recipient of the 2018 MIW Airblazer Award. Now in its 4th year, the MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmaster’s Morning Show Bootcamp (MSBC). MIW Group Executive Committee member and Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO Erica Farber introduced the 2018 Airblazer Awards segment during the 30th Annual Morning Show Bootcamp, held in Chicago August 9th and 10th. The Award was presented to Mercedes by 2017 honoree Roula, of KRBE Houston's Roula & Ryan Show
“I am beyond grateful to work in this industry. I think the most gratifying part of our job is being able to create bonds with our listeners,” says Mercedes. “’I’ve watched and idolized all the women (Ellen K, Angie Martinez, and Roula Christie) that have won this award in the past and to be included in this group is an honor I never could have imagined. As the mother of two daughters, being a role model to girls and women is something that I take very seriously, so the MIW Group Airblazer Award is especially meaningful.”
Top Takeaways From 30 Years Of MSBC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– Talent specialist Randy Lane writes: "I joined Don Anthony to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Morning Show Boot Camp last week at the Grand Sheraton in Chicago. MSBC is more important than ever to help radio stay relevant and thrive as a medium. It’s the only large-scale event solely dedicated to the evolvement, development, and mentoring of talent. Sharing ideas doesn’t only take place in the sessions, but in the bars and restaurants, too. It’s gratifying to see this gathering continuing to grow and be attended by radio’s top talent, coaches, and programmers. In my session titled, 30 Years of Top Takeaways from MSBC, I was joined by five of some of the top morning show hosts in radio." Here's some of the panel's top takeaways:\
Dave Ryan, morning host at KDWD Minneapolis: Read management books if you’re a host of an ensemble cast. You may be creative and talented but lack management skills. Pop culture and showbiz news is so overdone. Talk about the Kardashians or Game of Thrones too much and you turn off people who don’t care. Mojo, Channel 955 Detroit (syndicated): Take trips with your show to Costco, the mall, etc. for content and to build chemistry. Each person on the show writes a journal on Sunday night about what they did over the last 48 hours. Then we share everything, looking for great content that will resonate with listeners. Jayde, of Todd & Jayde WPLJ New York: I can’t stress enough the importance of standing out on-air or at a convention. Have a bold point of view and don’t back down. Staying neutral without a clear viewpoint or revealing character is a recipe for mediocrity. (By speaking out and being bold at her first MSBC, Jayde attracted the attention of Mike McVay, Cumulus EVP Content and Programming, and he ended up hiring her! Jayde is a rising star host.)
BJ Shea, of BJ and Migs KISW Seattle: We have an eight-person cast and we use the Rule of Three with only three people on mic at a time. Players are signaled or invited in rather than having an open mic. We always name check the player that comes into the conversation. Having no more than three people on mic at once prevents talking over each other and becoming a circus. Kevin Ralston, of the KVJ Show WRMF West Palm Beach: Instead of trying to utilize all the available platforms, including social media, podcasts, videos, appearances, and blogging, zero in on the areas you are good at and do a great job of those instead of trying to spread yourself too thin. Next week Lane will be sharing some of the best content takeaways from MSBC 2018.
ABC Radio & Skyview To Syndicate 'The Dana Cortez Show'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio and Skyview Networks announce syndication of The Dana Cortez Show an ensemble cast led by one of radio’s rising stars and one of the first Latinas to host a nationally syndicated show. The collaboration is the first result of ABC Radio’s and Skyview Networks’ joint syndication and sales initiative announced April 2018. “Partnering with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks is the realization of a lifelong dream,” said Cortez. “From day one, Steve Jones and his team have championed having a female host as the lead for their morning syndication. It sends a very powerful message and I’m excited to help pave the way.:
The Dana Cortez Show has consistently achieved #1 ranking in-demo in each local market it has performed, most recently in San Antonio and previously in Albuquerque. The show is powered by one of radio’s most dynamic casts including Cortez; DJ Automatic, her executive producer and husband; and comedian Anthony Almanzar, their best friend. “Dana is a transformational talent whose voice connects with a very broad audience and women in particular,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “We are extremely proud to syndicate The Dana Cortez Show and help Dana, DJ Automatic and Anthony A. entertain more listeners and drive affiliate revenue.” For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456.5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Yee's Book Club Earns Barnes & Noble Display
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– Angela Yee’s popular book club, Kickin’ It from The Stoop (#KIFTS), continues to grow with a new in-store display at Barnes & Noble’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City. Hosted by The Breakfast Club personality, along with friends Tasha Hilton and Tony Forte, #KIFTS meets monthly at WOODStack Ivy in Brooklyn - NYC's leading sportswear and casual style shop for women – and is joined by a group of club members as they discuss the book selection of the month.
For more information, please visit http://kickinitfromthestoop.com/. Pictured: The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee with her Kickin’ It from The Stoop book club in-store display at Barnes & Noble’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brian Harrington Tapped As GSM for iHeart Indy Combo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Brian Harrington has been named General Sales Manager for , The Nap’s Number 1 Hip Hop N’ R&B, and , Indy’s Sports Station, effective immediately. Harrington will report to Brett Beshore, Market President for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Brian bring his 20 plus years of sales and management experience to our iHeartMedia Indianapolis team,” said Beshore. “His experience, knowledge of the community, reputation, and passion for the radio business make him the perfect choice to lead our WZRL and WNDE sales teams.”
Brian joins the Indianapolis Market from Woof Boom Radio, where he most recently served as an Account Executive. He has also served as General Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Community Development Manager for Radio One Indianapolis from 2001 to 2014.
SNAPS: It's SRO At MSBC 30; Long Lines Form For Bones & Charlamagne
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2018 –– With a larger than expected turnout for this year's MSBC, attendees lined the walls for most sessions like the one above featuring Kurt Johnson, Brian Kelly, Buzz Knight, Mary Ellen Kachinske, Jeff McCarthy, Tim Sabean & moderated by Mike McVay.
On Friday, following Bobby Bones & Charlamagne Tha God of Premiere syndicated 'The Bobby Bones Show' and The Breakfast Club's one-on-one segment, some of longest lines ever, formed at MSBC joined for a selfie or book signing. At one point more than 60 people were estimated be in line - Look for more snaps this week from MSBC 30 this week in Jockline.
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Longtime Cleveland Host John Lanigan Quits In The Middle Of His Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2018 –– Longtime radio host John Lanigan quit right in the middle of his WTAM show on Wednesday. Best known for his long stint on WMJI, Lanigan unexpectedly announced his retirement in the middle of "The Spew" yesterday on air, and WTAM program director Ray Davis had to come in and finish the show. New5 Cleveland reports about 18 minutes into Wednesday’s episode of “The Spew,” after a segment on the worst presidents in history, Lanigan diverted significantly from the show’s scheduled topics and said later, “I want to – can I talk to you for a second quickly? I want to tell you what a privilege it’s been working with you these last few years,” Lanigan said to his co-host. “You are the class act in radio. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” Lanigan continued: “Today I’m announcing: this is my last show. I won’t be doing The Spew ever again. I’m quitting today. I’ve done it before – my one son said, ‘You’re retiring again, huh dad?’ Yep, that’s it, I’m done. I won’t be back. I won’t be on The Spew.”
The co-host, clearly caught off-guard, tosses to commercial break. Jensen Lewis will be the new co-host, starting officially next week, but he is there filling in for the rest of this week. Davis did not choose to comment on the matter.
Chicago Radio Legend Tommy Edwards To Publish Memoirs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2018 –– Chicago legend Tommy Edwards (L) has signed with Rick Kaempfer and David Stern’s Eckhartz Press to publish his memoirs writes Robert Feder. Set for release next year, the yet-untitled book will feature untold stories about Lil’ Tommy’s “Animal Stories” partnership with Larry Lujack (R) as well other radio adventures.
Edwards retired as midday host at the former WJMK in 2014. Previous books by Eckhartz Press has included John Records Landecker, Bobby Skafish, Mitch Michaels, Chet Coppock, Dobie Maxwell, Rich King and Kipper McGee.
Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Lanco Among Headliners For New Country 92.3’s 16th Annual JingleFest
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2018 ––An opening act in 2016, Kane Brown returns to the JingleFest stage for the second time in 2018, this time as a co-headliner. The first artist to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously, Kane Brown is country music’s best new artist debut since 2014. Making his first JingleFest appearance, Luke Combs co-headlines the show as one of Nashville’s breakthrough artists in 2018
Opening the show are rising stars LANCO (shown) and Jordan Davis. Program Director, Scott Roddy, has said, “From Taylor Swift to Sam Hunt, JingleFest has proven to be THE venue to introduce St. Louis new country followers to the fresh faces of country music! This year’s lineup, curated by Assistant Program and Music Director Danny Montana, continues this long-standing tradition.”
Tribune Nixes Merger With Sinclair
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 –– According to Chicago-based WGN-Channel 9 and WGN 720-AM, announced Thursday it was filing a lawsuit against Sinclair for breach of contract, claiming the Maryland-based company “engaged in unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the FCC. It brings to an end the proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media’s 42 television stations and other properties that had been in regulatory limbo since May 2017. Last month the FCC effectively derailed the merger by accusing Sinclair of “misrepresentation and/or lack of candor” in its application. A key point was the FCC’s concern over Sinclair’s scheme to sell WGN to an auto dealer connected to Sinclair chairman David Smith, while maintaining control over the station’s operations.
“In light of the FCC’s unanimous decision, referring the issue of Sinclair’s conduct for a hearing before an administrative law judge, our merger cannot be completed within an acceptable timeframe, if ever,” Peter Kern, Tribune Media CEO, said in a statement. “This uncertainty and delay would be detrimental to our company and our shareholders. Accordingly, we have exercised our right to terminate the merger agreement, and, by way of our lawsuit, intend to hold Sinclair accountable.” In an email to employees, Kern acknowledged that the move puts Tribune Media back on the market. READ ENTIRE STORY HERE
Hubbard Gathers In Chicago For It's PD Palooza' And Morning Show Boot Camp
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 –– That's the scene last night in Chicago for Hubbard Radio programmers and guest speakers for Hubbard for its "PD Palooza" meetings and Morning Show Boot Camp.
Yesterday, the group gathered around guest speaker Fred Jacobs, to celebrate his November induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame
KOSI 101.1 Denver Promotes Jackie Selby To Mornings; Adds Melissa Moore Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 –– KOSI 101.1 has promoted current afternoon personality Jackie Selby to midday’s effective immediately. “I couldn’t be happier to have a complete professional like Jackie take over this very important daypart on KOSI 101.1. Her style and personality is perfect to entertain Denver during the workday,” said KOSI 101.1 Program Director, Jim Lawson. “I’m honored and delighted to be moving back to the midday slot on KOSI,” said Jackie. Jackie has also worked at the markets KALC-FM and KXPK-FM in the 1990’s, as well as in Phoenix and San Francisco.
In addition, the station announced that sister KYGO-FM midday personality and market vet, Melissa Moore, would move over to the afternoon position on KOSI 101.1 on Tuesday September 4th
NETWORKS: WWO Names Kurt Warner As New Monday Night Football
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 - It’s official: Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner will join Kevin Harlan in the Westwood One Sports NFL broadcast booth as the new lead color analyst for Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl. Warner, who has filled in on select Monday Nights for the past few seasons, becomes only the fourth regular Monday Night radio analyst for Westwood One since its broadcast partnership with the NFL began forty years ago.
Warner follows in the footsteps of Boomer Esiason (2000-2017), Matt Millen (1996-2000), and Hall of Fame Coach Hank Stram (1978-1984, 1987-1995). Warner’s first broadcast for this season will be Monday Night, September 10th, when the Oakland Raiders host the Los Angeles Rams. “Since reiring from the NFL I have been blessed with tremendous opportunities as a broadcaster,” said Warner. “I have especially enjoyed working at NFL Network on NFL Gameday morning and my color-analyst role on radio for Westwood One. I couldn’t be more excited to continue both of those roles well into the future. I am grateful to Westwood One for this opportunity and for believing in me with this role.
MBC Offers Discount To MSBC Attendees For 'SNL' Event Featuring Lorne Michaels
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– How this for timing? While MSBC is presenting it's 30th Annual Event at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, just blocks away, Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” will headline a gala fundraiser for Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications on Friday August 10th. This is in conjunction with the museum’s ongoing exhibition, “Saturday Night Live: The Experience.” For the occasion, MBC is extending a 25% discount for anyone associated with MSBC to the Museum of Broadcast Communications on Friday, August 10, 6-9 pm. The special code is: MSBC to be entered on the tickets page.
Lorne Michaels, creator and producer of Saturday Night Live will be a special guest, along with a number of other SNL actors and alumni including George Wendt, Gary Kroger, Horatio Sanz and more! CLICK HERE and scroll down to 'promotional code' - enter MSBC - bring nametag from conference to verify.
MSBC 30 UPDATE: Angela Yee Added To Friday Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– Angela Yee, co-host of The Premiere syndicated 'The Breakfast Club' has just been added to the star-studded 'Building A Winning Show Chemistry' panel during this week's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. She'll join with Brad Booker, Booker of Mix 94.7, Austin (Top Left below), Popular San Antonio host Dana Cortez (TCB) Blaine Fowler, morning host on 96.3 WDVD, Detroit (TRB) Miguel Fuller, morning co-host Miguel /Hot 101.5 Tampa,FL (Bottom Left) Geena the Latina, morning cohost on 933, San Diego (BC) and moderated by Jenn Hobby, morning co-host on Star 94.1 Atlanta.
This special segment will provide inside tips for building show chemistry that attendees can take home and do immediately. Session takes place at 11:00 on Friday at The Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel.
James Whale Suspended From talkRadio In London Over Rape Victim Interview -
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 –– talkRadio says their drivetime host, James Whale’s interview with a rape victim "completely lacked sensitivity". The station said "regrettable errors" were made by the presenters and producers of Monday's show. His guest, the journalist Nichi Hodgson, wrote in The Guardian newspaper, "I was interrogated, ridiculed and had my journalistic integrity questioned." She says she was sexually assaulted in the back of a London black cab in January. Ms Hodgson was discussing the issue on Mr Whale's show as part of a segment on flirtation since the dawn of the #MeToo movement. In a video clip from the radio interview, the presenter can be seen mouthing the words "orally raped", shaking his head and laughing when Ms Hodgson details what happened to her.
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Meghann Scully Takes Over Weekdays On SPIN South West Ireland
SPIN South West has announced that Meghann Scully is the new presenter of the station’s SPIN Hits weekday show from 10.45am till 2.45pm. Features on the show include 10 SPIN Hits in a Row every hour along with all things entertainment, sport and trending content. Meghann joined SPIN South West in May 2016 as Fully Charged Co-Presenter and has a Masters in Journalism from NUIG and previous work with brands such as MTV.
BBC Radio Shropshire’s Vicki Archer Dies Suddenly
Tributes have been paid to BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer who has died suddenly at the age of 41. The news was announced by her colleague Eric Smith on-air. He said thoughts were with her family and the cause of her death is not known. She hosted her radio show as normal on Monday afternoon and even tweeted a funny selfie of herself after forgetting her glasses. She had just returned from a holiday in Majorca. Vicki has worked at The Pulse in West Yorkshire, Century FM and the Magic network, before returning to the BBC where she hosted the afternoon show since 2010.
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KSCS Teams With CBS 11 For Tug Of War
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2018 ––96.3 KSCS has partnered with CBS11 in an epic tug of war between Dallas and Fort Worth. We are “Pulling Together” to fight kids’ cancer. The event will take place Saturday, August 11 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.
The Event takes place on August 11.
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iHeartRadio Tops 120 Million Registered Users
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– iHeartRadio is celebrating another milestone as it officially surpassed 120 million registered users, adding 10 million listeners over the last few months. Along with adding new listeners, we have also added several innovative features over the past few months: · Brand-new music streaming features have been added, giving listeners an unmatched listening experience to AI technology.
iHeartRadio is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S, with over 20,000 podcasts across 20 different unique categories, including 750 iHeartRadio Original podcasts. This is huge for iHeartMedia, as we take pride in continuing to provide an all-in-one listener experience to fans!
Lotus To Acquire 8 Stations From Scripps
THE MOUTH, AUGST 8TH, 2018 –– The E.W. Scripps Company has reached an agreement to sell eight radio stations in Boise, Idaho, and Tucson, Arizona, to Lotus Communications Corp. for $8 million. California-based Lotus Communications is purchasing KMXZ (94.9 FM), KFFN (1490 AM and 104.9 FM), KQTH (104.1 FM) and KTGV (106.3 FM) in Tucson and KJOT (1051. FM), KQXR (100.3 FM), KRVB (94.9 FM) and KTHI (107.1 FM) in Boise
In its portfolio of stations, Lotus Communications operates four radio stations in the Tucson market and will immediately divest of KQTH and KTGV in order to meet the Federal Communications Commission rules that cap station ownership in single markets. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The sale is the third in a series of radio sale transactions for Scripps. In June, it announced the sale of five radio stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Griffin Communications, followed by a July announcement that it will sell its two Milwaukee radio stations to Good Karma Brands. The company announced in January its intent to sell its portfolio of 34 radio stations in eight markets.
Nielsen Launches 'Local Media Impact'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– Nielsen announced the launch of Local Nielsen Media Impact, a solution that makes local media planning and cross-channel optimization streamlined and efficient across local TV and Radio. Nielsen Media Impact is a powerful planning system that allows users to understand cross-media reach, frequency, and duplication on a local scale using advanced audience segments from Nielsen Scarborough. In addition, this new offering enables advertisers, agencies, and media owners to reach their desired audience in the 25 U.S. Local People Meter (LPM) Designated Market Areas (DMAs).
“On the radio side, Local Nielsen Media Impact offers empirical data supporting radio’s ability to amplify and complement TV campaigns, “ says Bob McCurdy, Beasley Media Group. “This is the first time radio is included in this type of multi-channel media mix that enables users to derive cross media insights with currency grade accuracy. Nielsen Scarborough data within the NMI solution allows us to assess campaign scenarios against consumer insights."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Danny Bortnick Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Wash. DC Region
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 ––iHeartMedia announced that Danny Bortnick has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for Washington, DC, effective immediately. He will report to Aaron Hyland, Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Washington DC and Market President for Baltimore. "We couldn't be more pleased to welcome Danny to iHeartMedia DC. Danny has earned a great reputation building client centric sales organizations while creating a positive work culture.
Danny Bortnick joins the DC Market from Entercom. Bortnick has been in the radio industry since he graduated college. 13 years ago he started as an AE at Katz Radio in both NYC and Atlanta. After a year at Katz he then transitioned to the local side as an AE at 1010 WINS in NYC- then moving into their digital sales manager position. After WINS Danny was the Director of Sales for Salem Media NYC where he ran two of their spoken word stations; one of which he launched from a sales perspective. After being away from CBS Radio for 2 years he pivoted back and served in various sales management roles from Retail Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, and most recently the VP of Sales for the past almost 6 years for CBS/Entercom Washington DC. He spent almost 10 years of his career at CBS/Entercom.
HONORS: 1060 KYW Philadelphia's Cherri Gregg Honored By NABJ
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom congratulates KYW Newsradio 1060 (KYW-AM) Community Affairs Reporter Cherri Gregg on being recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a “Salute to Excellence Award” at the 2018 NABJ Salute to Excellence Gala in Detroit. This marks the second consecutive year Gregg has been recognized by the organization. Gregg was recognized in the “Public Affairs” category in Top 15 Markets, Radio for a segment from her weekly program “Flashpoint,” titled “Police Transparency – When Should Names of Officers Who Kill Be Released?” “Flashpoint” airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. ET.
“It comes as no surprise that Cherri has been recognized once again for the exemplary work she contributes to KYW,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “The hard work she has committed to ‘Flashpoint’ in less than a year demonstrates why she is deserving of this honor.” “I am honored and humbled by this great recognition,” added Gregg. “’Flashpoint’ was designed to inform our listeners of impactful issues relevant to Philadelphia, and this acknowledgement validates the importance of creating conversation around social issues.”
EVENTS: Entercom Sacramento To Host Pat Martin All-Star Band Concert
THe MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom Sacramento’s 98 Rock (KRXQ-FM), will host a concert featuring the “Pat Martin All Star Band” in honor of the lead member’s 30th anniversary with the station. 98 Rock’s midday show featuring Pat Martin is currently the longest consecutive running radio show in Sacramento history.
The free event will feature guest band members Jeff Keith from “Tesla,” “Atomik” Tommy McClendon from “UFO” and composer Robert Sabino, among others. It takes place today, August 8, from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PT
Bob & Tom's Tom Griswold To Host Live Comedy Events For Charity
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 ––Tom Griswold will host two evenings of live comedy featuring comedians Greg Hahn (L), Pat Godwin, and Josh Arnold. The shows will be held on Friday, August 17, at The Irving Theater in Indianapolis, and on Saturday, August 18, at The Lafayette Theater in Lafayette.
All proceeds from both comedy shows will go to The Nora Dane Fund, which helps defray the costs of medical treatment and related expenses for two-year-old Nora Dane, who is being treated for a rare and aggressive malignant brain tumor.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime WMCA/New York Host Ralph Howard Passes Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2018 –– Ralph Howard, longtime WMCA/New York talk host and WINS/New York newscaster has passed away. Salem's Tom Tradup says, "From 1982-1985, I served as Executive Producer of the “Ralph & Ryan” morning show on WMCA “Good Guy Radio”—then owned by Ellen & Peter Straus of Straus Communications. Ralph was paired with longtime NBC-TV newsman Bill Ryan. Ralph personified New York City: vibrant, charming, a little edgy and non-stop energy. I will miss him greatly."
Howard left WMCA and was for many years Midday anchor on 1010 WINS Newsradio. From Ralph’s family blog: "Ralph Passed away peacefully this morning at 1:20 . We are heartbroken but grateful his struggle is over."
The Bobby Bones Show To Debut In Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 –– BIG 95.5, Chicago announced the debut of The Bobby Bones Show, effective August 13. Bones is joined on the show by co-hosts Amy, Lunchbox and Eddie (R).
“Welcome to BIG 95.5 Mornings, Bobby Bones,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “We are excited to add the most recognizable name in Country Radio to our morning lineup.” As of August 13, the station’s new weekday lineup will feature: Bones from 5 to 9 a.m.; Alabama from 9 a.m. to noon, Lance Houston from noon to 3 p.m.; and Brooke Taylor from 3 to 9 p.m. Houston, who also serves as program director of Big 95.5, said in a statement: “’The Bobby Bones Show’ really connects with the core country audience more than any other show that I have ever seen throughout my career.” According to blogger Robert Feder, Bones is slated to throw out the first pitch Saturday for the Chicago Cubs game against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field - On Friday, Bones will be a featured guest at the 30th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp at The Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel along with fellow Premiere syndicated host Charlemagne Tha God of The Breakfast Club.
Suspended NJ Hosts Back On The Air
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 –– The N J101.5 hosts who were suspended from their jobs last month after they mocked New Jersey's Sikh attorney general returned to the air Monday. Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco said they learned a lot for their remarks about Gurbir Grewal reports nj.com. "We had a tough week but I do want to say that we learned a lot this week," Franco said. Franco and Malloy thanked their listeners and the show's advertisers, who they said both sent encouraging messages of support during their suspension.
"Unbelievable," Malloy said. "Humbling." Franco added: "We want to get back right away to doing what we do." Their original comments sparked controversy prompted the station to suspend them for 10 days. Within hours of their comments, Gov. Phil Murphy accused them of spreading hate speech in a statement that sharply condemned them. "Hate speech has no place in New Jersey, and it does not belong on our airwaves," he said.
David Field 'Sets The Record Straight' On USTN Matter
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 –– In an internal memo with the subject line: 'USTN - Setting the Record Straight,' Entercom CEO David Field writes in part: 'On July 30th we announced that our reseller agreement with USTN had ended and that we had taken back the remainder of our traffic inventory that USTN had been selling. In making the announcement, we released a statement including the following quote on the situation: “We are relieved to no longer be mired by the difficult USTN situation that was inherited as part of the CBS Radio merger."
Fields continued: "In order to set the record straight and ensure that you have all the facts regarding our relationship with USTN, I have included summary below of the events over the past 8 ½ months. • Under the terms of our former agreements with USTN at the time of our November 17, 2017 merger with CBS Radio, USTN was obligated to pay Entercom about $47 million per year in exchange for a large portion of our highly valuable traffic and other short duration inventory. • In the 8 1/2 months that have elapsed since our merger with CBS Radio, USTN has paid us a grand total of just $3 million out of the $33 million we were originally entitled to under our former agreements. As a result of this, and factoring in unpaid accounts receivable due to Entercom as of closing the CBS Radio merger, we have taken a financial hit of greater than $35 million over that time period, significantly impacting our earnings and our cash flow." READ MEMO HERE
One Last Peek At Jacobs Media's First-Ever Talent Survey Before MSBC 30
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 – As hundreds of radio's hottest shows and programmers descend on Chicago for the 30th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp this Thursday, no doubt all eyes will be on results of Jacobs Media's first-ever talent survey which leads off at 9:00 am. The study is comprised of more than 1,100 respondents who work on the air on radio stations all across the United States.
Here's one last sneak peek at one of the key data points from the study: The vast majority of AQ respondents are in solid agreement about the power of local. Jacobs President, Fred Jacobs says: "Air talent across North America are a diverse group – working in small towns as well as the top markets. And our sample represents all sizes of cities, suburbs, and towns. But one thing more than 8 in 10 agree on: LOCAL MATTERS.” This debut AQ study revolves around understanding the mindset of on-air radio talent to help better manage and develop them. Learning about their skill sets, as well as their feelings about their jobs, their stations, and their markets can help radio executives better manage them and grow their talent. JACOBS concluded, "This sneak peek at air personalities is just the beginning of a full-scale report on the state of radio talent in North America. We’ll take a deep dive on the life and times of radio air personalities at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, August 9th and 10th. I’ll present AQ this Thursday at 9am. Hope to see you there."
Jonathan Friedman Joins AM970 The Answer In All-New Sports Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 ––Salem Media announced that successful sports talk show host, Jonathan Friedman and his show “Talking Sports” has joined AM970, The Answer. Talking Sports will debut, Saturday August 11th, 8-10P.
“After a successful run at WMTR AM and WCTC AM in New Jersey, I wanted a bigger stage to bring the show”, said the 52 year old resident of New Jersey. Friedman, who by day is a 30 year advertising executive and has been with Success Communications Group for the last 15 years. Jonathan, who was the creator of the well-known campaign for Modells Sporting Goods “Gotta Go To Mo’s”, has handled different advertising categories for many New Jersey and National companies.
“Growing up in Atlanta and being a Huge fan of The Atlanta Falcons, Hawks and Braves, my love for sports started early in my life and had to follow other teams also, because as we all know, I’m not full of championships, so my interest in other teams kept me passionate about sports.” “No matter who I talk to, the topic always seems to go to sports because that’s how I connect with people and obviously callers."
Eddie Haskell Named SVPP For iHeart Fort Collins
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 –– i HeartMedia announced that Eddie Haskell has been named Senior Vice President of Programming , effective immediately. As Senior Vice President of Programming, Haskell will be responsible for all nine stations in the iHeartMedia Fort Collins Market and report to Amy Griesheimer, Area President for iHeartMedia Denver.
“ I am THRILLED to have someone of Eddie's caliber and expertise partner with us to lead the Northern Colorado iHeart Media dynasty,” said Griesheimer. “Eddie’ s passion and brand knowledge are unmatched. ” Eddie joins the Fort Collins Market from KYGO-FM, where he most recently served as Program Director. He also served as OM for Cumulus Albuquerque and has held various Programming roles for KKAT - AM in Salt Lake City and WYCD - FM in the Detroit Region.
NETWORKS: Casey Silcock Rises To VP/Affiliate Relations For Premiere
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2018 ––Premiere Networks announced the promotion of Casey Silcock to Vice President of Affiliate Relations/Morning Shows from Director of Affiliate Relations. Based in New York, Silcock will continue to report to Peter Tripi, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Relations/Talk and Morning Shows. In this newly-created position, Silcock will continue to oversee affiliate sales, and serve as Premiere’s brand manager for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, The Bobby Bones Show, Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, Brooke & Jubal, The Johnjay & Rich Show, The Kane Show and Club Kane.
“This is a well-deserved promotion,” said Tripi. “Casey has been a valuable member of our team for the past six years, and has made significant contributions to the growth of our industry-leading morning shows. I’m confident his leadership, sound judgement, and solid relationships with affiliate stations and talent alike will drive continued success for our programming.” Silcock joined Premiere as Director of Affiliate Relations in July 2012, focused on the company’s nationally-syndicated morning radio shows. He came to Premiere from Verve Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group, where he served as head of promotion.
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Madison Host Shot By Masked Intruder
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018–– A Madison station was off the air for about six hours Sunday while police investigated an early morning shooting that wounded an on-air host, reports WISN. David Devereaux-Weber, president of community radio station WORT-FM, said a masked person entered the station about 3:00 a.m. and fired ffive shots. According to WKOW-TV the shooter didn't say anything at all, so all who were working at the station couldn't tell what his or her motive may have been.
The shooting took place as the station crew were transitioning from one show to another. Devereaux-Weber confirmed that the person shot was a 33-year-old man who hosts a show. The victim was reportedly in stable condition as of midday Sunday.
A police report said officers were actively investigating the case, but that a suspect hadn't been located as of midday. The report also indicated that the incident wasn't random, but that's there was no risk to the public. TOP PHOTO/shutterstock
Apple Removing Alex Jones And 'Infowars' Podcasts From iTunes
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– Apple Is Removing Alex Jones And Infowars' Podcasts From iTunes reports Buzzfeed. The removal follows recent actions by Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify and is the largest crackdown on conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the Alex Jones Show podcast. Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones'show is one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. The move by Apple will considerably limit the outlet's audio reach — as of 2018, Apple's Podcasts platform amassed 50 billion all-time downloads and streams.
In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend. "Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users," a company spokesperson said. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
One More Peek At Jacobs Media's First-Ever Talent Questionnaire
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– One of Morning Show Boot Camp's most anticipated sessions will kick off this Thursday morning at 9:00 am at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel., Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs will reveal results from first-ever talent questionnaire (AQ) comprised of feedback from more than 1,100 respondents who work on the air on radio stations all across the United States. The online survey was completed during June, 2018.
Here's yet another peek at one of the key data points from the study: A majority of air talent experience great insecurity as a result of staff and hiring cutbacks; one-fifth are especially angsty. Jacobs, who will present the findings, commented, "Being on the air in radio has never been considered a secure profession. But AQ shows more than half our sample feel considerable angst and anxiety. Only a quarter appear to be secure with their employment situation.”
This debut AQ study revolves around understanding the mindset of on-air radio talent to help better manage and develop them. Learning about their skill sets, as well as their feelings about their jobs, can help radio executives better manage them and grow their talent. JACOBS concluded, "This sneak peek at air personalities is just the beginning of a full-scale report on the state of radio talent in North America. We’ll take a deep dive on the life and times of radio air personalities at MSBC/Chicago, August 9th and 10th.
Jimmy Steele Adds PD Stripes At WABD-FM Mobile
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has named radio programming veteran Jimmy Steele as Program Director for the Gulf Coast’s hit music station, 97.5 WABD-FM, in Mobile, AL. Steele will continue in his current roles as Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Mobile, and Midday On-Air Personality for WABD. He also serves Cumulus Media-Mobile as Program Director of WXQW-AM.
He takes the WABD programming reins from Sid Kelly, who moves to Cumulus Media-Indianapolis as Program Director of WYRG. Steele has programmed for several iHeart stations including in San Diego and served Saga Communications in Columbus, OH, as Operations Director/Brand Manager.
Changes Take Effect Next Week On NPR's Morning Edition
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– An updated Morning Edition clock will eliminate one newscast each hour, making room for a wider variety of in-depth news segments reports VPR. An updated Morning Edition clock will eliminate one newscast each hour, making room for a wider variety of in-depth news segments.
Beginning Monday, August 13, you will notice some changes during Morning Edition as NPR implements changes to its program clock. A program clock is the template NPR uses to sync its programming with local stations, and determines what you hear when. The changes are affecting stations across the country. Click HERE For All The Changes
BUSINESS: Entercom Completes Definitive Agreement To Sell Certain Stations In San Francisco And Sacramento to Bonneville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced a definitive agreement to sell certain radio stations in San Francisco and Sacramento to Bonneville International Corporation (“Bonneville”) for $141 million in cash. The stations being disposed have been held in an FCC disposition Trust and have been operated by Bonneville under Local Marketing Agreements (“LMA”) since the closing of the Company’s merger with CBS Radio, Inc.
These stations are: Market Station Format San Francisco KMVQ-FM Top 40 San Francisco KBLX-FM Urban Adult Contemporary San Francisco KOIT-FM Adult Contemporary San Francisco KUFX-FM Classic Rock Sacramento KHTK-AM Sports Sacramento KNCI-FM Country Sacramento KYMX-FM Adult Contemporary Sacramento KZZO-FM Hot Adult Contemporary This transaction, which is expected to close this year either late in the 3rd quarter or early in the 4th quarter, will complete the dispositions required by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the Company’s merger with CBS Radio, Inc.
Alice 107.7's Heather & Poolboy Take Top Spot In Arkansas Times Best of Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– Each year, Central Arkansas weekly print publication, The Arkansas Times, surveys more than 24,000 readers to determine the “Best of Arkansas” in a variety of categories including entertainment, politics, media, restaurants, and businesses. For the fourth consecutive year, Cumulus' Alice 107.7's Heather & Poolboy took honors in The Best of Radio Personality category.
KLAL/Alice 107.7 was also named Runner-Up Best Radio Station for 2018, a category they have won or received runner-up in each year since 2010. The duo and station were honored alongside other category winners in the July 26th edition of the Arkansas Times and again at a benefit event held in Little Rock on that same date. The full list of winners can be found online HERE
[LISTEN] The Arch St. Louis' Spencer Show Takes Care Woman Refused Service At Nail Salon
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– The Arch St. Louis' Spencer's Neighborhood Show made sure a local woman who was refused service at a local nail salon was well taken care of! Spencer’s Neighborhood co-host, Cassiday shared the story of a local wheelchair-bound young woman who was denied service at a Missouri nail salon, and how it made an impression on her.
According to Cassiday, “When I heard about a local wheelchair-bound woman being discriminated against at a nail salon, I was heartbroken. To learn that she and her mom went in for a pedicure, only to be told “we don’t serve people like HER” by the salon owner was shocking. I knew we needed to do something and I was confident with the power of local radio, The Arch could take a hurtful moment and make it positive for them. We had them come in to meet us and surprised them with a spa pedicure live on air – courtesy of my friend, nail tech Bailey from Cut and Dye Salon in the radio studio. Another local Salon called and offered to treat the mother, Dorothy, and daughter Beth, to a FULL day of pampering, noting that there are good salons out there that care, and that everyone should be welcome. LISTEN TO SEGMENT HERE \
Last Minute Parking Tip For MSBC Chicago Commuters
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2018 –– Radio's best friend Art Vuolo says because of Chicago's central location, a number of this year's MSBC 30 attendees will be driving to Boot Camp, but the question becomes where to park?
Vuolo says, "The last time I drove I used a Chicago-based company called PARK WHIZ. They have an app and a toll-free number: 888-472-7594. A few years ago I parked just 3 blocks from the hotel from Wednesday afternoon till Saturday morning for a total of $64 paid in advance with a credit card. Check it out for next month. I'm already booked." ed note: not an paid advertisement or endorsement. Strictly a tip for our cost-conscience attendees.
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IT'S OFFICIAL: DSC Takes Over Mornings At KGB; Bob & Coe Move To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– it's now official, ‘Dave Rickards and Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph, minus Shelly Dunn who recently retired, will be returning to their once longtime home at KGB/San Diego. In a bit of a twist, their brand name will remain at DSC. The duo took to the KGBstudios last Friday shortly after 7:00 am to break the news on The Bob & Coe Show. Adding to the news, Bob & Coe announced they'll be moving to afternoon. Other moves will also follow.
Early Thursday morning Dave Rickards provided his Twitter followers with an advanced giffy announcement by ripping off a sticker placed over a mic to reveal 'KGB' (watch HERE)- This, of course, followed a week of teasing at the station's website that promised “something historic,' will happen at the station on Monday, August 6th. DSC, named after its three original hosts, Dave Rickards, Shelly Dunn, and Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph, got its start in San Diego back in 1990. They later moved to KFMB-FM where their contract ended July 31. With the return of DSC, iHeart announced a new weekday programming lineup for KGB-FM. The Bob and Coe Show, hosted by Bob Buchmann and Coe Lewis, will move from mornings to afternoon drive (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Clint August will move from afternoon drive to the midday slot (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Marc Coppola will host nights (7 p.m. to midnight). “Bringing DSC home to KGB and reinforcing the station with heritage talent like Clint, Bob and Coe is a reflection of the power behind KGB’s legendary call letters,” said Melissa Forrest, president, iHeartMedia San Diego. “I am incredibly happy to have them come home. We are immensely proud to bring this lineup to San Diego’s loyal rock listeners.” Until a new morning show is announced, KFMB 100.7-FM, which goes by KFM-BFM will feature guest DJs. On Friday, Aug. 10, sportscaster Kyle Kraska will be the designated guest DJ from 6 to 10 a.m.
[WATCH] Richmond Morning Host Loses Job After Offensive Facebook Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– WKLR/Richmond's Gene Brady DeAngelo, host of Brady In The Morning, is out of a job following an offensive post on Facebook reports NBC 12 Richmond. Summit Media released DeAngelo after the post surfaced on his Facebook page. In the since-deleted post, Brady made an offensive comment about a woman who sat next to him in a bar, tagging the #MeToo movement at the end of his post. Brady claimed it was a joke, others weren't amused.
The post eventually caught the attention of WKLR Classic Rock 96.5 who came out with a statement apologizing to its listeners, saying in part: "One of our employees violated our trust and made some statements online that do not reflect our values as a company. Because of this we are conducting an internal investigation and will come up with a response that addresses the situation appropriately. Despite apologizing for the post, Brady announced on his Facebook page that Thursday was his last day with Classic Rock 96.5. Brady had been with Summit Media for nearly five years. PHOTO/screengrab
NJ 101.5 Taking Awareness Training After Suspending Hosts Over Comment
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– After suspending two hosts last week for making derogatory remarks about the state's attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal (inset), Townsquare Media's Jersey 101.5 has agreed to hold awareness training for its employees to include a community meeting at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock. northjersey.com says the training and visit, which suspended hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco are expected to attend, were announced this week by Megan Daly of United Sikhs, a nonprofit advocacy organization. She said her organization has been in talks with representatives of the station, NJ 101.5-FM, since last week, when the hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco repeatedly referred to Grewal as “the guy with the turban’’ and “turban man” during their afternoon show on July 25.
Ron deCastro, the station's president and chief revenue officer, confirmed on Thursday morning that the station would participate in the training, and that a community meeting will be held in the future. "We are doing this because it's the right thing to do,'' he said. Daly added that "inflammatory remarks often influence bigots and racists to carry out attacks against the religious community."
Herman Cain Ends Daily Show On WSB; Von Haessler Doctrine Extends To 3-Hours
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– After more than five years with Cox Media Group's News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB/Atlanta as a morning host, Herman Cain aired his final daily show yesterday. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that the Von Haessler Doctrine will now extend three hours starting Aug. 6. Cain had took over for Neal Boortz in early 2013 with a three-hour show but has been gradually scaling back his hours. In early 2017, he cut back to two hours. And since last October, he has been only doing a one-hour show at 11 a.m. In his place will be Eric Von Haessler’s show, which will now air from 9 a.m. to noon. beginning Monday, August 6.
WSB PD Pete Spriggs said Cain was a valuable asset for the station, pulling in solid ratings his entire run there. But given Cain’s age (he is now 72), Spriggs knew Cain was not a long-term solution. Von Haessler, formerly of the Regular Guys, joined WSB in 2015 with a weekly Sunday show. He was told by Spriggs at the time that when a spot opened up, he would get it. And Spriggs followed through. Like Boortz, Cain will do a two-minute daily commentary for WSB. Cain’s commentary will air at about 11:56 a.m. every day.
Sean Demery Can Still Use Your Help
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– Fred Jacobs blogged this morning, that" in 13+ years of writing daily blog, "Ive never published one quite like this. But this is a special situation." Pointing to The Richard Sands Report, he gives an update on Sean Demery who six months ago was stricken by a rare stroke from which recovery is a long, arduous, and expensive process, is an especially challenging and emotional one. Read Fred's post HERE
Sands writes: When Sean Demery heard I’d be writing about him this week, his eyes went up twice. That means “yes, yes!” You see, moving his eyes is the only way Sean can communicate now." Sands explains, this isn't the kind of stroke you normally associate with this medical condition. This was a brain stem stroke that left Sean paralyzed with a syndrome known formally as “locked- in.” That means his brain is functioning normally. But that’s it. He can’t speak. Basically, he can only move his eyes in one direction. Sean has been together with his wife, Jenn Prochazka, for 35 years. Jenn tells Sands, “It has been a very rough road, I admit it has not been easy.” I’ll say. Can you imagine? No. I’m sure you can’t really imagine everything this nightmare entails unless you’re living it. Jenn continues, “Its been six months! I can barely believe it. It sometimes feels like six years, and sometimes like six days. Sean continues to fight hard and stay positive. He’s been communicating clearly and he is getting better with the computer EyeGaze every time he uses it. Sands says, 'He deserves all of us to do all we can. Reach into your pocket. This could be you!” CLICK HERE FOR SEAN'S GO FUND ME LINK - ”READ SANDS POST HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Michelle 'Mickey' Moore Named VP of Sales for iHeart Minneapolis; Beasley Names Lamar Smith VP of Engineering
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 ––– iHeartMedia Minneapolis announced that Michelle “Mickey” Moore has been named Vice President of Sales effective August 13. She will report to Greg Alexander, Region Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Western Great Lakes Region. “We are pleased to have such a respected, seasoned leader like Mickey join iHeartMedia Minneapolis,” said Alexander. “Her wealth of industry experience and her ability to blend creativity and sales strategy will benefit both our sales team and our clients.” Moore joins iHeartMedia Minneapolis from Franklin Covey, where she served as a Client Partner. She previously worked at iHeartMedia as the General Sales Manager for KDWB-FM from 1994 to 2001.
Beasley Media Group announced that Lamar Smith has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Engineering at Beasley Media Group. Smith, who has been with the company for the past seven years, most recently served as Regional Engineering Director & Corporate Project Manager. In his new position, the radio engineering veteran will continue to be based in Charlotte and will manage large corporate projects throughout the country as well as assist in overseeing the company’s engineering staff.
PODCAST: Super Bowl Champ Martellus Bennett Launches 'Revenge of The Jocks'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– Former NFL tight-end Martellus Bennett debuts his new podcast, Revenge of the Jocks, on PodcastOne Sportsnet. The weekly program goes beyond Martellus, the athlete, as the Super Bowl Champion explores the infinite world of creativity. Speaking firsthand, as an entrepreneur, musician, animator, sketch artist, children's author and app creator himself, Bennett will be joined by fascinating friends to discuss a broad spectrum of topics, including what it means to be a creative, activist, and overall culture-shaping world-changer.
“Revenge of the Jocks is my chance to have the conversations and be part of discussions that I rarely got to have in the locker room during my playing career," said Bennett. "I’m excited to sit down with people from all walks of life, laugh and talk about s*** that I’m interested in. LISTEN HERE
iHeartRadio Launches First-Of-Its-Kind AI Technology
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– iHeartMedia and Super Hi-Fi, a sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) platform that delivers innovative audio solutions, announced today the launch of an industry-first technology that provides an optimized digital music listening experience unlike any other. The new AI capabilities will allow iHeartRadio to revolutionize its digital music service by creating a listening experience that mimics the polished production of live radio.
“Radio DJs and programmers have mastered the art of segueing music to create beautiful transitions from song to song, maintaining the desired energy and mood of the listening experience that more than a quarter of a billion live radio listeners have grown accustomed to hearing” Tweet this The new integration brings the best of live broadcast radio to digital streaming music by delivering flawless song transitions, including precise crossfades, volume leveling and truly gapless playback to iHeartRadio’s listeners.
“Radio DJs and programmers have mastered the art of segueing music to create beautiful transitions from song to song, maintaining the desired energy and mood of the listening experience that more than a quarter of a billion live radio listeners have grown accustomed to hearing,” said Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio. This will be the first in a series of planned innovative AI enhancements set to rollout throughout the year.
SNAPS: Pizza Guy Piano Whiz Rings Alex
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 –– Props to Taste of Country Night's host, Sam Alex for tracking down Bryce Dudal. By now millions have watched video of Pizza Deliverer Dudal nailing a Beethoven tune on a customer's baby grand, Alex was among the first to score an interview with Dudal.
Already this week you've seen him on ABC World News, CNN, NY Post, USA Today and the entire world. In Alex's interview he says he also been contacted by The Ellen Show and others. He just graduated high school and is going to play baseball in college next year and he would love to play with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! LISTEN to interview HERE - and if you need one more piano-man fix, check him out once more HERE on ABC
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Rush Celebrates 30th Year In Syndication; Airs Audio From First Radio Job
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– August 1st marked the 30th anniversary of The Rush Limbaugh Show in national syndication. In addition to discussing the latest news and events of the day, Limbaugh spent some time during this three-hour show reflecting on the special milestone and his journey to becoming the most-listened-to national radio talk show host in America. The five-time Marconi Award winner featured calls from listeners and fans, as well as highlights from throughout his radio career, including audio of his first radio job as a disc jockey at WIXZ in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1971. Limbaugh was also surprised with a call from President Donald Trump. Marking his first appearance on the radio program since becoming President, Trump stated, “You’re a very special man, Rush, and you have people that love you. I’m one of them.
In 1988, Limbaugh and his partners founded EIB, the Excellence In Broadcasting network, launching his phenomenally successful radio broadcast into national syndication on August 1, 1988, debuting with 56 radio stations. In just a few months, an additional 100 affiliates were added, paving the way for the expansion of the Talk radio format. Limbaugh has remained the leading Talk radio host in the United States since the early 1990s and continues to dominate. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show is heard on more than 600 stations and is the highest-rated national radio talk show in America. SEE MORE HERE
Art Bell Died From Accidental Overdose Of Prescription Drugs; Report
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 - Authorities in Nevada say Art Bell, a syndicated radio host best known for nightly shows in the 1990s about paranormal themes, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs reports sfgate.com. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly posted a brief Facebook announcement Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, saying that an autopsy determined the 72-year-old Bell died April 13 of "multiple drug intoxication from his own lawfully prescribed prescriptions."
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg, whose office in Las Vegas handled the medical examination, said Bell had the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, the sedative diazepam and the muscle-relaxant carisoprodol in his system. At its peak, Bell's show was heard on approximately 500 stations nationwide. He retired more than once and had a brief run on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013. In 2008 he was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Chapter 11 'Moving Along As Anticipated' Says iHeart
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia filed its quarterly financials with the SEC on Tuesday, showing a slight hit in revenue since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. According to Billboard, iHeart said revenue for the three months ending June 30 was $853.3 million, down 3.5 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2017. The six-month revenue tally came to $1.597 billion, down 2.7 percent from a year ago.
In an investors call to discuss the company's outdoor advertising business (Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings) on Tuesday, iHeartMedia president and COO/CFO Rich Bressler (L) said the "Chapter 11 process is moving along as anticipated" but reiterated that during that process there would be no earnings calls for the "iHM" segment, covering broadcast media and digital services as well as syndication services and concert events. iHM posted $228.4 million in operating income for the quarter, representing a 13 percent decrease from the same period in 2017. For the first six months, operating income was $352.3 million, down 14 percent from 2017.
Another Peek At Jacobs Media's And MSBC's 1st Ever Talent Survey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– Next Thursday morning at 9:00 AM, Jacobs Media head, Fred Jacobs will reveal the much anticipated 1st-ever talent-on-talent study comprised of more than 1,100 respondents. The online survey was completed June.
In yet another peek leading up to next week's presentation Jacobs says, "Podcasting is a hot topic in radio circles, and nearly one-third of our on-air talent sample say they’re currently producing a podcast or have been podcasting for years. But a plurality – 44% - say they wish they had time to podcast.
This debut AQ study revolves around understanding the mindset of on-air radio talent to help better manage and develop them. Learning about their skill sets, as well as their attitudes toward technology, can help radio executives better manage them. Other questions in the survey revolve around who are the people on the air – what can we learn about them in an effort to create better connections and working relationships?” JACOBS concluded, "This sneak peek at air personalities is just the beginning of a full-scale report on the state of radio talent in North America. We’ll take a deep dive on the life and times of radio air personalities at the Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, August 9th and 10th.
NETWORKS: ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith Show Joins ESPNEWS Simulcast Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– Beginning Monday, August 13, at 1 p.m. ET, ESPN Radio’s weekday The Stephen A. Smith Show will join Golic and Wingo, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and The Will Cain Show on ESPNEWS, making the network the TV home of all four of ESPN’s weekday national radio simulcasts.
The two-hour ESPN Radio show hosted by Smith, who also appears on First Take with Max Kellerman and moderator Molly Qerim on ESPN 10 a.m. – noon, debuted on the national ESPN Radio network in January. Before that, it had been heard on SiriusXM channel 80 and ESPN’s owned and operated stations in New York (98.7FM) and Los Angeles (710AM). "With each passing month, the radio show continues to progress, to move on up, adding elements and components that will only contribute to our success,” Smith said. “Simulcasting this show is yet another step in that direction, for myself, my team and, most importantly, for ESPN. As usual, now it's time to get to work......and make it work......which we know I intend to do. Buckle Up!"
Today's Rock Facts Celebrates 25th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– Today’s Rock Facts, radio’s first Rock prep service, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The brainchild of former head of programming Bill Wise at MJI Broadcasting, which was purchased by Premiere Networks in 1999, Today’s Rock Facts was launched by Premiere’s current Senior Director of Rock Programming and Specials Sal Cirrincione and West Coast Prep Producer Dave Schulps in 1993.
“Twenty five years later, Today’s Rock Facts is still the leader in Rock prep and we’re excited to see where the next 25 years takes us.” Produced for the last 23 years by Steve Reynolds, Today’s Rock Facts continues to provide comprehensive music news to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock stations, as well as Classic Rock stations. Originally delivered to stations via fax, the service is now offered on a brand-new web platform. Half of all Today’s Rock Facts customers have been affiliates for more than 10 years, including WAXQ – New York, WAAF – Boston, KTBZ – Houston, WWDC – Washington, D.C., WRIF – Detroit and KSHE – St. Louis. For more information, please visit http://www.premierenetworks.com/Pages/Todays-Rock-Facts.aspx.
Hubbard And 2060 Digital Announce Purchase Of TriggerEX Ad Delivery Technology
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 ––Hubbard Radio and 2060 Digital have announced an agreement to purchase TriggerEX Ad Delivery Tech nology from TiWi Digital. With the acquisition of the TriggerEX ad technology , Hubbard Radio and 2060 Digital will expand their digital solutions platform by offering advert ising partners this unique and productive digital advertisement delivery solution.
“We have been using the TriggerEX tech for four or five years and not only does it deliver consistently more productive ad campaigns, but it a lso provides a nimble and timely ad message that our clients have come to expect,” said Bernie Laur, Director of Digital Sales for Hubbard Interactive - Twin Cities. “And to prove it, our c lients come back year after year.”
Trevor Noah Opens Up On The Radio In Australia About His Racist Joke
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2018 –– The Daily Show Host, Trevor Noah, joined Clairsy, Matt and Kymba on Mix94.5 Breakfast in Perth, to address the controversy that has stemmed from the recent unearthing of racist jokes he made in 2013. LISTEN HERE
Dom Harvey On The Edge In New Zealand Will Run 5 Marathons In 5 Days - The Edge Breakfast host Dom Harvey has pledged to run five marathons over five consecutive days to help raise funds for three-year-old Ka'iulani Forbes' cancer treatment. Dom, Meg and Randell from The Edge met Ka'iulani on Friday, who suffers from a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. The disease will not respond to chemotherapy, and none of Ka'iulani's treatment is covered in New Zealand. WATCH HERE
Radio Is The Fastest Growing Medium In The UK - With 12.5% growth, radio is ahead of the entire market including the internet. That’s according to the latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report. Many of radio’s biggest advertisers hiked their spend on the medium significantly, with Asda (supermarket owned by Walmart) doubling its investment while Sky TV spent three times as much as this time last year. The figures reinforce continued strong performance by the sector, which kicked off the year with a record audience of 36 million listeners in Q1 2018. The report also revealed that UK advertising spend in Q1 2018 rose 5.9% year-on-year to reach £5.7bn, ($7.5bn) the 19th consecutive quarter of market growth and 1.3 percentage points ahead of forecast.
Want To Connect With Graham? Call +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk
Smooth R&B 105.7 Dallas Seeks High-Profile Personalities
If so, Service Broadcasting Group may have a rare opportunity for you to step into the spotlight in the 5th largest market in America, Dallas, TX. “Smooth Crew” candidates must possess a unique point of view and know how to connect with listeners, clients, partners and team members to positively impact and enhance ratings, revenues and relationships. Send your audio, resume, references and social media success stories to: SBG HR Manager, Debbie Henry at jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer - EEO.
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[WATCH] Cincinnati Host Robbed At Gunpoint Now Using Her Show With Advice
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 –– Popular Q102 Cincinnati host Natalie Jones (shown) was returning home just before midnight after working a shift at Q102 last month when she was blindsided and robbed. She tells WCPO-TV. "I didn't hear anything at all," Jones said. "I suspected nothing, and just all of a sudden it happened and I was hit over the head." Jones had been hit with a gun. She said the man then pointed the gun in her face and asked for her phone. She handed it over and ran.
Jones managed to flag down people nearby to help and was driven to the hospital, where she received 10 staples to the head (TR). She says she's now using her show to share her story and offer advice to help others avoid a similar situation. "Just ... be safe and stay confident," she said. "It was definitely scary, but you can't let that stuff ruin your life. You got to keep on moving."
The suspect has not been arrested so far. But investigators were able to ping the location of Jones' stolen phone to where it had been tossed, thanks to the "Find My iPhone" app. PHOTO/screengrab
Chris 'Fish' Shatek Returns To Buz'n 102.9 Minneapolis; Dave & Chainsaw Returning To The Air?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 208 –– Entercom announced the return of Chris “Fish” Shatek to BUZ’N @ 102.9/KMNB-FM in Minneapolis. Shatek was named as Creative Imaging Director and host of the midday drive from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT, effective today August 1. He was most recently at sister station Kiss Country 99.9 (WKIS-FM) in Miami where he was Imaging and Creative Director as well as host of the station’s morning drive. “I am so grateful to not only be back in the Twin Cities, but also back on BUZ’N @ 102.9, a station I helped to get started,” added Shatek. “I get to work in my hometown, at a station I love and with an incredible group of people. I couldn’t be more excited.” The move marks Shatek’s second stint with BUZ’N @ 102.9. Shatek joined Entercom in 2012, holdingnighttime host and Imaging roles at the station. Prior to joining Entercom, Shatek hosted late night and overnight drives for 101.3 KDWB and hosted mornings on K102 in Minneapolis.
Speaking of Buzzin', over in San Diego rumor has it that Dave & Chainsaw, sans Shelly who's recently retired, could be returning to the air in a matter of days. KGB has been running a promo announcing “something historic,' will happen at the station on Monday, August 6th. It's also been airing songs with the word 'home' in them - a possible reference to their former radio home at KGB. Add to this, Dave Rickards (above left) recent Instagram post (shown) with the caption: "I've got a new place to hang this bad boy" #staytuned. Lots of moving parts here - -and possibly shifts -- but don't be surprised to hear an announcement soon
SYNDICATION: WWO Taking Over Syndication For The Baka Boyz
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 –– Westwood One is taking over syndication of The Baka Boyz two legendary mix shows, effective immediately. For the past 17 years, The Baka Boyz have been serving up three hours of weekly mix programming customized for the mainstream pop, rhythmic, and Urban formats now airing on 60 stations nationwide.
Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One says, "The Baka's are a proven commodity; they program their mix shows like a major market PD, with the right records, an energetic host presentation, and dynamic imaging. It sounds big, bold, and riveting." Eric and Nick Vidal, aka the Baka Boyz, have set themselves apart from the pack as a model of consistency, quality, and success. As pioneering AM drive talent, they have succeeded in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami, while inventing signature benchmarks such as the "roll call." For information on how to get The Baka Boyz in your market, contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-840-4207.
Another Peek At Jacobs Media's & MSBC's 1st Ever Talent Survey
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 –– Here's one more peek at Jacobs Media's & MSBC's first-ever talent survey to debut next Thursday during the 30th Annual presentation of Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. The study is comprised of more than 1,100 respondents who work on the air on stations all across the United States. The online survey was completed in late June.
Here's a sneak peek at one of the key data points from the study: Radio personalities are a well-traveled group. More than one-third have worked in five markets or more. JACOBS MEDIA Pres. FRED JACOBS, who will present AQ at MORNINGSHOW BOOT CAMP commented, "The old joke about U-Haul being one of the big winners in radio has the ring of truth. More than one-third of AQ respondents have worked in five or more markets, while an additional one in ten has worked in 9, 10, and more different cities or towns.”
This debut AQ study revolves around understanding the mindset of on-air radio talent to help better manage and develop them. Other questions in the survey revolve around who are the people on the air – what can we learn about them in an effort to create better connections and working relationships?
Joel Myer Named Director of Programming/Promotion For NPR Utah
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 –– Joel Meyer has been named director of programming and promotion at KUER Utah. Meyer's work includes Making Oprah, Making Obama and American Fiasco. Meyer was most recently an executive producer at WNYC Studios. Before that, he was an executive producer of talk programming at WBEZ Chicago, a managing producer of podcasts at Slate.com and the executive producer of Soundcheck at WNYC.
“I am so, so excited to join NPR Utah,” Meyer said. “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work inside stations that are investing in local news, championing great shows and stories, and finding innovative ways to build upon public media’s founding principles. KUER is doing all of these things in one of the most exciting -- and beautiful -- news landscapes in the country. While I am terrified of downhill skiing, I am absolutely thrilled about becoming a Utahn and getting to work with the KUER team.
Loyal Ears Digital Brings Fantasy Entertainment To Salem and Entercom
THE MOUTH, AUUST 1ST, 2018 –– Loyal Ears Digital, a Fantasy Sports and entertainment provider for terrestrial radio, enters the NFL 2018 season with new clients and new categories. Salem Radio Network’s Hugh Hewitt will bow LED’s Fantasy platform for the mid-term elections. Called “Midterm Fantasy” and reaching over 400 radio and cable TV affiliates who can monetize MTM starting on Labor Day, listeners will handicap 25 key Congressional, Senatorial and Gubernatorial races Fantasy style, all chosen by Hugh Hewitt, including research pages to aid the user who will be trying to win a coveted ‘winners’ guest spot on Hugh’s show right after the election.
Hugh Hewitt remarked, “Everybody’s an expert in a bar or when watching their favorite cable news show. Everybody thinks they know who is going to win which race. Well, we are going to find out who really knows the score...the political score.” Salem Sr/VP, Phil Boyce who commissioned the fantasy approach to the Mid Term’s commented, “We know there is intense interest amongst our listeners in the Midterm Elections. No radio show is more on top of this than Hugh Hewitt. This is a fun and engaging way for Hugh’s listeners to take a stake in following these races, all the way to election night.” Spoken Word/PD/Gregg Henson, who exploded the fantasy football concept at iHeart’s legendary WDVE/Pittsburgh in 2016 proclaimed, “Fantasy Football adds stickiness to our digital products and enables us to exceed our goals” “ Midterm Madness launches on Labor Day Sept 3rd and NFL Fantasy opening day is Sunday, Sept 9th.
Delilah Serves To Inspire In Latest Book
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 ––Delilah has penned ' ONE HEART AT A TIM'E, an inspiring, uplifting, and motivating look at life, love, and faith to be published by RosettaBooks on October 16, 2018. Using stories from her extraordinary off-air life—full of trials, forgiveness, faith, and adventure (along with select well-executed pranks)—she encourages us to change this spiral by taking one person at a time into our understanding. She calls us to connect, one heart at a time, to lift others, and in the process, our communities and ourselves.
“In her easygoing style and characteristic, beloved voice, Delilah shares the real woman behind the microphone,” says Rosetta Books CEO Arthur Klebanoff. “She tells her deeply moving story as the series of miracles and prayers it is.” Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Delilah is the author of three previous books: Love Someone Today, Love Matters, and Arms Full of Love. One Heart At A Time will launch simultaneously in hardcover, e-book, and a Brilliance audiobook version read by Delilah, and is now available for pre-order. Visit www.oneheartatatime.com for more information.
HONORS: Peter Goldmark, Inventor Of The LP, Honored On Vinyl Records Day
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2018 –– As vinyl has made a triumphant return, we thought it would be worth noting that Inventor Peter Gold mark, the man responsible for the development of LP Records will be honored on Aug.. 12th during Vinyl Record Day. Hall of Fame Inductee Peter Goldmark created a 40 year-long legacy with the invention of the long-playing (LP) record. Brought to market by Columbia Records, the LP record revolutionized the record industry. Goldmark changed the standard material records were made of vinyl to reduce noise and integrated a smaller groove that played at 78 revolutions per minute (rpm).
With a new material and microgroove, each side of the record could now hold 20 minutes of music. And so, the “record album” was born — artists were now able to create sequences of songs and create concepts for albums. LPs continued to be the most popular record format until the introduction of cassettes in the 1970s. LPs and vinyl records have made a resurgence in popular culture in recent years, and Goldmark’s legacy has continued. Celebrate Peter Goldmark for creating the LP vinyl record and inspiring the development of record albums on National Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12!
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NIELSEN: Radio Remains Strong Across Platforms In Q1 Total Audience Report
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– At first glance of Nielsen's Total Audience Report: Q1 2018, radio held steady with its reach across all platforms at 92%. In this re-imagined Nielsen Total Audience Report, they focused on telling the story of what’s currently happening across the media landscape for the U.S. consumer. The report examines overall media usage across linear (television and radio) and digital platforms, reviews consumer access to devices and services, digs deeper into TV-connected device use, explores usage differences across various ages and race/ethnicities, and provides insights into households not considered television homes.
Weekly Reach Across Platforms: Nine out of 10 U.S. adults (18+) use linear platforms in the average week. Live + time-shifted TV viewing reached 88% of persons in the first quarter of 2018, while radio had the largest reach across platforms at 92%. Radio also reaches 96% of all Hispanic adults each week. Over a third of persons use their internet connected devices (including apps on their smart TVs) during the average week, with a higher reach of 43% for Asian Americans. Computer reach is highest with Asian Americans as well, with 71% using the device weekly. Regardless of race or ethnicity, smartphones remain universally popular, reaching four out of five adults while tablets are used by less than half of all adults weekly. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE
Sneak Peek At Jacobs Media's & MSBC's First-Ever Air Talent Survey
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– Jacobs Media & MSBC's First-ever talent-on-talent study will be unveiled in Chicago next week during the 30th Annual Presentation of Morning Show Boot Camp on Thursday, August 9th at 9:00 am. The study was comprised of more than 1,100 respondents who work on the air on radio stations all across the United States. The online survey was completed in late June. THE JACOBS MEDIA team has been busily poring through the data and compiling brand new insights.
With a sneak peek at one of the key data points from the study: Four in ten radio personalities are never air-checked. Nearly one-fifth only get critiqued a couple times each year. Jacobs head Fred Jacobs, who will present the findings at next week's event commented, "When it comes to constructive criticism, a majority of on-air personalities say they arerarely or never air-checked.” This debut AQ study revolves around understanding the mindset of on-air radio talent to help better manage and develop them. Other questions in the survey revolve around prep, developing competitive skillsets, contract negotiations, and air personalities’ views about the state of the broadcast radio industry.
JACOBS concluded, "This sneak peek at air-checking is just the tip of the iceberg for this compelling study of air talent. We’ll take a deep dive on the life and times of radio air personalities at the Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Hope to see you there."
Debbi Calton Celebrates 25 Years On-Air At WMGK-FM Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– Debbi Calton (TL) is celebrating her 25th year in middays at Beasley/Philadelphia’s 102.9 WMGK-FM.
The station will mark the special occasion on Friday, August 17th with a live broadcast with Andre Gardner celebrating Debbi’s big day from 2pm to 7pm at Tap 24 (36 W State Street) in Calton’s hometown of Media, PA.
Calton began her career at WMGK-FM as it transitioned from an ‘easy listening station’ to a more upbeat and engaging ‘Sound Of The 70s’ format. The station continued to evolve and became Philadelphia’s Classic Rock station in 2002.
When asked about her favorite aspect of her years at WMGK-FM, Calton replied, “The listeners. I’ve formed 25 year relationships with so many of them. We talk on the request line or see each other at concerts. Yes, we’re still going to plenty of rock concerts.” “At Beasley, we have made it our mission to find and retain the best personalities in our industry-particularly those who share our desire to serve the communities we are in,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programing Justin Chase. “Debbi certainly shares our values and has become one of the most beloved air personalities in Philly because of the amazing work she has done. We are proud to have Debbi on our team!”
“The rarity of Debbi's tenure at ‘MGK is akin to a NFL or MLB player playing their entire career for just one team,” said Station Program Director Bill Weston. “25 years at one station is remarkable. Longevity is a beautiful thing- for the talent, for our listeners and for our company.” PHOTO/Debbi & Beasley's Caroline Beasley - CLICK HERE For more photos.
Entercom Ends Agreement With USTN
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced that its reseller agreement with United States Traffic Network has ended. Entercom has successfully sold traffic and other short duration advertising on its own for many years. In April, Entercom took back a portion of its broadcast inventory from USTN and is achieving great success selling that inventory through its own sales channels. The Company expects to build on that success as it begins to monetize the remaining inventory taken back from USTN. “We are relieved to no longer be mired by the difficult USTN situation that was inherited as part of the CBS Radio merger. We will move quickly to augment our strong internal sales organization to ensure that we realize the full value of this inventory,” stated David Field, President and CEO, Entercom. “With leading news brands like 1010 WINS in New York, KNX in Los Angeles, and WBBM in Chicago, Entercom has the industry’s most valuable traffic inventory and we are pleased to be in control of our own destiny as we pursue opportunities in this attractive market segment.”
The Company also noted that USTN filed a related lawsuit against Entercom on Friday. Entercom believes the lawsuit is entirely baseless, frivolous and frankly insulting. Entercom has worked tirelessly and constructively with USTN over the past six months to help USTN work through its significant financial issues. Entercom is owed substantial amounts of money by USTN, and the Company intends to defend itself vigorously and assert all of its rights.
NETWORKS: USRN Teams With The Blast for Celebrity & Entertainment News
TMZ Alumni to Produce Exclusive Audio Content
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that the company has done a deal to partner with celebrity & entertainment news website, THE BLAST.com, to create exclusive content for its affiliated radio stations. To kick off this new relationship, the majority of the content will be delivered as customized live reports from top producers at The Blast. Eventually, USRN and The Blast will expand their collaborative coverage of celebrity & entertainment news to include pre-recorded reports and feeds that allow stations to maximize the share-ability of this exclusive content. This announcement comes from USRN/S EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, in New York and The Blast’s founder Mike Walters (shown) in Los Angeles.
Launched in September 2017, The Blast is helmed by TMZ co-founder, producer of the Emmy-nominated TMZ syndicated TV show and an executive producer of the TMZ Live syndicated series, Mike Walters, who is widely known for breaking some of the biggest celebrity news stories of the past decade. Regarding the new partnership, Denemark commented, “As soon as we got turned on to the team at The Blast, we knew there was a fit for radio. They’ve got their fingers on the same pop culture pulse that our affiliates care about from Hollywood to Hip Hop, so we know this is a win for radio.” For more info, contact Andy Denemark - email@example.com - (212) 536-3603
Focus 360 Partners With Bridge Ratings To Bring On-Demand Music Research
Summit Media Signs On As First Client
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– Focus 360 has entered into an arrangement to exclusively bring “On-Demand Music Research” from Bridge Ratings to radio stations on a barter basis. Summit Media is the first radio group to sign on to the Focus 360 deal for its music stations in Birmingham, Louisville, and Richmond. “In today’s expanding musicconsumption marketplace, music directors need research designed for radio programmers,” said John Olsen, National Program Director of Summit Media. “Focus 360 made it an easy choice, and we’re confident the advanced music data will help our stations win ratings in their markets.” Bridge Ratings has been tracking on-demand music streaming for more than four years
“The team at Focus 360 has deep relationships with radio station program and music directors and understands what they need to succeed in their markets,” noted Dave Van Dyke, President, Bridge Ratings Media Research. “Focus 360 was the obvious choice for a network partner and I’m looking forward to welcoming more forward-thinking programmers.” Stations interested may contact Rob Magaziner at 917-580-6108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghost, Jonathan Among Headliners For 97.1 The Eagle Dallas' Annual Freakers Ball Lineup
iHeartMedia Dallas / Ft. Worth’s rock station 97.1 The Eagle announced today the return of Freakers’ Ball, taking place on October 25 at The Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas. The annual concert event will feature performances by Ghost, Jonathan Davis, Underoath, The Fever 333 and Badflower.
“Freakers’ Ball is one of my favorite events each year,” said Don Davis, Program Director for 97.1 The Eagle. “Having Ghost headline this year’s show felt like the perfect fit for our listeners.”
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Tulsa Host Chuck Stevens Passes Away At 52
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2018 –– Chuck Stevens, a Tulsa radio mainstay for more than 30 years, most recently serving as morning host on KTSO-FM has passed away at 52 reports the station. KTSO posted at its website: “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Chuck Stevens’ passing. Chuck has been the morning voice of Totally Awesome ’80s for almost two years, and was a familiar voice on the radio for many decades in Tulsa.”
Among Tulsa radio personalities reacting to the news Monday was KVOO’s Sunny Leigh who, according to Tulsa World, still remembers the first time 14 years ago she heard that “booming yet velvety voice” of Stevens’. She was new to Tulsa, she said, and although with a competing station, he welcomed her warmly to town. “Chuck was a gentleman. He was a professional. He was a dear friend,” Leigh said. “He didn’t care who you were or who you worked for; he was a friend. He was one of the radio good guys.”
Would You Still Rather Returns To MSBC 30
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– ReelWorld's "Would You Still Rather," one of the most talked-about sessions during last year's MSBC, triumphantly returns for round two in Chicago. Industry-leading morning personalities are presented with options of content, scenarios and decisions...then discuss how and why they choose the path they take each morning on the air.
This year's panel includes (L-R) Kelly Collis: WIAD-FM (94.7 Fresh FM) Wash. DC, Fred: WKSC-FM (103.5 Kiss FM) Chicago, Eric Rowe: Executive Producer/Co-Host (Roula & Ryan/KRBE-FM), Houston, Spence: KLUC-FM (98.5 KLUC), Las Vegas, Woody: KYSR-FM (ALT 98.7 & Syndicated), Los Angeles, and Moderator – Steve Kramer: KHTS-FM (Channel 933), San Diego
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iHeart Expands Relationship With Bones
To Executive Produce And Host New National Radio Show 'Women of iHeartCountry' And Named VP/Creative Director of iHeartCountry
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 ––iHeartMedia announced today that it has renewed and expanded its relationship with CMA and ACM Award-winning radio personality Bobby Bones, host of the national Country program The Bobby Bones Show. Originating from WSIX in Nashville, The Bobby Bones Show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 100 radio stations. Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones is heard nationwide on more than 160 stations. Bones will also continue hosting his popular podcast BobbyCast. As part of the renewed agreement, Bones will become Vice President, Creative Director of iHeartCountry and will work with iHeartMedia on a variety of joint ventures and new creative programming initiatives including executive producing a new one-hour weekend program, Women of iHeartCountry, co-hosted by Bones and Amy Brown (R) from The Bobby Bones Show. The new program will be available to Mainstream and Country stations nationwide as well as on iHeartRadio beginning later this summer. “This is the opportunity I’ve been chasing my entire career,” said Bones. "Thanks to Bob Pittman, Rich Bressler and Kevin Legrett for their years of support and for the space to build this partnership.” - Bobby Bones will be a featured guest at next weeks Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Larry Wilson Stepping Down As Alpha Chairman
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media has announced that respected radio head Larry Wilson is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Oregon-based broadcast company. He will remain a member of the Board. Under Wilson’s guidance, Alpha Media has become the largest privately-owned radio broadcast company in the United States, operating 225 radio stations in 48 markets across the nation.
Wilson is also known for his work within the country music industry, having served on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association from 1991 to 2001 and inducted into the Country Music Hallof Fame in 2014.
“Wilson is a respected colleague and pioneer in the broadcast industry,” said Bob Proffitt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Media. “His vision helped craft today’s broadcast and radio landscape.” Alpha Media will elect a new Chairman at their next scheduled board meeting.
Scripps Selling Its Milwaukee Stations To Wisconsin-Based Good Karma Brands
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– The E.W. Scripps Company has reached an agreement to sell its two radio stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Good Karma Brands for $16 million. Wisconsin-based Good Karma Brands is purchasing WTMJ (620 AM and 103.3 FM) and WKTI (94.5 FM). The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The sale is the second in what Scripps expects to be a series of radio sale transactions. In June, it announced the sale of five radio stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Tulsa-based Griffin Communications.
The company announced in January its intent to sell its portfolio of 34 radio stations in eight markets. “Good Karma Brands’ focus on Milwaukee makes the company an ideal home for these important local radio stations,” said Adam Symson, Scripps president and CEO. Good Karma Brands is a sports marketing company based in Milwaukee. It owns and operates six ESPN-affiliated radio stations, including WAUK (540 AM) in Milwaukee and WTLX (100.5 FM) in Madison, Wisconsin and is led by Founder/CEO Craig Karmazan (L), son of legendary radio executive Mel Karmazan.
YEA Networks’ KiddNation Back On Fox TV in Dallas & Houston After 4+ Seasons On Dish
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks “KiddNation TV” debuts today in Dallas and Houston featuring YEA Networks’ “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show”. Hosts Kellie Rasberry, J-Si Chavez, Big Al Mack and Jenna Owens are back on FOX TV after appearing on FOX’s Dish Nation for 4+ seasons. A daily 30-minute show, KiddNation TV expands on the daily radio show’s existing content and follows the hosts outside of the studio. Shows will also be available for streaming a few days after they air on KiddNation.com.
Co-host Kellie Rasberry said: “I'm really excited about expanding our KiddNation family to include a TV audience! And it's truly fun to be at this stage in my career and have a new creative challenge. We've always been very open about our personal lives on the radio, but with KiddNation TV, we're allowing the audience to know us on an even more intimate level. I'm excited to hear what people think!” “ Dallas-based Distillery Media has been tapped for production of the series. Catch all of the KiddNation TV action weekdays in Houston at 12:30pm on FOX 26 and in Dallas at 4:30pm on FOX 4 More, Channel 27.
Gandi Named New Co-Host For Elvis Duran Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– iHeart announced that Medha Gandhi will join the nationally-syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show as its new co-host, effective September 17, 2018. Gandhi will join the team of the top-rated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on WHTZ, New York’s Z100, which has experienced double-digit audience growth across multiple demos in the market in the past year, and is syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks on nearly 80 radio stations across the country.
“We fell in love with Gandhi within the first five minutes of meeting her,” said Duran. “When you have a show as long established as ours, it's very important to continue to keep it fresh and in Gandhi we have found the perfect co-host to do that. I can't wait for her to join our dysfunctional family!” “Gandhi is a great storyteller with a dynamic personality and that’s what morning radio is all about,” said Mark Medina, Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Z100 New York. “We’re excited to welcome her to New York and the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” Gandhi joins Elvis Duran and the Morning Show from iHeartMedia Boston’s WXKS - KISS 108, where she served as executive producer and co-host for Matty in the Morning. Prior to that role, she served as an on-air talent and executive producer of the Dave & Jimmy Show at iHeartMedia’s WNCI Columbus, Ohio.
Toshamakia Acevedo Takes Afternoons And MD Posts At KS107.5 Denver
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH. 2018 –– Entercom has named Toshamakia Acevedo to the role of Music Director for KS 107.5 (KQKS-FM) in Denver, effective July 30. In addition, Acevedo will also host the station’s afternoon drive from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT. Acevedo was previously an on-air personality for sister station 102 Jamz (WJMH-FM) in Greensboro, NC. “We are excited to welcome Toshamakia to the Denver team,” said John Fullam, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Denver. “We believe her energy on-air and passion for being involved in the community will resonate a great deal with Denver music fans.”“I’m very excited to continue my career within the Entercom family,” added Acevedo. “I’m looking forward to getting to know Denver and its listeners.”
Acevedo started her career in 2001 at Hot 93.7 (WZMX-FM) in Hartford, CT, as an on-air personality. Prior to joining Entercom, Acevedo held on-air roles at Sirius XM Radio and Radio One’s WRNB in Philadelphia. Acevedo succeeds former Assistant Program Director, Music Director and afternoon drive host Michael Buhrman, who recently transitioned to Entercom’s 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM) in Sacramento as Program Director and afternoon drive host.
Megan Stone Joins Bridgeport’s WEBE 108 As Co-Host Of Wake Up Show With Jay Michaels
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH. 2018 –– Cumulus has named Megan Stone as Co-Host of the WEBE Wake Up Morning Show with Jay Michaels. The popular morning radio show serves radio listeners in Fairfield and New Haven counties and airs weekdays and from 5:30am-10:00am.
Stone was previously on-air at WBEC-FM in the Berkshires and joins Cumulus Media from WEZN in Bridgeport, where she was on-air host, middays. Stone makes her debut on WEBE’s weekday morning show on Monday, August 6th. Stone said: “It is such an honor to join the team at WEBE 108 and to be a part of this legendary radio station. I cannot wait to work alongside Jay Michaels in the morning. I am also thrilled to remain in my home state and become a voice that helps wake up my friends and neighbors. Thanks to Steve Chessare, Danny Lyons and the rest of the Cumulus family for this once in a lifetime opportunity. ”
Toni-Marie Tapped For Middays & APD At 99.5 The Wolf Portland
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, named Toni-Marie as Assistant Program Director for 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland. In addition, Toni-Marie will also host the midday drive from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT.
“I am stoked to join The Wolf team,” added Toni-Marie. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the best program directors in the industry and the opportunity to work with and learn from a well-respected PD like Mike Moore is not something I take lightly.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Toni-Marie worked for Buck Owens Production Company, holding the roles of Music Director and on-air host at KUZZ and The Bull 97.3 (KRJK) in Bakersfield, CA. She previously also held Assistant Program Director and Music Director positions at KWNR in Las Vegas.
EVENTS: San Diego's Z90 Pulls Off 'Biggest Promotion In The World' Again
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– San Diego's Z90, announced the launch of #EPIC48Hours 4.0: THE MOVIE, now showing on Facebook, Twitter and Z90.com. LINK TO WATCH HERE --
#EPIC48Hours 4.0: THE MOVIE showcases the fourth installment of Z90s premier benchmark promotion, #EPIC48hours, which has been dubbed “The World’s Biggest Radio Promotion” and is centered around one winner and their guest and the most Epic 48 hours of their life.
The contest has three rules and one guarantee: 1) Be willing to go anywhere, 2) Be willing to do anything, and 3) Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. The Guarantee: The most EPIC 48 hours of your life. This time, the winners, sisters Karla and Karinna Gonzales were surprised when Z90’s Rick Morton showed up at their door in Chula Vista at 5am, giving them just 60 seconds to grab their bags and go! What followed next was a non-stop adventure that included a Rolls Royce Phantom, a first class flight to New York City, a helicopter ride to Manhattan, and even a TV appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. All four #Epic48Hours movies are posted at www.epic48hours.com and are worth watching. Past #Epic48hours have included private jets, aircraft carriers, oceanfront Malibu mansions, personal chefs, hanging out with Lady Gaga at The Super Bowl, tango lessons in Argentina and more!
TOP PHOTO: Karla and Karinna Gonzalez with host Rick Morton, being chauffeured to the San Diego International Airport in their Rolls Royce Phantom and Z90 fleet and entourage. - PHOTO 2: Karla and Karinna Gonzalez in Marrakech, Morocco with the staff at The Royal Mansour Hotel - PHOTO 3: Karla and Karinna Gonzalez with Z90 staff. (l-r: Videographer Ben Jolliffe, Z90 Supreme Commander R Dub!, winner Karla Gonzalez, Guide Ahmed Usta, winner Karinna Gonzalez, Z90 Morning Host Rick Morton).
2nd Annual MBA Radio Talent Institute Begins Today In Missouri
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2018 –– The 2nd Annual MBA Radio Talent Institute Begins Today in Missouri with college radio talent from eleven different universities converge on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. The Missouri Broadcasters Association, with additional support from eight broadcast groups, are making it possible. John Zimmer, President of Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group, opens the Institute today with “Now is the Time to Start Thinking like a Pro” and John David, Senior Advisor, National Association of Broadcasters, presents the closing session 10 days from now. On Friday morning, Westwood One’s nationally syndicated Zach Sang (L) will be there to do his show with the students as his live studio audience. Sang is on 95.7 The Vibe, Cumulus in Kansas City.
Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System, Dan Vallie, commented: “To have so many students from so many different universities is a tribute to Mark and the MBA and their efforts as we work together to discover and prepare young talent for the industry. These are the talent we will be hiring now and will be the leaders in our industry tomorrow.”
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Highly popular NJ 101.5 hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, known on-air as the The Dennis & Judi Show, have been suspended after repeatedly referring to the state’s attorney general, Gurbir Grewal (inset), who is Sikh, as “turban man” during a Wednesday afternoon broadcast reports Huffington Post. “You know the attorney general — I’m never going to know his name. I’m just going to say ‘the guy with the turban," Malloy told his co-host, Judi Franco, on NJ 101.5 FM. Malloy added, “Listen, if that offends you, then don’t wear the turban, man, and I’ll remember your name.”
A representative for NJ 101.5 FM acknowledged the controversy in a statement, writing: “We are aware of the offensive comments made by Dennis and Judi during Wednesday’s broadcast,” it read. “We have taken immediate action and have taken them off the air until further notice. We are investigating the matter and will have further comment shortly.” The attorney general, who is the American-born son of Indian parents, also responded to the name-calling. “My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal,” he wrote over Twitter early Thursday. “I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio.”
In an interview Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy (R) called the hosts' comments about Grewal "awful" and "disgusting." "This is not something where somebody sort of just tiptoed across a line. They crossed it by miles," Murphy said. "Completely unacceptable, particularly, I think, in New Jersey in 2018." The duo since apologized and posted video at NJ101.5 website - WATCH HERE
SYNDICATION: The Bert Show Inks Longterm Extension With Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has entered into a new multi-year agreement with “The Bert Show” to produce and distribute the successful morning radio show to markets across the U.S. The deal will enable the show to continue its burgeoning growth through nationwide distribution via Westwood One, the largest audio network in America.
Bert Weiss, Host of “The Bert Show”, said: “A mentor once told me to find something you love doing then try and make a career out of it. That's exactly my experience with the Bert Show and Q100. One of the things I'm most excited about, honestly, is watching this Bert Show staff grow together. The talent is here. The team chemistry is as high as I've ever felt it and I'm really excited to continue to watch it evolve and blossom. I love coming in every morning and I love working alongside friends. I love our chemistry and our shared drive to keep the show fresh and our never-ending desire to be the best we can be while having a blast doing it. And, in Cumulus, I have a company that I trust and is eager to support us every step of the way. Cumulus has had our backs for 17 years and it's been a dream partnership and I'm so appreciative of their confidence in The Bert Show. Thanks to EVP Content & Programming Mike McVay and Q100 VP/Market Manager Sean Shannon for getting this deal across the finish line.”
HONORS: WBGG Miami's Paul Castronovo To Be Honored With 'Kraddick Award' At MSBC
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Miami radio mainstay, Paul Castronovo, of The Paul Castronovo morning show on iHeart's BIG 105.9/WBGG-FM, has been selected to receive the 2018 'Kraddick Award' during next month's 30th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. The award, named in honor of the late Kidd Kraddick, recognizes one host each year that embodies excellence both on and off the air. Each year's recipient is charged with choosing the following year's honoree.
In selecting this year's recipient, last year's honoree Greg Dwyer, of the Quad Citie's 97X's Dwyer & Michaels Show commented, "When we were first introduced to Paul, we knew right away that we wanted to emulate what he was doing in is market. He wasn't just a popular show, his show meant more to his audience. His show is big time, yet he remains as approachable as we would all like to think we are. Generous with his ideas, and his time, he also has remained a force in his changing market. We have learned volumes from Paul about radio. And even so, he would say he is the one still learning. That just one of the qualities that makes him deserving of the Kidd Kraddick award."
“I am humbled. Kidd Kraddick was my mentor," said Castronovo. "I learned more about how to do this from Kidd, than anybody, ever. I’ll never forget his advice, “One day they’ll be getting their music on their phones, you want them to tune in for you, quit playing music, trust me”. He was so right, Thanks Kidd, and thanks to Dwyer and Michaels, my radio brothers, I’m buying”. - SEND PAUL YOUR BEST HERE
Scotty B Named New Weeknight Host At Beasley's WDHA-FM New Jersey
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Beasley has named Scotty B as its new 7pm-Midnight personality on WDHA-FM in New Jersey. He began his new position on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018. Scotty most recently served as a part-time talent and worked in production at Beasley Media Group New Jersey ‘s 95.9 WRAT-FM for the past five years. He started his career in Florida with stints at Hot 104.9 in Tallahassee and WIMV-FM.
According to WDHA-FM Program Director Terrie Carr, "Rockturnal with Scotty B,” which airs weeknights from 7p-Midnight, will focus on his strengths - interacting with rock fans, getting out in the community and being host of the party! I am thrilled to have Scotty's energy, attitude and huge presence on our airwaves and as part of our family,” said Carr. “He is the perfect fit for DHA and our passionate, loyal listening family and sponsors. Scotty and Rockturnal will give people a reason to tune in for sure!”
Spotify Hits 83 Million Paid Subscribers
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– In its latest quarterly earnings report, Spotify announced it has 83 million paid Premium subscribers, up from the 70 million number that Spotify hit at its last update in January according to The Verge.. Total monthly active users also crossed 180 million last quarter as well.
By contrast, Apple Music announced in April that it had passed the 40 million subscriber mark, although according to a report in The Wall Street Journal last February, Apple’s may be on track to beat out Spotify by the end of the year. The Verge adds, 'For now, the numbers don’t lie, and Spotify seems to be cementing its lead as the biggest subscription music service around, despite the increased competition from Apple."
KSHE 95 Introduces New 'Lern Line' Of Women's Station-Logo'd Apparel
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– KSHE 95 St. Louis has introduced the new "Lern Line" of women's station-logo'd apparel - specifically designed with their female loyal listeners in mind! "Lern Line" launches today, July 27th at 10:00 am CST. It will be available to purchase online on the KSHE Schtuff Store - http://www.ksheschtuff.com/.
Check out Lern's thoughts on the new "Lern Line" via KSHE 95 blog - https://www.kshe95.com/morning-rock-show/l-e-r-n-l-i-n-e/ And check in with the KSHE Schtuff Store at http://www.ksheschtuff.com/ for more additions to the Lern Line in the future!
NETWORKS: Envision Welcomes Sports Media Savant As Affiliate Relations Manager
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Envision Networks welcomes its newest Affiliate Relations Manager, Josh Friedman. Though recently graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in marketing and sports administration, Josh already has a long history with sports media and Envision Networks. Josh has always been an avid listener of sports radio, and credits his interest in broadcast media as inspiration to start his own podcast while in high school, securing interviews with big guests such as former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano. Throughout his college career, Josh was host of Sports Blitz on Bearcast Radio and was a credentialed media member in Cincinnati. He was also featured as a guest on several occasions with ESPN 1450’s college football pregame show.
“After being able to intern with Envision Networks, I was excited to join the team full time when the opportunity came. I look forward to working with Danno, Laura and the rest of the team and to continue to grow Envision’s affiliate base while upholding the superlative level of customer service established by Envision,” said Friedman.
EVENTS: XL 106.7'S Johnny Magic House To Stuff Over 6,700 Backpacks For Kids
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Orlando’s Johnny Magic from the Johnny’s House morning weekday show on XL 106.7, will host a backpack giveaway to benefit 10 elementary schools. Many of the schools are currently accommodating an influx of children who have recently been displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The backpacks and supplies will be provided by Johnny Magic’s Baby DJ, a program which is committed to providing assistance to families of economic disadvantage in the Central Florida area.
Johnny along with other members of the show and additional volunteers will stuff over 6,700 new backpacks with necessary school supplies and donate them to each school for the students to use in the upcoming school year. X106.7 will promote the event on-air, as well as through the station’s social media pages. “Buying school supplies can be difficult for families that are also struggling to provide food for their children,” said Johnny Magic. “It’s heartbreaking. No child’s education should suffer because their family is going through a tough financial time.”
SNAPS: Radio Exec's Gather At PM 2018
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Among the radio folks present in Philly for this week's Podcast Movement included a number of executives including (L-R) Hubbard's Ginny Morris, Westwood One's Suzanne Grimes, Premiere Networks' Julie Talbott and Beasley's Caroline Beasley who pose with Elsie Escobar. - Photo courtesy of Kipper McGee.
Meanwhile, check out a nice piece penned by Suzanne Grimes in the latest issue of Media Village featuring the 'Four Pillars of Podcast Advertising' - READ HERE
Students Visit 104.5 The Zone Nashville
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2018 –– Students attending this weeks Talent Institute at WKU in Bowling Green Kentucky visited the Cumulus studios in Nashville on Wednesday for it 3HL (three hour lunch) afternoon drive show on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Cumulus Sports Talk stations,
L-R) Mickey Ryan, Dawn Davenport, Brent Dougherty, and moderating is Rhett Bryan from The Zone and the Titans Radio Network.
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Ellen K To Host National Weekend Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– iHeart announced the debut of the nationally syndicated “The Ellen K Weekend Show.” Led by Los Angeles’s KOST 103.5 morning show host Ellen K, the new four hour Adult Contemporary (AC) weekend program will originate from Los Angeles and debut on Saturday, July 28 nationwide. The show will debut on KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles, 106.7 Lite FM in New York City, 93.9 LITE FM in Chicago, SUNNY 99.1 in Houston, 97.1 WASH-FM in Washington, D.C., 100.3 WNIC in Detroit, 99.9 KEZ in Phoenix, K103 Portland in Portland and Sunny 106.5 in Las Vegas; and will expand to 30 additional markets on August 25
“Ellen K is one of the most popular hosts in radio and one of the most well-known women in media today,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “Her success as the leading female host for a morning drive program in Los Angeles is a direct result of her empowering and upbeat view as a modern mom navigating everyday life" She landed her own show after co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest for 12 years on KIIS FM Los Angeles, and on the nationally syndicated “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” Ellen regularly appears on the CBS daytime show “The Talk,” and has been the voice of The Grammys, The Academy Awards and was most recently selected as the voice of the hit ABC prime time show “The Proposal.” Ellen was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in radio, and was awarded the inaugural Airblazer award by the MIW – Mentoring and Inspiring Women in radio.
Nielsen CEO To Retire At Year’s End
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Nielsen’s Board of Directors today announced that Mitch Barns, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board will retire from the company at the end of 2018. James Attwood, current Chairman of the Board, has been named Executive Chairman. Barns will remain through the end of the year to oversee the company, including the key initiatives—Total Audience, the Connected System and the efforts to automate and streamline operations. Attwood, a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group will assume a more active role and will direct the search for new leadership.
Since joining the company more than 20 years ago, Barns has held leadership roles across all major parts of Nielsen’s business – working in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as the Media and FMCG sectors. During his tenure, he has guided the company through the transformation of the Watch segment in a dynamic media environment, led by its Total Audience Measurement strategy. He led a sustained M&A strategy that resulted in the acquisition of Gracenote and the machine learning startup vBrand, and the push to sharpen the company’s focus and define the Connected System. The Nielsen Board of Directors will immediately commence a comprehensive search process to identify a new CEO. Source: BusinessWire - PHOTO/screengrab
Mike Pintek Mike Pintek Takes Leave Of Absence From KDKA Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Longtime KDKA/Pittsburgh host Mike Pintek has decided to take a leave of absence from hosting his weekday show to focus on his health reports KDKA. In May of 2017, Mike announced that he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He has been under the care of Dr. Nathan Bahary at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center while continuing to broadcast his 12pm-3pm show on Newsradio 1020 KDKA.
“At this point, I need to take some time and really focus on my health,” said Pintek. “I know a number of listeners have reached out to the station to get an update on my condition since I haven’t been on the air for a few weeks. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all your prayers, kind words, encouragement and support.” Recently Mike’s cancer treatment was interrupted when he suffered a stroke. His doctors are optimistic that his rehabilitation will be successful and he will return to the planned course of chemotherapy. Mike has been on the air at KDKA in various capacities since 1982.
Jackie Donovan Signing Off 101.7 FM Albany Following 25-Year Stint
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Longtime morning host Jackie Donovan is signing off Classic Hits 101.7 FM, Albany after 25-year run reports The Timesunion. She'll remain with the company until the end of the month. On Facebook she posted: "So, after 25 years, 16 radio stations, 2 states and 3 markets, I have made the decision (not an easy one) to finally hang up my headphones on July 31st.:
Donovan added, "Radio has been an amazing career for me. I've met people I would never have met it I were an accountant, I've interviewed people who I grew up idolizing, I've had wine with Joe Elliott, sang karaoke with Foreigner, called Bryan Adams out after he slipped about his relationship with Pam Anderson (he never agreed to an interview again, oh well)." Donovan said she has accepted a position at Adirondack Winery.
Joel Weiss Named Music Director Of Beasley WBOS-FM in Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Beasley has named Joel Weiss Music Director at ALT 92.9/WBOS-FM in Boston. He will officially begin his new position on Monday, August 6, 2018. Weiss most recently spent the past 13 years as a Music Director and On-Air Personality at WSUN/97x in Tampa.
“I’m excited to welcome Joel to ALT 92.9, said station Program Director Ken West. “He loves music, loves radio, and loves Boston. His passion and energy for the Alternative format will help push ALT 92.9 to new heights!”
Jack Taddeo Joins Cumulus Media As VP/MM For Des Moines
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Jack Taddeo as Vice President/Market Manager of the company’s five-station group in Des Moines, IA. Taddeo joins Cumulus from NRG Media, where he was Market Manager of NRG Media-Cedar Falls/Cedar Rapids, IA. He brings deep radio broadcast management experience to Cumulus Media-Des Moines, including 15 years as an owner/operator of radio stations in the Midwest U.S., and over 15 years’ experience as a General Manager and radio programming executive. Taddeo was General Manager for Matrix LLC Chicago (formerly Nextmedia Group), and for 10 years, he consulted radio broadcasters across the U.S. as Owner/President of Radio K-T Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Programming, for Clear Channel Radio/iHeartMedia, after serving as Senior Vice President, Programming, for SFX/Capstar Broadcasting.
Taddeo’s radio programming career also includes stops as Program Director, WLIT, Chicago, IL; Director of Contemporary Programming, Studioline Digital Cable; and Program Director, WLAK, Chicago, IL. Taddeo said: "I am very excited to be joining the team in Cumulus Des Moines at such an exciting time. We have such heritage brands serving a great Midwest market and I want to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Mike McVay for the opportunity."
Zach Strief Named Saint's Play-By-Play For WWL New Orleans
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Zach Strief will serve as play-by-play announcer on WWL (WWL-AM), the flagship station of the New Orleans Saints. Strief, who played offensive tackle for the Saints from 2006-2017, will join former teammate Deuce McAllister in the booth. “When we set the criteria for the new ‘Voice of the Saints’ we were looking for someone who would make the professional play calls, as well as someone who has a deep connection to the team, the fans and our community,” said Chris Wegmann, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New Orleans. “Zach possesses all of those qualities, knows the game firsthand and is a fixture in the New Orleans community. We’re very excited about adding him to the team.”
“I’m THRILLED about the opportunity and humbled by the faith WWL and the Saints have in me,” added Strief. “I also want all Saints fans to know I will work tirelessly to bring you the best game day experience possible. Nobody will work harder to live up to the expectations of Saints fans.” With the move, Strief succeeds former play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson.
EVENTS: Beasley Las Vegas Serve Over 6,800 Box Lunches For Hungry Children
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group Las Vegas employees recently rolled up their sleeves to lend a helping hand during a company Day of Caring event at Three Square’s "Meet Up and Eat Up" program. The initiative is designed to assist children who go hungry during the summer months in between the school year. Beasley team members prepared and packed over 6,800 box lunches for kids in the community.
“Meet Up and Eat Up” provides nutritious meals to children 18 years of age or younger in low-income areas during the summer. The program ensures that children have access to nutritious meals during their school vacations when free and reduced meals are not available. “Meet Up and Eat Up” encompasses the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and BackPack for Kids. Photo: Beasley Media Group Las Vegas team members lend a helping hand at Three Square’s “Meet Up and Eat Up” program.
NETWORKS: SBG To Handle Sales for Envision's Wolfman Jack Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has expanded their partnership with Envision Networks® and beginning August 1st, will offer national ad sales support for The Wolfman Jack Radio Show. The show, which is adding radio affiliates at a fast pace in such markets as Albuquerque, Des Moines and El Paso, includes FREE two-hour specials: Wolfman Jack Halloween Party and Wolfman Jack Christmas Party.
In addition to this new partnership, Sun Broadcast Group currently partners with Envision Networks® on various General Market and Hispanic products and services to offer ad sales support, including Our Auto Expert, 140 Characters, The Ashley & Brad Show, GeekOut, Please Don’t Hit Send and Collin Raye’s Rewind Country.
Eddie Mair Moving From BBC Radio 4 To LBC In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– LBC has confirmed it’s hired Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair to do a new show on the commercial station from September. He’s leaving the BBC after more than 30 years. Eddie joined the BBC in 1987 after a few years with commercial station Radio Tay in Dundee. He worked at BBC Radio Scotland before a move to 5 live in the 90s and later Radio 4. Last summer it was revealed that he earned earned £350,000 ($461,000) a year for his work at the BBC. Reports today in The Times suggest LBC is paying him around double that.
Army Veteran Wins $70,000 With Stav, Abby & Matt In Australia - Stav, Abby and Matt on Hit105 in Brisbane Australia have given away $A70,000 ($52,000US) tax-free to an army veteran Jake Edgar with their ‘Live For Free’ giveaway. The team, broadcasting from City Motor Auction Group, gave out car keys – but only one key opened the car with the money inside. Read more and watch the video HERE
Jon Gaunt Joins Radio Sputnik Worldwide - Broadcaster Jon Gaunt will host a new radio show with the worldwide news agency Radio Sputnik. Jon is a former talkRADIO and BBC presenter. He will have a different guest each week in “Shooting from the Lip” on Sputnik’s English language service located on their website from 6pm-6.30pm (UK Time) and will kick off with British politician and UKIP leader, Gerard Batten, who will be challenging an array of highly provocative issues.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack www.mackmedia.co.uk
Affiliate Relations Specialists On The Hunt For New Opportunities
THE MOUTH, JULY 26TH, 2018 –– Julie Bell and Debbie Brand have over 20 years of experience in Affiliate Relations. Most recently with USRN, they are now looking for their next opportunities. Julie Bell's past stops include Vallie-Richards Consulting and WBMWWashington. She can be reached at 303-909-5678 or Julieahbell@gmail.com.
Debbie Brand spent 22-years at USRN with earlier stops at Westwood One, Unistar and WMZQ/Washington. Connect with Debbie Brand at 703-944-1880 or Debbiebrand55@gmail.com.
BUSINESS: Cox Enterprises Exploring Options For Its TV Stations
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– Cox Enterprises announced that it will explore strategic options for its ownership or other interest in 14 television properties, including partnering or merging the stations into a larger company reports The Atlanta Journal Constitution..
The company owns Atlanta’s WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News, which has been the dominant television station in the market and one of the leading stations in the industry throughout its 70-year history. Cox also owns or has interest in stations in Seattle, Boston, Charlotte, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Jacksonville, Tulsa and Dayton, Ohio. “We didn’t take this decision lightly. It is clear that scale is critical for TV affiliates to be positioned well for the future. Our stations are some of the best in the industry and we want them to stay that way,” said Alex Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises.
Cox President Kim Guthrie said in a statement provided to The Hill that the company is pursuing "strategic options for its ownership or other interest" for the 14 stations located in major media markets including Seattle, Boston, Charlotte and Orlando. "It's important you know that this decision was not taken lightly by the company or the Cox family," Guthrie wrote, adding that the company will be "thoughtful in our evaluation of possible partners and the impact these changes will have on our people." "Our analysis shows that scale is critical to be successful. We firmly believe that our great stations — and talented people — will need to be part of a larger entity to thrive in the future," she added. Guthrie's statement went on to note that the process of selling off part or full control of the stations will likely take six months to a year to complete.
PROGRAMMING: Nathan Graham Named PD For 98.7 AMP Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Nathan Graham PD For 98.7 AMP Detroit. He was previously Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 103.7 KISS FM (WXSS-FM) in Milwaukee. “Nathan has cultivated strong leadership skills and a wealth of Top 40 format knowledge that we are confident will help propel 98.7 AMP Radio to new heights,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit.
“I want to thank Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts, Brian Kelly and Pat Paxton for this incredible opportunity,” Graham added. “I’m very excited to join the already amazing team at WDZH and to connect with Detroit listeners.” Prior to joining Entercom, Graham held on-air positions at KSPW in Springfield, MO and KMXV in Kansas City.
Don Brake Tapped For Mornings/PD Posts On NASH-FM Beaumont
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 26-year radio veteran Don Brake as Program Director and Morning On-Air Personality for its Beaumont, TX, Country radio station, KAYD-FM/NASH FM 101.7. Brake debuts this week on NASH FM 101.7’s new morning show, “New NASH Morning Show”.
Brake joins Cumulus from WKKQ in Morgantown, WV, where he was Music Director and On-Air Personality, Middays. Prior to that, he was Program Director for WFRE in Frederick, MD, was Program Director for WHWK in Binghamton, NY, and served as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and Morning On-Air Personality for WCAT in Harrisburg, PA. Brake was also Operations Manager of Verstandig Broadcasting’s Hagerstown, MD/Chambersburg, PA, station cluster and served as Program Director of WAYZ.
NETWORKS: Doug Gottlieb & JT 'The Brick' Kick Off NFL Season With Training Camp Tour
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– As NFL teams across the country gear up for the start of football season, FOX Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show and JT “The Brick” are hitting the road to bring fans live, on-location coverage from the network’s annual NFL Training Camp Tour. The Doug Gottlieb Show will broadcast from the Los Angeles Rams Training Camp at UC Irvine on July 27, followed by the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at River Ridge Playing Fields in Oxnard, Calif., on August 6, and the Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, Calif., on August 9.
JT “The Brick,” who has served in various broadcast capacities with the Oakland Raiders since 1998 and currently serves as a sideline reporter for the team’s pre-season broadcasts, will broadcast from their training camp in Napa Valley, Calif., on July 26 and 27. For more information, please visit www.FOXSportsRadio.com.
SYNDICATION: Sterling Scores KKSF/San Fran & KUFO/Portland
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 -- Sterling On Sunday launches on KKSF San Francisco and KUFO Portland Oregon. Sterling on Sunday now has major affiliates on Cumulus, iHeart, Alpha, Entercom, Townsquare, Three Daughters, many more. The show is LIVE on WMAL FM Washington DC and The Point in Guam! The show airs LIVE Sunday, 10PM-1AM Eastern
"There is success that results from holding up a mirror to daily life. I did a whole hour about stealing Splenda and tiny airplane bathrooms.” says Westwood One host Walter M Sterling. "This is rolling out so well thanks to Mike McVay, Bill Hess, Jared Hart, Peter Bolger, Peter Thiele, Kraig Kitchin, Stuart Greenblatt, Suzanne Grimes and my daughters who want to buy things at the Apple Store. Did I mention everyone?" Tomorrow, Thursday, Water M Sterling guest stars for on KMOX St Louis for Ryan Wrecker from 10PM-2AM Central Time
Pitbull, Nicky Jam Among Headliners At 2018 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– -iHeartMedia announced today the lineup for the 2018 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina set for Miami on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The fifth annual mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Pitbull, Nicky Jam, Steve Aoki, Farruko, Nacho and Becky G with more artists to follow. For the third year, the concert event will be hosted by Enrique Santos, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino and on-air personality for iHeartRadio.
“This year we have an amazing line up and some surprise collaborations that are yet to be announced,” said Enrique Santos, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for iHeartLatino. “Come celebrate our culture through music at our fifth annual iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina.” PHOTO/Jason Koerner/Getty Images for iHeart 2017
HONORS: WUFT-FM Named One of the Top Five Non-Commercial Stations in the U.S.
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced that public radio station WUFT-FM is one of five finalists for the prestigious 2018 NAB Marconi Radio Awards in the non-commercial station-of-the-year category. The winner of the award, which honors radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting, will be announced on Sept. 27, 2018 at the NAB Radio Show in Orlando, Florida.
WUFT-FM, operated by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is the local NPR affiliate in the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida market, serving a 19-county area in North Central and Central Florida area. In addition to overall excellence, the station, was cited, in particular for its coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. WUFT is the founder of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN), a statewide collaboration of public radio stations operated from a storm center operation at WUFT. It is the only network of its kind in the nation and provided extensive multimedia coverage of the hurricanes in 2017. In June, wuft.org won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for the Best Small-Market Radio Website.
EVENTS: 105.7 The Point St. Louis Hosts 28-Hr. Radiothon & All-Day Lock-In
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio’s 105.7 The Point St. Louis is hosting “Donny Fandango’s 28-Hour Radiothon & “The Rizzuto Show’s 24-hour Lock In” this Thursday and Friday, July 26th and 27th, 2018. KPNT’s morning-hosts The Rizzuto Show and mid-day host Donny Fandango will join forces to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. According to Program Director Tommy Mattern, “We’re combining two different pre-planned Point events into one big campaign, in order to double down on our efforts.” At the long-awaited Rizzuto Show 24-Hour Lock-In punishment Jeff Burton, Moon, and Tony Patrico will all enjoy 24 hours straight of “togetherness” in a booth at Gingham’s Homestyle Restaurant, located at 1861 Sherman Drive and Hwy. 94 in St. Charles, Missouri.
This special on-air punishment begins at 10:00 am on Thursday 7/26 and will continue through 10:00 am on Friday. Also, starting at 10:00 am on Thursday 7/26 – it’s the annual Donny Fandango 28-Hour RADIOTHON to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis! Donny will broadcast LIVE from The Point studio playing on-demand requests and shout outs for the public’s donations.
Comedian Yamaneika 'Yam' Saunders To Perform At MSBC 30
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2018 ––During this year's United Stations Radio Network's noon luncheon at MSBC 30 in Chicago, rising TV and standup comic Yamaneika Saunders is set to perform., Saunders is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress known for her work as a former panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show and lead roles on Oxygen’s Funny Girls and Comedy Central’s In Security and has appeared on HBO’s Crashing, truTV’s Comedy Knockout, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, A&E’s Black and White, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and This Is Not Happening, Seeso’s What's Your F@#Cking Deal?!?!, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and as a recurring correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Yamaneika has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, The Half Hour on Comedy Central, and recently filmed a half-hour stand-up special set to air on Netflix. Yam currently stars on VH1’s Talk 30 To Me and Bravo’s Kandi Koated Nights. You can listen to her weekly on her hit podcast Rantin' and Ravin'.
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Entercom Teams With 'Rebuilding Together Houston' On 'Harvey' Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Houston stations announced a partnership with 'Rebuilding Together Houston.' As part of the partnership, Entercom Houston’s six stations, 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM), CBS Sports Radio 650 (KIKK-AM), Mega 101 FM (KLOL-FM), Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM) and Sports Radio 610 (KILT-AM), will conduct a three-week fundraising challenge on-air and via station websites, beginning July 30 and will lead the rebuilding of the homes of five families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“We are proud to partner with Rebuilding Together Houston and to be a part of the long-term recovery effort for our fellow Houstonians,” said Sarah Frazier, SVP/MM Entercom Houston. “Radio is a community connector, and with our reach of over three million Houstonians weekly, we believe we can make a huge impact in helping to rebuild our community.” On Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, Entercom Houston employees and their families will volunteer in a two-day rebuilding project of five homes in Independence Heights, a suburb of Houston. For more information about Rebuilding Together Houston, please visit: https://www.rebuildinghouston.org/ country.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Stephanie Perl Named SVP/MM For Entercom Hartford
Entercom has appointed Stephanie Perl as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Hartford, effective Monday, August 6. In this role, she will be overseeing 1080 WTIC News Talk (WTIC-AM), 96.5 TIC FM (WTIC-FM), HOT 93.7 (WZMX-FM) and Lite 100.5 (WRCH-FM). Perl previously served as local television Sales Manager for Tribune Broadcasting’s Fox and CW television affiliates in Hartford, WTIC and WCCT. “We are happy to welcome Stephanie to the Entercom team and back to our stations in Hartford,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “Her business acumen and leadership will help us provide our partners with premier solutions that reach our loyal and engaged audience in Hartford.”
“I’m THRILLED to take on this new opportunity in Hartford, a city I know and love,” said Perl. “Radio is the #1 reach medium in the United States and has more listeners than ever before, making this an exciting time to come back to the industry.”
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– WNYC New York announced that Peabody Award-winning journalist and author Alison Stewart will host a new live, two-hour afternoon show on WNYC. During more than two decades in journalism, Stewart has interviewed luminaries such as U2 frontman Bono, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Bishop Michael Curry, and Norman Lear. For the show, she will bring her interviewing skills to conversations with newsmakers, tastemakers, artists, and creators. The show will have Stewart taking calls, going out into the city, and collaborating with WNYC journalists and hosts on creative new segments. Broadcast live from 12 noon – 2pm, the show will be available for streaming and podcast as well.
Since beginning her career as a producer/reporter for MTV News’ breakthrough presidential campaign coverage “Choose or Lose”-- which earned her a Peabody Award -- Stewart has spent over two decades reporting for all the major national news networks. She has anchored her own groundbreaking and successful news programs on NPR, PBS, ABC and MSNBC, and reported from the floor of six presidential conventions, the Olympics, and the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her audio experience includes serving as host of NPR’s experimental digital news program Bryant Park Project and hosting the first season of TED Radio Hour. Currently, she is a contributing editor with The Atlantic LIVE and a contributor to PBS NewsHour.
6th WKU Radio Talent Institute Underway
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University welcomes students for this week's 6th annual KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University. The event will include a live broadcast from Ben Davis and Kelly K (shown) from Alpha Media’s WDJX Louisville, with the students as the live studio audience. Dan Vallie, Founder and President of the National Rad io Talent System, stated: “It is great to have the solid support of the KBA, who are such early believers in and supporters of the Talent System, now for 6 years; and WKU, who embraced this from the moment it was introduced to the university.
Forward thinking organizations and companies supporting the National Radio Talent System include Benztown, and vCeative. The mission of the National Radio Talent System is to discover and coach talent who can be hired today and be the next generation of leaders in broadcasting.
PODCASTS: WWO Pitch Pods In Philly
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– Westwood One will be present at the Podcast Movement this week in Philadelphia with its “Pitch Pod” on the 5th floor lobby of the Marriott. Podcasting talent can tell their story right at the conference, recording a sharable video pitch for consideration for a roster slot on Westwood One Podcast Network. Reporters and media contacts are also welcome to stop by the booth to record a video about their experience at Podcast Movement. There is also an area to relax, network, and charge your phone.
America’s largest audio network will also be featured on a number of panels during the conference including The Art of Storytelling, presented by Westwood One Podcast Network with Tim Sabean, Opie, and Carl Ruiz. Also featured, "From the Corner Office: Radio Execs On Their Companies’ Podcasting Strategies with Westwood One Suzanne Grimes.
Hidden Truth Podcast Creator Jim Breslo Launches Season Two
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– On the heels of wrapping his first season, Hidden Truth: Las Vegas Shooter, Breslo embarks on a journey to discover what it means to be transgender and what impact the movement is having on society. He comes to the mic without agenda, embracing an understanding with each guest that no topic or question is off limits. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and www.hiddentruthshow.com - Episode one features the first of a three-part interview with Breslo’s fraternity brother Dave Richmond, a divorced accountant and father of two who, much to Breslo’s surprise, recently became Sabrina. No subject is left off limits as they discuss everything from sex and surgery, to parenting and pronouns.
No stranger to television and radio, Breslo has appeared on CNN’s MichaeLA Show on HLN, Fox LA, Fox Vegas and John & Ken on AM 640 Los Angeles. He also hosted The Jim Breslo Show late nights on KRLA 870 AM Los Angeles and Casino Talk with Louie Anderson weekends on 97.1 Free FM Los Angeles. For more information: www.hiddentruthshow.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram .
EVENTS: Beasley Wilmington Employees Volunteer At Ronald McDonald House
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group Wilmington, Delaware team members recently volunteered to cook for 50 families who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware during the station’s Beasley Best Day of Caring event.
Photo: WJBR-FM’s Brandi Tigani, Chris Leonard and Diana Beasley help serve food to guests at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
SYNDICATION: The Chad Benson Show Now On In Modesto-Stockton
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– The Chad Benson Show is excited to announce the addition of KFIV-AM in the Modesto-Stockton CA markets to their daily line up, 3P-7P Monday-Friday. KFIV-AM joins a growing list of affiliates that includes KTAR-FM Phoenix, KSTE-AM Sacramento, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa and KKAT-AM in Salt Lake City among others.
"PowerTalk 1360, KFIV, is a great home for Chad in the Modesto-Stockton market. We are excited to work with the iHeartMedia team", according to Steve Graham, Radio America's VP for Affiliate Marketing .Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format. Chad's sense of showmanship and entertainment, developed from years in music radio, has had a huge influence on him as a talk host.
'SNL' Featured At MBC In Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– How this for timing? While MSBC is presenting it's 30th Annual Event at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, just blocks away Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” will headline a gala fundraiser for Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications on Friday August 10th reports blogger Robert Feder. "It’s in conjunction with the museum’s ongoing exhibition, “Saturday Night Live: The Experience.”
“The exhibit is fun, interactive and educational and a must-see for any SNL fan,” Julian Jackson, executive director of the museum, said in a statement. “The relationship between Chicago and SNL is historic.” Tickets for the event at the museum, 360 North State Street, are available at museum.tv. Guests will have access to the exhibit. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
SNAPS: Where The Best Will Soon Connect
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2018 –– Here's a birds-eye peek at The Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, host site for the upcoming 30th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp - set for Aug. 9 & 10.
This photo came courtesy of radio mega-friend Art Vuolo who took this snap on the auxiliary A Concourse at Midway in Chicago. Nice!!
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ReelWorld Names 2018 Class Of Rising Stars
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– ReelWorld has revealed its 2018 Class of Rising Stars. Awards will be presented on Friday afternoon Aug. 10th at The Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel during ReelWorld's 'Would You 'Still' Rather' session.
This year's winners included - Alicia Van Winkle - Kidd Kraddick Show Dallas -- Jenny Hopkins - The Wolf/Denver John Hudson - KLTY/Dallas -- Liz Yount - Frankfort, KY And Tanner Chambers - The Fitz Show Seattle.
Morning Show Boot Camp is set for Aug. 9 & 10 at The Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel
Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw To Officially Part Ways With KFMB-FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– With the second BIG announcement in as many weeks, KFMB's longtime morning team of Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw have officially parted ways with the station. This follows last week's first big announcement that Shelly Dunn was retiring after nearly 30 years as co-host. This news came on the heels of San Diego Reader report that (DSD) were on the hunt for a new radio home. The report suggested that KFMB wasn't part of the negotiations, but the station later made it clear that discussions with the show were indeed underway.
On Friday, the station released a statement at its website from Alberto Nier Y Teran/Pres.GM: "After extensive negotiations and a generous offer to the DSC team, we were unfortunately unable to reach an agreement to keep the show here at KFMB. We wish the DSC the very best with their future pursuits..." Meanwhile FANNING the rumor mill flames, co-host Dave Rickards posted the above photo of the DSC Mic (top left) on Twitter with the caption "I've got a new place to hang this bad boy." Minus Shelly, look for an announcement soon.
REPORT: Joe Benigno To Take A Leave Of Absence From WFAN
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– After first being set to return to WFAN today, Joe Benigno will now take a leave of absence while station owner mulls resolving the situation reports The New York Post. This follows last week's lawsuit by a former FAN advertising executive Lauren Lockwood who accused Benigno of sexual harassment, including wanting her to join he and his wife in 'threesomes.' Benigno, through his agent Mark Lepselter, has “categorically denied” all allegations in the lawsuit.
According to The Post, Benigno had conversations with close associates about not returning immediately to WFAN to avoid having the conversation become about him, rather than about baseball and the station’s Subway Series coverage, a source told The Post. WFAN has launched an internal investigation into the sexual harassment claims against Benigno laid out in the lawsuit, according to a source. There is no set date for when the radio host will return to the air, a source said. Arthur Aidala, Benigno’s lawyer, declined to comment, saying he wasn’t aware of any decision made by WFAN. Benigno, who is currently on vacation, was expected to be back on the air in his regular 10 a.m. slot Monday, but sources told The Post that station owner Entercom is trying to resolve the situation first.
Radio's Rover Married By Rapper Lil' John; Tops 20,000 At 'RoverFest'
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– You can safely chalk this one up as the biggest weekend of Rover's life. As host of highly popular Rover's Morning Glory syndicated from iHeart's WMMS Cleveland, not only treated 20,000 fans to his 10th annual RoverFest, but he got married, too. Attendees of a private party at Rover’s home the night before RoverFest thought they were there for a VIP pre-party for the annual event celebrating Rover's Morning Glory. Instead they were treated to a surprise performance by rapper Lil Jon.
But that wasn’t the only shock of the night, as the syndicated morning show host and his longtime fiancé Brittany then tied the knot. “We wanted to do something totally different,” said Rover, who of course was mic’d up during the short ceremony in order to crack jokes and banter with those in attendance. “This was a hell of a lot more fun than standing up in a church in a tuxedo!” Just prior to saying “I do,” Rover turned to Lil Jon and asked if he was doing the right thing, who responded with his iconic “Yeeeaaah!” - See more info on RoverFest in SNAPS below.
PROGRAMMING: Tom Cook Named Director Of Music For Entercom Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Tom Cook to the role of Director of Music Programming in Baltimore, effective July 30. Cook will oversee programming on Today’s 101.9 (WLIF-FM) and Mix 106.5 (WWMX-FM). “We are delighted to welcome Tom to our team,” said Tracy Brandys, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Baltimore. “He has an amazing track record of accomplishments at the various stations he has programmed, and we look forward to him bringing that enthusiasm and experience to us here in Baltimore.”
“I am beyond excited to join the team at Entercom Baltimore,” Cook said. “These stations have amazing on-air talent and content teams, which makes this role a dream for me.” Prior to joining Entercom, Cook was the Michigan Regional Operations Manager for Townsquare Media, where he oversaw programming for 23 stations in five markets. He also held Operations Manager and Brand Manager roles. Cook also held various on-air and programming positions at Clear Channel Communications, now iHeart Media.
NIELSEN: Comedy No Laughing Matter For Advertisers
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– In Nielsen's newly released Q3 2018 Report, A Marketer's Guide To Podcasting, it shows continued growth and with each new month comes more advertisers are adding podcasting to their media plans. One notable segment turning its attention to podcasting is the fast-moving consumer goods industry.
Other highlights include: More than 61% of American households have a fan of podcasts in the music genre. Thirty-seven million of these households identify as avid fans, while 24 million consider themselves casual fans. Avid fans of music podcasts are heavy buyers of beer, liquor, pet care, tea and baby food. TV and movie genre fans also mirror this trend and vary only in their heavy consumption of candy versus baby food.
-- Comedy is No Laughing Matter for Advertisers The Comedy genre is popular among 60 million American households. Thirty Million of these households are avid fans of the genre. Avid fans of comedy podcasts are heavy purchasers of baby food, tea, pet care, beer and carbonated beverages. Staying on Top with Tech When it comes to tech podcasts, 46% of American households have fans of podcasts of the genre. Approximately 27 million households include an avid fan, while nearly 32 million of these households are casual fans. Tech podcast fans’ consumptions of choice are liquor, baby food, tea, beer and cookies.
EDISON: 43 Million Americans Now Own A Smart Speaker
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– In Steve Goldstein's latest blog he points to Edison Research newest study on smart speakers showing that 43 million Americans now own a smart speaker – that’s 18% of the 18+ population - making it the fastest growing electronic device since the smart phone. According to several audio aggregators, podcast listening on smart speakers is remarkably low. We know that music tops the list of things people are using smart speakers for, but how is podcast listening performing? Goldstein plans to share more details this week during a special panel at The Podcast Movement in Philadelphia.
Among the questions he'll ask his panelists include: Why is podcast listening on smart speakers so low? What can podcasters do to boost discovery and listening? · What other impediments exist? Length of content? · Is there confusion between Flash Briefings and podcasts? · What are broadcasters (TV and radio) doing to generate awareness and clarity with smart speaker skills? · Even in these early innings, we look at what types of content are having the most impact. · Smart speakers quickly become the device of choice for audio listening among first adopters. What is the impact with AM/FM radios and other devices? Alexa, Play Me a Podcast session is Wednesday July 25, 10am - Podcast Movement
SNAPS: Over 20,000 Gather For Rover's 10th Annual RoverFest In Cleveland
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2018 –– Following Rover & Brittany tying the knot, the next day Roverfest featuring Shinedown, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Jon, Big Boi from OutKast, All That Remains and Red Sun Rising, drew over 20,000 fans.
Comedian Bert Kreischer served as host, along with the cast from Rover’s Morning Glory. “It’s incredible that RoverFest just keeps getting bigger and better after ten years,” said Rover. “I met fans who travelled from Saint Louis, Memphis, Los Angeles and elsewhere just to party with us – it was great!” For those who couldn’t attend the sold-out event, a live video simulcast streamed on RoverRadio.com.
PHOTO/Emma Summerton Vogue Australia
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Former WFAN Host Disputes 'Frat Boy' Shenanigans Described In New Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– Former WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton defended his longtime radio home on Thursday, saying that he never witnessed the frat-boy shenanigans described in this week's lawsuit by a former sales rep. He tells The NY Post, “My 10 years at the FAN were nothing but professional and above board in every manner,” Carton said. As Jockline reported on Thursday, the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn state court Wednesday by advertising employee Lauren Lockwood claimed that WFAN was run like a “frat house” and allowed sexual harassment to run rampant.
Referencing his own legal sitution, Carton say “When I am acquitted of these charges and exonerated, I will look to get my career back to the level it was on before I was arrested,” he added. “I’m innocent, and I’m looking forward to the trial,” Carton said. “I wish the trial started today,” he added of the Oct. 29 trial date.
Radio Host Who Inspired 'Good Morning Vietnam, Adrian Cronauer, Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– Adrian Cronauer, the deejay whose story was loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in the 1987 movie “Good Morning, Vietnam,” died on Wednesday in Troutville, Va. He was 79. According to The NY Times, Cronauer was in the Air Force in 1965 when he was sent to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). His first job was as news director for Armed Forces Radio there, but when the morning host’s slot became vacant shortly after his arrival, he settled in behind the microphone. The show was called “Dawn Buster,” and he began it with the drawn-out greeting 'GOOOOOOOOOD Morning Viet Nam!'
Later, in 1979, with the sitcom “M*A*S*H” and “WKRP in Cincinnati” both on the air, he tried selling a treatment of his experiences as a television series but found no takers. A few years he pitched a made-for-TV movie. “This time, a friend’s agent in Hollywood got it into Robin’s hands,” Mr. Cronauer related in the 1995 interview, “and he said: ‘Oh, disc jockey; chance to do all my comic shtick. Let’s do it as a real movie.’ The movie was largely fictionalized, but Mr. Williams said that key elements of the character he created had come from Mr. Cronauer. - Listen to Cronauer audio HERE
FCC: Sinclair–Tribune Media Merger Would 'Not Be In The Public Interest’
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– Following an announcement this week by Chairman Ajit Pai saying he had “serious concerns” about the deal, the FCC published its order calling for a hearing regarding the proposed Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media report The Verge. The order claims that, as proposed, the merger between the two media giants would “not be in the public interest.” The administrative hearing was approved yesterday after the Commission voted unanimously to take a closer look at the merger.
In its initial response after the agency called for the hearing, Sinclair revised its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media in an attempt to salvage its deal in light of the FCC’s announcement. In the new deal, Sinclair would also acquire the WGN-TV Chicago station, along with two other Tribune stations in Texas — Dallas and Houston — that would then be put into a trust and sold by an independent trustee after the deal with Tribune is approved. "“Material questions remain.”" “Although these three applications were withdrawn today, material questions remain because the real party-in-interest issue in this case includes a potential element of misrepresentation or lack of candor that may suggest granting other, related applications by the same party would not be in the public interest,” the agency wrote. Sinclair has denied any claims that it has attempted to mislead the agency. READ MORE HERE
BLOG: AM/FM Powers Amazon Prime Day
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– According to Amazon, their 2018 Prime Day Sale was their biggest success yet, with Prime members buying more than 100 million products. Amazon leveraged a healthy media mix of AM/FM radio, TV, and online advertising to build awareness of the event. How did media fare? Westwood One partnered with research firm Ipsos to understand how advertising helped Amazon drive sales and reach its key demographics.
Key findings from the study conducted by IPSOS of 2010 respondents during the full Amazon Prime Day 36-hour event: · Technological glitches were felt! -- 18% of those who shopped experienced issues with the site. -- 28% of Amazon Prime members had issues with the site. · Awareness skewed older: Consistent with our findings from the first day, awareness among the 55+ demo was the highest at 82%. -- Purchases skewed younger: Though older demographics were more aware, Millennials 18-34 were bigger purchasers with 25% buying something from the sale.
Frequent listeners of highly engaged formats purchased more: Formats like Spanish radio (54%), Sports (38%), Top 40 (31%), NPR (31%), and R&B/Hip-Hop (30%) saw a higher percentage of Amazon Prime Day purchases. You can read more about the findings HERE
STUDY: Smart Speaker Owners Emerging As 'Distinct Audience'
Key findings include: For first adopters, the smart speaker is now the #1 way they listen to audio - 24% used it to control home lighting, thermostat or appliances -- 38% of newer, early mainstream users say they purchased the device hoping to reduce screen time Early mainstream users are quickly relying on the technology for a wider range of daily activities – 37% look up recipes, 34% make calls and 33% add items to their shopping lists Among all smart speaker owners, 81% are open to skills and features created by brands on smart speakers. Other preferred formats for audio advertisements include host-read ads on podcasts, product endorsements and sponsor/underwriter announcements during public radio CLICK HERE FOR REPORT
Lineup Changes At WEEI Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 ––Entercom announced line-up changes for WEEI (WEEI-FM) in Boston, effective August 13. The new line-up is as follows: 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “Kirk & Callahan” hosted by Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “Dale & Keefe” with Dale Arnold and Rich Keefe 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” hosted by Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: “Mut at Night” with Mike Mutnansky 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: “WEEI Late Night”
“We are proud to deliver the power of local connection to our listeners and advertisers through an elite roster of talent that provides premier sports audio content in Boston,” said Mark Hannon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “This move allows us to return Glenn and Dale to the show times that have been synonymous with their legendary careers in Boston, while also providing Rich, Christian and Lou with new, exciting challenges moving forward.” The new lineup is a return to afternoon drive for Glenn Ordway, former host of WEEI’s “The Big Show” from 1995 to 2013. Dale Arnold has been a fixture at WEEI since the station’s inception in 1991, notably hosting “The Dale and Holley Show” from 2005 to 2011, after which he transitioned to Sunday mornings.
Market Vet Mark DiCiero Added To Weekends At Sunny 106.5 Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced that Mark DiCiero will host weekends for Sunny 106.5 effective immediately on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Mark is a well-known and beloved personality here in Las Vegas,” said Chris Pickett, Program Director for Sunny 106.5. “He has developed a genuine bond with the market and we're happy that our listeners can connect with him on the Valley's most popular radio station.”
“When the number one station in the market calls, you pick up,” said DiCiero. “I’m excited and honored to join the Sunny 106.5 team. iHeartMedia Las Vegas has created one of the most impressive and unique sounding adult contemporary radio stations in the country and I’m thrilled to dive in.”
[WATCH] WASH-FM's Toby & Chilli & iHeart Cluster Make Time For 'Jamison'
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– When someone is on borrowed time... you make the time, says Toby, co-host of WASH-FM's Toby & Chilli Show. On Wednesday, July 18th, iHeartRadio stations in Washington DC told the story of Jamison, 8, of Montgomery County, who is one of just 200 people in the world living with a very rare, and fatal condition called Cockayne Syndrome. Also called Neill-Dingwall syndrome, the disease, which is characterized by impaired neurological development, impairment of the nervous system, sensitivity to sunlight, advanced aging and more, has no permanent cure and it's fatal. The disease usually results in death within the first - or second - decade of life. Jamison... is on borrowed time.
Toby + Chilli in the Morning Show, from 97.1 WASH-FM, made the time. The show, which features Washington DC radio fixtures Toby Knapp and Chilli Amar, along with the show's Producer, Kala Simmons, who were each moved by Jamison's story, stepped forward to champion the cause. "It's hard not to fall in love with Jamison the moment you meet her. Her smile and sass shine through and you can't help but smile right along with her," shared Amar. "She's a special little girl and I feel fortunate to have spent time getting to know Jamison and her family." - WATCH HERE.
SNAPS: ABC's Williams And The Equalizer
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2018 –– That's ABC Radio’s Candice Williams who caught up with Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington ahead of his new film, ‘Equalizer 2,’ which hits theaters this week. SEE TRAILER HERE
Entercom To Acquire WBEB-FM Philly; Divest WXTU-FM To Beasley Group
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced a definitive agreement to acquire 101.1 MORE FM (WBEB-FM) from Jerry Lee Radio, LLC in Philadelphia, PA for $57.5 million in cash. The company also announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM) in Philadelphia, PA to Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: BBGI) for $38.0 million in cash. The acquisition of WBEB-FM, Philadelphia’s #1 rated station, is a complementary addition to Entercom’s existing portfolio of leading stations in the market that includes KYW Newsradio 1060, SportsRadio 94WIP, 96.5 TDY FM, 98.1 WOGL and Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
“We are very pleased to add the legendary WBEB, one of the country’s most recognized and awarded stations, to our group,” said David Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “It is a terrific addition to our lineup that will enhance our ability to serve our listeners, customers and the community. I tip my cap to Jerry Lee, one of the industry pioneers and a visionary leader who built B101 into such a special station and has done so much for radio over the decades. We are saddened to say goodbye to our colleagues at WXTU, but know that they will be in great hands.” A Local Marketing Agreement for WXTU will begin Monday, July 23. The transactions are expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
SUMMER RATINGS: Is Classic Hits Cued Up To Win Again, Or Is It Country's Turn?
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– The release of Nielsen’s June portable people meter (PPM) results allows them to take a first look at how audiences are shifting their radio listening behavior now that summer is in full swing. Seasonality plays a large role in how Americans use radio, and format preferences always shift during the warmest months of every summer. Nielsen has thoroughly documented the history of these behavior shifts since the inception of electronic audience measurement (the PPM system) seven years ago. And with the month-to-month cadence of ratings results, they've become accustomed over time to the ebbs and flows of a handful of major music formats during the middle of the year, namely, for Classic Hits, Classic Rock and Country radio. In fact, looking back at the past six summers, these three formats (along with Pop Contemporary Hit Radio CHR) have seen the most uplift in audience share during June, July and August compared with the first five months of the year. Since 2014, only Classic Hits and Classic Rock have won the title...both taking the crown in two year stretches.
FORMAT OF THE SUMMER HISTORY Six-year trend: % increase in 6+ listener share during the summer:
2012: Pop CHR (8.5%) -- 2013: Country (8.8%) -- 2014: Classic Hits (10%) -- 2015: Classic Hits (9.7%)
2016: Classic Rock (5.1%) -- 2017: Classic Rock (8%) Source: Nielsen
Using June as a leading indicator, listenership was good for both Classic Rock and Classic Hits. This year, listenership for both formats is pacing ahead of the average of the first five months of this year, but Classic Hits continued to break records in June. The format’s share of audience among persons 6+ was 5.9% in June, the highest mark for Classic Hits we’ve recorded. Country is also performing well this year, as tune-in to this format has been stronger than in the past few years. Summer is always the biggest time of year for Country radio listening, and as the rest of this summer plays out on the airwaves, we will be watching closely to see if Country can influence radio listeners to the same degree that Classic Rock and Classic Hits have in recent memory.
Longtime New York Sports Host Accused Of Sexual Harassment
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– Joe Benigno, who has served as a host on WFAN/New York since 1995, is the target of a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former CBS Radio ad exec. Lauren Lockwood, who worked at WFAN from 2006 until last July. According to Fox News, her lawsuit claims on various occasions, Benigno pressured her into having a threesome. Benigno was also accused in the 39-page suit of ranking women in the office on the basis of their looks — and carrying on an affair with a female subordinate for roughly two years.
Lockwood claims that her career was short-circuited after she rebuffed Benigno's advances. Lockwood, an ad exec. for WFAN and the Yankees Radio Network, endured a "Mad Men"-like environment where male executives' affairs with subordinates were tolerated, the suit claims. The former ad executive's career came to an end soon after the Aug. 26, 2017, Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather boxing match in Las Vegas, it is alleged. It points to a brawl breaking out in a suite between a former male ad exec Lockwood brought as a guest and two current CBS Radio employees over the relative talents of the boxers, the suit claims. As Lockwood moved to break up the fight, she was punched in the face, according to the suit. The next day, Lockwood was the only employee to be suspended, it is alleged. READ STORY HERE
The Sports Hub's Zolak & Bertrand Midday Show To Simulcast On NBC Sports Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 – Beasley Media Group and NBC Sports Boston will team up to launch a simulcast of WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand Midday Show beginning Monday, July 23rd, 2018. This will mark the first time the popular radio show will be available to TV audiences, throughout New England and across the country, on NBC Sports Boston. “The Zolak and Bertrand Show” will air weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, nbcsportsboston.com and on the NBC Sports app as well as the 98.5 Sports Hub app and 985thesportshub.com. Since 2010, Felger & Massarotti’s, afternoon show which airs Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm, has been simulcast on NBC Sports Boston. 98.5 The Sports Hub will continue this simulcast as part of the multi-year agreement.
“We are thrilled to extend the Felger and Mazz simulcast partnership with NBC Sports Boston to include our Top rated Midday show so Boston fans can not only hear, but see the fun that this team has together in our new state of the art studios,” said Beasley Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.
SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning Added To WJMR-FM Milwaukee's Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– WJRM-FM/JAMMIN' 98.3 is excited to announce the launch of “DeDe in the Mornings,” starring DeDe McGuire, weekday mornings starting Monday, July 30th from 5-10am and on Saturdays from 6-10am. “My show is unique because it offers more of the female perspective with female hosts in the driver and passenger seats,” said McGuire. Jammin’ 98.3’s Andrea Williams will continue to co-host the morning show, bringing the localism with her news, traffic and weather reports.
“DeDe brings relatability, a female point of view and a unique and fresh style of entertainment. We’re excited at the energy she’ll bring to mornings on Jammin’ 98.3 “---WJMR Brand Manager Don Black “Sometimes you just know when something feels right. That’s how we instantly felt when we first listened to “DeDe in the Morning.” She’s what we’ve been looking for.” – Milwaukee Radio Group President & General Manager Annmarie Topel. DeDe McGuire has served as host of “DeDe in the Morning” since 2013 at K104 in Dallas. She previously served as co-host of the syndicated Doug Banks Show and worked in the Chicago and Philadelphia markets. s and 64 metro signals.
Denise Plante Takes Middays At 106.7 The Bull Denver
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Denise Plante will host Middays for , Colorado’s New Country, effective immediately. “Welcoming Denise to 106.7 The Bull is the final piece of the puzzle for Denver’s fastest-growing country station,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, SVPP for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region and Program Director of 106.7 The Bull. “Few personalities have a brand as strong and I’m confident that her warm, engaging style will instantly connect with our listeners, both on-air and on our digital platforms.”
Plante joins iHeartMedia Denver from KOSI-FM where she most recently served as a Midday On-Air Personality. She began her career at HOT 101 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Plante is also the host of Colorado & Company on NBC 9 News weekday mornings and is a Lifestyle Consultant for Daily Blast LIVE airs nationally on 36 local stations, including Denver’s station KUSA.
PODCASTS: RHOP Star Monique Samuels & iHeart Bring 'Not For Lazy Moms'
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– Monique Samuels, star of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” and iHeart announced a new weekly iHeartRadio Original podcast Not For Lazy Moms based on Samuels’ popular lifestyle and parenting website by the same name. Fans can stream episodes beginning Aug. 1 on iHeartRadio or download everywhere podcasts are available. The reality television star is joining forces with her husband, former Washington Redskins star athlete Chris Samuels, to bring parents across the country some relief and let them know they are not alone.
The podcast will also feature Aly Jacobs, a first-time mom who is the complete opposite of Samuels, and “Cousin Hank” Davis, a forever bachelor who gives his perspective from the eyes of a man with no children or desire to be in a relationship. The weekly Not for Lazy Moms podcast is co-produced by iHeartMedia and will release new episodes every Wednesday.Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to Not for Lazy Moms on your favorite device.
MIW & Nielsen Music Announce 2nd Annual Mentoring Program
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, a volunteer organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio, and Nielsen Music are now accepting applications for the 2nd Annual MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program. The program is a collaborative effort that creates greater opportunities for women interested in management positions in music broadcast programming across the country. The one year mentorship program matches a female programming candidate with key mentors from throughout the broadcast industry, including the MIW Radio Group and Nielsen Music. T
Leslie Scott (L), Program Director, KNDD 107.7 The End, Seattle, and the 2017 MIW-Nielsen Music Mentee, said, “The MIW-Nielsen Music programming mentorship has afforded me so many new opportunities in the industry. I’ve worked with some incredibly talented women who have helped me grow both as a programmer and a leader, and I’ve made some great new friends in the process. I encourage every woman in programming to apply for this amazing opportunity.” The mentorship is available to one female program director, assistant program director, and/or music director from any music format. Interested candidates may visit www.RadioMIW.com for details and an application form. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 10th, 2018. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando on September 26th, 2018. “For more information on the MIW Radio Group and the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.
SNAPS: 98 Rock's Justin, Scott & Spiegel Celebrate 5th 'Bacon, Beer And Cake”
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2018 –– Like any proper 5-year old’s birthday party, there was face painting, balloon animals, laser tag, bowling, and other games. Hundreds of listeners were in attendance to help celebrate, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan who stopped by to issue a special citation for the show.
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Laura Whitmore For 5Live In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– TV presenter and broadcaster Laura Whitmore (L) will host her first ever radio show, with a live one hour Sunday morning slot on BBC Radio 5 live this summer. In Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session she will cover the news, views, music and entertainment that has caught her eye that week, and she will catch up with a range of guests – from musicians to journalists and from comedians to cultural and social influencers.
Twitter Crackdown On Fake Radio Followers In Australia - Zanda Wilson, writing in Radio Today Australia says that Twitter had named @kyleandjackieo, @hamishandandy, @triplej and @Smallzy as having the highest number of fake followers and that Twitter is purging dodgy and suspicious accounts, as well as accounts that have been locked over the past few years due to “sudden and strange” changes in behaviour. Read the full article HERE
Nick Grimshaw And Greg James Are In Hiding - In the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and Greg James are asking listeners to guess where they are in their new game of Hide and Seek. They are providing updates online and on-air until they are found, to mark Greg’s last week presenting the drivetime show before taking over breakfast in the autumn. Nick and Greg will not leave the secret location until they are found, asking listeners to call other Radio 1 presenters with clues to reveal their whereabouts. The game is over when someone finds them and hits a massive gong that is next to them. If they are not found, Greg and Nick will unveil their location once Greg finishes his last drivetime show on Thursday. #HideandSeek is trending on Twitter as the pair continue to hide. Greg and Nick will also be releasing clues across their social media platforms until they are found.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Art Vuolo Parking Tip For MSBC Downtown Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– Radio's best friend Art Vuolo says because of Chicago's central location, a number of this year's MSBC 30 attendees, including myself, will be driving to Boot Camp, but the question becomes where to park?
Vuolo says, "The last time I drove I used a Chicago-based company called PARK WHIZ. They have an app and a toll-free number: 888-472-7594. A few years ago I parked just 3 blocks from the hotel from Wednesday afternoon till Saturday morning for a total of $64 paid in advance with a credit card. Check it out for next month. I'm already booked." ed note: not an paid advertisement or endorsement. Strictly a tip for our cost-conscience attendees.
Stern, Limbaugh & Seacrest High-Atop Forbe's Highest Paid Entertainers List
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– Forbe's released its annual list of The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers and perched among the top-30 are radio's Howard Stern at #13, Rush Limbaugh #18 and Ryan Seacrest at #26. Further down is Sean Hannity who holds the #93 slot. Forbes writes, 'There’s never been a better time to be famous with the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year.
Eleven superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined. Click here for the full introduction to the Celebrity 100. And what did Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson earn? CLICK HERE
REPORT: Brent Musburger Returning To Radio Booth For Oakland Raiders
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– Beloved sports announcer Brent Musburger will return to the announcer’s booth to call Oakland Raiders games on the radio this season, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal Per the report, Musburger agreed to a three-year deal to take over play-by-play duties on the team’s radio broadcasts this season, which could be the Raiders’ final year in Oakland. Musburger, who writes a weekly sports betting column for the Review-Journal, retired from a 27-year career with ABC Sports and ESPN in January 2017 to help launch VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network). He has been the face of VSiN, which is based at the South Point. VSiN was created by Musburger’s brother Todd Musburger and nephew Brian Musburger. Brent Musburger will remain in his role as VSiN managing editor and the host of “My Guys in the Desert."
Greg Papa has called Raiders games since 1993, taking over for longtime announcer Bill King. Papa is known for his punctuated touchdown call, “TOUCHDOWN, RRRRAID-ERS!” Musburger hosted “NFL Today” on CBS from 1975 to 1989 and was the halftime host of “Monday Night Football” on ABC from 1990 to 1995. He’s best known for his catchphrase “You are looking live …” The team is currently working on a home location for 2019, with both Oakland and Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas among the possibilities.
REPORT: Canadian Host Fired Following Comments About Transgender People
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– Rogers Media says it has fired 92.1 CITI FM radio host Dave Wheeler following controversial comments about transgender people that he made on his Winnipeg program Wheeler in the Morning this week. Rogers Media spokesperson Andrea Goldstein confirmed the firing in an emailed statement Wednesday morning reports The CBC. "There have been multiple disciplinary incidents, and in spite of numerous conversations, he has continued to offend our audiences," Goldstein wrote. "As a result, we have ended our relationship with him and he is no longer with the company, effective immediately."
Wheeler made the comments during a conversation on the program about Scarlett Johansson withdrawing from the upcoming film Rub and Tug. The American actor was facing backlash after she was cast to play a trans man. In the conversation, Wheeler made a remark comparing transgender people to actors who "pretend to be different things." He reiterated the sentiment in a Facebook Messenger conversation with a woman who reached out to him regarding the commentary. The woman shared images of their conversation online. The comments follow another incident in 2016, when Wheeler was suspended following his involvement in a pair of YouTube videos that critics called racist and sexist.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Hubbard Seattle's VP/MM Marc Kaye Stepping Down
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 ––Hubbard Radio Seattle Vice President/Market Manage, Marc Kaye, announced that he will be stepping down after 45 years in the broadcast business. “I promised myself that when I hit the 45 year mark in the great business of radio, I was going to get a bit selfish and consider that milestone was e nough to prove I have given it my all. I am looking forward to spending a whole lot more time ith my wife and see what new challenges and chapters I can write as I move forward,” Kaye said. “I have been fortunate to have worked with the very best and for this I am very grateful.”
Marc Kaye’s storied radio career began in 1973 when he joined Susquehanna Broadcasting’s WGBB Long Island, as an account executive. He rose to LSM, GSM & then GM. From 1981 to 1996 Kaye led radio stations in St. Petersburg, Houston, Seattle, Tampa and Los Angeles for companies like Harte-Hanks, Westinghous e, Gannett and Jacor. In 1997, Kaye teamed up with Sandusky Radio to manage Sandusky’s five-station cluster in Seattle. In 2013, the stations were sold to Hubbard. “The past five years have been the best years of my career,” commented Kaye. Hubbard Chair, Ginny Morris commented, “Having the opportunity to work with Marc Kaye has been one of the great delights of my career. Marc’ s positive spirit, creativity and passion for life made working with him a great joy. Marc will be ve ry hard to replace but we are very happy that he will stay in his position through the transition and will help us find his
Steve Vicenteno Named VP/Automotive For iHeart Chicago Region
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region announced that Steve Vicenteno has been named Vice President of Automotive, effective immediately. He will report to Adam Kurtz, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Steve has a successful results-driven track record,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “His automotive sales management expertise will be a tremendous asset to our region.” “We are extremely excited to bring Steve to iHeartMedia,” said Kurtz. “His stellar reputation and wealth of media and auto experience will be a benefit to our team as well as our clients.”
Most recently, Vicenteno served as Sales Director for Chicago Tribune Media Group where he held various sales and account management positions during his tenure with the company. A Chicago native, he also previously worked at CareerBuilder and Hoy Publishing in media sales before joining the Chicago Tribune Media Group in 2012.
NETWORKS: Simple Booth Hits 400 Mark
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks announced that Simple Booth, its next-generation platform for one-touch social sharing of live events through digital photo booth experiences, has hit 400 radio station mark with the recent addition of Saga Communications’ six-station radio group in Charleston, SC and additional units in multiple markets. Simple Booth’s affiliates include 11 of the Top 25 Markets, and 7 of the Top 10 Markets.
Simple Booth makes events more fun and not only pays for itself, but makes real money for stations, says YEA Networks. It’s an unbeatable formula and a prime opportunity for stations to do more to leverage their assets and events for the benefit of their advertisers and listeners." Look for Simple Booth's 'Booth' at MSBC 30 In Chicago - coming Aug. 9 & 10 - Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel.
EVENTS: Roverfest Back After Year Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– WMMS-FM 100.7 morning show “Rover’s Morning Glory” returns to Lorain County with “RoverFest X,” which takes place Saturday at Black River Landing in Lorain reports The Chronicle. Performers include Shinedown, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Jon, Big Boi, All That Remains and Red Sun Rising. Hosting the sold-out affair will be comedian Bert Kreischer.
“I’d say this is probably the strongest lineup we’ve had,” said Rover aka Shane French, who has been on the Cleveland airwaves since 2003. “If you look at Shinedown, pretty much every single they put out goes to No. 1 on rock radio. Just having that band alone is big. “Then adding Machine Gun Kelly, who is obviously a local hero, I think it’s going to be a great time.” “RoverFest X” also includes the Miss Morning Glory contest and guest appearances by Rover and his on-air cohorts Duji and Dieter. d. “Well, it might kill me because it’s so much work goes into it. Talk to me in two months.”
HONORS: Rising Throught The Ranks Scholarship Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– Winners for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks Seminar, presented by Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW), have been selected. Ttwenty-three recipients will be attending this year’s seminar August 15-16 at the BMI Nashville office. This year’s course will focus primarily on management and sales techniques including problem solving, recruiting, difficult conversations, hiring and firing, personal brand building and the role of today’s radio manager.
Featured speakers include: Hartley Adkins, president integrated revenue strategy, iHeartMedia, Inc.; Lindsay Cerajewski, general sales manager, Entercom; Joe D'Angelo, SVP of Broadcast Radio, Xperi Inc. DTS/HD Radio; Erica Farber, president and CEO, RAB; Brandeis C. Hall, vice president, revenue development, Radio One; Laurie Kahn, founder/chief multi-tasker, Media Staffing Network; Angela Kluke, director, training & product development - sales, My Broadcasting Corporation; Rita Landells, member response director, RAB; Val Maki, president and COO, Brandovation; Denyse Mesnik, president, The Mesnik Group; Ginny Morris, chairperson & CEO, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.; Shayna Sharpe, chief executive officer, Regional Reps; Dan Spears, vice president, licensing, BMI, and Erika Sylvia, controller, Emmis Communications.
SNAPS: AdLarge's Serene & Pearl Show Have Air Live From Wildwood
THE MOUTH, JULY 18TH, 2018 –– AdLarge Media's The Serene & Pearl Show had a wild time in Wildwood when they broadcast their nationally syndicated program from WCZT-FM's Morey's Piers studio in Wildwood, NJ last Friday.
Pictured left to right: Bobby Maschio, Traffic Manager, WCZT-FM; Serene & Pearl Show fan; Gary Krantz, CEO, Krantz Media Group; Mark Hunter, Program Director, WCZT-FM; Gina Suarez, Director of Affiliate Marketing, AdLarge Media; Serene Allison; Pearl Barrett; Danny Valdes, The Serene & Pearl Show co-host; Frank DeSantis, SVP Business Development, AdLarge Media; with Lesley Mortimer-Wallace, The Serene & Pearl Show, taking the selfie
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2018 Marconi Awards Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– -- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2018 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced September 27 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held during the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando.
The 2018 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 25-28 in Orlando. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies for the digital age. To learn more about the 2018 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.
SEE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE
LEGENDARY STATION OF THE YEAR
KKBQ-FM, Houston, TX
KOA-AM, Denver, CO
WBAP-AM, Dallas, TX
WHIO-AM, Dayton, OH
WOKV FM, Jacksonville, FL
NETWORK/SYNDICATED PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Dan Patrick, Premiere Networks
Delilah, Premiere Networks
Raul Molina, Carla Medrano & Andres Maldonado, Univision Radio
Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks
Sean Hannity, Premiere Networks
MAJOR MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Angie Martinez, WWPR-FM, New York, NY
Bob Stroud, WDRV-FM, Chicago, IL
Ebro Darden, WQHT-FM, New York, NY
Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
Kimmie Tee, Tony Sculfield and Antoine Davis, KBLX-FM, San Francisco, CA
LARGE MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Brooke & Jubal , KQMV-FM, Seattle, WA
Dori Monson, KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA
Jack Harris, WFLA-AM, Tampa, FL
Joe Kelly, WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
Rich Jones, WOKV FM, Jacksonville, FL
MEDIUM MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry, KKNU-FM, Eugene, OR
Brent Johnson, WTCB-FM, Columbia, SC
Harlen The Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob, KYKX-FM, Tyler, TX
Pat Kerrigan, KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, CA
Scoot, WWL-FM, New Orleans, LA
SMALL MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Brian Byers, WSOY-AM, Decatur, IL
Chris and Rosie, WUSQ-FM, Winchester, VA
Frito and Katy, KNDE - FM, College Station, TX
Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
Todd Haugen, KBHP-FM, Bemidji, MN
MAJOR MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA
KTCK-FM, Dallas, TX
WBEB-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WQHT-FM, New York, NY
WSB-AM, Atlanta, GA
LARGE MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KXL-FM, Portland, OR
WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
WDUV-FM, St. Petersburg, FL
WKTI-FM, Milwaukee, WI
WSOC-FM, Charlotte, NC
MEDIUM MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, CA
WEZN-FM, Milford, CT
WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
WMGQ-FM, Somerset, NJ
WRVA-AM, Richmond, VA
SMALL MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KFGO-AM, Fargo, ND
KVOX-FM, Fargo, ND
KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY
WFRE-FM, Fredrick, MD
WWUS-FM, Sugarloaf Key, FL
AC STATION OF THE YEAR
KRWM-FM, Seattle, WA
KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
WMEE-FM, Fort Wayne, IN
WRCH-FM, Farmington, CT
WSHE-FM, Chicago, IL
CHR STATION OF THE YEAR
KNDE-FM, College Station, TX
KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
WKZL-FM, Greensboro, NC
WPST-FM, Princeton, NJ
WRTS-FM, Erie, PA
CLASSIC HITS STATION OF THE YEAR
KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WMMO-FM, Orlando, FL
WOGL-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WPBG-FM, Peoria, IL
WXGL-FM, St. Petersburg, FL
COUNTRY STATION OF THE YEAR
KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
WBBS-FM, Syracuse, NY
WUBE-FM, Cincinnati, OH
WWKA-FM, Orlando, FL
WYCT-FM, Pensacola, FL
NEWS/TALK STATION OF THE YEAR
KRMG-FM, Tulsa, Oklahoma
KYW-AM, Philadelphia, PA
WGN-AM, Chicago, IL
WKXW-FM, Trenton, NJ
WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.
NON-COMMERCIAL STATION OF THE YEAR
KHJK-FM, Rocklin, CA
WEEM-FM, Pendleton, IN
WPSC-FM, Wayne, NJ
WUFT-FM, Gainesville, FL
WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, LA
RELIGIOUS STATION OF THE YEAR
KKLA-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KLTY-FM, Dallas, TX
KNWI-FM, West Des Moines, IA
KPWJ-FM, College Station, TX
WFMV-FM, Columbia, SC
ROCK STATION OF THE YEAR
WBAB-FM, Long Island, NY
WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WPLR-FM, Connecticut, CT
WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI
WRLT-FM, Nashville, TN
SPANISH STATION OF THE YEAR
KLOL-FM, Houston, TX
KLVE-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KLZT-FM, Austin, TX
WKAQ-AM, Houston, TX
WYUU-FM, Tampa, FL
SPORTS STATION OF THE YEAR
WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
WEEI-FM, Boston, MA
WIP-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WMFS-FM, Memphis, TN
WXOS-FM, St. Louis, MO
URBAN STATION OF THE YEAR
WFXC-FM, Raleigh, NC
WKYS-FM, Washington, D.C.
WVKL-FM, Virginia Beach, VA
WWPR-FM, New York, NY
WZFX-FM, Fayetteville, NC
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Promotes Four To Division Presidents; LeGrett Rises
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that four of its Region Presidents have been elevated to Division Presidents of the iHeartMedia Markets Group, effective immediately. Linda Byrd (TL), Scott Hopeck (LC), Brian Olson (RC) and Jeff Tyler (TR) will expand their current Region President roles to include Division President responsibilities -- joining current Division Presidents Kevin LeGrett and Tom McConnell -- and will report to Greg Ashlock, President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group.
“With the substantial lead we have as the number one audio company in America, we have built a one-of-kind multiplatform company that offers our advertising partners benefits, driven by our unique first party and attribution data, that until now they have only found in digital,” said Ashlock. “As we continue to transition these capabilities from our national platforms to the market level, this new leadership structure will allow us to accelerate how we import and export innovation.” iHeartMedia also announced that in addition to his Division President responsibilities, LeGrett has been named Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets Group, reporting to Ashlock.
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he has “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s plans to merge with Tribune Media reports and has proposed that the merger deal to be sent to an administrative law judge for review report Variety.
“Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” Pai said in a statement. “The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”
Pai’s move is a surprise given that he has faced strong criticism for what opponents view as his cozy relationship with Sinclair leaders. Sinclair released a statement later in the day saying executives were “shocked and disappointed” by Pai’s move. The company emphasized that the ownership structure proposed in its divestiture plan are “consistent” with structures that the FCC has approved in the past for Sinclair and other broadcasters. Pai added, “When the FCC confronts disputed issues like these, the Communications Act does not allow it to approve a transaction. Instead, the law requires the FCC to designate the transaction for a hearing in order to get to the bottom of those disputed issues. For these reasons, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would designate issues involving certain proposed divestitures for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.” PHOTO/youtube
SYNDICATION: Dave & Chuck The Freak Add Mornings On WRXK-FM Ft. Myers
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media announced the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show will now be simulcast weekday morning from 6AM-10:30AM on WRXK-FM/96 k-rock in Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida beginning on Monday, July 16, 2018. Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart along with Lisa Way began working together in April of 2001 on Windsor, Canada’s 89X (CIMX 88.7 FM) until November of 2012. The show officially debuted on the WRIF-FM airwaves in May of 2013. Since then, they've added Cohost Andy Green, Producer James Campbell and Video Editor Jason Watson.
“We are pleased to have some of the finest personalities in the rock format within our company and Dave & Chuck are among the best of the best,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “The type of content that they deliver has proven success in this market and I have no doubt this show will be a winner in Fort Myers.”
Indy Radio Legend Bernie Eagan Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Bernie Eagan, a mainstay on Indianapolis airwaves for nearly four decades, has announced his retirement effective July 20. “Since Bernie joined Emmis, he’s hosted nearly every daypart on 2 stations, served as the music director and Assistant Program Director of 97.1 WENS, and as importantly, served as an inspiration to us all,” said Bob Richards, VP/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis.
Eagan started at Emmis Communications in 1981 on Lite Rock 97.1 WENS, which is now Country 97.1 HANK FM. Bernie’s first day on the air was July 11, 1981. In 2002, he became the morning radio personality on Soft Rock B105.7 and later moved to afternoons. Eagan, who is blind, got his start on radio on WICR at what used to be Indiana Central College, now the University of Indianapolis. Eagan studied broadcasting at Ball State University and worked at several stations in East Central Indiana including WERK which is where David Letterman also got his start.
J Niice Lands In Mornings At CHUM Toronto
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Bell Media's CHUM 104.5 announced the addition of Jamar "J-Niice" McNeil as its new morning co-host joining its long-running team of Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis. McNeil formerly aired on WBBM-FM (B96)Chicago. Prior to B96 he held stints in Washington, Cleveland and Miami before landing at B96 in 2008.
"I'd like to thank iHeart and Bell Media for this amazing opportunity. I'd also like to thank my agent Paul Anderson for connecting the dots on this deal. After my departure in Chicago we had very specific requirements we wanted to hit for our next venture and he without question NAILED it with Toronto and CHUM FM. This is such an exciting moment"
NETWORKS: Clay Travis Extends With FSR
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, announced a renewed and extended relationship with multimedia sports personality Clay Travis. Under the multi-year agreement, Travis will continue his current role as host of the network’s morning drive program, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis. Broadcasting Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, it can be heard on nearly 300 stations nationwide, in addition to FOXSportsRadio.com and FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio.
“We’re excited by what we’re building with this network and Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis is an integral piece of the puzzle,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, and Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks. “We’re proud to have Clay leading our lineup every weekday morning with his bold, opinionated and entertaining brand of sports talk, which continues to drive positive results for our affiliates and advertising partners. We look forward to working together for many years to come.”
Boomer Esiason Signs Off From WWO Broadcast Booth
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Boomer Esiason has decided not to return as color analyst for Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts after 18 years in the Monday Night Football booth. “It has been an honor to be a member of the Westwood One NFL broadcast team for the last 18 years,” said Esiason. “I am proud to have delivered the calls for some of the most iconic Monday Night and Super Bowl moments in the history of the NFL. With my continuing busy schedule during the NFL season, including my daily NYC-based morning drive radio show, ‘The NFL Today’ and ‘Inside the NFL’, I thought the timing was right for me to step away. I would like to thank my broadcast partners in the booth who have made the job enjoyable and fulfilling. Also, I would like to thank Westwood One's senior management and sales force, who, over the years, were instrumental in providing on-air support for the Boomer Esiason Foundation.”
Since the 2001-02 NFL season, Esiason has been the lead color analyst in the Westwood One booth alongside play-by-play partners including Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert, and Howard David. Last year’s Super Bowl LII marked Esiason’s 18th Super Bowl in the booth for Westwood One and 19th overall .
Boston's 'Sports Hub' Unveils New Studio
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media's WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub marked a historic day for Boston’s home for sports as WBZ-FM/98.5 as it began broadcasting its weekday shows live from the station’s brand new state of the art Beasley Media Boston studio in Dorchester, MA.
Pictured: WBZ-FM 98.5/The Sports Hub’s Mike Felger, Marshall Hook and Matt McCarthy
EVENTS: KSHE-95 St. Louis Delivers Over 2,000 Donors In Annual Blood Drive
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– As predicted, fans of “Real Rock Radio” KSHE-95 FM turned out in large numbers for one of the nation’s largest and longest running blood drives - the 34th Annual KSHE Summer Blood Drive, held on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018 in St. Louis. More than 2,000 donors participated in the two-day event, held in nine locations across the St. Louis metropolitan region.
According to Amanda Hess, Director, Donor and Public Relations for MVRBC, “KSHE is an event where people bring in their families. It is a generational phenomenon and we had a lot of donors present with their parents, grandparents, children and siblings.” KSHE 95 Promotion Director Kristen Lewis agrees, adding, “Many donors that give at the KSHE drives have been doing so for decades. Yet at each drive we also see hundreds of brand new donors. These loyal KSHE listeners tend to give at both the Summer and Winter KSHE drives
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[WATCH] Longtime San Diego Morning Host Shelly Dunn Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– After nearly 30 years as co-host of one of San Diego's most popular morning shows, Shelly Dunn announced her retirement on Friday the 13's show. There for the occasion was CBS Channel 8 to share the news. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's report in The San Diego Reader that its cast members on KFM-BFM's Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw (DSC) were on the hunt for a new radio home.
The report suggested that KFMB wasn't part of the negotiations, but the station was later quoted by radio blogger Joe Nelson as saying, "There were a couple articles that came out today with unfounded rumors about KFMB not being in negotiations with the DSC or not wanting to renew their show. While I don’t usually comment on rumors, I want to be clear that there is no truth to these stories. I am personally involved in discussions with the DSC crew and we have been negotiating with them in good faith. Dave Rickards confirmed the statement by adding, “We are currently in negotiations to continue our long-standing relationship with KFMB.” - Dave Rickards" - WATCH HERE
Entercom Relaunches Fresh-FM As 'New 102.7 New York
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the relaunch of Fresh 102.7 as NEW 102.7 FM in New York. The station, 102.7 FM (WNEW), will remain a Hot AC format providing upbeat variety for listeners with a curated playlist mixed with surprise and delight hit songs from as far back as the 1990’s from artists like J. Lo and Aerosmith. The change is effective immediately.
“This is an exciting move that underscores our commitment to offer listeners in New York a top rated content and music experience,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President, Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Feedback tells us that New Yorkers are looking for a Hot AC station that can take them through their workday, and we know NEW 102.7 will deliver.” Additional announcements regarding the new programming lineup will be made shortly.
[LISTEN] Beleaguered Papa John's Founder Gives Exclusive Interview To WHAS/Louisville's Terry Meiners
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 ––In an exclusive interview jumped on my news outlets nationwide, Papa John's Founder John Schnatter admitted using the N-word during a recent media training exercise to WHAS sports talker Lachlan McLean and WHAS afternoon drive Terry Meiners. The slur was reported on Forbes.com and “Papa John” Schnatter was quickly removed as chairman of the Louisville-based company. The University of Louisville then removed Schnatter from its board of trustees, scrubbed his name from the business school, and Papa John’s pizza no longer retains naming rights to the Louisville football stadium. Papa John’s immediately bleached Schnatter’s image from all of its marketing materials. The University of Kentucky then announced it would remove the Schnatter name from its business school, and Schnatter’s alma mater Jeffersonville High School scraped his name off the field house where the pizza baron donated $800,000 for upgrades.
At the end of his brutal week, John Schnatter spoke exclusively with WHAS/Louisville’s Terry Meiners in a 28 minute freewheeling interview. Schnatter claimed that he “was pushed” to say the N-word by the company conducting the training exercise. “I should have been more sensitive. I wasn’t raised that way. I did it. I own it. And I’m sick about it.” He added that he feels “horrible” for the Papa John’s "employees and franchisees who did nothing wrong.” Schnatter also claimed that Papa John’s “fired" the NFL, not the other way around, after his 2017 comments complaining about African American players protesting the national anthem. Rival chain Pizza Hut is now the official pizza of the NFL. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE - Read NY POST ARTICLE HERE
Michael Kay & Don La Greca Re-Up Longterm With ESPN 98.7 FM New York
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Michael Kay and Don La Greca have inked multiyear contract extensions with ESPN 98.7 FM New York. The Michael Kay Show airs from 3-7 p.m.. They will continue to work alongside Peter Rosenberg. “There isn't another place I would want to do radio than at ESPN,” said Kay. “I love the people I work with and the people I work for. I also think we do the best, most entertaining radio show in the country and I want to continue to make our listeners laugh and learn every day.” La Greca added, “As the first voice of this station, I could not be prouder to sign a contract that will take me through two decades with the ESPN family.”
“Michael and Don have been the cornerstone of the station since our inception. Their commitment and passion are evidenced in their strong ratings and listener loyalty,” commented Tim McCarthy, senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group. Kay, who will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame this October, has been an original member of ESPN New York’s talent lineup since 2001 and has hosted the station’s afternoon drive show since then. He is noted for his work on YES network as play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees. Kay is also host of the network’s CenterStage series and various other programming specials on YES. La Greca was the first voice listeners heard when ESPN New York launched in 2001 and has been a part of The Michael Kay Show since 2002.
NETWORKS: ESPN's Paul Finebaum Inks Multiyear Contract Extension
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– ESPN has reached a multiyear contract extension with Paul Finebaum to remain a key contributor on ESPN and SEC Network. Finebaum will continue his presence across a number of high-profile network shows and programming, including as the host of The Paul Finebaum Show and as an analyst on SEC Nation.
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on SEC Network,” Finebaum said. “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.” Finebaum, easily the most recognizable voice of the SEC, launched his eponymous show on ESPN Radio in August 2013, and has brought his signature reporting style and colorful callers to the airwaves ever since. Airing weekday afternoons on SEC Network, the program showcases Finebaum’s fascinating fan base and his extensive knowledge of the SEC. Complementing his daily hosting duties on The Paul Finebaum Show and weekly appearances on SEC Nation throughout the fall, Finebaum is featured on a variety of additional ESPN programming, including Get Up!, First Take, SportsCenter, College Football Live, Finebaum Film Room and College GameDay.
[WATCH] Steve Dahl Holds Garage Sale Of Life-Long Possessions For Charity
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Standby Morning Show Boot Campers, following this year's event you may have an opportunity to pick up some prized posses ions of WLS' Steve Dahl. As explained on WGN TV, throughout Dahl’s 40 year career in radio, he’s collected a lot of stuff - from vinyl records and lithographs to his beloved Hawaiian T-Shirts and radio bags. It all was up for grabs at his sale on Saturday.
Some of the high-end auction items were admittedly a little harder to part with than others, says Dahl, like a classic jukebox he bought for his wife Janet. Dahl said he and his wife were doing all of this mainly to raise money for a charity in the western suburbs to help the homeless. Many of the silent auction items will stay on the auction block at WLSam.com through August 11th - conveniently a day beyond this year's Morning Show Boot Camp. This date will also coincide with Dahls 40th wedding anniversary - WATCH HERE
Ginny Hubbard To Open Hubbard Sponsored Radio Institute Today In Washington
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– The third annual Hubbard Radio Talent Institute gets underway today on the campus of Central Washington University with Ginny Morris, Chair & CEO of Hubbard Radio kicking off the 10-day event. session. "Compelling and relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services," says Morris. "Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio's commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative."
Benztown and vCreative serve as sponsors for the National Talent Institutes.
SNAPS: 'Baby What A Big Surprise' For Fred Jacobs In Detroit By Friends & Fam'
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Friday the 13th was NOT an unlucky day for beloved consultant and radio futurist Fred Jacobs as his brother Paul ushered him into the Mex Restaurant in Bloomfield township Michigan for a surprise luncheon celebrating Fred’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Art Vuolo (act surprised) got it all on video and it will probably be up on the Jacobs Media website soon. The event was an incredible reunion of numerous WRIF alumni. Fred was the program director of The Riff in the mid 1970’s and the originator of the classic rock format. Also joining for the occasion was Fred's Mom, Joan. - WATCH VIDEO HERE
PHOTO: L-R Paul Jacobs, Michael Mayer, Arthur Penhallow (BABY!) Fred Jacobs, Mark Pasman, Tom Bender and Mark Pennington
iHeart's Big Boy Invades CBS' 'The Talk'
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– iHeart's Big Boy, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood, returned to CBS’ The Talk to discuss that latest pop culture headlines. Check out the clip below, where Big and the panel discuss Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, and his explosive claim that the late superstar icon was chemically castrated by his father Joe Jackson. Originating from iHeartMedia’s Real 92.3 in Los Angeles and nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Big Boy’s Neighborhood” is one of the leading Urban Contemporary morning shows. For more information, please visit http://www.premierenetworks.com/Pages/Big-Boy's-Neighborhood.aspx.
The Arch's Brando 'Bearly' Recognizable
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– This may take you awhile to unsee, but feast your eyes on Brando from Spencer’s Neighborhood on Hubbard's Arch in St. Louis-Home of the world build a bear “bearquarters”. There he tried to get 'build a bear' to sell him a bear for the age he dressed: a one year old. Check out more video on The Arch Facebook page!
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Region Presidents For Detroit & Philadelphia Markets
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Paul Corvino has been named Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit and Nick Gnau has been named Region President for iHeartMedia Philadelphia, effective immediately. Gnau and Corvino will report to Tom McConnell, President of iHeartMedia’s East Division. “Nick and Paul are great leaders with successful track records and who have done an extraordinary job for us across multiple markets and platforms,” said McConnell. “Their vast experience and proven leadership and performance results have shown that they are the perfect candidates to continue to further accelerate growth and innovation across these regions."
Gnau has been with iHeartMedia for over 25 years and most recently served as Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit, where he oversaw the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon, Michigan markets. His background also includes serving as a Regional Market Manager and Vice President in a variety of markets including Dayton, Lima and Marion in Ohio. Gnau is a board member for Detroit Radio Advertising Group and is part of the Ad Council Local Advisory Board. Corvino joins iHeartMedia Detroit from Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, where he most recently served as Regional President for its Midwest Region. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience to his new role, including positions at AOL, the New York Times and Cablevision Systems.
Phil Guy Tapped As European Sales Manager For NAB
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced Phil Guy will join NAB’s Conventions and Business Operations department as European Sales Manager. Guy will represent NAB Show, selling sponsorships and advertising to companies located in Europe, and will report to NAB Senior Vice President of Business Development Eric Trabb.
Guy served for the past 15 years as sponsorship and advertising manager for IBC. Previously, Guy held various publisher positions at Studio Sound, World Broadcast News, and TV Technology Europe. “Phil’s extensive sales experience in the European market is a tremendous asset to NAB,” said Trabb. “He is a great advocate for his customers and will help NAB Show expand its reach and better serve the needs of our partners in Europe.” Phil Guy can be reached by phone (+44 1295 812737) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Host Says Swift Episode 'Ruined' Is Life
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Nearly a year after radio host David Mueller was found guilty of groping Taylor Swift now says the episode has ruined his life. In August of last year, a court determined David Mueller assaulted Taylor Swift during a 2013 backstage photo-op. The pop star was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages after a jury found the radio host had put his hands under Swift’s dress and groped her buttocks during a meet and greet. But almost 12 months after the verdict, Mueller continues to maintain his innocence and now claims that the incident "ruined" his life.
According to news.com.au, Mueller, who was fired from his Colorado job after the assault and now hosts a show in a Mississippi station, told Radar the trial has left him feeling broken. “How can you live with yourself? You ruined my life,” Mueller said. “I was not ready for the photograph. I admit it was awkward but I never grabbed her. It’s not even close to what happened. -- Now I’m afraid to even talk to women. I feel like I’m in a prison,” Mueller said. “I’m not myself anymore. I don’t even go near women.” READ STORY HERE
The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee Talks Strategy For Success With Forbes
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Forbes magazine featured an interview with Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club who shared her strategy for making her mark in media, while elevating and educating the next generation of young women.
“You're more powerful when you are working with other women,” said Yee, who believes in embracing other women on the road to success instead of treating them like competition. Yee also shared that she’s motivated by providing a stepping-stone for other women: “If someone works with me, I try to take them to the next level. I never expect someone to work with me forever. I want to give you the experience needed so that when it is time to pursue what you want to in life you are ready...” SEE ARTICLE HERE
East Texans Come To Aid Of Radio Host In Need Of Double Organ Transplant
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Blanca Ruis, a popular radio host On Mega 93 in Tyler, is in need of both a kidney and pancreas transplant. Known on the air as Blanquita "La Potranquita" Ruiz tells East Texas Matters, "I love my job. I love the people! They show their love to you and towards you. It's just amazing."
"She was one of our first hires," Benny Springer, General Manager for The Blaze 102.7/106.9 and Mega 93.3 says. "She has been in the business for a longtime and really brought the listeners to us." Ruiz has lived her entire life with health complications. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just nine years old. The disease has taken a toll on her organs, and she is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. "I will be having a kidney transplant very very soon," Ruiz says. The transplant comes in at a total cost of $500,000! Ruiz, a single mother, has to pay a $50,000 deductible. Earlier this year, several East Texas radio stations came together to hold a big fundraising event. They were able to raise $20,000. "We are still needing at least $30,000 more for the insurance," Ruiz says. Despite having health problems, she remains positive. "I'm smiling because God is big. He is everything to me. The community of East Texas is helping me so much." Ruiz will have the surgery in less than two weeks. READ STORY HERE
SYNDICATION: KLIF-AM Dallas Adds The Dana Show To Weekend Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media's KLIF-AM Dallas-Fort Worth announced the addition of The Dana Show to its weekend lineup. The Dana Show is also heard on other stations nationwide like: WOKV-AM & FM Jacksonville, FL, WBAL-AM Baltimore WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, and WSB-AM in Atlanta, and many more.
According to Steve Graham, VP for Affiliate Marketing at Radio America, "We are excited to work with KLIF and offer listeners The Dana Show in the Dallas-Fort Worth market."
PODCAST: Amber Rose Debuts New Show With Dr Chris On Podcast One
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Rosebuds everywhere have their earbuds ready to tune in to the all-new Amber Rose Show, which premiered on Thursday on PodcastOne. Rose is joined by co-host and certified sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue, answers intimate listener calls each week in a judgement-free environment. From personal stories and topical issues, to chats with sex counselors and special guests,
Rose and Donaghue will explore everything from sexual curiosity and relationships to self-empowerment - all with Amber's distinct honesty and flair. New episodes of The Amber Rose Show are available every Thursday. To listen to the full episode, visit: HERE.
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KQRS-FM Celebrates 50th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 – Cumulus Media is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Minneapolis radio station KQRS-FM, one of the original Progressive/AOR radio stations in the U.S. The station will mark its Golden Anniversary by recognizing and thanking 50 years of loyal KQ listeners with special events scheduled through year-end. Since its debut in 1968, KQRS has grown into one of America’s leading Classic Rock stations with heritage personalities having a combined tenure at the station of over 140 years, anchored by National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard, host of the “KQ Morning Show” since 1986.
Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock for Cumulus Media and KQRS Program Director, said: “We’re celebrating 50 incredible years of loyal listeners by thanking them with exciting events and premium experiences, and by broadcasting classic KQ moments throughout the year.” Jameson added: “In tandem with KQ’s 50 years on-air in the Twin Cities, we’re partnering with Bob Seger and Punch Andrews to celebrate “50 Years of Bob Seger”, highlighting his amazing career that also began in 1968. This terrific opportunity to recognize Bob’s contribution to Rock radio will be shared across other Cumulus Classic Rock stations nationwide and through our national network, Westwood One.”
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “There is a certain pride that lives on in the music as it is played on KQ. We’re blessed to have the heritage of a great brand that has evolved over the years and continues to evolve today.” The KQRS digital design team has created a special 50th Anniversary website that captures the spirit and legacy of KQ’s past, which launches online at www.kqrs50.com
BUSINESS: Local Radio Networks Teams With Skyview And ABC Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– In a move that will change the paradigm of the 24/7 music format business for small and medium market stations, Local Radio Networks (LRN) is collaborating with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio to expand distribution, drive network sales revenue and power additional content. As part of the agreement, Skyview Networks will provide its advanced satellite distribution platform for unprecedented reliability and flexibility and become the exclusive network sales partner for LRN’s industry-leading 24/7 music formats. ABC Radio will provide its worldwide resources to drive additional programming opportunities to LRN and its affiliates. The agreement between the parties is effective January 1, 2019. Twelve expertly programmed 24/7 music formats including AC, Country, CHR, and Rock along with localization, major market talent, large libraries, and uncompressed audio are hallmarks of the LRN affiliate experience. The satellite technology provided by Skyview Networks amplifies the delivery options local radio owners and operators have at their fingertips.
“This is really an exciting time for Local Radio Networks. Launching this relationship with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks allows us to expand our 24/7 programming footprint and distribute our music formats with dual delivery platforms of cloud-based and now satellite delivery via XDS smart receivers to potentially thousands of stations, effortlessly and efficiently,” said Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer, LRN. “Steve Jones and ABC Radio bring some very special content opportunities to the table, as well.” For more info on LRN may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 or email@example.com, - for ABC, ontact Heidi Oringer at 212.456.5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAMMING: Scott Ellis Named PD/Midday Host For Now 96.3 St. Louis; Inks Longterm Extension With HaZe In Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Scott Ellis as Program Director and midday host for NOW 96.3 (KNOU-FM) in St. Louis, effective July 30. In addition, Entercom also announced it has reached a new long-term agreement with current NOW 96.3 talent HaZe. HaZe joined Entercom in 2015 and hosts afternoon drive from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. “Scott’s level of talent, strong leadership and passion for the format will help take NOW 96.3 to high levels of success,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “HaZe has a solid work ethic and high energy that will allow him to continue to make a significant impact with St. Louis listeners.”
"I’m THRILLED to join the NOW 96.3 team and dive into the St. Louis community,” added Ellis. “Working in this market has always been a dream for me and I can’t wait to get started.” Prior to joining Entercom, Ellis was Program Director and on-air personality at KSPW in Springfield, MO. and also held various programming roles at KKLR and KJEZ in Poplar Bluff, M.O. “Words can't express how excited I am to have the opportunity to continue my radio journey with NOW 96.3 in St. Louis, a city I love and call home,” HaZe said.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeanne Smith Named Market President For iHeart Quad Cities
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jeanne Smith has been named Market President for the Quad Cities, effective immediately. She will report to Joel McCrea, Area President for iHeartMedia Des Moines. Smith joins the Quad Cities market from iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to her time with iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids, Smith worked in Radio sales in Wilkes-Barre,
“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to lead the Quad Cities team and our iconic brands,” said Smith. “iHeartMedia Quad Cities has enjoyed a great deal of success for years and I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the market’s thriving energy and ongoing success
Maxwell Schaeffer Named Director of Promotions/Marketing For iHeart Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa – July 11 , 2018 – iHeartMedia announced today that Maxwell Schaeffer has been named Director of Promotions and Marketing for iHeartMedia Des Moines, effective August 10. iHeartMedia Des Moines has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.
Schaeffer will also make on-air appearances across all Des Moines stations, including 100.3 The Bus and News Radio 1040 WHO, making a special appearance on the Van and Bonnie In The Morning show during the 2018 Iowa State Fair. “Everyone in Des Moines knows Maxwell,” said Joel McCrea, Area Market President-Iowa. “He is a friend to many charitable organizations as well as the arts, and the business community, giving him a solid understanding and connection to the market.” Schaeffer joins iHeartMedia Des Moines from Des Moines Radio Group where he served 23 years as a morning show host on KIOA-FM.
NETWORKS: Remote News Service Adds 11 New Affiliates
Remote News Service Continues to Shine with SBG, Adding 11 New Stations! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY July 12th, 2018 Sun Broadcast Group’s Remote News Service has added 11 new affiliates across 4 markets, including La Crosse, WI, Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Remote News Service offers high quality, local, real-time news reports across nearly 20 major markets with a full team of anchors. "I'm excited to help bring hyper local news content to all of these great stations. We aim to sound just like we're in town. We're your news department, just not right down the hall," said Lesley Lotto, President, Remote News Service.
[Full list of adds below by DMA] WQCC-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WLXR-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WKBH-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI KQEG-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WLFN-AM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WXJY-FM Charleston, SC WJXY-AM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WMIR-FM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WNMB-AM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WFAY-AM Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC WMRV-AM Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163
Zapoleon Media & MannGroup Team For 'Right Now Music'
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Zapoleon Media Strategies and MannGroup Radio announced an entirely new way of playlisting Top 40/CHR. It's called Right Now Music Radio http://www.rnmradio.com/, essentially the first new format for Millennials and Gen-Z audiences. It's an entirely new broadcast radio format delivered as a playlist that is more connected to the listener than any single digital service ... it's curated as it happens.
Zapoleon Media President Mark St. John and his team of programmers have developed a "secret sauce" proprietary algorithm to see exactly what the target demo is listening to on multiple digital platforms. They are the hits, not defined by anyone but the listeners. It's 99.99% pure! And here's the key: It's customizable by market. "'Play what your listeners really want to hear and you will win.' MannGroup Radio President, Ed Mann states, "We've seen the data, and it's irrefutable. Top 40 needs this, and we feel that the format can truly use MARK and his team's work, in any market. It's not just a 'stream,' but a totally new, important look at Top 40/CHR." -- A sample demo stream and more info is available here, www.rnmradio.com For market availability and more info, hit Ed Mann at email@example.com or (310) 346-4991.
Podcaster 'Stuttering John' Melendez Shopping Reality Series
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Fresh off the heels of pranking the President with call into Air Force 1, The Hollywood Reporter writes that longtime Howard Stern cast member and podcast host Stuttering John Melendez has inked a deal for a docuseries with The Idea Factory. Darryl Silver is producing the series, which will feature some classic antics of Melendez's character "Stuttering John," including prank calls and man-on-the-street segments. The show is currently being shopped to basic cable networks and streaming platforms.
Melendez recently made headlines after he prank-called Trump and posted audio of the conversation on his podcast. Posing as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Since then, Melendez claimed that the Secret Service visited his house and asked him to a meeting downtown, prompting Melendez to consult two attorneys including Stormy Daniel's rep' Michael Avenatti. THR says in a recent podcast, Melendez said that Avenatti told him not to "poke the bear" by provoking Trump with more headlines. Though, "If they did put me in jail, it would extend the week's news cycle a whole other month," Melendez noted on the podcast. READ STORY HERE
Graham Mack Joins Fix Radio In London
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THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– In the UK, Bob FM breakfast presenter and Programme Director, Graham Mack is joining Fix Radio as its new PD. Graham has worked for a number of stations in Australia and the UK including 2CR, BRMB and various BBC local radio stations. He presented the TFM breakfast show for four years and won a Sony Radio Gold for Best Breakfast Show on BBC Wiltshire. He joined Bob FM Hertfordshire in 2013 when it was called JACK fm. Hear Graham on the RadioToday Programme last week talk about what he’s been listening to recently, including, Fix Radio - HERE
Power FM Nowra, Australia Launches New Sam & Grace Breakfast Show - Sam Blacker and Grace Garde started their new Breakfast show on 94.9 Power FM Nowra on Monday, with Grace moving across from Workdays to join Sam. Sam has been at the station for almost two years now, but AFTRS graduate (Australian Film TV and Radio School) Grace moved from Sydney earlier in the year to get her shot at announcing.
Sex And Relationships Show Coming To Heart - Comedian Ellie Taylor and author Anna Whitehouse will host a brand new Sunday night show on the Heart network in the UK. They’ll be chatting about sex and relationships, and what’s been happening in their worlds that week. Ellie is known for ‘The Mash Report’ on TV and her ‘Message From Women Everywhere’ sketch went viral earlier this year with more than 60 million views. She is regular on panel shows like Mock The Week and QI, has appeared on Live at The Apollo and most recently starred in sitcom ‘Plebs’. She guest hosted Heart London Breakfast alongside Jamie Theakston last summer while Emma Bunton was filming in the US. Author, journalist and blogger Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka and the voice of ‘people who happen to be parents’. Last year she released the book ‘Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life’.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach hin at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
[LISTEN] Karson & Kennedy Sit Down At The Beach For Extended Chat With U2's Bono
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– MIX 104.1 Boston's Karson & Kennedy held court with Bono & The Edge at after their stellar performance at the Mix Beach House. The conversation spanned the gamut from politics to empowerment, from the Grammys to Tom Brady. Bono also spoke about the Rally Against Family Separation that happened in Boston and across the country and the empowerment of women.
Karson says of the event, "it's still 'all a blur." - LISTEN HERE
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Loud Radio That Brought Police To Woman's Door Settled By Supremes
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Back in 2013, Mary Ann Sause of Louisburg, Kansas, was listening to Westwood One’s syndicated The Michael Savage Show when the police came to her door over a complaint that her radio was playing too loud. The retired nurse eventually opened the door to the police, they said she would go to jail, and then Sause, a devout Catholic, asked to pray. They ordered her to stop. After the incident, she tried to get an apology from the Louisburg Police department, to no avail. She went to court claiming violation of her constitutional rights and a legal saga ensued.
The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, who ruled on behalf of Ms. Sause on June 28th …a precedent that all started with Michael Savage. READ STORY HERE
REPORT: Liberty Could Still 'Snag' iHeart
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Thanks to the potential for a merger with SiriusXM, John Malone's Liberty Media could still be in play to 'snag' iHeartMedia reports Reuters. Writer Lauren Silva Laughlin says, "Malone’s task is to win over the senior lenders, who get 93 percent of that equity, a $5.6 billion loan and a stake in a billboard company worth perhaps $1.5 billion. What they will hold will therefore be worth some $9.2 billion – roughly 30 percent less than the face value of their debt outstanding at the moment."
Laughlin adds, "It shouldn’t be hard for Malone to make an offer that reduces their losses, because of the $500 million in annual synergies he could potentially make if he merges iHeartMedia with SiriusXM. This, The Wall Street Journal reported, is one reason the company rebuffed him before. READ MORE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Stacey Kauffman & Michael Spacciapolli On The Rise For Entercom Sacramento & Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Stacey Kauffman and Michael Spacciapolli have been tapped as Senior Vice Presidents / Market Managers for Entercom Sacramento and Entercom Pittsburgh, respectively. Both Kauffman and Spacciapolli assume their new roles effective immediately. “Nothing makes me happier than promoting from within,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operations Officer, Entercom. “I am thrilled that we offer career paths and can elevate deserving people to new leadership roles. Both Michael and Stacey have earned these opportunities.”
Kauffman most recently served as Director of Sales at Entercom Sacramento, and joined the company over three years ago as General Sales Manager. Prior to joining Entercom, Kauffman held various sales roles at Hubbard Broadcasting, Radio One, and Susquehanna Radio WFMS-FM.
Spacciapolli has been leading the sales effort as Director of Sales in Pittsburgh for over ten years and joined Entercom from CBS Radio as part of the company’s merger in November. Previously, he held several roles, including Sales Manager and Director of Sports Sales for the Bonneville Radio Group in Washington, D.C. and began his career as a national representative for Katz Radio Group in New York.
Comedian Yamaneika 'Yam' Saunders To Perform At MSBC 30
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 ––During this year's United Stations Radio Network's noon luncheon at MSBC 30 in Chicago, rising TV and standup comic Yamaneika Saunders is set to perform., Saunders is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress known for her work as a former panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show and lead roles on Oxygen’s Funny Girls and Comedy Central’s In Security and has appeared on HBO’s Crashing, truTV’s Comedy Knockout, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, A&E’s Black and White, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and This Is Not Happening, Seeso’s What's Your F@#Cking Deal?!?!, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and as a recurring correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Yamaneika has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, The Half Hour on Comedy Central, and recently filmed a half-hour stand-up special set to air on Netflix. Yam currently stars on VH1’s Talk 30 To Me and Bravo’s Kandi Koated Nights. You can listen to her weekly on her hit podcast Rantin' and Ravin'.
Former Detroit Lions' Lomas Brown Joins News/Talk 760 WJR Game Day Broadcast Team
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown has joined the Lions’ game day broadcast team on News/Talk 760 WJR as color analyst. Brown will provide commentary and analysis beside WJR’s play-by-play host, Dan Miller. Brown is a former first round pick from the University of Florida in the 1985 NFL draft. The Detroit Lions selected Brown sixth overall and he played for the Lions for 11 of his 18 NFL seasons. Brown also won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2002, and was named to the Pro Bowl team seven straight seasons from 1990 to 1996.
Tom O’Brien, Vice President/General Manager, WJR, said: “Jim Brandstatter did an excellent job for the past two years on WJR and for many years prior, and we’re proud of the work we did together. The addition of Lomas Brown, a former All Pro Lion, will bring a unique perspective to the game day broadcast.” Brown said: “I am very excited by this opportunity. I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m excited about the chance to talk to all those great Lions fans every week!”
Michelle Grubshtein Joins Sun Broadcast Group Sales Team as National Account Manager
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced that Michelle Grubshtein has joined the company as National Account Manager. In her role with Sun, Michelle will work with the Sales Department focused on products including Shazam For Radio, The Hit List with Fitz, Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, Sun Select RADAR, Sun Latino Networks, and many others.
“Michelle is a very important addition to our SBG and Shazam For Radio sales team. Her experience on both the agency and vendor side of our business, while dealing with broadcast and digital opportunities, makes her the ideal candidate to represent us in a 360-degree approach. We are thrilled to have Michelle join our SBG family!” said Julio Aponte, COO, Sun Broadcast Group. Michelle comes to Sun with over 8 years of experience in the industry working with Orion Worldwide as a Broadcast Negotiator, and most recently, an Account Manager at Shareablee.
SYNDICATION: Cochino Radio Now On In Spokane
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks announced that nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio celebrated Independence Day with a new affiliate in Spokane, WA, Top 40 station KZBD-FM (107.5 NOW). KZBD is the third Mapleton Communications station to add the show to its evening programming line-up. KZBD-FM airs Tino Cochino Radio weeknights from 7pm-11pm. Tommy Del Rio, Vice President, CHR Programming, Mapleton Communications, said: “Tino orchestrates a show with compelling content that will help us achieve success in a competitive market. I am excited to add TCR to KZBD in Spokane!”
Tino Cochino, Host of Tino Cochino Radio, said: “Working with Tommy Del Rio has been an awesome experience. He’s super involved from show delivery to weekly liners, he understands our brand and this is now the third Mapleton station we’re welcoming to the TCR family. The team and I are excited to take over Spokane!” Tino Cochino is joined on the show by Co-Host Jackie Hollywood - For more information, visit: http://www.yeanetworks.com.
EVENTS: JVC Media Mixes Tacos With NOT 5K Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– JVC Media of Florida announced a one of a kind FREE walk/run and taco event hosted by Orlando’s 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW - Country) and Bud 94.1 (WOTW-HD2/W231CT - Mainstream Rock). The event is dubbed the NOT 5K Taco Run and will be held Sunday September 16th, 2018 at Reiter Park in Longwood. The NOT 5K Taco Run, will include a very short .5K hosted by afternoon personalities Chad and Skid, that contestants will sign up to participate in. They will be able to crawl, ride, walk, run… however they want to get to the finish line, while sampling tacos, beverages, and more, all supplied by sponsors.
The Wolf’s morning team of MurphDawg and Jenn will host taco taste tests at various sponsors leading up to the event, Chad and Skid will “race” --sorta-- listeners in the .5K.
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REPORT: Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Battery Lawsuit From Unnamed Radio Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 ––The Blast is reporting that Gene Simmons has settled a sexual assault accusation by an unnamed radio host identified as 'Jane Doe. In documents obtained by The Blast, there was a hearing in the case of Jane Doe vs Gene Klein on July 2nd where the plaintiff’s attorney told the court the parties had reached a settlement. The judge in the case said they now need to file a request for dismissal to officially dismiss the case. Jane originally sued Simmons in December of last year claiming he had groped her at an opening of his San Bernardino eatery, Rock & Brews. The suit accused Simmons of grabbing the woman’s hand and commenting on how soft it was. He also allegedly flicked her throat with his finger. The reporter then said as she continued with the interview, the rock legend touched her butt during a group photo. Simmons denied all allegations.
According to Pitchfork, the radio personality referred to as Jane Doe filed the suit last December. It concerned an alleged incident that took place on November 1 in which she interviewed Simmons and Paul Stanley. She claimed Simmons touched her inappropriately and “turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos.” The settlement amount has not been made public.
Big Boy Show To Be Televised On Fuse
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart and Fuse Media announced Real 92.3 nationally-syndicated hit radio show, “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” starring Big Boy, will be televised weekdays on FM (Fuse Music). Episodes premiere same day as the radio broadcast and begin airing Monday, July 30. “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” joined Real 92.3 in March 2015 and also stars Natalia Perez (BL), Louie G, Ayyde and DJ VickOne. “Music is a passion point for our young, multicultural audience and who better to provide a daily dose of the biggest names in music entertainment and breaking pop culture news than radio icon Big Boy,” said Fuse Media President & CEO Michael Schwimmer. “We look forward to bringing ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ to FM and partnering with iHeartMedia on the type of cutting-edge entertainment his radio listeners have enjoyed for so many years.”
“I can’t believe it’s been three years since I embarked on this incredible journey with iHeartMedia to bring ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ to my listeners on iHeartRadio’s Real 92.3, and now across broadcast radio stations nationwide,” said Big Boy. “Words can’t express how excited I am to bring the Neighborhood to millions of viewers through this television partnership with Fuse.”
Tamo Sein Takes Middays At ALT 98.7 LA
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart Los Angeles announced that Tamo Sein will host Middays for ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative station. Beginning July 16th. “We believe the ALT 98.7 audience will immediately take to Tamo’s relatable and down to earth approach,” said Lisa Worden, Alternative Rock Brand Manager & Program Director for Alt 98.7. “Plus, she loves Alternative music and is a food and wine enthusiast! She’ll fit right in with LA.”
Sein joins the Los Angeles Market from iHeart Charlotte where she most recently served as Assistant Program Director and Music Director. She also served as the Midday Host for 105.5’s The END, Charlotte’s Alternative Rock station. She began her career as Music Director at WROX in Norfolk, Virginia and is a graduate of Old Dominion University.
Changes Take Effect At Hubbard St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio St. Louis stations New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch announce staff additions and line-up changes to several of their time slots: New Country 92.3 Beginning July 9th Mason and Remy (TL) will join the New Country 92.3 “Home Team” for Afternoon Drive. They added, “We want to send a BIG thank you to Hubbard Radio’s John Kijowski, Scott Roddy, Greg Strassell, Drew Horowitz, Dave Besler and Ginny Morris for this opportunity!”
106.5 The Arch With the addition of Mason and Remy to New Country 92.3, former Afternoon Drive talent “Stacey and Jonah (TR)” will move to their new home at New Country 92.3’s sister station 106.5 The Arch! “Stacey and Jonah” will now host Afternoon Drive on 106.5 The Arch, beginning Monday, July 9th. Commenting on their new radio digs, Stacey and Jonah note, “We’re beyond excited to move to our amazing sister station! According to New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch Program Director Scott Roddy, “Today is a banner day, a historical day, for Hubbard St. Louis. It is an honor to work with talent of this caliber. Today’s announcement cements that Hubbard continues to be the platinum standard for LOCAL broadcasting.”
Tropikana Named New MD For WIZF-FM Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– Urban One, Inc’s Cincinnati has named Tropikana as the new Music Director for 101.1 WIZF effective Monday, July 9th. Tropikana who has worked in markets in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri and now returns to Ohio to program The Wiz. Bill Black, Radio One’s, Cincinnati’s Regional Operations Manager said, “ Tropikana is an important part of the puzzle that we are building at The Wiz! I am VERY excited about what she will bring to The Wiz’s team.”
Radio One, Cincinnati’s Program Director, A-Plus, said, “Adding Tropikana and her years of experience along with the energy returning to the city puts Radio One in a great position.” Radio One Cincinnati is committed to providing its listeners with the information, inspiration and entertainment they deserve.
'SHORT-E' Named PD for 105.5 The Beat Ft. Myers
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart has named Eliseo “Short-E” Cierra as Program Director for 105.5 The Beat Fort Myers. He will report to Louis Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Fort Myers. “I’m thrilled to welcome Short-E to iHeartMedia Fort Myers,” said Kaplan. “He genuinely understands our market and brings adept format experience and lively energy to our team.
Short-E joins iHeartMedia Fort Myers from KSFM in Sacramento, California where he served as Music Director and On-Air Personality for four and a half years. He also served as an On-Air Personality and Music Director at KBMB and KHHM for eight years in the Sacramento region and graduated from Skyline College.
HONORS: ESPN'S Michael Kay Inducted Into NYSBA Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– 98.7FM ESPN New York’s Michael Kay has been Inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for 2018 Michael Kay, host of The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7FM New York, will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for 2018. Kay is the host of 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show, is the voice of the New York Yankees and is the host of CenterStage for the YES network. Kay will be honored on Thursday, October 18, at the Jacob Javits Center.
Kay said, “I am extremely humbled by this honor, to stand alongside the others that have been inducted to this prestigious hall is somewhat surreal for a kid from the Bronx who started out in this business as a Newspaper man. I thank those who voted for me it is greatly appreciated.” Tim McCarthy, senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group, commented, “Michael has been the Cornerstone of ESPN radio New York since our inception. From my days working with Michael at WABC when he was the radio voice of the Yankees, he has been nothing but the ultimate professional and a great friend.“
EXECUTIVE ACTION: The RAB Names Georgia Beasley To New Post; Promotes Kim Johnson
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– RAB is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Georgia Beasley, as the new Professional Development Manager. In her new role at the RAB, Georgia will work closely with SVP, professional development, Jeff Schmidt on the overall training curriculum offered at the RAB. This includes the Rising Through the Ranks program, dedicated to the support and advancement of women in radio sales management positions, in which Georgia herself is a graduate of. Georgia, most recently was the director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives at Futuri Media. She has also held various sales management positions at Beasley Media Group.
Also rounding out the Professional Development team, Kim Johnson, was promoted to the Director of Sales position. Prior to this role, Kim worked with the RAB’s CRM tool, Account Manager as an Account Development Manager. Kim will be responsible for the sales of the entire suite of RAB’s Professional Development training courses offered from the RAB.
EVENTS: Moes Raises $85,000 For Bert's Big Adventure
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– On Monday, July 9, 2018, Mark Monroe of Moe’s Southwest Grill joined the entire Bert Show cast in-studio to announce on-air that $85,000 was raised for local nonprofit organization Bert’s Big Adventure as a result of their month-long fundraising efforts. Every Wednesday in June, more than 70 Atlanta-area Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations donated 10 percent of their net sales in support of Bert’s Big Adventure. Throughout the six-year partnership with Bert’s Big Adventure, Moe’s has donated more than $515,000.This donation will not only aid in funding the organization, which provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, but also provides support for their year-round initiatives such as Reunion Adventures and Fairy Godparent volunteer program. Thanks! Hayley
SNAPS: Benztown At Radio Days Africa
'THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– International Sales, Nadine Ellman, and Jan Bruckner, Imaging Director - Classic Hits, SpeakerToyz & SpeakerToyz AC, were both at Radio Days Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, from July 3-6 along with Sunday Night Slow Jams' R Dub!. Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa. Held at the University of the Witwatersrand, the conference attracted more than 250 delegates from public, community and commercial radio from across Africa.
PHOTO/July 4th Dinner Party, hosted by Benztown at The Butcher Shop & Grill Attending were: 1. Ben Ogombe from Urban Radio in Kenya 2. Linda Maganye, Head of Imaging, Power FM 3. Thabo from Sinoloane Solutions 4. Leuba from SABC 5. John Simmons, British Programming Consultant 6. Mira, Urban Radio, Kenya 7. Sunday Night Slow Jams' R Dub! 8. Nadine Ellman, Director, International Sales, Benztown 9. Jan Bruckner, Imaging Director - Classic Hits, SpeakerToyz & SpeakerToyz AC.
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Nielsen & Bubba The Love Sponge Settle
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Nielsen has reached an agreement with nationally syndicated radio personality Bubba Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge, and his production company, The Bubba Radio Network, Inc., that resolves the legal action brought by Nielsen for alleged ratings tampering by Clem. In a complaint first filed in October 2015 and was expected to last deep into summer, came to an abrupt end with the agreement that addressed the alleged ratings tampering in Tampa and set penalties for any future infractions.
"I understand how important it is to the radio industry that the Nielsen ratings be free from bias and I deeply regret interfering with Nielsen's collection of listening data," said Clem. Nielsen added it has accepted Bubba Clem's statement that he regrets his past actions and that he will never engage in similar conduct in the future. Nielsen reaffirms that none of Clem’s contacts with Nielsen panelists materially impacted Nielsen’s audience estimates. Nielsen’s lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing initiative to safeguard the impartiality of the company’s audio estimates and to protect the integrity of its ratings process. Back in June, Howard Stern called into Bubba's show where the embattled host commented on the 'million dollar legal fee on this other who dunnit'. Go to about the :20 min. mark and [WATCH HERE]
STUDY: Light TV Viewers Up For Grabs
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– In its first Nielsen cross-media study, analyzing TV and AM/FM radio, network radio company Westwood One says that while light and non-TV viewers represent a large percentage of the TV audience, they represent only a small percentage of TV time spent and commercial impressions reports mediapost.com. The study says that while light and non-TV viewers -- 18-49 -- represent 44% of the U.S, they only comprise 9% of total TV impressions. With AM/FM radio reaches 90% of light viewers, a media buy on radio would make overall TV advertising plans more effective.
Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer of Westwood One, tells Television News Daily: “Per Nielsen’s CommsPoint media-planning software, you can expect a 40% lift in campaign reach by allocating 20% of the TV budget to AM/FM radio.” Light TV viewers run across all demographic groups, including young viewers: 44% of those 12-17 represent only 9% of total TV commercial impressions; with AM/FM radio reaching 88% of this demographic; and 45% of persons 18-34 viewers represent only 7% of total TV commercial impressions, with radio reaching 89%. Among older TV viewers, 44% of those 25-54 comprise only 10% of TV commercial impressions -- with radio reaching 92% of this audience -- and 41% of those 55 years and older totaling 17% of TV commercial impressions. Radio reaches 93% of this group. The research says that among Nielsen-defined heavy TV users, those 18-49 are 17% of the U.S. and represent half of all TV impressions. The study used a Nielsen 80,000-person Portable People Meter panel measuring TV and AM/FM radio audiences, which looked at TV time spent among heavy TV viewers, as well as light and non-TV viewers. See full study HERE
How Long Does It Take A New Show To Deliver Ratings?
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– The Randy Lane Company's Jeff McHugh was asked by regional vice president , "How long will it take for a new, local show to deliver ratings?" I said, "It typically takes 12 to 18 months before you start seeing initial results, and much longer for the show to outperform the station." He responded, "I don't have that kind of time.” He then copied and pasted one of the company’s syndicated morning shows into that time slot. That show failed, and the syndicated show after that also failed. The station is trying a local morning show now, but that vice president did not understand what makes a show perform: the relationship.
Winning radio shows and podcasts are about an emotional bond that listeners form with the talent, like a best friend. According to science, that bond takes T-I-M-E. “You can’t just snap your fingers and make a friend,” said Jeffrey Hall, a communications researcher at the University Of Kansas. Mr. Hall did a study measuring how many hours of together time it takes in real life for a new acquaintance to become a best friend. According to the research, it takes 94 hours for someone to go from acquaintance to casual friends. They become a serious friend at about 164 hours. Best friends form after being together about 219 hours. You can speed that process. The more meaningful your conversations, the more you share of yourself and the more they share with you, the faster people connect with you.
This is good news for shows where both the on-air personalities and the listeners are revealing themselves authentically. This is bad news for generic shows heavy on celebrity birthdays, designated caller/text contests and traffic reports. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
WKYS 93.9 FM DC Makes Announcement
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Beginning Monday, July 16, 2018, Angie Ange in the Morning hits the airwaves on 93.9 WKYS. Angie will be joined by Déja Perez, who will bring her vast radio experience and “What’s Poppin!” entertainment report to the show. Joining Angie and Deja will be DJ Money. Angie started as an intern at a station in the area before joining 93.9 WKYS as host of the evening show. Angie held down the number one spot in evenings for years before transitioning to afternoon drive. Angie Ange said, “Growing up I would have fun listening to Tom Joyner, Russ Parr, and Donnie Simpson. To reach this height in my career and be in a position to give that same energy while also inspiring and enlightening our listeners as they start their day is the opportunity of a lifetime. Outside of our founder Ms. Cathy Hughes, I have never known a woman to anchor her own morning show in Washington, DC. This means so much to me because of the future impact it will have."
J1, Program Director of WKYS said, “I’ve had the privilege of working with Angie for a year. During that time I’ve seen not only what she means to WKYS, but the entire DMV. There are very few talents who know and have a passion for good radio like Angie. I know she is going to work extremely hard to give our listeners the best experience possible. I am excited about the new morning show, both as a Program Director and a fan of Angie Ange.” WATCH HERE
REPORT: Veronica Carter Signing Off As Reporter At WBBM & WCFS Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Chicago's Robert Feder reports that after more than 12 years on Chicago radio, Veronica Carter has signed off as afternoon traffic reporter at Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM to move back home to California. In addition to two stints at WBBM Newsradio, the former news anchor also worked at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM and Merlin Media.
“My kids have grown up and now I have zero obligations, so I’m going to do what I want for the next two or three decades!” Carter wrote on Facebook. “That includes spending a lot of time outdoors, visiting my mother, sisters and other family members, and of course chillaxing on the beach!” Applications for her replacement are being accepted at Entercom.com, according to Ron Gleason, director of news and programming at WBBM Newsradio.
Contrary To Reports, KFMB Says They Are In Renewal Talks With Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Following last week's report by The San Diego Reader that longtime morning show Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw were on the hunt for a new radio home, San Diego Media blogger Joe Nelson posted after reaching out to someone very close to the show and management from the station, he received statements from both sides.
From the DSC 'side' he was told: "What you’ve seen and read is 'mostly' true. However the station added, "There were a couple articles that came out today with unfounded rumors about KFMB not being in negotiations with the DSC or not wanting to renew their show. While I don’t usually comment on rumors, I want to be clear that there is no truth to these stories. I am personally involved in discussions with the DSC crew and we have been negotiating with them in good faith. I also spoke to Dave Rickards today who is on vacation and he wanted me to relay the following… “We are currently in negotiations to continue our long-standing relationship with KFMB.” - Dave Rickards" READ POST HERE
Entercom Philly To Host 'PIZZADELPHIA'
HE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Entercom Philadelphia is set to host the city’s first city-wide pizza festival, “Pizzadelphia.” The family-friendly event will showcase over 25 of Philadelphia’s best pizza restaurants and food trucks. Pizzadelphia will feature a Pizza Talk Stage with a live podcast of KYW Newsradio 1060’s “What’s Cooking on 1060” with Hadas Kuznits, dough tossing exhibition with Jamie Culliton, the world champion acrobatic dough spinner, “The Science of Pizza” with Urban Village’s Chris Davis and an on-site beer garden hosted by Double Nickel Brewing. Additional on-site activities will include demonstrations by top local chefs, as well as music by DJ Dan Dabber & DJ Xtina.
It takes place on aturday, July 14, 2018. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Vetri Community Partnership. Founded in 2008 by Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin, the organization empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. As part of its deep commitment to the environment.
6th Annual Confer Radio Talent Institute Gets Underway Today In Pennsylvani
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– The Confer Radio Talent Institute opens today on the campus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters joins with Kerby Confer to underwrite the institute, Joe Conti, President of the PAB, stated , “We are so impressed with the Confer Radio Talent Institute. The PAB is proud to enthusiastically support this effort to discover and prepare the next generation of broadcasters”. Kerby Confer, lifelong broadcaster, commented, “We want to make a difference and give this next generation a firm foundation in the industry. We are going to birth a whole new generation of radio people, and are so pleased the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters offer both their time and financial support, investing in radio’s future."
Participating companies include: Forever Media, Seven Mountains Media, Entercom, iHeart , Cumulus, the Philadelphia Phillies and 76ers, Jim Loftus from WBEB in Philadelphia and others. PHOTO/Kerby Confer speaking to students of the Confer Radio Talent Institute.
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DAVID FIELD: 'Radio Ripe For Rediscovery'
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom's CEO David Field was the subject of a lengthy feature in this month's issue of PR Week Magazine. "Field has become one of the industry’s prime advocates, often touting the fact that 93% of Americans tune in on a weekly basis," writes Sean Czarnecki. "He believes his company’s 2017 acquisition of CBS Radio, and all the newfound scale that brings, renews radio’s value proposition as an advertising space. "
"The biggest issue we have right now is, for a lot of advertisers and agencies, we’re not the shiny new toy," Field tells PRWeek. "Radio is ripe for rediscovery in an era when other media are being disrupted to quite an extent." " This comes in a time when social media is populated by fake news, bots, and political rancor, brands are turning to the relatively safe environment of radio, where music, sports, and talk content are "carefully curated," notes Entercom corporate communication's director Esther-Mireya Tejeda. READ MORE HERE
Longtime Talk Host Ed Schultz Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Longtime Radio & TV Host Ed Schultz, nationally syndicated by Dial Global from 2004 to 2014 has passed away at 64. Schultz started his broadcast career in TV and radio in Fargo in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY. He went on to host a show at MSNBC and most recently worked for RT. According to The Leader Telegram, Schultz passed away early Thursday at his home in Washington, D.C.. Schultz got his start in broadcasting as a sportscaster for Fargo area television stations in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY-TV. He eventually moved to talk radio, including WDAY in Fargo, dominating the local airwaves as a conservative firebrand in the 1990s. He later said his views changed and he became a Democrat. In 2004, Schultz took his now left-leaning radio show nationwide.
At one point, “The Ed Schultz Show” was syndicated by Dial-Global to nearly 100 radio affiliates from his Fargo studios of KFGO. In 2009, he moved to national television, becoming a prime-time progressive firebrand on MSNBC. Schultz’s weekday evening “The Ed Show” was canceled by MSNBC in April 2013, and Schultz was moved to a weekend show, but he returned to weekdays four months later to host an afternoon show. He parted ways with MSNBC in 2015, starting his job at RT America, formerly called Russia Today, in early 2016. PHOTO/msnbc
KXSF-FM To Debut In San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Following lengthy legal battle, Community radio KXSF-FM will debuts Tuesday, July 10 reports San Francisco Weekly. There for the launch will be hosts from the former KUSF which was shut down on Jan. 18, 2011. The seminal station, which introduced alternative music to much of the Bay Area, had been sold for more than $4 million. A 7-year-long battle ensued, in which KUSF volunteers and supporters lobbied the FCC to overturn the sale. The FCC eventually OK’ed the University of San Francisco selling 90.3 FM to the Classical Public Radio Network, but community radio supporters continued on.
On July 10, 2018 the station will officially begin transmission at 102.5 KXSF-FM. Atop Sutro Tower and sandwiched between the hip-hop hits of Q102.1 and the R&B of KBLX, the station will only reach San Francisco residents from its transmitter site. Veteran KUSF host Carolyn Keddy, who has been spinning punk, garage, rock, and more since 1990, will be the first broadcaster on KXSF at noon. "The whole political climate and everything else is getting so one note and small voices are getting drowned out, so it seems like we need community radio,” Keddy says. “We keep the little voices still percolating and keep things a little more sane.” KXSF 102.5 FM Launch Party, Thursday, July 7, 5 p.m
DeDe In The Morning On The Hunt For Two New Team Members
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Service Broadcasting – Dallas-Ft. Worth – is offering a unique opportunity for a skilled imaging and production talent to join the newly syndicated DeDe In The Morning Show as Creative Services Director. Plus, they're also on the hunt for a new Associate Producer. They're looking for an experienced audio expert to coordinate and manage creative and commercial network production operations of DeDe In the Morning. The ideal candidate would work with the Brand Manager, Head of Production and Lead Producer to: manage network creative and commercial production services and operations
With regards to the Associate Producer role, they post: We are looking for an experienced producer to coordinate and manage the in-studio operations of DeDe In the Morning. The ideal candidate would work with the Brand Manager/Program Director, Lead Producer and Host to: direct and focus the in-studio performance of the cast, manage clock execution; coordinate content and show preparation; manage the details and flow of the show internally on/off the air; coordinate recording of liners, promos, commercials, etc.; and curate, create and coordinate promotional and publicity activities. This position would also have an active role in expanding the show’s social media presence on multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). DeDe McGuire is joined on the show by Lady Jade and Michael Shawn, serve as co-hosts. Gary Saunders serves as producer. Geo Cook serves as brand manager.
Send your resume package, along with your imaging philosophy/strategy, sample scripts and audio demo, to SBG HR manager Debbie Henry at email@example.com. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Benztown Bringing Back Vic 'The Brick'
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 20-18 –– Benztown announced that it will bring the colorful, iconic voice of one-and-only radio and television sportscaster, Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, to radio stations across the U.S. in a 30-second daily feature, “This Day in Sports History”. “This Day in Sports History” will be available to stations through Benztown’s Adrenaline Sports Imaging Library. To listen to “This Day in Sports History”- Vic “The Brick” has been a sports broadcaster since 1979 in markets including Austin, TX; Fresno, CA; Phoenix, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA. Vic “The Brick” was sports anchor for KCOP-TV in Los Angeles and sports anchor for “Rick Dees In the Morning Show” on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles in the early 1990s.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Vic was one of the very first people to welcome me to L.A. when I moved here 18 years ago. His warmth and authenticity instantly endeared me to him. He is the same person on-air as he his in real life and that’s why I think he’s a star. We’re excited to have him as the voice of “This Day in Sports History” which comes free of charge on a daily basis to all of our Adrenaline library affiliates.” For more information about getting the new “This Day in Sports History” daily feature with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs for your station, visit: benztown.com/TDISH or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 818.842.4600.
FB&HW Continue 'Sold-Out' Summer Tour
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Free Beer and Hot Wings continue their Summer Tour. The Sold-out Free Beer and Hot Wings “Morning Show at Night” tour started in Nashville at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon, then on to Grand Rapids, Albany, Portland ME and Green Bay W.I
Next up Live on the Jersey Shore with 105.7 The Hawk on July 13th. Another sold out night show-this one in Wisconsin!
EVENT: 98.7FM ESPN Beach Bash Is Back
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– ESPN’s Humpty & Canty go live today from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET followed by The Michael Kay Show from 3 – 7 p.m. down at Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The Beach Bash will have live music throughout the day with performances by Yankees great Bernie Williams along with Willie Wilson and the ESPN All Star Band.
New this year, the All American Challenge between ESPN’s Peter Rosenberg and Dave Rothenberg as they take to the beach to prove who the better athlete is! For more information, please contact Belen Michelis. Thanks!
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Newsrooms Take A 'Moment Of Silence' Today For Slain Annapolis Journalists
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters has expressed support for a moment of silence in broadcast newsrooms Today in support of the five victims slain last week at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD. NAB joins the American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors in asking journalists around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group's moment of silence Thursday at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. A week ago Thursday at 2:33 p.m., a gunman with a shotgun opened fire and killed Capital Gazette reporter Wendi Winters, sales assistant Rebecca Smith, editor Robert Hiaasen, editorial writer Gerald Fischman and reporter and editor John McNamara.
"We stand with our print reporter colleagues in remembrance of five individuals who gave their lives in support of a great calling -- quality local journalism," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We ask broadcast journalists across America to consider joining in this solemn moment of reflection." Note: The moment of silence is not for on-air but intended to be observed in broadcast newsrooms and spent in contemplation, prayer or reflection.
FORMATICS: Rocking M Media Debuts The New 92.7 The Blast Wichita
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– Following several days of stunting, Rocking M Media's KWME/Wichita, KS Debuted 'The New 92.7 The Blast-The Rhythm of River City. "“We are very excited to bring this new format to Wichita. We’re confident that The Blast will make the Wichita radio market even more robust. Advertisers will be eager to target this very valuable audience,” said Wichita General Manager, Jeff McCausland. 92.7 The Blast is programmed by Tommy Castor, who also serves as the General Manager for Rocking M Media’s radio stations in Wellington and Winfield, Kansas. Castor added, “The New 92.7 The Blast fills a void in the Wichita radio landscape. These are all the awesome party songs you grew up listening to at a school dance, a wedding reception or even just driving down the street. We know that this new radio station for the Wichita area will quickly find a strong and loyal audience.”
Beginning Monday, July 9th, the on-air lineup for 92.7 The Blast will kick off in mornings with Marco Benitez. Caitlin Geer, who also hosts mornings on AC sister KLEY-AM (The Wave 100.3FM/1130AM)/Wellington, KS will handle middays, and Castor will round out the on-air crew in afternoon drive.
PODCASTS: PodcastOne Debuts 8 New Shows To Summer Schedule
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– Looks like a hot summer ahead for PodcastOne as they've added 8 New Shows to it's lineup. They include: Baseball and Chill: MLB Network’s Scott Braun and Kelly Nash cover big storylines and trending topics on and off of the diamond, with direct access to player interviews, game coverage and a candid look into the life of professional baseball correspondents. Braun and Nash began chilling with PodcastOne Sportsnet fans weekly on Tuesday, June 19. Ground Game: A weekly conversation about the top issues in American politics. Hosted by AP Digital Editor Magan Crane, the show also features top AP reporters out in the field. The weekly show kicked off Thursday, June 21. Big 12 Podcast: Debuting on PodcastOne Sportsnet Thursday, June 28, The Big 12 Podcast features host Chuck Cooperstein Stevie & Sazan: Good Life - The weekly podcast launches Wednesday, July 25. Revenge of the Jocks: Martellus Bennett covers a broad spectrum of what it means to be a creative, an activist, and an overall, culture-shaping world-changer. The first episode goes live Thursday, July 26 on PodcastOne Sportsnet.
Additional recently-announced programs feature Bravo TV star Kim Zolciak and Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer. Web Summit debuted, bringing high profile speakers from the industries of Business, Music, Science, Games, Tech and TV & Film.
Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Hopes To Establish Full-Time Museum
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame has moved to LaGrange, where it hopes to eventually set up a full-time museum reports The Lagrange News. The non-profit hall was started in 2007 and has operated in St. Mary's, a southeast Georgia city just above the Florida state line. However, last year the part-time museum had to move out of the building it used in St. Mary’s, and CEO John Long (shown) and his wife Patti set out to find a new, permanent home. “We wanted to find a city that wanted a tourist attraction, as well as an education attraction, as well as a historic preservation attraction, and we could give them that at no charge.”
Long got his start in radio in LaGrange at WTRP. “I was the first one to lay a Beatles record here,” Long said. The hall started in 2007 as what Long calls an “internet-based nonprofit” as a way to honor longtime personalities. Long founded it with the late Sam Hale. At the time, no radio hall of fame existed and they felt a lot of history was being lost. “We just thought it would be a nice organization to recognize Georgia radio professions, past and present, with no real ideas about how it would be accepted and how successful it would be,” said Long. “It just took off and took on a life of its own to the point where now next March will be our twelfth year. - Radio is important. It still reaches 93 percent of Americans every day.” For more information on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, including past inductees and a list of nominees for this year, visit www.grhof.com/.
The 2018 Radio Show To Add Disney Cast Members To Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Get ready to get your creativity on at the Radio Show's Friday Sign-off event with Disney's Imagineers. The exclusive "Making Magic for Consumers — How Disney's Animal Kingdom Does It and You Can, Too!" panel will feature a storied group of Disney cast members and Imagineers who will give Radio Show attendees an exclusive look inside their creative process. You'll get the inside scoop on how they take Disney's Animal Kingdom from ideas to reality and learn how they consistently build quality guest experiences in this one-of-a-kind multimedia Friday Send-off session. Imagine taking that wealth of knowledge back to your station!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the most successful global brands in history. You'll be informed, inspired and ready to return to work with fresh ideas and exciting insights! Register today, book your hotel and be sure to stay through Friday so you can take some Disney magic home! SEE MORE HERE
NABEF Announces TAP Participants
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the individuals selected to participate in the 2018 Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP). TAP exposes technology-focused graduates and young professionals to the broadcast industry through a six-month, hands-on training program that includes a paid two-month internship. “The need for innovative, technology-proficient talent in our industry is growing,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The TAP program addresses this need by attracting and preparing the next generation of engineers and technology professionals for essential roles at radio and television stations.”
This year’s participants and their apprenticeship placements include: Demetrius Allen Green, WTAE-TV, Hearst Television, Pittsburg, PA Haemi Jo, WTVF-TV, The E.W. Scripps Company, Nashville, TN Allen Johnson, WDKN-AM, R&F Communications Inc., Dickson, TN Ivan Morales, KCBS-FM, Entercom Communications, Los Angeles, CA Joshua Mondy, KJIW-FM, Mondy-Burke Broadcasting Network, Helena, AR Zipporah Mondy, KJIW-FM, Mondy-Burke Broadcasting Network, Helena, AR Jason Tober, WFTS-TV, The E.W. Scripps Company, Tampa, FL Rachel Torres, WMAG-FM, iHeartMedia, Greensboro, NC 2018
talkSPORT Uses AdsWizz’s ShakeMe™ Tech for New Radio First in UK
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– talkSPORT, the world’s biggest radio sports station, has teamed up with digital audio adtech company AdsWizz, employing its ShakeMe™ technology to create a UK radio first. ShakeMe™, the new interactive audio ad format developed by AdsWizz, enables people to seamlessly migrate from audio listening to a digital platform with a simple shake of their phone to trigger a call to action. When they hear an ad, a listener is invited to shake or tap their phone to download an app, get retailer coupons, open a website, or place a call – all without clicking on an ad or even unlocking their mobile device.
“We’re thrilled that talkSPORT is leveraging our ShakeMe™ technology to provide a more engaging and interactive experience for listeners, and create more effective and innovative opportunities for their advertisers,” added Alexis Van de Wyer, CEO of AdsWizz. “As we see audio advertising adoption explode in major markets all over the world, we are committed to accelerating our innovation with new and engaging audio experiences.”The audio ad campaign for Smarkets goes live today on talkSPORT and is available across iOS and Android devices.
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– LBC London has confirmed it’s hired Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair to do a new show on the commercial station from September. He’s leaving the BBC after more than 30 years. Eddie joined the BBC in 1987 after a few years with commercial station Radio Tay in Dundee. He worked at BBC Radio Scotland before a move to 5 live in the 90s and later Radio 4. Last summer it was revealed that he earned earned £350,000 ($461,000) a year for his work at the BBC. Reports today in The Times suggest LBC is paying him around double that.
Army Veteran Wins $70,000 With Stav, Abby & Matt In Australia - Stav, Abby and Matt on Hit105 in Brisbane Australia have given away $A70,000 ($52,000US) tax-free to an army veteran Jake Edgar with their ‘Live For Free’ giveaway. The team, broadcasting from City Motor Auction Group, gave out car keys – but only one key opened the car with the money inside. Read more and watch the video here; http://radiotoday.com.au/army-veteran-wins-70000-with-stav-abby-matt/
Jon Gaunt Joins Radio Sputnik Worldwide - Broadcaster Jon Gaunt will host a new radio show with the worldwide news agency Radio Sputnik. Jon is a former talkRADIO and BBC presenter. He will have a different guest each week in “Shooting from the Lip” on Sputnik’s English language service located on their website from 6pm-6.30pm (UK Time) and will kick off with British politician and UKIP leader, Gerard Batten, who will be challenging an array of highly provocative issues.
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Jeff Smulyan Extends With Emmis Through 2022
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– According to the latest SEC filing, Jeff Smulyan is staying put with Emmis for awhile to come. Under the term of the a new employment contract, the Emmis chairman and chief executive will continue on in his current position through February 28, 2022, unless earlier terminated or extended in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Agreement. As stated, "Unless Executive or Employer provides the other written notice prior to December 31, 2021 (or any December 31 thereafter) of such party’s election not to allow the Agreement to automatically renew, the Agreement shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods following the initial Term.
Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, in his "First Contract Year (partial): $1,025,000 Second Contract Year: $1,050,000 Third Contract Year: $1,075,000 Fourth Contract Year: $1,100,000 In the event that the Term automatically extends by additional one (1) year periods pursuant to Section 2 above, the Base Salary for each such period shall be the previous Contract Year’s Base Salary plus Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000). In addition, it also states that 'Employer may, at its sole election, pay up to ten percent (10%) of Executive’s Base Salary in Shares. Read Filing HERE
Mike Valenti Extends Longterm With The Ticket Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom has inked a new long-term contract extension with its afternoon drive host Mike Valenti on 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in Detroit. He'll stay with “The Valenti Show,” weekdays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. “Mike is an extraordinary talent who has a great rapport with Detroit sports fans,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “He has built a dedicated listener base and we’re thrilled to have him on the 97.1 team for years to come.”
“I value the opportunity to continue my career at The Ticket in Detroit, one of the great sports towns in the country,” Valenti added. Valenti joined 97.1 The Ticket’s afternoon drive in 2007. Before joining The Ticket, Mike co-hosted “The Sports Inferno” on Sports Radio 1270 (WXYT-AM) in Detroit.
Man Arrested For Threatening FCC Chairman's Family
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– A man who prosecutors say threatened to kill the family of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over the repeal of “net neutrality” regulations was arrested Friday in Los Angeles. The threats, sent by an individual named Makara Man, were made primarily in the second of three messages sent to Pai’s official FCC email accounts in late December, just days after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections. According to The Verge, the first email allegedly accused Pai of causing the suicide of a teenager through his actions that led to the net neutrality vote. The second email contained an explicit threat against members of Pai’s family, as well as a listing of three locations in and around Arlington, Virginia where Pai is said to live. The third email allegedly contained a photo of Pai and a separate photo of Pai and his family.
"The Norwalk man threatened Pai and his family over email late last year" According to the Justice Department, the FBI traced the emails to Man’s home, where he acknowledged sending the threats. He also confirmed his use of an email alias, “Stubblemanliness@gmail.com,” allegedly because the alias would make him seem “tougher,” according to the affidavit. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Country Radio Broadcasters Announce 2018-2019 Board of Directors
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for Board of Directors. Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media) along with R.J. Curtis (All Access Music Group) as Vice President and Beverlee Brannigan (Scripps Media, Inc.) as Secretary. Serving on this year’s Board of Directors are: Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck), Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting), Johnny Chiang (KKBQ-FM), George Couri (Triple 8 Management), Andy Denemark (United Stations), Ryan Dokke (Curb), Mike Dungan (UMG), John Esposito (Warner), Randy Goodman (Sony Nashville), Dan Halyburton (Falls Media), Debra Herman (Shazam), Clay Hunnicutt (Big Loud Records), Dave Kelly (Big Machine Label Group), Jon Loba (BBR/BMG), Mike McVay (Cumulus Media and Westwood One), Charlie Morgan (Emmis Communications), Tyne Parrish (The GreenRoom PR) Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry), Tim Roberts (Entercom/Detroit), Royce Risser (UMG), Bob Richards (Emmis Radio/WLHK), Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), John Shomby (NASH), Matt Sunshine (CFSS), Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio/Media), Ryan Redington (Amazon Music), and Kristen Williams (Warner).
Charlie Monk continues as a Lifetime Director Emeritus.
SYNDICATION: Wolfman Jack Is Back
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Radio Hall of Famer Wolfman Jack is howling back onto the airwaves through Envision Networks® with digitally remastered programs. The classic radio show is available now as a 5 hour weekly show and contains Wolfman’s hilarious comedy bits, funny phone calls, crazy characters, celebrity interviews and great music from the 60’s & 70’s.
"We are delighted to be working with Danno and his team at Envision Networks,” said Jay Harvey, Executive Producer of Wolfman Jack Licensing.” The world famous Wolfman Jack Radio Show is back and sounding better than ever.” “We’re honored to begin offering Wolfman Jack as part of Envision Networks programming lineup,” said CEO Danno Wolkoff. “We’re excited to keep his legacy alive with listeners who revered him, and to introduce a whole new audience to this important iconic radio legend.” For more information on The Wolfman Jack Radio Show or any of our show and service offerings, contact us at 216.831.3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further info about the Wolfman check out www.WolfmanJackRadio.com.
PODCASTS: '83 Weeks Meets Dr. Who
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Westwood One Podcast Network stars Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson of “83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff” are doing an exclusive live broadcast of their podcast on Twitch (twitch.tv/83weeks) while co-streaming episodes of “Doctor Who.” You can visit their Twitch channel on July 12 and 13 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST to hear their unique commentary over classic episodes of the show for the legions of fans watching it along with them.
This show featuring wrestling icon Eric Bischoff and popular wrestling podcaster Conrad Thompson takes a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric’s unparalleled success in the wrestling business. Eric’s story is extraordinary: In the mid-80s, he entered the wrestling community as a “C-Team Announcer,” and a few short years later, he was President of Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan and started Turner Network Television’s Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon’s Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. Now he’s revealing what happened behind the scenes every Monday on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff — for more info, contact Suzy Schultz | Westwood One Podcast Network | email@example.com | (212) 419-2905
EVENTS: 105.7 The Point's Patrico & Burton Finish The 'Walk Of Shame' - WATCH
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Recently, 105.7 The Point's Morning Show hosts Tony Patrico and Jeff Burton did a “Walk Of Shame” punishment for losing the last round of "Real or Fake". Patrico & Burton set out on the Walk of Shame on one of the hottest days of the year. Just over 15 miles and 7 hours later, the two had traveled from the Downtown St. Louis Studio to their new home office at the Hubbard Radio St. Louis's headquarters at City Place on Olive Street Road in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
WATCH inspirational life-changing walk HERE
Echosmith Among Headliners For WILD 95.5 Delray Beach July 4th Party
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– On July 4th WiLD 95.5is taking over Delray Beach for the ultimate 4th of July party with an amazing free show from Echosmith, Max, and Logan Henderson! They'll party
They'll join The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) who'll include a magnificent firework display off a barge in the Atlantic Ocean in front of Atlantic Avenue and A1A. There is also the Flag Raising of the city’s giant 60 foot American flag.all day at Boston's on the Beach.
Friends & Family Gather To Remember Radio Host & Podcaster Richard Bachschmidt
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– On Sunday, a concert was held in his memory of Richard Bachschmidt, 43. The popular Charleston radio host was found dead early Friday morning after being reported the previous day. Live5 TV News reports that numerous friends, fans and family members gathered on Sunday for a concert held in his memory
Bachschmidt was a well-known radio personality for 105.5 The Bridge and 98 Rock before recently launching his own podcast, "Box in the Morning." At the event, Bachschmidt's family took the stage promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention. "Box is just the type of friend that would anything for anybody He was just really generous and probably had the biggest heart out of anyone I've ever met," said Bachschmidt's friend Lisa Foster. Donations were collected at the door and all proceeds of the event went to Box's family for funeral costs. PHOTO/Paul Chelmis Creative
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Popular Des Moines Host Larry Cotlar Killed After Swept Away By Flash Flood
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– A longtime Des Moines sports radio host was killed Saturday night when he was swept from his van during flash flooding reports WHO-TV. According to a Des Moines Police Department News Release, 65-year-old Larry Cotlar died in flooding Saturday night after police received a report of an occupied van, stalled in high water at 50th and Twana Drive. As officers responded, they learned the occupants had left the van, and that Cotlar was swept away by the flood waters. Officers and Fire Department Rescue crews searched the area and later located Cotlar's body several blocks away from where the van was.
According to Cotlar's bio he had been involved in sports radio professionally since 1974. He has done it all-from sports talk radio to play-by-play. Cotlar, the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year, has been a sports talk radio host since 1981 when he hosted the “Sportsline” and “Saturday Sportsline” shows on the legendary WHO Radio in Des Moines, IA. Cotlar entered the national scene by hosting shows at the “Sports and Entertainment Network” and “American Sports Radio Network” in Las Vegas. He then moved to Chicago to become a host at the “One-on-One Sports Network” (now Sporting News Radio). Cotlar began the popular “Cotlar and Company” show which ran from 2001-2009 on KXNO Radio. Later in 2009, he made the move to KBGG Radio (1700-the Champ) where he is still the producer and co-host of the “Out of Bounds” show with KCCI-TV sports director Andy Garman.
Missing Charleston Host Found Dead
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– We were deeply saddened to learn the passing of Richard "Box" Bachschmidt, 43, who had been reported missing the day before, was found dead in his car last Friday. Box was a well-known for his stint on 105.5 The Bridge and 98 Rock before recently launching his own podcast, "Box in the Morning." According to The Charleston City Paper, deputies discovered his body in his car parked in a wooded area off Belle Hall Parkway, the Charleston County Coroner confirmed Friday. A cause of death is pending.
A note on his show's Facebook page Thursday evening said that he had not been heard from since Tuesday, missing work engagements. "This is not 'typical' Box behavior," the post said. Bachschmidt was a host on 105.5 The Bridge for years, known as Box in the Morning with Jessie B. He left the station in February and began his own streaming morning show focusing on local music with guest co-hosts including City Paper music editor Kelly Rae Smith.
Prank Call To The President Draws Visit From Secret Service For Stuttering John
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2018 –– THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– Many are still shaking their heads as to how Stuttering John Melendez, longtime former member of The Howard Stern Show and TV Announcer was able to get through to President Trump aboard Air Force 1 claiming to be Sen. Bob Menendez. At first report, the Secret Service came knocking at his door and then John enlisted the help of Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels. As for the interview with the Secret Service, Melendez had said earlier that it was set for Monday morning at his home in California. But now Avenatti wants to review the facts before the interview takes place reports CBS.
A former Secret Service agent told CBS that the agency likely wouldn't be investigating how the call happened — it would potentially be investigating if Melendez posed a threat. The White House has not acknowledged the prank call, earlier saying, "we are not engaging on this at all." But the White House did reach out to Sen. Bob Menendez's office Thursday morning to inform the New Jersey Democrat about the incident, according to a source familiar with the call.
As for the prank, Melendez told CBS News that all the White House needed to do was ask his party affiliation and state to stump him; Melendez said he only knows the senator's name. "That's gotta scare most Americans, that's how easy you can infiltrate this administration," he said. READ MORE HERE - LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE
NETWORKS: ESPN Radio Adds Covino & Rich Show To Weekends
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 ––ESPN Radio launched Covino & Rich on Saturday, June 30, at Noon ET. The program, which first premiered on SiriusXM in 2005, is co-hosted by Steve Covino and Rich Davis. Covino & Rich will air Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 4 p.m. this summer and cover the hottest topics and stories in sports, seasoned with opinions and humor. They will appear on multiple platforms in addition to ESPN Radio. Covino and Davis come to ESPN with a plethora of radio experience, and the pair have worked in television as hosts for NBC Sports’ NY affiliate and for SNY
They have hosted numerous red carpets at events including the VMAs, MTV Movie Awards, the Grammys and private parties for ESPN and Rolling Stone as well as numerous Super Bowl weeks and the MLB All-Star Week on behalf of SiriusXM. Covino is a proud Yankees fan and has a passion for rock music, bringing that to life every night as the host of SiriusXM Turbo 41. Davis can also be heard on SiriusXM’sPop2k and Hits 1 channels. He has conducted on-air interviews with artists including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pitbull. Prior to his time with SiriusXM, Davis worked with Z100 WHTZ/New York, WWHT Hot 107.9/Syracuse and WIOQ Q102/Philadelphia.
MOTION: Roxanne Steele Exits WYCD Detroit
THe MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– While no official word from the country outlet, longtime WYCD host Roxanne Steele announced via Facebook that she's not planning to leave Detroit anytime soon, but as of June 14th she's no longert with the country outlet. "I'm staying in Detroit and I will bounce back on your radio soon!! For now I'm taking a break and I'm enjoying my summer vacation on the beach! -- I think you all know that I LOVE being a radio personality!! I embraced the country format with my heart and soul and the country fans embraced me back. Best feeling in the world!!!
Following numerous posts from fans, she added: "Thank you to my radio fans who noticed I was missing and have reached out to me. Your kind words mean the world to me! Thank you for your endless support and friendship! I am so grateful for you. See you on social media or a summer concert soon! xoxo"
FCC's Pai Applauds Samsung For Unlocking FM Chips In Galaxy S9
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has applauded Samsung for unlocking FM radio capability in its Galaxy S9 models - According to androidcommunity.com the Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally getting the FM radio support the industry's waited for since the beginning of the year. The phone features an FM radio chip but unfortunately, it’s not activated in Canada and the US. The site did learn it will be unlocked for both the Galaxy S9 and S9+
The South Korean tech giant made a promise to activate FM radio so more phones would be able to take advantage of the NextRadio service. Samsung partnered with NextRadio to be the official FM radio service native on flagship Galaxy phones. It’s actually enabled and ready for use on smartphones purchased directly from mobile carriers but for unlocked models, they still need to be activated. It took a while before the company does something officially. With this move, it’s joining Alcatel, Motorola, and LG in activating the FM radio chip.
Entry Window For ReelWorld's Rising Stars 2018 ENDS THIS WEEK!
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.
The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).
Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT
SNAPS: ACM Greets Haley & Michaels
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– The Academy of Country Music® welcomed country duo Haley & Michaels to the office while they were in Los Angeles recently. While at the Academy, Haley & Michaels performed their current single, “High Note,” and previewed other songs from their upcoming album. Click here to watch a video from Haley & Michaels’ visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from their performance.
Photo L-R: Rick Stone, President of Stoney Pro Music Group; Tom Torii, ACM SVP, Finance & Operations; Shannon Haley; Ryan Michaels Photo Credit: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music
Art Vuolo Parking Tip For Downtown Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– Radio's best friend Art Vuolo says because of Chicago's central location, a number of this year's MSBC 30 attendees, including myself, will be driving to Boot Camp, but the question becomes where to park?
Vuolo says, "The last time I drove I used a Chicago-based company called PARK WHIZ. They have an app and a toll-free number: 888-472-7594. A few years ago I parked just 3 blocks from the hotel from Wednesday afternoon till Saturday morning for a total of $64 paid in advance with a credit card. Check it out for next month. I'm already booked." ed note: not an paid advertisement or endorsement. Strictly a tip for our cost-conscience attendees.
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Senate Approves Music Modernization Act
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Music Modernization Act yesterday by unanimous voice vote. The MMA includes language that will formally establish a role for Congress as the Department of Justice reviews consent decrees with the two largest performing rights organizations — ASCAP and BMI — which collectively license over 90% of the musical works that are played on local radio and television stations (Section 105, page 143). The following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
In a statement, the NAB expressed strong support and applauded the efforts of Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Senators Hatch, Whitehouse and their cosponsors on this bill. This balanced legislation provides much needed reforms to the music licensing market to the benefit of songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services and music users. "In particular, NAB applauds the inclusion of language in today’s managers’ amendment that ensures enhanced congressional oversight of the DOJ’s announced review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gary Sommer Named GSM For Entercom Portland
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom has appointed Gary Sommer as General Sales Manager for Entercom Portland, effective July 2. In this role, Sommer will oversee Entercom Portland’s network of stations, Smart Reach Digital in addition to event management assets. “Gary is a seasoned and well-respected local leader in media sales and marketing,” said Bill Ashenden, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “We are thrilled to be adding his talents to our team.”
“I’m excited to be joining Entercom, the progressive media and marketing leader and Portland's finest team,” added Sommer. “I look forward to helping our clients achieve amazing results using our continuously innovative brands and full complement of marketing assets.” Sommer has over 20 years of experience in the media and marketing industry. Prior to joining Entercom, he was a Senior Account Manager at SagaCity Media, Inc. in Portland.
Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner Ink Multiyear Extension With ESPN
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, hosts of the popular daytime ESPN Radio program The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz have signed multiyear agreements to remain with ESPN. The duo will continue to host their Miami-based program, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, on ESPN Radio (and simulcast on ESPNEWS). Le Batard will also continue to co-host Highly Questionable alongside his father Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard and another of a rotating crop of guest hosts. Le Batard will also conduct six longform interviews each year that will live across multiple ESPN platforms including TV and digital. Weiner will make appearances on SportsCenter and continue hosting and guesting on other ESPN Radio shows.
"ESPN has given us ridiculous freedom to have fun, and made us more popular than we deserve,” said Le Batard. “A whole lot of people have supported our nonsense in a way that isn't always easy to support but easy to grow. As an added bonus – and we're especially thankful for this – they also pay us." Added Weiner: “I was hoping for the lifetime contract, to be honest. I'm a little disappointed. Maybe next time."
TU 94.9 Miami Names Walo Davila PD
Miami, FL– June 28, 2018 – iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9, Donde Viven Tus Hits, announced today that Walo Dávila has been named Program Director, effective July 9. iHeartMedia Miami has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. As Program Director, Dávila will work with on-air personalities and sales to oversee music programming as well as broadcast and digital operations of TÚ 94.9. He will report to Alex Tear, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Miami.“We are thrilled to welcome Walo to our team,” said Tear. “His experience, creative energy, leadership and vast market knowledge will take iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9 to even higher levels.”
Dávila is a 20 plus-year radio veteran who has worked in programming for radio station brands including SBS PR in Puerto Rico and Univision Radio Miami and New York. In addition, he has worked closely with talent and served as a director and coach for multiple radio and TV shows. “I’m THRILLED to become Program Director for TÚ 94.9,”said Dávila. “It’s an opportunity to collaborate with an innovative team that is doing an excellent job in engaging the Hispanic community in South Florida. I look forward to contributing to the station’s ongoing success.”
West Michigan Legend And Longtime Host Of 97V -FM, Ed 'Uncle Buck' Buchanan, Passes Away At 69
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Uncle Buck”, joined WLAV-FM in 1974 and was “founding father” of its current Classic Rock brand. Most recently, Buchanan hosted LAV’s “Uncle Buck’s Basement” Sundays from 7-9am, and was co-host of LAV’s “The Tony Gates Morning Show with Michelle McKormick and Uncle Buck” weekdays from 5-10am. Buchanan celebrated his 50th year in West Michigan broadcasting in 2017.
Details regarding services for Ed Buchanan are unavailable at this time, but we will keep you updated as more information is available. Also, Classic Rock 97 LAV-FM will air a special audio tribute to Ed Buchanan this weekend.
EVENTS: Chris Young Among Headliners At iHeart Tucson4th Annual Music Fest
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Tucson’s My 92.9 97.1 The Bull, Tucson's #1 For New Country announced today the all-star lineup for the fourth annual Oro Valley Music Festivalu, on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at Naranja Park. The event will feature top country artists Chris Young, High Valley and Matt Farris on Saturday, October 13 as well as performances from O.A.R., Switchfoot, A Great Big World, Mat Kearney and MAX, on Sunday, October 14. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the show begins at 1:30 p.m.
“We are thrilled to announce the lineup for the Oro Valley Music Festival,” said iHeartMedia Tucson Market President, Mike Saffer. “Not only do we have a fantastic roster of artist performing this year that keep our listeners coming back for more, but this festival gives us another opportunity to give back to the community and that’s very special to us.”
Rita Ora Stops By Charlotte's 96.1 For Ace & TJ's Summer Say & Play
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Channel 96.1Charlotte hosted its Ace & TJ Show Summer Say & Play on Thursday to help raise funds for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a non-profit providing a magical, all-expense paid, 5-day experience at Walt Disney World for Children between the ages of 5-12 who are terminally ill or chronically disabled and their immediate family.
Channel 96.1’s morning show personalities, including Ace, TJ, Guenn & Riggins broadcast their show live from the iHeartRadio Charlotte Soundstage where they were visited by national recording artist, Rita Ora who stopped by for a special performance.
SNAPS: A Final Look At This Year's 43rd Annual Gracies Luncheon In New York
HE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Lots of great radio folks and faces were present at this week's Gracie Awards in New York. Among the numerous guests included SBG's Jason Bailey (top left), Cumulus' CEO Mary Berner along with EVP/Content & Programming, Mike McVay, and WABC's Joan Hamburg. Also there was Weiss Agency's Heather Cohen, hangin' with iHeart's Angie Martinez and Thea Mitchem
An especially powerful moment was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Woodruff by last year’s Honoree Jane Pauley (top center) who said, “There should be no more exalted role in society than the role of journalists. When that ceases to be, we will no longer rightfully call ourselves a free society. Judy Woodruff deserves recognition for lifetime as much as anyone I can think of. Furthermore, she has earned it.” When accepting the award, Woodruff captivated the audience and spoke strongly with regard to women in media, “We have come a long way, but we still have work to do. We need more women in decision-making jobs, more women doing the hiring, more women deciding which stories get covered, and more women reaching out to bring along younger women like the remarkable women we are seeing here today.” PHOTOS/Getty for Gracie Awards.
Tom Joyner Featured in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ At Dallas Summer Musical
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– On Wednesday night, Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” fulfilled his Broadway dreams by starring in a walk-on role in Disney’s THE LION KING presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at The Music Hall at Fair Park! Joyner, who is also the founder of Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation played the role of “plant” during the crowd-favorite number “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” The cast was honored to share the stage with Tom, with many of them attesting to having grown up listening to him on the radio!
Photo of Tom with THE LION KING cast members courtesy of Disney and Dallas Summer Musicals. THE LION KING at Dallas Summer Musicals, which runs through July 7th!
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WSNY-FM Columbus Welcomes Morning Vet Bobby Mitchell To Mornings
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2018 –– Columbus Radio Group (CRG) announces that Bobby Mitchell, long-time veteran radio broadcaster, is set to take a seat next to Stacy McKay as co-host of the legendary Sunny 95 morning show. Bobby says, “I feel like the guy who was offered a ride on a rocket ship! I don’t care where it’s going - I’m just getting on! To be a part of this heritage radio station, with its incredible staff; and to live and raise my family in Columbus, is very exciting.” “We couldn’t be happier to have Bobby join us as a part of the Columbus Radio Group team! We look forward to this new chapter for Sunny 95,” said Erik Schmidt, VP/GM of the CRG.
Mitchell’s radio success, including being named Billboard’s Radio Personality of the Year, and Morning Show expertise was cultivated with time in multiple cities including Detroit, Dallas, & Miami, and at stations like WHYI-FM, KPLX-FM, and WOMC-FM. Mitchell will have that first pot of morning coffee brewing at Sunny 95 early on July 2nd, 2018.
Karina Farias Named MD For Bay Area Bonneville Combo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Bonneville International - San Francisco / Bay Area based KOIT-FM (96.5 KOIT) and KUFX-FM (98.5 KFOX) welcomes Karina Farias as Music Director. Karina Farias will handle the daily music responsibilities for the Bay Area’s top-rated AC 96.5 KOIT and Classic Rock 98.5 KFOX starting July 5, 2018. Farias will also handle on-air shows on KOIT and KFOX.
Karina joins the Bonneville Cluster from Bryan Broadcasting in College Station, Texas where she was on-air, Music Director and Assistant Program Director. She also handled part-time on-air at Houston’s 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM). “Karina’s passion for the radio industry and well-versed programming knowledge makes her the ideal fit for this position”, said KOIT-FM & KUFX-FM Program Director Brian Figula.
HONORS: Big Day For Cumulus At Gracies
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Four Cumulus Media local radio hosts were honored this afternoon at the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City – (L-R) Joan Hamburg, The Joan Hamburg Show, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Show” category; Mary Walter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL-AM, Washington, DC, in the “Crisis Coverage” category; Rita Cosby, Curtis & Cosby, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Interview Feature” category; and Jayde Donovan, Todd & Jayde in the Morning, 95.5 WPLJ-FM/New York in the “Co-host” category. The winners are flanked by Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and Mary Berner (R), CEO, Cumulus Media.
The Gracie Awards are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to honor programming by, for, and about women.
PODCASTS: WWO Launches Judith Regan's 'My Side of The Story; Kim Zolciak-Biermann With Don’t Be Tardy On PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Westwood One has launched a special podcast series, “My Side of the Story With Judith Regan.” All eleven episodes of the show are available now for binge listening available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com and the Westwood One Podcasts App foriOS orAndroid. Guests on the program include politico Roger Stone, Toni Bentley and Christopher Darden reflects on the O.J. Simpson confession and the meaning of justice. Others include Motown's Suzanne de Passe who tells the inside story of discovering an unknown young boy named Michael Jackson. “Judith Regan is a powerful voice and seasoned interviewer with the incredible gift to inspire people to share insightful, poignant information revealing new views on the dramatic changes in American culture in 2018,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. Advertisers, creators, and distributors who want to learn more about Westwood One Podcast Network can contact Tim Sabean at firstname.lastname@example.org, visitwestwoodonepodcasts.com, and download the Westwood One Podcast app foriOS orAndroid.
-- Also just released, Don’t Be Tardy reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann now with her own podcast Don’t Be Tardy.In addition to real-time updates on life, family and music, every week, Kim invites fans to join her in achieving their dreams by "asking, believing and receiving." Her husband, Kroy, daughter, Brielle, and hilarious chef will make frequent appearances, along with celebrity guests. New episodes are available on-demand every Wednesday at PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and Apple Podcasts. “I am so excited to be able to share this podcast with my fans and followers!!” said Zolciak-Biermann. “It will be full of positivity, fun, life coaching, parenting struggles and advice, beauty and fashion advice, and so much more. It's me, unedited and unfiltered! You definitely don't want to miss this!!” To listen to the show, visit https://www.podcastone.com/dont-be-tardy-with-kim-zolciak or subscribe at https://apple.co/2lBH1gp .
Listener Revolt Forces Changes In The
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley afternoon drivetime show will have big changes over the next few months. That’s according to the station’s controller, Lewis Carnieh. It’s in response to thousands of fans who signed a petition asking the BBC to restore the old programme, which Simon hosted alone. Jo Whiley is the first woman to present a primetime weekday show on Radio 2 for 20 years and was added to the schedule in a desperate attempt by the BBC to cover up their shocking lack of diversity. Fans complained that there is little chemistry between Mayo and Whiley.
Caller Wins $14,750 In Second Chance Jase & PJ’s Birthday Balls - In Melbourne Australia, a lucky KIIS 101.1 listener has taken home $A20,000 ($US14,750) thanks to Jase and PJ’s Birthday Balls and a very fortuitous second chance. The contest is a simple one, listeners call in and if their birth date matches the date on the ball picked at random by the pair they get the cash. Tim, a truck driver from Melbourne, called into the show hoping to win enough for a down payment on a house. When PJ first pulled out the wrong date, May 16, they gave the truckie a second chance – May 19, Tim’s birthday, was chosen. The KIIS presenters then got Tim’s wife Eden on the phone and upon finding out the good news she commented, “This is going to change our lives.” LISTEN HERE
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[WATCH] Hot 93.3's Scotty Kay Subs As Co-Host On 'Good Morning Dallas'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Dallas TV Host Alanna Sarabia asked Cumulus' HOT 93., co-host of Scotty K & Bret Mega Mornings, to co-host ‘Good Morning Texas’ On WFAA-TV whil regular host Jane McGarry was out. Scotty says we talked with music legend, Michael Martine Murphey, Local businesses, and discussed local events going on in the DFW Area.
Scotty addds, "After the Show I ran across the Plaza, made sure my hair looked ok (headphone hair is a real thing) and had some fun on another platform! WATCH HERE
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SAVE THE DATES: 10th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp Headed To Marina Del Ray In 2019
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2018 –– Plenty of advance notice for this one as it promises to be one of our biggest and best talk events yet - Mark your calendars for March 7 & 8th, 2019 for the return of Talk Show Boot Camp X to be held at luxurious Marriott Marina Del Ray (former home of the much lauded Radio & Record's TRS - Talk Radio Seminar)
More details will be available in the coming weeks and months, so keep it bookmarked at http://www.talkshowbootcamp.com. Talk Show Boot Camp X is presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media
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