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How Many Shows Must One Buy To Reach The Majority Of Weekly Podcast Listeners In The U.S.?

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– In Edison's latest Insights, they write: When advertisers look at the podcasting space, they are met with the reality of a world filled with hundreds of thousands of shows, many of which have valuable, loyal audiences. All across the spectrum there are effective podcasts targeting niche audiences that can really pay off for the right advertiser.

Since we began collecting data for Edison Podcast Metrics four years ago, we have seen that a relatively small number of ‘big hit’ shows deliver significant reach against the base of weekly podcast listeners. We can also look at the combined reach of shows by adding the number of listeners between shows and then deducting the listeners to both shows. So, if we start with the biggest show on our list, then add the second biggest show, and so on, how many shows would an advertiser need to buy in order to achieve a reach of half of all weekly podcast listeners? The answer is 44.

The graphic above shows how audience is accumulated as more and more shows are added from the top on down. The Top 10 podcasts (the biggest of hits) combine to reach 35% of all weekly podcast listeners in the U.S. age 13+. As you continue to build reach cumulatively, you can see that the Top 25 podcasts reach 45% of weekly podcast listeners. With only the 25 biggest shows, nearly half of all weekly podcast listeners are accessible! The audience builds from there, but one has to buy more and more shows to achieve incremental reach.

The Top 100 shows reach 60% of the weekly podcast listeners and the Top 500 podcasts yield a reach of 76%. Buying all of the next 500 shows will only obtain another five percentage points of reach, as the Top 1000 podcasts combine to reach 81%. The remaining 19% of weekly podcast listeners are reached exclusively by smaller shows that rank 1001 or higher, the shows on podcasting's ‘long tail.’ Note that 19% = 17 million listeners that the top 1,000 podcasts do NOT reach. Podcasting has become a mainstream medium whose top shows can reach incredible numbers, but we understand reach isn't the only benefit of podcast advertising, nor is it feasible to buy ads on all top 500 shows. Podcasts, even those beyond the top 1,000, provide advertisers with so much more, and we'll touch on those characteristics in next week’s Insights email.






Nominations For The Texas Radio Hall of Fame’s 2023 Induction Class Opens Today At Noon


THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– Nominations for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame’s 2023 Induction Class may be submitted beginning at Noon today, June 1. The nominations portal will be accessible to voting members at through Friday, June 30, 2023. In the initial phase of the selection process, qualified candidates may be nominated by voting members in good standing, a status that is open to not only broadcasters but their fans, friends, and family.

“The TRHOF’s Executive Board feels strongly that radio’s listening audience, as well as the broadcast professionals involved with the creation and delivery of quality radio, should have a say in this selection process,” says Doug Harris, a 2011 Inductee who now serves as the organization’s Executive Director. “We’ve been continually working to refine, streamline, and demystify the nomination and voting process to ensure that we will once again have a group of outstanding broadcasters for consideration by our voting members”, Once nominations have been received,, they are presented for consideration and vetting by an internal TRHOF Review Committee, These broadcast professionals then work collaboratively to identify up to fifty candidates for consideration by the voting members.

Voting in this final phase determines the twenty individuals who will be honored at the TRHOF’s Induction Ceremony and Radio Reunion Weekend on November 4, 2023, This event is staged annually at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX. Information on becoming a TRHOF voting member is available on the organization’s website and interested parties may still join—and vote—in this year’s selection. CONTACT: Doug Harris, Executive Director, Texas Radio Hall of Fame





Scott Detrow Named Weekend Host of NPR's 'All Things Considered' And 'Consider This'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– NPR announced that Scott Detrow has been selected as the weekend host of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news magazine, and the new co-host of the daily news podcast Consider This. All Things Considered, carried on weekends by 785 stations nationwide, is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. His first day on the air will be June 24th.

"I'm thrilled to be joining All Things Considered on the weekends. Over the years I've worked closely with the production team and the hosts on so many breaking news stories out of Washington – including a memorable time where I had to run to catch a campaign bus on live radio – and have always been impressed by how hard they work and how smart they are. I can't wait to collaborate with the ATC team every day," said Detrow. "With a presidential election already underway, there will be a lot of political news to cover. But I'm also really looking forward to branching out into other areas, including the cultural, musical, and sports news that listeners look for on the weekends.

"With Scott at the helm of the show we're going to be experimenting with the sound of the show and the way we produce it. We want to further integrate the Consider This podcast with the weekend show. We also look forward to Scott bringing his original enterprise reporting on a range of topics," NPR's VP of news programming Eric Marrapodi said. "His experience on the White House beat had him chasing the president around the country and the world to bring our audiences great reporting with good humor. He'll bring that same energy and commitment to bringing home stories for All Things Considered audiences."

Top photo shows Detrow at an NPR's Politics Podcast live-taping from McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte - Credit Chuck Eaton/NPR





WBUR Boston Unveils New Weekend On-Air Lineup

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– WBUR, Boston's NPR, debuts a dynamic new weekend programming lineup beginning June 3, 2023. Notable updates include airing more of the popular NPR news quiz Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, introducing not one, but two back-to-back hours of The Moth and moving Boston University's Marsh Chapel Service to a live streaming video format at

“We’re thrilled to unveil our new weekend schedule just in time for summer, when we know people are eager for storytelling on the weekends,” said WBUR Chief Content Officer Victor Hernandez. “As part of these changes, we are delighted to introduce new voices to our airwaves, such as Latino USA, now airing on Sundays at 8 p.m., while also ensuring that listener favorites find a new home in more favorable time slots.”

Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!: Due to popular demand, the trivia show hosted by Peter Sagal (shown) airs on Saturday and now Sunday at 10 a.m. This new time, after Weekend Edition Sunday, makes it easier than ever to listen, play, laugh and test your news knowledge. The Moth Radio Hour: After a hiatus, The Moth Radio Hour returns to WBUR's airwaves with two hours of true stories captured live. The New Yorker Radio Hour moves to 11 a.m., plus This American Life, On The Media and Radiolab all get new time slots. Freakonomics Radio fans get a second chance to catch the show on Sunday at 7 p.m., followed by the Peabody Award-winning Latino USA at 8 p.m..

Marsh Chapel moves to as a live stream — complete with video: WBUR is honored to have been the radio home for the esteemed interdenominational worship service for 70 years, and this pivot to digital on Sunday at 11 a.m. allows people to listen or watch from anywhere. Photo/Peter Sagal





Jennifer Jones Lee Named OM For Results Radio Redding

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– Results Radio has named Jennifer Jones Lee as Operations Manager for the Company’s 5-station in Redding, CA. The position was put on hold in December 2020, and later re-opened in July 2022. Results’ SVP Dave Shakes handled most the responsibilities during the interim period. Lee begins June 26.

Lee arrives from KFI Los Angeles where she has produced and performed the lead-in hour “Wake Up Call with Jennifer Jones Lee” and as news anchor on the Bill Handel AM Drive daypart since 2016. Prior to that she performed a variety of roles over 17 years including AM Drive News Anchor for KGO San Francisco.

Shakes commented: “We’re fortunate to bring in Jennifer who is strongly driven, proactive, and possesses tremendous leadership skills. She will lead our talented local team in evolving forward and keep our brands top-of-mind and necessary in the lives of our audiences”. Lee added, “I am thrilled to get back to my roots in Redding and can’t thank Results Radio enough for this opportunity. After 30 years learning and working with amazing journalists and top newsrooms, the opportunity to shift into music with a challenging new position is more than I could’ve imagined." Send Jennifer your best at





Flo Rida To Perform At iHeartLand’s State Farm Park

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– iHeartMedia announced that iHeartLand will host a special performance by FloRida at State Farm Park in Fortnite and on Roblox.  The six-song performance will feature his current single “What A Night” alongside his biggest hits on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. ET and will be available to fans in iHeartLand through Sunday, June 11. In addition, the event will include all-new interactive features and experiences including Flo Rida’s House available May 31 through June 11

New to iHeartLand: Radio Star Simulator on Roblox, users will embark on a scavenger hunt in Flo Rida’s House, located in the State Farm Neighborhood. moving through the movie room, jacuzzi room, music studio and outdoor pool collecting the letters F-L-O-R-I-D-A to earn daily rewards. Plus, Jake from State Farm will be stationed outside of the house to host the scavenger hunt details and welcome users. Plus, Flo Rida’s single “What A Night” will be added to the simulator’s sound fields for users to find and collect.

iHeartRadio Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) and select Hot Adult Contemporary (AC) stations will also broadcast the performance on June 10 at 7 p.m. local time.





WCCO Minny Raises Over $80,000 For Be The Match

THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– Audacy Minneapolis raised over $80,000 for Be The Match, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that works tirelessly daily to save more lives through cellular therapy—including the life of WCCO on-air host Jordana Green. On May 25, the station hosted a live auction with items and experiences provided by WCCO and sourced by on-air talent, sponsors and partners. Many items brought more than their actual value, showing WCCO listeners’ generosity and willingness to contribute to worthy causes. Items auctioned off included a vacation to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, tickets and field passes to an upcoming Minnesota Golden Gophers football game, a Minnesota Vikings VIP Training Camp experience, and more.

“We are so humbled and grateful for our fans’ incredible generosity, the amazing financial support from our corporate partners, and the remarkable donation of ideas and time by our personalities,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “What a fun day auctioning off priceless, unique experiences for a cause so close and personal to us…in honor of our friend, teammate, and bone-marrow transplant recipient Jordana Green!”

Be The Match® is a global leader working every day to save lives through bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants, as well as other cellular therapies. Every year, Be The Match® connects thousands of patients living with blood cancers or other blood diseases with a matching donor to receive a blood or marrow transplant—and a second chance at life.

Photo above shows the WCCO Studio during yesterday's fundraiser, with L-R: Vineeta Sawkar, auctioneer Glen Fladeboe and our hero, WCCO's Jordana Green. Phoo/Audacy / Vineeta Sawkar





MSBC 35's Classic 'Battle of The Bits' Competition Now Accepting Entries


THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2023 –– There's a new twist this year for MSBC's highly popular 'Battle of The Bits.' For the first time in over 30 years, those planning to attend can 'pre-submit their top 'ideas' for consideration! Plus, you can send along video footage, snapshots and more to share during the session. Our panel of judges will then have an opportunity to take an even closer look at your idea(s) in consideration of prizes. The more ideas received in advance, the better.

Once our all-star panel of judges is finalized, we'll share more details. But in the meantime, submit your ideas HERE. Battle of the Bits contestants must be registered to participate and qualify for prize money

This year's Battle of the Bits will be led by Miguel & Holly of Hits 96.1 Charlotte and once again sponsored by Good Parts Media - an AdLarge Company.





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MBC's Loud FM Brings 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest' And 'American Top 40' To Middle East And Beyond

THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– MBC Group, the largest and leading media company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, announced the addition of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” to MBC LOUD FM – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) format radio station. “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” joins the station on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday) from 4 – 7 p.m. KSA, while “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” now airs every Saturday from 4 – 8 p.m. KSA.

Tarek Majdalani, Station Manager for MBC LOUD FM, commented: “We are beyond thrilled to announce the addition of ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ and ‘American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest’ to MBC LOUD FM’s lineup. This marks an exciting milestone for us as it brings these highly-popular shows to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time. “It goes without saying that Ryan Seacrest is an iconic figure in the world of entertainment, with his productions reaching a huge following around the world. By featuring his hit shows on MBC LOUD FM, we are further enhancing our commitment to delivering diverse and engaging content to our listeners in KSA, providing an exciting and unique radio experience like never before. And we’re only just starting!”

“Launching ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ and ‘American Top 40’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on MBC Network’s LOUD FM is a personal career highlight,” said Tanya Juhasz, Premiere Network Vice President, International Business Development. “Working with Tarek and his team to launch the first pop station in KSA with Ryan as their drivetime host is an honor, and it’s exciting to be a part of the many amazing changes happening today in Saudi Arabia.” For more information, or to find a station in your area, please visit





iHeart Memo Outlines Use Of External AI Programs


Use of Outside AI Programs Not Allowed 'Without Explicit Direction From Your Team Lead"

THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– In an internal company memo by iHeartMedia's Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman and President/COO/CFO Rich Bressler, they wrote in part: "Although AI, including ChatGPT and other ‘conversational’ AIs, can be enormously helpful and truly transformative, we want to be smart about how we implement these tools to protect ourselves, our partners, our company’s information and our user data. For example, if you’re uploading iHeart information to an AI platform (like ChatGPT), it will effectively train that AI so that anyone – even our competitors -- can use it, including all our competitive, proprietary information.    

They noted, "We will be rolling out our own iHeart-specific AI solutions which will allow us to get all the benefits of AI while at the same time be able to protect our information and our intellectual property.  These enterprise-wide AI solutions will be geared specifically for the needs of our company, as opposed to a general market.  We’re already using AI in certain areas of the company with great results, and we’re excited about expanding that to make everyone’s work faster and more interesting, and allow us all to make the best use of our time by freeing us from our more mundane and rote tasks."

"In the meantime, to ensure our security around AI, and to ensure that we don’t harm our brands or our customers’ brands, or inadvertently disclose sensitive data, no engagement, development or specific project work which involves ChatGPT or other AI technology is permitted without explicit direction from your team lead."




NAB Leadership Foundation Announces Host & Performer For Celebration of Service to America Awards


THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) today announced award-winning ABC News broadcaster Gio Benitez as the host of the 2023 Celebration of Service to AAmerica Awards. The ceremony, which honors broadcasters for their outstanding commitment to public service, will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 6 at The Anthem. Benitez co-anchors “Good Morning America” Saturday Aand Sunday and serves as ABC News’ transportation correspondent.

Nelson Cade III, known for his raspy baritone voice and extensive repertoire, will perform during the ceremony and sing the National Anthem. Cade competed on NBC’s "The Voice" and was a finalist on John Legend’s team. He has completed two nationwide tours and has written music for Mary J. Blige and Bailey Coats.

For more information about the awards and event, visit




92Q/WQQK-FM Presents Free 'Family Day In the Park' On Saturday, June 3rd, At Nashville’s Historic Hadley Park

THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– Cumulus announced that heritage Urban A/C station 92Q/WQQK-FM, Nashville’s R&B and Throwbacks, will present “Family Day In the Park” on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Hadley Park in the heart of historic North Nashville. Stationed between Fisk University and Tennessee State University, two historically African American institutions, “Family Day in the Park” at Hadley Park honors those who deserve it the most – families! This will be a free event open to the public and will occur from 2:00pm–6:00pm CT. Attendees will enjoy live music from local artists, and “Cupid Shuffle” superstar Cupid will perform his smash hit as 92Q will attempt Tennessee’s largest Cupid Shuffle dance EVER!

92Q will also present the inaugural “Kwame L. Lillard Community Service Award” at “Family Day in the Park” this year, with award-winning Nashville-based journalist Vicki Yates as the first recipient. Kenny Smoov, Vice President of Urban Programming, Cumulus Media, and Program Director and Morning Show Host, 92Q, said: “Kwame Lillard lived his life with an energy that is also a key part of what makes 92Q special – A keen awareness of community. He understood the importance of the community working together and striving to build upon what our ancestors left us. This award will be given yearly to a person who strives to make our community stronger, better, and leaves a positive legacy for the next generation.”

Krista Hayes, Director of Promotions and Marketing, WQQK-FM, WSM-FM and WKDF-FM, said: “Family Day in the Park’s purpose is to strengthen the place we call home and help promote family values, healthy environmental outlets, and pride here in our city. We’re so thrilled to bring this event back and support small businesses, plus we have some huge surprises for our attendees this year!”




Superadio Debuts 'Hip Hop @ 50' Radio Specials To Mark 50 Years Of Hip Hop

THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, Superadio Networks is offering an 8-hour radio special, “Hip Hop @ 50,” spotlighting the most influential Hip Hop artists from 1973-2023. Over the past several months members of the radio and record communities voted via VOTEM.COM, for 10 artists in 5 categories, (Group, Male MC, Female MC, Duo and DJ) who have been the most influential artists in Hip Hop history.

Co-hosted by Ice Cube, “Hip Hop @ 50” will reveal the top vote getters during a series of 2-hour radio specials, airing on 4 consecutive weekends in June. For more information and affiliation information on “Hip Hop @ 50, The Most Influential Artists in Hip Hop 1973-2023”, contact Superadio at





Cumulus' WWO Presents Exclusive Multiplatform Audio Coverage Of The 2023 NCAA® Women’s College World Series

THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2023 –– Cumulus Media’s Westwood One, the official network audio partner of the NCAA, will broadcast every game of the Women’s College World Series beginning with the preliminary games on Thursday, June 1, when eight teams will compete in a double elimination format. The two bracket survivors will meet in a best-of-three series beginning on Wednesday, June 7 to determine the NCAA champion. The Women’s College World Series will be held at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City for the 26th consecutive time and 33rd time overall.

The broadcast crews for the Women’s College World Series will feature Ryan Radtke and Chris Plank as play-by-play announcers; former Oklahoma and Team USA outfielder Destinee Martinez and Hall of Famer Leah (O’Brien) Amico will serve as the analysts. Amico was a three-time WCWS Champion while at Arizona and a three-time U.S. Olympic Softball Gold Medalist. She still holds the NCAA record for highest batting average in a single tournament, hitting .750 in 1994. Taylor Davis will be the field reporter for the best-of-three championship series.



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Fred Jacobs: Learning From Ron DeSantis On Best & Worst Ways For Pulling Off A Successful Station Launch


THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– In his blog today, Fred Jacob takes aim at last week's DeSantis campaign which launched its long-awaited presidential run with a national audio livestream on Twitter. Like new station startups, these events need to be carefully planned and orchestrated. Today's he shares 10 key factors that apply to both political campaigns and radio station startups. And yes, for radio, it is a cautionary tale.

Jacobs says, these days, radio station format launches tend to be less spectacular and more pedestrian.  Many stations use similar tactics – often a commercial-free stunt that accompanies the new format.  (And it always goes away.)  Most of the time, personalities, features, and other accoutrements are added over time.  The key is often getting that new format on the air, then course-correcting over time.  Efficient, perhaps, but far from exciting and attention-getting.  Few station launches over the last decade (at least) have stood out as exciting, memorable, or important. It's different in politics.  And last week, we saw how the DeSantis team tried – and failed – to seize the opportunity.

So, how did DeSantis approach this key opportunity to make his mark on a presidential nomination that's looking more and more like another Trump runaway?  Click Here to see the 10 things the Ron DeSantis campaign might have reconsidered before undertaking its sorry launch last week




Man Suspected Of Killing Utah Host Gaby Ramos Extradited From Mexico

THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– A man is facing multiple charges, including aggravated murder of Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, known on-air as Gaby Ramos, who was shot multiple times on Oct. 17, 2021. Ramos, had worked as a host on La Más Picosita on KMRI/1550 AM since March 2020. Salt Lake City Tribune's Kolbie Peterson reports A man who had fled to Mexico after prosecutors say he killed lRamos has been extradited from Mexico, Taylorsville police announced Friday. Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea, 36, is accused of killing Ramos. Burciaga-Perea arrived in Utah late Friday after being extradited from Mexico City, according to a news release. The U.S. Marshals Service turned Burciaga-Perea over to the Taylorsville Police Department, and he is now in Salt Lake County jail.

Castilla, was fatally shot in her sister’s home in Taylorsville on Oct. 17, 2021, police said, police said. Burciaga-Perea was a former romantic partner. Charging documents state that Burciaga-Perea and Sifuentes Castilla, who weren’t together at the time, went to the same party prior to her killing, and Burciaga-Perea became “enraged” when he saw her dancing with another man. Later that night, Sifuentes Castilla went to her sister’s home in Taylorsville, where Burciaga-Perea showed up, police said. Castilla and her sister were able to force him out of the house, but he returned about 15 minutes later. Burciaga-Perea shot Castilla several times, and continued to shoot her as she lay on the floor, charging documents state. Read Article Here -




MSBC 35's Classic 'Battle of The Bits' Session Adds A New Twist To This Year's Competition


THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– There's a new twist this year for MSBC's highly popular 'Battle of The Bits.' For the first time in over 30 years, those planning to attend can 'pre-submit their top 'ideas' for consideration! Plus, you can send along video footage, snapshots and more to share during the session. Our panel of judges will then have an opportunity to take an even closer look at your idea(s) in consideration of prizes. The more ideas received in advance, the better.

Once our all-star panel of judges is finalized, we'll share more details. But in the meantime, submit your ideas HERE. Battle of the Bits contestants must be registered to participate and qualify for prize money

This year's Battle of the Bits will be led by Miguel & Holly of Hits 96.1 Charlotte and once again sponsored by Good Parts Media - an AdLarge Company.




Bob Waugh Joins Paragon As Consultant

THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– Paragon welcomes Bob Waugh as the latest addition to our consulting team. Waugh will work with Paragon’s Triple A consulting and research radio station clients. Waugh remains in Annapolis, MD.

Waugh’s 43-year radio career began at WLIR on Long Island in 1978. In 1985, he moved to K-Rock New York. In 1991, Waugh joined Washington D.C.’s WHFS, where he became Music Director/Assistant Program Director and producer of the HFStival. Waugh signed on WRNR in Annapolis as Music Director in 2004 and was Program Director until the station was sold earlier this year.

Paragon CEO Mike Henry commented, “I’ve admired Bob’s work for decades since we both started in progressive rock radio in the late 1970s. His path is legendary, from WLIR to K-Rock to WHFS to WRNR. Bob brings decades of hands-on programming experience and a well-earned reputation as an industry leader to Paragon.”

Waugh said, “I felt like I’d accomplished a lot over 40+ years, and the time came to hang up the headphones, but I knew I still had much to offer, so I was just waiting for an opportunity that would truly excite me. I have a ton of respect for Mike Henry and the tremendous impact Paragon has had in the industry, Triple A radio in particular. I am absolutely thrilled to join his team, and could not have hoped for a more exciting kick-start than the chance to help KPNW Seattle establish itself in a market that has been the epicenter of music innovation.” Bob can be reached at




107.1 The Boss New Jersey's 'Kicks Off Summer' With Joe Nolan 'Blast Off'

THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– Press Communications’ Classic Rock WWZY/WBHX (107.1 The Boss) celebrated the start of the season at the famed Jersey Shore with its “Summer Blast Off 2023: Joe Nolan’s First Day of Summer” live from The Crab’s Claw in Lavalette, NJ.

The Blastoff began at WPLJ and continued at WCBS-FM/New York with Nolan and marked its 30th anniversary on The Boss this year. Returning for the occasion, Scott Shannon and Naomi DiClemente phoned in with Patty Steele, Brad Blanks, Ross Brittain, Steve Kingston and Kermit The Wonder Frog live in house.

Anchoring the 9-hour broadcast with Nolan were Robby & Rochelle in the Morning and Ralphie Aversa. The broadcast featured performances both live in person and via zoom from Ed Roland of Collective Soul (who appeared at the 2nd Blastoff), Broadway star

In an added twist, Mickey Thomas of Starship, who was performing at an event the same day for a competing station, made a surprise call into the show. VP of Programming Robby Bridges added, “It was a special day and a heck of a lot of fun to bring this Jersey tradition to life once again on the radio and we are thrilled to work with Joe and the foundation on it each year.




Cumulus Classic Rocker I-95/WIXV-FM Named Best Local Station In 'Best Of Savannah Awards'

THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2023 –– Cumulus announced that Savannah Classic Rock station I-95/WIXV-FM has been named the Best Local Radio Station in Savannah in Connect Savannah’s 2023 Best Of Savannah Awards. I-95 beat out nine other local radio stations for the title of Savannah’s Best Local Radio Station. The Best of Savannah Awards are presented annually by Connect Savannah and winners are nominated and voted on by the public.

Billie Marshall, Program Director, I-95, said: "We already knew our listeners rocked, but for them to take time out of their day to vote I-95 “The Best of” is an incredible honor!" DJ Rax, Operations Manager, Cumulus Savannah, commented: "I'm so proud of Billie and our team at WIXV. They are truly amazing, and they understand the assignment. A huge thanks to our listeners who make what we do worthwhile and to all our fans who voted for us – THANK YOU!” To stream I-95 The Rock of Savannah, visit:

Left to Right: Jess Samson, Promotions Director; Renee LaSalle, Midday Personality; Billie Marshall, Program Director and Afternoon Host; Sarah Lynn and McCracken, Weekend Personalities; and DJ Rax, Operations Manager.



Jess C To Join WiLD/94.9 San Francisco As Morning Co-Host And Producer

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– WiLD/94. San Francisco PD Mark Adams announced via a staff memo that Jess C will be joining Selena & Graham in mornings on The JV Show. This marks the station's first new addition on the show since the tragic loss of the show namesake Jeffrey 'JV' Vandergrift in March. Jess will also serve as the show's producer.

Jess will be arriving from iHeart's sister station, 102.5 KDON/Salinas-Santa Cruz-Monterey, where she handles afternoons and serves as Promotions Director. Additionally, she's been heard on several national Custom and Format Center stations, including WJMN/Boston and KZEP/San Antonio.

Adams added, “She’s passionate, thorough, and thoughtful, and possesses a strong social media acumen, which will benefit both the morning show and station. I’m excited for her to join Selena and Graham as we continue to evolve The JV Show on Wild. Her first day will be Monday, June 5th.



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MSBC 35 Announces First Annual 'Women's Brunch' Hosted By BIG FM San Diego's Corey Dylan

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 –– Talentmasters' Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is proud to announce its first annual Women's Brunch. The event will be hosted by Corey Dylan of 100.7 BIG FM | KFBG San Diego and will take place on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 at Good Graces located in the Marriott Uptown Dallas. The Women's Brunch is designed to be a mentorship meetup where attendees will have the opportunity to connect, share their experiences, and learn valuable skills to navigate the modern radio landscape.

"We're thrilled to host our first annual Women's Brunch" said Don Anthony, founder of Morning Show Boot Camp. "In our continued effort to support and uplift women in our industry, we're excited to provide yet another platform for women to connect and learn from each other." The event will feature a delicious brunch buffet and a mimosa bar, as well as prizes, special guests, networking and more.

"Several years ago, Dana DiDanato created The Radio Sisterhood at Boot Camp. In the years since, I have helped to curate a growing list of 140+ women who are supporting, mentoring, and sharing opportunities with one another." said Corey Dylan. "I'm excited to welcome so many talented and inspiring women to our 1st Annual Women's Brunch at MSBC Dallas!" Tickets are free this year with registration (until space is filled). If you'd like to attend, please email To purchase a ticket to the brunch only, click here.

Morning Show Boot Camp is the premier annual conference designed exclusively for top radio hosts, producers, programmers, suppliers and beyond. The conference provides attendees with valuable insights and tools to create compelling content, connect with listeners, and drive ratings and revenue. The 2023 conference will take place from August 10th to August 12th at the Marriott Uptown Dallas. Visit to register for MSBC 35. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Don Anthony here or call 770-737-2700



106.5 The End Becomes 'Lizzo6.5 The End' To Celebrate Concert In Sacramento


THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Audacy’s 106.5 The End (KUDL-FM) in Sacramento will celebrate Lizzo’s upcoming concert at Golden 1 Center by renaming the station “Lizzo6.5 The End” from 3:00 p.m. PT on May 25 to 11:59 p.m. PT on May 28. During those days, the station will play a collection of Lizzo’s hits and change all station branding online and social media to reflect the rebrand.

“As you can tell, we’re pretty pumped for Lizzo’s upcoming show here in Sacramento,” said Stacey Kauffman, regional vice president and market manager, Audacy Sacramento and San Francisco. “Lizzo has given listeners countless anthems, and we’re excited to showcase the best of her collection on ‘Lizzo6.5 The End.’”

Listeners will qualify for the grand prize of two floor tickets plus a Yitty prize pack in partnership with Atlantic Records and Live Nation.



LISTEN - Sheryl Crow Shares Why She Turned Down Joining Fleetwood Mac With Atlanta’s 'Morning X'


THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Sheryl Crow, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and 2023 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, made history on 99X Atlanta’s “The Morning X” morning show yesterday, telling co-hosts Steve Barnes and Leslie Fram and guest co-host Jimmy Baron what it was like to be asked to join Fleetwood Mac – the first time ever that Crow has confirmed this publicly. Stevie Nicks shared this little-known fact onstage Friday night (May 19th) at her Nashville show with Billy Joel, when Crow came out to sing “Landslide” with her. Then, Crow confirmed on 99X today that she did in fact make the difficult decision to turn down the opportunity to step in as a Fleetwood Mac band member when Christine McVie stopped touring, something she has to date never publicly discussed.

Crow also revealed that she turned the band down because she had two babies at the time, Wyatt and Levi, now 16 and 13, respectively – both of whom were on hand Friday night to see their mom perform with Nicks. Crow shared what she thinks about being inducted into the 2023 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and why she did not go out with Jimmy Baron when he asked her out in 1996, when she first visited 99X. Listen to interview HERE ! FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: PHOTO CREDIT Dove Shore.jpeg




Premiere Networks And Amy Brown Add' Soul Sessions with Amanda Rieger Green' To Podcast Network

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Premiere Networks and Amy Brown, co-host of iHeartMedia’s CMA and ACM Award-winning Country radio program “The Bobby Bones Show” and host of the popular “4 Things with Amy Brown” podcast, announced the addition of “Soul Sessions with Amanda Rieger Green” to The Amy Brown Podcast Network.

“Amanda is truly talented at helping people discover their full potential,” said Brown. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to the network as she guides listeners who want to live a more fulfilling life.” “I’m excited to share the ‘Soul Sessions’ podcast and ignite a divine spark, a higher vibrational frequency in the minds and hearts of listeners,” shared Green. “May it be faith building, fear healing and healthfully contagious, in the most healthful uplifting of ways. I’m so thankful to Amy and her exceptionally talented podcast team for this opportunity.”

The Amy Brown Podcast Network was launched in October 2020 and features a slate of lifestyle, health and wellness podcasts.Visit to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Soul Sessions with Amanda Rieger Green” on your favorite device



Audacy Honored With 30 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association 830 WCCO, KNX News 97.1, WBBM Newsradio, WBEN and WCBS 880 Win Distinguished “Overall Excellence” Award Audacy was honored with 30 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

12 Audacy markets were honored, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. 830 WCCO in Minneapolis, KNX News 97.1 in Los Angeles, WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, WBEN in Buffalo and WCBS 880 in New York captured the distinguished “Overall Excellence” Award. Complete list of Audacy winners HERE




ABC Audio Announces Memorial Day Weekend Programming

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– ABC Audio announced four different specials available to affiliates for Memorial Day weekend. Programming includes two music specials ― a summer country music tour hosted by Parmalee’s Matt Thomas and a rock music special celebrating albums turning 50 this year — as well as in-depth coverage on the one-year mark of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School with “Uvalde 365” and “America Remembers,” highlighting war heroes and veterans.

Matt Thomas of chart-topping country group Parmalee hosts “Summer Road Trip,” highlighting the year’s hottest summer country tours. Listeners will hear from country music superstars like Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and more.

“Memorial Day 50,” hosted by ABC Audio’s Matt Wolfe, highlights top rock albums and songs that debuted in 1973 — 50 years ago. Artists featured include Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin and more.

“Uvalde 365” chronicles the series of events that took place on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas, when a teenager opened fire in an elementary school, taking the lives of 19 students and two teachers. This one-hour program hosted by ABC News correspondent Michelle Franzen .

“America Remembers,” hosted by correspondent Alex Stone, reports on America’s heroes. The special features Iraq and Afghanistan veterans still struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including combat veteran Steven Padilla, who battles with PTSD after a roadside bomb hit his convoy. The program also highlights gold star family members who have lost loved ones during their time of service and discusses how they are moving through their grief.



Cumulus' WWO To Presents Multiplatform Audio Coverage Of The 2023 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals And Championship Games

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Media’s Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NCAA, will broadcast the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals and Championship Games over the Memorial Day weekend. This year’s event will take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dave Ryan will call all the action for the 11th time on network radio, and 17th time overall. Former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon returns as game analyst for the tenth time. Evan Washburn of CBS Sports will serve as field reporter, and Brad Heller will host the pregame, halftime and postgame segments. 2023

NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S LACROSSE BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Semifinal Game One: Penn State vs. Duke Saturday, May 27 at 11:45 a.m. ET Semifinal Game Two: Notre Dame vs. Virginia Saturday, May 27, following Game One Championship Game: Penn State/Duke winner vs. Notre Dame/Virginia winner Monday, May 29 at 12:45 p.m. ET

Westwood One’s complete coverage of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament can be heard on Westwood One terrestrial affiliates and via SiriusXM. T



Albright & O'Malley & Brenner On The Hunt For Brand Manager/Prime Time Host

THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2023 –– Albright & O’Malley & Brenner has a prime opportunity for a Brand Manager/Prime Time personality in one of the most livable cities in the U.S.

You must be a persuasive leader, a self-starter, have a strong desire to get things done, and have fun! You are right for this job if you believe the media is about connecting and entertaining the local community if you live for building a station brand, motivating talent, being on the air, online, and getting out in the community! If you understand the importance of digital and social media to the radio station brand and your brand – we need to talk!

Must have at least three years of full-time management and on-air experience, plus production skills. You must have a passion for social media, vertical video, etc. You must be sales-friendly and eager to participate in street marketing. Qualified candidates should be creative, imaginative, inquisitive, and have good communication and organizational skills.

Please send your resume and aircheck to Kenny Jay,



7Lizzo With 'Stunning' Tina Turner Tribute; 'Barbie' Plot Revealed


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Edison: More Listening To Radio Without A Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 –– In Edison's latest Insights, it says until rather recently, the word “radio” could be used interchangeably to denote either the device -- the ‘radio set’ -- or the sounds emanating from that set. There was only one way to listen to radio and that was on a radio. But of course with the advent of streaming, and in particular the widespread adoption of smartphones, radio could be unhitched from the radio set. One could now listen to radio without the radio. So it is worth our while to get a sense for just how devices come into play these days for radio listening.

In Edison's most recent update from Share of Ear®, it shows that 86% of radio listening time among those age 13+ is now spent on a radio, so 14% is on other devices. The graph below shows that the phone is by far the biggest source of radio listening that doesn’t occur on a traditional radio – more than half of radio streaming happens on a phone. The graph also shows the same information among 18-49-year-olds.

As you can see, this group now does 20% of its radio listening through the internet, and more than two-thirds of that listening time is on the phone. Computers, smart speakers, and internet-connected TVs account for the remaining shares of listening.

Late last year we reported that for total audio listening, the phone surpassed the radio set for the first time. While it is always risky to predict the future, it seems reasonably safe to bet that the phone will be the primary battle zone for consumers’ time spent listening going forward. As of today, only a relatively small portion of time spent listening to audio on the smartphone goes to ‘radio’. As radio charts a future that is less dependent on the single-function ‘radio set’, success on the phone, as well as other internet-enabled devices, is imperative.



Ryan Seacrest Foundation Unveils 12th Studio At Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Memphis


THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 ––Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, opened a new state-of-the-art 1,275 square-foot broadcast media center called Seacrest Studio on Wednesday. Seacrest Studios are the charitable endeavors of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, founded by media entrepreneur, radio personality, and television host and producer Ryan Seacrest and his family.

On Wednesday, Ryan Seacrest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Le Bonheur to open the new space at the hospital, making it the 12th location of its kind in the country. Ryan was joined by country music singer Jordan Davis, actress, singer and humanitarian Kat Graham, and Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Jaron Jackson, Jr. for fun activities with patients inside the studio.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and its team to the Seacrest Studios family.” Said Ryan Seacrest, Chairman & Founder, Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “This marks the 12th Seacrest Studio nationwide, with more to come. I’m honored to work alongside a team of some of the best health and media professions to create life changing memories for patients and their families through the power of media.”

With today’s opening at Le Bonheur, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation will have successfully installed 12 broadcast media centers in pediatric hospitals nationwide with Memphis joining Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The foundation plans to open new studios at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, N.Y., and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2023. Photo/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital



iHeartMedia Launches First-Annual Access Day

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 –– On the first-ever Access Day, June 1, 2023, iHeartMedia will provide unprecedented access to the hottest music, artists, one-of-a-kind experiences and unmissable deals across the U.S. The 24-hour broadcast radio takeover event is iHeartMedia’s way of saying thank you to the hundreds of millions of listeners who tune into the company’s 860+ radio stations across the U.S. every month.

"Access Day is more than a celebration of radio, it’s a showcase of how iHeartMedia - the ultimate access company - can break down the walls between creators, fans and brands in a way no one else can,” said Greg Ashlock, CEO of iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group. “We give consumers unmatched access to the most amazing content, experiences and talent, and this Access Day we’re going all-in across 860 live broadcast stations in 160 markets across America.”

The full list of prizes will be announced June 1 on-air and will include once-in-a-lifetime experiences with artists, bands and influencers such as Beck & Phoenix, Dierks Bentley, DJ Envy, Big Time Rush, Bobby Bones, Steve Covino & Rich Davis, Colin Cowherd, Elvis Duran, Mario Lopez, Dan Patrick, P!NK, Charlie Puth, Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire, Enrique Santos, LL COOL J, Tyler Florence and Wells Adams and Angela Yee.

For more information on how to participate in Access Day, please visit or tune into any of your local iHeartMedia Radio Stations. About iHeartMedia



EVENTS: Save The Music and To Honor Leslie Fram, Mickey Guyton And Trisha Yearwood

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 ––Save The Music and today announced Nashville’s 4th annual “Hometown to Hometown” event taking place on Monday, June 5th at City Winery Nashville. This year’s event will honor CMT’s Leslie Fram and country superstars Mickey Guyton and Trisha Yearwood for their contributions to the music industry and their passion for music education.

Hosted by CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Cody Alan and Rissi Palmer, the much-anticipated annual fundraising event will feature special acoustic performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Madeline Edwards, Caylee Hammack, Karyn Rochelle, Leslie Satcher and Brittney Spencer with appearances by Tracy Gershon (President, TG Management & Consultants; Co-Founder, Northern Light Music), Cindy Mabe (Chair & CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville), Melinda Newman (Executive Editor, West Coast & Nashville, Billboard), and Julie Williams (Artist, CMT Next Women of Country & Black Opry). All funds raised from this year’s “Hometown to Hometown” event will support music technology programs in under-resourced high schools in Nashville, Georgia, and Texas; impacting the lives of thousands of students.

For the past 25 years, Save The Music has donated over $70 million in instruments and music technology equipment to over 2,500 public schools nationwide. With the support of sponsors and donors, including CMT, Gibson Gives, MAXISIQ, and MTV Entertainment Studios, “Hometown to Hometown” has become a highly anticipated event within the Nashville community, making a significant impact on music education in the area. For more information on Save The Music, visit PHOTOS/Courtesy of CMT



98.9 WORD In Greenville To Host Two-Day Live Coverage Special Addressing Immigration At the Border

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 ––Audacy’s News/Talk 98.9 WORD (WYRD-FM) in Greenville will host a two-day live coverage special at the Mexico-United States border on May 30 and 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET in partnership with Americans for Prosperity. Moderated by 98.9 WORD’S afternoon host Charlie James, the live coverage will take place in Yuma, AZ and will feature discussions around illegal immigration at the border. James will be joined by local and national law enforcement officials, along with local community leaders and migrants in answering questions about recent developments, technology advancements, cross-border traffic control systems, border and citizen security, quality of life in the border region, and economic opportunities.

“Our listeners are concerned with border security,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Greenville-Spartanburg. “Charlie will provide first-hand reporting from the border to give them reliable information and updates on the current crisis. We’re grateful for our partnership with Americans for Prosperity to make these two days of special reports available for listeners.”

“On this trip, we’re ripping up the talking points and bringing you actual observations and conversations with those directly affected by the crisis at our southern border,” said James. “I look forward to delivering these real-time moments to the WORD audience.”




VSiN And Binnie Media Launch 24/7 Sports Betting Radio Format in New Hampshire Market

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 ––VSiN, The Sports Betting Network (“VSiN”) and New England’s largest locally owned media company, Binnie Media, are teaming up to bring sports betting content to the New Hampshire radio market. The new VSiN Radio 106.3-FM HD-2 will deliver premier sports betting programming 24/7/365 to the more than 1.5 million people Binnie Media reaches each week in New England and beyond. “We’re thrilled to team up with Binnie Media to deliver the real-time news and insights New Englanders need to inform their wagering decisions,” said Brian Musburger, founder, and CEO at VSiN.

“New Hampshire was one of the first states to embrace legal sports betting and, with Massachusetts recently legalizing, there has never been more interest in the informative and educational sports betting programming VSiN delivers every day. We are excited to bring our team of betting experts to Binnie Media’s passionate sports audience, especially in Massachusetts, the home state of VSiN’s parent company, DraftKings.”

"Sports betting is quickly becoming part of the daily conversation. As we evaluated the options in this space, we landed on VSiN,” said Heath Cole, VP of Programming at Binnie Media. “Their programming is best-in-class and the support from the VSiN team goes well beyond the content we air on the station. From the short-form Action Updates to the digital content the VSiN team creates for our listeners, we think this content is, by far, the best in the space. We're very excited about the opportunity to bring this programming to our listeners."



98.5 KLUC Las Vegas On The Hunt For Chet Buchanan Show Producer

THE MOUTH, MAY 25TH, 2023 ––An exciting opportunity is now open at 98.5 KLUC in Las Vegas. The #1 Top40 morning show in Las Vegas, The Chet Buchanan Show, is looking for a new producer. Main requirements: a Social Media content creation BEAST (on all platforms), video production, phone-op, curating and editing show audio, show prep.

To begin, this is an off-air position, but can develop, in studio and on the streets. Must have a great work ethic, attitude and PASSION. Sound like you? If so, CLICK HERE



7Tina Turner Passes Away At 83, Celebs React; Tributes Pour In


Legendary Singer Tina Turner Passes Away at 83

... Celebs React: 'You Were Simply The Best'

... Tributes Pour In

... Her Life In Photos

... Beams In Final Public Appearance Before Death

... At Tennessee Museum, Fans Remember Tina Turner's Talent, Strength, Influence

... The Mix Group & Benztown With Special Free-For-Use Tributes -For Mix Tribute, Click Here - PW: proudmary - For Benztown tribute, Click Here

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NAB Gives Thanks To Ford & Lawmakers Following Ford's Decision To Keep AM In Its New Cars

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– In response to yesterday's announcement that Ford Motor Company has reconsidered removing AM radio from future vehicles in the U.S. and will now include the technology in their newer model cars, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt gave praise to Ford and lawmakers who led the way. “NAB commends Ford for committing to keep AM radio in their vehicles, which will keep Americans safe and informed, particularly in times of emergency. With tens of millions of listeners, AM radio continues to serve as a vital lifeline to the public and a critical source of community news and exchange of diverse ideas. “In light of Ford’s announcement, NAB urges other automakers who have removed AM radio from their vehicles to follow Ford’s lead and restore this technology in the interest of listeners and public safety.

"NAB thanks the numerous lawmakers who are leading the charge to keep AM radio in automobiles, particularly the supporters of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act. Their bipartisan voices are helping to shine a light on the need to keep this critical service. Broadcasters will continue to support this major legislation to ensure consumer access to AM radio in all vehicles."

Last week, over a hundred bipartisan House colleagues sent individual letters to Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Mazda, Volvo, Tesla, Polestar, Rivian, GM and Mercedes-Benz urging them to maintain AM radio in all vehicles. Under the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, the Secretary of Transportation has one year to establish a standard for all new motor vehicles in the U.S. to come with AM radio reception and playback. This feature should be clearly visible on the vehicle's dashboard. Between the legislation's enactment and the new standard taking effect, cars lacking AM radio receivers must be explicitly labeled for buyers. PHOTO/Ford




Edison: Spotify Is Largest U.S. Podcast Network In Q4 2022-Q1 2023 - SiriusXM, iHeart In 2nd & 3rd Place


THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– Edison Research announces the Top Podcast Networks in the U.S. based on total network reach for Q4 2022 – Q1 2023 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. The Top Podcast Networks are ranked by the reach of the producer or network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast. Spotify, SiriusXM Podcast Network, and iHeartRadio take the top three spots, respectively. Spotify and SiriusXM Podcast Network have taken turns occupying the number one spot on the ranker over the past year.

The list ranks podcast networks based on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. The Q4 2022 – Q1 2023 ranker includes increased sample size implemented last year and is based on surveys of 10,797 weekly podcast listeners age 13+.

The Top 10 Podcast Networks for Q4 2022 -Q1 2023: 1. Spotify 2. SiriusXM Podcast Network 3. iHeartRadio 4. Wondery/Audible/Amazon Music 5. Audioboom 6. The New York Times 7. NPR 8. Audacy 9. Acast Creator Network 10. Cumulus Podcast Network.

The Joe Budden Network makes its first appearance on the list at number 30 and the Blaze Podcast Network debuts on the list at number 28. Studio 71 moves up three spots to number 16.

This ranker measures reach as a percentage of the weekly podcasting audience. Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network. The network ranker is derived from data collected continuously during the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023, interviewing 10,797 weekly podcast consumers ages 13 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase-behavior information.



Woody Makes Small Screen Debut As 'Wood' On Season 5 Premiere Of FX’S 'Mayans M.C.'

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– Premiere Networks syndicated personality Woody, host of “The Woody Show,” will make his small screen debut on the season premiere of the hit FX show “Mayans M.C.” In the first episode of this fifth and final season debuting today May 24, Woody plays “Wood,” a member of the rival Sons of Anarchy crew as they escalate the bloody war with the Mayans M.C. on the gritty motorcycle drama.

“This was a totally different experience for me. I was a huge fan of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and have been glued to ‘Mayans’ since season 1, episode 1. So when the opportunity presented itself and I found out I was gonna be full patched member of the SONS, I wasted no time growing out the biker beard and pretending to be a bad ass. You know, method.”

Tune in to the first two episodes of the fifth and final season of “Mayans M.C.” on Wednesday, May 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX, and streaming next day on Hulu.

“Mayans M.C.” was co-created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. The series is executive produced by James and Sutter. The 10-episode fifth and final season is produced by 20th Television and FX Productions.



Iowa City/Cedar Rapid’s 100.7 The FOX is Now Back On-Air Following March Tornados

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia’s 100.7 The Fox (KKRQ-FM), Iowa City and Cedar Rapid’s Classic Rock station, announced today its now back on-air following tornadoes in eastern Iowa in late March. The Classic Rock station, home of The Bob & Tom Show and Hawkeye Football, has been available to stream digitally on the iHeartRadio app, but not able to transmit over-the-air after a 1,000-foot broadcast tower was taken down by an EF-2 tornado near Solon.

100.7 The Fox is now back on-air in Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids, and anticipates the main tower to be rebuilt and back to its full capacity by the end of the summer. Listeners can also stream 100.7 The Fox on the iHeartRadio app. Photon 100.7 The Fox - Facebook



HONORS: Marlo Thomas Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award During 48th Annual Gracie Awards


THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– The 48th Annual Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), illuminated the night with an extraordinary celebration of women in media held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Marlo Thomas, renowned for her groundbreaking role as television's first independent single woman in "That Girl" and revered as a Founding Mother of the Ms. Foundation for Women, was honored with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Tony Thomas, brother of Marlo and an Academy Award nominated television and film producer, presented the award to her.

Additional presenters and attendees included influential figures such as Atsuko Okatsuka, Jodi Balfour, Bishop Briggs, Keltie Knight, Kerri Kasem, Ellen K, Hallie Sahar, Harriet Dyer, Julie Carmen, Lily Moore, Rose McIver, Terri J. Vaughn, Chelsea Gilligan, Sharon Carpenter, and Medalion Rahimi. A special musical performance by 14-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren and Shayna Zaid, enthralled the audience, reminding everyone of the power of music in storytelling.

EXTRA’s correspondent, Rachel Lindsay, served as the Gracie Awards social media ambassador, and the ceremony was executive produced by Vicangelo Bulluck.



MIW Names Mary Zukin As First 'Speak Up’ Mentee

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, proudly announces Mary Zukin, Senior Sales & Marketing Executive, Iliad Media Group, Idaho as ‘Speak Up’s’ first mentee. Created in partnership with Media Staffing Network and Laurie Kahn before her passing, Speak Up! is a one-year program designed for one mentee from any department in a small to medium radio market. T

Mary Zukin is a Senior Marketing Executive for Iliad Media Group in Boise, Idaho. Mary's career started nearly two decades ago in La Grande, Oregon. After working for her hometown radio stations for two years, Mary decided to move to Boise and join Iliad Media Group as an Account Executive. Since expanding her career in Boise, she has quickly become one of the top sales executives in the state.

"I am beyond honored and full of pure joy that I was chosen for the Speak Up! mentorship,” added Mary. “I have always wanted to be part of MIW and respect so many of the women on the Board, this is such an unbelievable opportunity. I'm eager to get started!"



WTOP/Wash. DC WBZ Boston, & WBAL Baltimore Draw Multiple Regional Murrow Awards

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– WTOP, WBZ and WBAL were among the big winners in the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award this week from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The WTOP newsroom as a whole was recognized in the Breaking News Category for its coverage of the Roe V. Wade decision and ensuing reaction around the major ruling that upset previous precedent on the case established in 1973.

iHeart Boston's WBZ NewsRadio won four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of Excellence in Innovation, Breaking News Coverage, Best Newscast, and Excellence in Sound. In 2022, WBZ NewsRadio won three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence Breaking News Coverage, Best Newscast and Continuing Coverage. Breaking News.

WBAL NewsRadio Baltimore took home 5 Regional Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence —the station’s second consecutive Regional Murrow Award in this category. WBAL’s other Regional Murrow Awards include: • Newscast for WBAL News Now at 6 p.m., anchored by Robert Lang; • Digital for and the WBAL Radio App; • Continuing Coverage for WBAL’s coverage of the Stricker Street row home fire in Baltimore that led to the deaths of 3 firefighters in January 2022; • Excellence in Writing for Josh Spiegel’s Commentary. This is Spiegel’s 7th Regional Murrow in this category.



Blake Fulton Rises To Market President For iHeart Birmingham, Tuscaloosa And Huntsville

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– iHeart named Blake Fulton Market President for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, effective immediately. Blake will report to Ronnie Bloodworth, Area President for iHeartMedia Midsouth Area.

“Blake will bring his energy and leadership skills to our teams and help serve our clients, listeners and communities to be the best in the industry. I’m excited for the future,” said Bloodworth. Blake joins the North Alabama markets from inside iHeartMedia, where he most recently served as the Regional SVPS. Prior to that he served as the one of the principles for Gabriel Media.

“The plan and vision the leadership team at iHeartMedia shared with me, along with the wildly talented teams in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa, has me beyond excited about the days ahead. I can’t wait to collaborate, both internally and externally, to develop market leading content and drive results for the thriving business communities in these three amazing markets,” said Blake Fulton.



Urban One's Radio One-DC Welcomes Brian McGhee As New Sales Director

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– Urban One’s Radio One-DC has hired Brian McGhee as the new Director of Sales for its cluster of stations in the Washington, DC area effective June 20th. “Brian has a track record of taking leadership, customer service, and community service to the highest levels, while working with his teams to reinvent themselves. That’s how we do things at Radio One-DC. We’re thrilled to welcome Brian as we craft historic success on the horizon,” said Jeffery Wilson, Sr. Regional Vice President & General Manager.

Brian most recently served as Market President/General Manager for Townsquare Media in Rockford, IL. His sales career included roles with Max Media in Southern Illinois and with iHeartMedia in Nashville. He has previously led sales teams as GSM with iHeartMedia in St. Louis, and Chicago.

“I am both honored and excited to join such a talented team at Urban One in DC. The opportunity to work with such an iconic company and incredible brands is absolutely amazing. I look forward to continuing the culture of winning that is already in place here,” said McGhee.



Podbean Presents, Free Virtual 'Journey of Hope: The Story of Vietnamese Boat People'

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2023 –– The "Vietnamese Boat People" podcast, created by Tracey Nguyen Mang, has gained widespread recognition for its unique ethos and powerful storytelling. The podcast empowers Vietnamese people to share their family stories and encourages others to listen and learn about their families' past experiences. Hosted on Podbean,

The "Journey of Hope: The Story of Vietnamese Boat People" event will feature a discussion with Tracey Nguyen Mang, who will share her reasons for starting the podcast, how she was able to gather community support, her experience creating a non-profit from the podcast and using the power of storytelling to connect us across cultures and generations.

"We're excited to be hosting the 'Journey of Hope: The Story of Vietnamese Boat People' event and celebrating the power of storytelling and AAPI cultural heritage," said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. "This is an opportunity to learn about the important work of the 'Vietnamese Boat People' podcast, to meet the creators and to share how podcasting can be used to inspire communities and connect generations."

"Journey of Hope: The Story of Vietnamese Boat People" from Podbean is set for Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, 6 PM EST/ 3 PM PST Online event (Livestreamed on YouTube and LinkedIn) Cost: FREE Register to join HERE



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'Karen Carson In the Morning' Inks Extension On Audacy's NEW 102.7/WNEW New York

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Audacy has announced contract extensions with Karen Carson, Johnny Mingione and Anthony Malerba – co-hosts of “Karen Carson in the Morning” on NEW 102.7 (WNEW-FM) in New York. Karen Carson (shown center) is a born and bred Jersey girl, on the air in New York City. She’s a mom who makes her way through wrestling matches, soccer, and dance, while entertaining listeners on their morning drive. Carson has also previously co-hosted at WLTW Lite FM’s “Karen and Christine in the Morning.” Her career includes middays at KOST FM in Los Angeles, as well WAXQ and WKTU.

As a native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island, Johnny Mingione aka Johnny Drama (top right), started his career as an intern/sandwich-getter for Jimmy Fallon and “Regis & Kelly.” From there, he created viral videos and parody songs, achieving more than 50 MILLION views! Mingione is also in a punk rock band and loves playing music with instruments ranging from the piano to the ukulele and more. Mingione, the award-winning filmmaker, band member, and radio star, has appeared in sketches with a vast number of notable entertainers, such as Jenna Fischer, John Mayer, Wayne Brady, Cheech & Chong, Tom Green, Fall Out Boy and George Lopez, just to name a few!

“Intern Anthony” Malerba (top left) is a Brooklyn-born on-air talent and executive producer for WNEW’s “Karen Carson In The Morning.” You’ll quickly find out that Intern Anthony is no intern at all! You can hear him every morning doing dozens of impressions, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Griffin, Trump and Obama. His love for Brooklyn is almost as enormous as his love for fresh mozzarella, his girlfriend, his family and his car.



Keith Kauffman Joins Workhouse Media As EVP

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Talent and content management agency Workhouse Media announced that Nashville-based Keith Kauffman has joined the company as Executive Vice President. Kauffman will join CEO Paul Anderson and EVP John McConnell to expand Workhouse’s first-in-class talent and content business, as well as serving in a new senior management role for the company.

Kauffman comes to Workhouse Media with 24 years of experience as a practicing executive and entertainment attorney for multiple entertainment companies, including the last 14 years at iHeart Media as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs.

“Keith’s expertise in the industry brings to Workhouse Media a powerful combined background in content development, strategic partnerships and acquisition. John McConnell and I welcome Keith’s depth of experience to our team as we continue to innovate for our talent partners across all audio-first, television and visual platforms” says Paul B. Anderson, Principal & CEO of Workhouse Media, adding that he and Kauffman have worked together on both sides of the negotiating table for more than twenty years.

“There is so much opportunity for talent and content developers these days across multiple entertainment platforms. Over the years, I have witnessed Paul and John think out of the box on talent deals. The entire Workhouse team has been at the forefront of developing and creating both content and partnerships across all these platforms and I’m excited to join the best in the business and continue that development and growth with our talent and partnerships,” said Keith Kauffman.



SYNDICATION - 'The TJ Show' Has Officially Landed In Kalamazoo On Hits 96.5 WZOX

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– TJ Taormina, host of the TJ show, debuted Monday. Obsessed with radio since he was a kid, TJ made his way from interning, to a co-host of Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show in NYC (working on staff for 10+ years.) In 2013, TJ began hosting his own morning show on Boston’s 103.3 Amp Radio and his passion for radio is deeper than ever.

TJ stated, "I’m honored that Midwest Communications is welcoming our show into their amazing radio family. This company's passion for radio is inspiring. Thank you to Jay Morris, Jordan Lass, and Jeff McCarthy for the opportunity to be a part of Hits 96.5 (WZOX/FM) in Kalamazoo!"

Market Manager Jay Morris, “I wasn’t looking for a show at the moment, but I was sold after spending 5 minutes with TJ. We are thrilled to begin this exciting new adventure in Kalamazoo”. Hits 96.5 Brand Manager Jordan Lass, “TJ is exactly what our brand needs. He goes above and beyond with his sincere and fresh approach to morning drive radio”.

For more information, contact Gemini XIII's Scotty “Pit Bull” Meyers, (516) 532-5342,




Blake Powers Lands Mornings On B106.7/WTCB-FM in Columbia, SC

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Blake Powers as Morning host on B106.7/WTCB-FM in Columbia, SC. Powers is a voice talent for Cumulus Media’ Westwood One Hot AC and CHR formats and will continue in that role, in addition to hosting Morning Drive on B106.7. He has been on-air in markets including Dallas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and West Palm Beach. Powers will debut on B106.7 on Tuesday, May 30th.

Tammy O’Dell, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Columbia, said: “Blake’s vast experience in Adult Contemporary radio will bring our B106.7 listeners new perspectives while keeping our focus on our local Columbia area. We look forward to his insights, engagement, and entertainment on B106.7.” Powers commented: "B106.7 is building an exciting new team and experiencing positive growth. There is nothing like being a part of that kind of energy and I look forward to adding my own by making B106.7's Morning Show fun, interactive, and local. Thanks to the Cumulus leadership team for their encouragement, support, and warm welcome. Now... let's light the fuse and make things POP!”




Saga Des Moines Taps Matthew Hanlon As Director Of Sales

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Hanlon will oversee the sales operations in Des Moines and Mitchell, SD. Most recently Mr. Hanlon managed Audacy in Charlotte, NC. He also worked at Katz Media for 10 years and Citadel Broadcasting for 10 years.

Hanlon said, “Saga is considered the finest company in the radio industry and has been for decades. I am both excited and honored to be here.” Stephanie Heide, General Manager, of the Des Moines Radio Group said, “We are excited to have Matt join Des Moines Radio Group as our Director of Sales. His extensive knowledge and experience will enhance our talented and thriving sales team and he will make a positive impact for our clients in Central Iowa.”




Old Dominion To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 LA During Entire Month Of June

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Acclaimed country band and recently crowned 6X ACM “Group of the Year,” Old Dominion are returning to “take over” the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO), acting as guest host throughout the month of June from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday June 5, 2023 through Friday June 30, 2023.

“We couldn’t be more excited than to partner with country superstars Old Dominion for our guest hosting show in June! They are amazing musicians and have a huge following in Southern California” states KKGO Station Manager Michael Levine. Fans around the world will be able to hear Old Dominion each day at and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.

Old Dominion are currently the 5X reigning CMA and 6X reigning ACM “Group of the Year.” The band also earned nominations for “Album of the Year” at the 2022 CMA Awards and for “Favorite Country Duo or Group” at the 2022 American Music Awards.




EVENTS: Audacy LA Gives Listeners A Chance To Win Their Own 'Swiftie Taycation'

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Audacy LA is giving its listeners a chance to win a trip for four to see Taylor Swift's final shows of the sold out Eras Tour at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. It's Tay in LA! All they have to do is listen to music on it favorite Aucacy station.

Now through 11:59PM ET on July 4, listeners logged in and listening to select stations on the Audacy app or on will automatically receive one entry for every full hour listened. Every hour you listen is another chance to win. The winner will be randomly selected July 10. The grand prize includes and trip for four to LA to see Taylor Swift on back to back nights (August 8 & 9) of her Eras Tour with roundtrip airfare, hotel, and an autographed Taylor Swift guitar!

Photo credit Audacy By Monica Rivera





Cumulus' 103.3 WKDF-FM And 95.5 NASH WSM-FM Announce All-Star Lineup For CMA Fest Week

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2023 –– Cumulus Media Nashville Country radio stations 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM and 95.5 NASH Icon/WSM-FM have joined forces again and partnered with AEG Presents to bring a star-studded lineup of Country hitmakers for the annual “Country Kick-Off” live concert to CMA Fest Week in Nashville.

The live concert event will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Skydeck on Broadway, downtown Nashville’s newest rooftop stage with stunning skyline views. Country superstars Brett Young, Scotty McCreery, Russell Dickerson, and Morgan Evans will perform, with acoustic sets by Tenille Arts, Jordan Harvey and HunterGirl.

Charlie Cook, Vice President/Country, Cumulus Media, and Operations Manager, WKDF-FM and WSM-FM, said: “We are thrilled to assemble this great lineup of some of Country’s most exciting artists to kick off Nashville's biggest week of music. Thank you to our label and management partners for making this our biggest Country Kick-Off yet!”



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NAB Voices Concern That Chat Bots May Use Broadcasters’ Copyrighted Works 'Without Compensation'


THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2023 ––NAB's VP of Public Policy, Anna Chauvet, pens in her blog titled: AI: An Early View of Its Impact on Broadcasting' that A.I. is now all the talk in Washington, D.C. "Yesterday, I participated in the SUnited States Copyright Office’s listening session on the use of AI in relation to audiovisual content. It was humbling to speak on behalf of local broadcasters on this timely issue that directly impacts our television and radio station members and the hundreds of millions of Americans that depend on them."

Chauvet says, "Many in the radio and television business are excited about the efficiencies and operational help AI tools can provide. This includes scripting commercials and first drafts of content that can then be reviewed by station personnel, speeding up transcription services and even helping create first drafts of social media posts for on-air talent. But there are also some concerns.

One of those issues is how AI chat bots may use broadcasters’ copyrighted works without providing any compensation. This could harm stations’ ability to invest in local news and on-the-ground reporting, which is an extremely costly service broadcasters provide to the public free of charge. Ultimately, this would hurt our communities and their ability to be informed about things happening on a local, state and national level.

Many in the radio and television business are excited about the efficiencies and operational help AI tools can provide. This includes scripting commercials and first drafts of content that can then be reviewed by station personnel, speeding up transcription services and even helping create first drafts of social media posts for on-air talent. But there are also some concerns. Read Blog Here



Jācapps Launches 'Essential' App To Support AM Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2023 ––jācapps, the award-winning mobile strategy and development company, is moving to make sure AM stations can easily get their streams on smartphones, tablets, and into cars via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The jācapps Essential app is a simplified version of the company’s industry leading V5 mobile app platform for radio and podcasters.

In this new product, stations get a basic but branded mobile app with all the “essential” features needed for AM radio stations to remain vital and competitive in cars: a stream, a podcast feed, and, most importantly, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all rolled into a branded app. This new, low-cost product is being offered without a set-up fee, for just a low monthly maintenance fee all broadcasters can afford to ensure the app experience is as strong as possible as operating systems change.

“The big story in 2023 is the volatile state of the car dashboard, especially for AM broadcasters. jācapps has come up with a cost-effective solution for AM stations that need to remain competitive and vital,” said Fred Jacobs, jācapps’ co-founder and president of Jacobs Media.

The jācapps Essential app will help stations of any size put their content where their audience spends most of their time – on their iPhone or Android smartphone – while staking out real estate in the central venue for radio, the car dashboard. For more details and a full presentation, please contact Mike Robinson -



NETWORKS: Throwback Brands’ 'Retro Pop Reunion' With Memorial Day Weekend Special

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2023 ––Throwback Brands’ Retro Pop Reunion, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, is sailing into summer this Memorial Day weekend with its inaugural Retro Pop Yacht Rock special. The four-hour show, hosted by “Captain Joe” Cortese, will feature the “smoothest sailing tunes” of the ‘80s from Daryl Hall and John Oates, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and more, with the backstories on how these songs are hot all over again.

This one-time special will be commercial-free and contract-free, pending market availability, to any station that wants to sail into the summer with us. Retro Pop Reunion, the newest program to join the Throwback Brands lineup, airs four hours of ‘80s and ‘90s hits each weekend. For additional information on bringing this special to your market, contact or visit by Monday, May 22, 2023.



'The History Of Rock ‘N’ Roll With Wink Martindale' Picks Up Awards, Airs 100th Episode

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2023 –– The History of Rock 'N Roll With Wink Martindale has picked up a “Communicator Award” from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and named "The World’s Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program" in the New York Festivals International Broadcasting Competition. This is the second year in a row that the show won these two awards.

The The History of Rock 'N Roll is an internationally syndicated, weekly, two-hour, oldies music radio program. This year’s awards recognitions coincide with the show’s 100th episode, which aired last week. Each themed HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL episode spotlights a different aspect of rock and pop history, complete with brief stories behind each song. Some of what is heard is funny, some outrageous, and some deeply moving. But once listeners learn the facts behind their favorite songs, they never hear them again in exactly the same way -- because now they know the inside stories.

Some of these insights come from host Wink Martindale; others from the original hitmakers themselves. The History of Rock 'N Roll produced by Reserve Productions and syndicated throughout North America by G Networks. It is represented around the rest of the world by Radio Express. For more information and to hear the series’ demo. visit on the G Networks website.



Audacy Milwaukee Teams With Susan G. Komen Wisconsin

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2023 –– Audacy has partnered with Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization. As part of the partnership, Audacy Milwaukee, which includes 1250AM The Fan (WSSP-AM), 99.1 The Mix (WMYX-FM), 103.7 Kiss FM (WXSS-FM) and Hot 105.7 (WXSS-HD2), will become the official radio media sponsor of the organization’s Wisconsin division.  

The stations will unite to support Susan G. Komen with a “One in Eight” program spotlighting the fact that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. On the eighth, eighteenth, and twenty-eighth day of each month, the stations will host a segment promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors.

“We’re proud to leverage our voice to inspire local community members to support the cause to end breast cancer in ways that unite Milwaukee and deliver much-needed funding,” said Andrea Hansen, regional president, Audacy Madison and Milwaukee. “Susan G. Komen is the leader in breast cancer research and the fight to find a cure and we’re thrilled to team up with them to champion their mission.” World without breast cancer.”

Audacy Milwaukee will also participate in Susan G. Komen’s “More Than Pink Walk” on September 24 in Milwaukee and promote the event through on-air, digital and social media.



Media Vet Shane Finch Passes Away At 59

We were saddened to learn that longitime Industry Vet Shane Finch passed away unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Saturday 4/20. We're told by Kipper McGee that he was his Marketing Director at Duke Wright's Midwest Communications in Iowa (KIOA A-F/KDWZ), before transferring to be the OM at their Wausau, WI stations (WRIG/WDEZ). He later programmed in Ocala/Gainesville, FL, before being hired as Musicmaster's VP/Business Relations for almost 7 years.

In 2020 he was named Sales Director for Enco Systems, Inc, and joined Dave Kerstin just over a year ago.

Art Vuolo adds, If you would like to send a card expressing sympathy, the address: Ms. Jana Finch 5480 SE 14th Court Ocala, FL 34480



Audacy Announces Extension With 'CEO Of Radio TikTok' Joshua 'Bru' Brubaker

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2023 –– Audacy announced a multiyear contract extension with radio and multi-media personality Joshua “Bru” Brubaker. Bru hosts his daily radio show on B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago, Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami, Live 101.5 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix, and 15 other Audacy brands from a street-level studio in Los Angeles, CA. He also hosts the weekly national “Country Sunday Nights” show across Audacy’s portfolio of country brands.

“We are so excited to continue the partnership between Audacy and Bru,” said Jeff Sottolano, executive vice president of programming, Audacy. “His enthusiastic personality shines through on the air, in video, and across social platforms, and he has the ability to make any artist feel completely comfortable in his presence. He’s a total asset to our programmers and marketers across the company, and we look forward to watching him grow his network of followers across multiple platforms.”

"I am incredibly grateful to continue my relationship with Audacy,” said Bru. “These past couple of years have flown by. Their support and dedication to producing exceptional content have been inspiring, and I look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come. Thank you to David Field, Susan Larkin, Jeff Sottolano, Dave Richards, and the entire Audacy team for continuing to support and grow with my show!"




95.5 WIFC On The Hunt For Morning Show Co-Host

THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2023 –– Are you a Fun. Energetic. Contemporary. Friendly. Highly interactive on the air, on the street and on social media. Able to develop excellent chemistry with your veteran co-host Dave Kallaway in morning drive? If so, Top-rated 95.5 WIFC and Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications; a highly respected independently held company. Boasting a 100kw signal and decades of ratings dominance is looking for you.

WIFC in Wausau, WI, is your four-seasons play zone, offering boundless outdoor recreation, shopping, arts and culture, restaurants, amazing parks and a vibrant nightlife. You’ll work in an excellent facility; enjoy a competitive salary and a full benefits package. A good driving record and a valid driver’s license are required. You will be joining a solid team of professional talents.

This is a tremendous and exceptional opportunity for a hungry, hardworking, passionate talent. Send your audio, examples of your social media skills (videos, screen shots, etc.), resume & anything that best displays your talent. Send to: Operations Manager, Jon Reilly at or mail to Jon’s attention at 557 Scott Street, Wausau, WI 54403. WIFC-FM and Midwest Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.




Congress Introduces Legislation In Response To Automakers Taking AM Radios Out Of Its New Cars


THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– Sens. Ed Markey (MA), Ted Cruz (TX), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Deb Fischer (NE), Ben Ray Luján (NM) and J.D. Vance (OH), and Reps. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Bruce Westerman (AR-4), Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-7), Rob Menendez (NJ-8) and Maria Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-3), introduced legislation today in response to some automakers taking AM radio out of their new vehicles. The bipartisan, bicameral AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to ensure consumer access to AM radio in all vehicles.

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt commended them for their leadership saying, "In advocating for AM radio listeners. This legislation ensures that the tens of million Americans who depend on AM radio for news, entertainment and critical safety information each month can continue to have access to this reliable communications medium. As the backbone of the Emergency Alert System, AM radio is instrumental in promptly disseminating vital information across all mediums during crises, ensuring that communities remain safe and well-informed. "

Under the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, the Secretary of Transportation has one year to establish a standard for all new motor vehicles in the U.S. to come with AM radio reception and playback. This feature should be clearly visible on the vehicle's dashboard. Between the legislation’s enactment and the new standard taking effect, cars lacking AM radio receivers must be explicitly labeled for buyers.

According to The Verge, "Prior to the new rule from NHTSA, automakers selling vehicles without AM radio would be required to disclose that fact to potential customers. And the Government Accountability Office would be tasked with identifying alternate communication methods that could match the effectiveness of AM radio for emergency alerts.




Montana Becomes First State To Ban Tiktok After Governor Signs Bill Into Law

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– Montana officially became the first state to ban TikTok on Wednesday after Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill restricting downloads of the popular social media app into law. According to NBC, the legislation, which was passed last month, makes it illegal for app stores to give users the option to download TikTok and illegal for the company to operate within the state. The law is likely to face challenges in court arguing it restricts free speech, but Gianforte praised its privacy protections.

“The Chinese Communist Party using TikTok to spy on Americans, violate their privacy, and collect their personal, private, and sensitive information is well-documented,” Gianforte said in a news release, calling the law "the most decisive action of any state." TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter called the bill "unlawful" in a statement Wednesday, saying the app is a platform that "empowers hundreds of thousands of people across the state." "We want to reassure Montanans that they can continue using TikTok to express themselves, earn a living, and find community as we continue working to defend the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana," Oberwetter said.

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew told Congress in March that 150 million people in the U.S. are regular users of the app, which has exploded in popularity in recent years. Although Montana is the first state to ban downloads and usage of the app for everyone within its borders, limited bans have been issued federally and state by state for government-owned devices, as well as networks. Read Full NBC Report Here



KNX News 97.1 Los Angeles To Present Live Town Hall With 'Reality In An A.I. World


THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– The sudden emergence of artificial intelligence in the national conversation has spawned concerns about sweeping changes to daily life, education, the workforce, Hollywood and even our collective sense of reality. Audacy’s KNX News 97.1 FM in Los Angeles will cut through the uncertainty, today, May 18 at 4:00 p.m. PT with “Reality in an A.I. World,” a one-hour town hall broadcast and streamed live from the Audacy SoundSpace on L.A.’s Miracle Mile.

With A.I. a key sticking point in the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike, the panel will feature actor, screenwriter, producer and director Justine Bateman. Other panelists include Ramsay Brown, chief executive officer of the A.I. Responsibility Lab, Brandie Nonnecke, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and others.

“It seems like the impact of A.I. is suddenly everywhere you look and listen,” said Jeff Federman, regional president, Audacy Southern California. “Our audience wants to know how it will affect their lives, and they trust the team at KNX News to separate fact from rumor and hype.” Mike Simpson, host of “LA’s Morning News” on KNX, and Charles Feldman, host of “KNX In Depth” and “LA’s Afternoon News,” will serve as hosts of the commercial-free event, which will air live on 97.1 FM



KPLZ Seattle PD Lisa Adams Announces Departure At End Of July; APD Curt Kruse To Serve As Interim PD

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– Lisa Adams, Program Director and Air Talent of KPLZ STAR 101.5, has announced her departure from the station at the end of July 2023. After a successful tenure in Seattle, Adams is relocating back to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to her three boys and to pursue new opportunities that are yet to be unveiled. Adams' commitment to the station and her significant contributions to its growth and popularity have left a lasting impact on the Seattle radio community.

Adams said, "This decision was made with a heavy heart, but the chance to be closer to my boys, while exploring new ventures in Boise, is an opportunity I am excited to embrace."

With Adams' departure, Lotus will promote internally and is pleased to announce that KPLZ's APD Curt Kruse will step into the role of Interim Program Director for STAR 101.5. Adams further remarked, "If there's anyone on the planet that deserves this opportunity, it is Curt. His knowledge, experience, and love of this brand are unmatched." “We wish Lisa great success in her future endeavors and we are excited to see Curt take on this new leadership position in our company,” said Kane Biscaya, Lotus Corp Regional General Manager. Kruse commented, “Thanks to Jim Kalmenson, Kane Biscaya and Lisa Adams for this awesome opportunity. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of KPLZ.”



Longtime Host Jack Harris Pitching City Council On Tampa Ba Celebrity Walk Of Fame

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– On Tuesday, Jack Harris, longtime former host on WFLA Tampa, is set to lobby the city to move forward with his idea for a Tampa Walk of Fame. According to The Tampa Bay Times, he envisions it being like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but honoring national celebrities who have either lived in or have a strong connection to Tampa Bay. “I don’t think anyone would oppose it,” Harris said. “It would be a great attraction for tourists and residents.”

Reportedly, he’s been promoting the concept for more than two decades. On June 5, Harris will pitch the walk of fame to the City Council. “Jack is a legend in our region,” said council member Bill Carlson, who extended the invitation. “If he wants to have a discussion on something, I think he deserves a forum.”

Among the names Harris believes qualify for recognition. Current Hollywood stars Patrick Wilson, Brittany Snow and Angela Bassett were raised in Tampa Bay, as was late actress Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s maid in “Gone with the Wind.” Other names include Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Dusty Rhodes, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Muhammad Ali ringside doctor Ferdie Pacheco was born and raised here.

Read Tampa Bay Times Story Here



[WATCH] Kirk & Marianne Brings 'The Hookup” From Virtual To Live Event

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– During the pandemic, 98 ROCK Baltimore's afternoon show hosted several editions of “Kirk & Marianne’s The Hookup” as an online, virtual dating game. Two of the contestants ended up getting engaged, and this past Friday (5/12) they got married live on the 98 ROCK airwaves!

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640/WFNC-AM Morning Show Collects Almost 16,000 Pounds of Food For Food Bank

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– Cumulus News Talk 640/WFNC-FM’s “Good Morning Fayetteville With Goldy,” collected a total of 15,780 pounds of non-perishable food items for Fayetteville, NC’s Second Harvest Food Bank through a successful food drive and live broadcast on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The successful campaign was held in conjunction with the USPS Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive.

Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg, On-Air Host, “Good Morning Fayetteville With Goldy,” welcomed to the show guests from the U.S. Postal Service and the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as local politicians joined Good Morning Fayetteville throughout the week and on location to help bring attention and support to the fight against food insecurity in Cumberland County.

Goldberg said: “In a county where one out of every four children is food insecure and with the school year ending soon, it was more important than ever to make sure Second Harvest Food Bank was stocked up. Thanks to all our wonderful listeners for showing up and donating almost 16,000 pounds of food!”



104.5 The Beat Orlando Sets 'Barks In The City'

THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Orlando’s 104.5 The BEAT, announced its Barks in The City, a family fun event dedicated to celebrating fury family members in the community. One dollar per ticket sold will benefit Canine Companions, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to training assistance dogs for people with disabilities, free of charge. The event will take place Saturday, June 3 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Apopka Amphitheater in Orlando.

Barks in the City will feature 104.5 The BEAT’s on-air personalities DJ D Strong and Kelly V who will host the event and encourage listeners to pay for tickets and raffle tickets onsite during the event for a the chance to win a prize.

Partners for the event include Dogtopia and Solar Installers of Florida.



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