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Preston & Steve Ink Extension WMMR-FM Through 2030
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2022 –– As we reported yesterday, Beasley Media Group announced that WMMR-FM Morning Personalities Preston and Steve have signed a multiyear extension to their contract that will keep them on the air in Philadelphia through 2030, enabling them to celebrate their 25th anniversary with the station!
Past recipients of the National Association of Broadcasters’ prestigious Service to America Award and 2021 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees, the duo is known for their philanthropic efforts throughout the Philadelphia region. The annual I Bleed for Preston and Steve event has been recognized as the nation’s largest single day blood drive. In addition, the duo’s 2021 Camp Out for Hunger, the nation’s biggest single-site food drive, produced over 2.3 million pounds of food and over 1 million in cash for Philabundance.
“Amongst the multitude of things we have to feel blessed for, the fact that we will be able to continue to work for a company we are proud of alongside people we respect and admire is beyond humbling,” said Preston and Steve. “We could not be more excited.”
“Since the day we bought WMMR our goal has been to have Preston and Steve be a part of the station and the Beasley Family for as long as they’d like to be,” said Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley (shown above center). “This is a huge step in that direction. They are truly the “gold standard” by which you can measure all other shows!”
“Recent studies highlight the essential role personalities play in radio’s future,” added Beasley Vice President of Talent Development and WMMR-FM Program Director, Bill Weston. “Having The Preston and Steve Show locked in as WMMR’s morning is just fantastic news.”
Roy Brown Announces He's Leaving The 'Maney, Roy And LauRen Morning Show' On KISS 95.1 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2022 ––Roy Brown (top left), co-host of the Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show at Beasley's KISS 95.1/WNKS Charlotte, said yesterday "After 7 years of building the Maney, Roy & LauRen Morning Show," I'm leaving for Cincinnati!." He added that he will be leaving the station later this summer to follow his partner to Cincinnati for a new opportunity.
He said on Thursday's show," During the pandemic my goals and priorities shifted, and I started to re-think my long-term strategies for my family and my career. My partner and I felt that it was best to move to Cincinnati after he received a great job offer. Currently I do not have any lined up employment, and I am available, whether it be remote or within Cincinnati. It's hard to leave a show that I helped build. Maney and LauRen are truly my best friends. I feel like an artist walking away from his own canvas mid-paint, but I'm proud of what we accomplished and I look forward to my next adventure."
Wood first arrived at KISS from nights on Wheeler's K92/WXLK Roanoke, and Imaging Director for both WXLK and WSLC from 2010-2015. I also was featured on TLC's My Big Fat Fabulous Life for two seasons.
Meanwhile, Maney (top center) and LauRen (top right) and producer Nicole Weaver have not begun any discussions about Roy's replacement. WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Fred Jacobs: Broadcast Radio At A Crossroad: Where Do We Go From Here? 'We're In A Moment'
THE MOUTH, MAY20 TH, 2022 –– Jacobs Media's chief Fred Jacobs writes in today's blog that last week's presentation of Techsurvey 2022 unleased a barrage of comments and opinions from all corners of the industry. Radio Ink's Ed Ryan jumped on the story, and opened his publication to a variety of industry luminaries for more than a week. I read their remarks with great interest, along with many of you who commented on our blog posts this week, and on my social pages. It culminated with Ed giving me the green light to sum it all up in yesterday's Radio Ink.
I believe the dialogue has been healthy. We may not all agree on what's happened to broadcast radio, and what needs to happen to revitalize the industry. But I think there's acknowledgment we're in a “moment.” Technology, media, and society as we know it are all undergoing great change. And whether stations play too many commercials, not enough songs, or incessantly voicetrack may pale in comparison to how our lives, our jobs, our cities, and our institutions are changing.
After all, radio is a reflection of the fabric of people's everyday lives. It has long been a soundtrack for the commute, the workday, the weekend, and the nighttime scene. But as habits and patterns roil, radio listening and how the medium adapts to a very different America is up for grabs.
Today's post is that “sum it all up” piece I wrote for Radio Ink, with a few tweaks and changes. If you read it already, it looks like you get Friday off. But if you haven't seen it, I hope it provides perspective to some of the challenges radio – and all of us – are facing. To be sure, I don't have all the answers. And I struggle just like many of you do, trying to see the landscape clearly and objectively. I very much have appreciated your comments; they help me sort things out,especially when I factor in how radio broadcasting's shifting fortunes impact you and the stations where many of you work. READ BLOG HERE
Fred Jacobs will present findings from AQ4 (Air Talent Questionnaire) at the upcoming Morning Show Boot Camp 34 in Chicago Aug. 18th & 19th. at The Swissotel. Look for an invite to participate in the weeks ahead.
Mario Lopez To Host 'Celebration Of Service To America Awards'
THE MOUTH, MAY20 TH, 2022 –– Actor and television personality Mario Lopez will host the Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 7, 2022, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF), the ceremony recognizes local broadcasters’ outstanding service to their communities. The 2022 program will be held in person and professionally produced for airing later on television stations across the country.
Lopez, a two-time Emmy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author, producer and host, will emcee the first in-person Celebration of Service to America Awards since 2019. Lopez is the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily.” He also hosts two national iHeartMedia radio programs and has starred on Broadway in the 2008 revival of "The Chorus Line."
In 2021, Lopez received the NAB Television Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals for significant groundbreaking work in one or more specific art disciplines in television. Celebrity guests will present awards to station winners that will be announced at the June 7 event. Featured celebrity presenters include CBS Sports’ James Brown, a three-time Emmy Award Winner and Hall of Fame Sportscaster; Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” Juju Chang; American rock and soul artist Maggie Rose, who will also perform the National Anthem; and Angela Yee, co-host of nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club.”
For more information about the awards and event, visit servicetoamerica.org.
QUU Hires Radio Industry Vets Pete Benedetti And Lori Olsen
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2022 –– Quu Inc., has named radio experts Pete Benedetti (left )and Lori Olsen (right) to their Quu team. Benedetti has been named EVP of Revenue, and Olsen is Quu’s Administrative and Contracts Manager. These new roles report directly to Quu’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Newberry.
Benedetti is a longtime radio executive with deep experience acquiring, owning, and integrating radio stations in all market sizes, from top 20 to unrated; he’s operated more than 118 stations. Benedetti is a NAB and CBA board member, and Founder and CEO of AlwaysMountainTime — Benedetti will continue to be CEO, providing strategic guidance and oversight, while Krista Benedetti has been promoted to President and will now oversee day-to-day operations for the media company.
“For over thirty years, radio has been my life’s work. As we move forward, I look forward to collaborating with the best and brightest minds in the business to drive revenue and standardize dashboard display,” said Benedetti. “In this undeniable time of change, Quu is the industry solution for radio’s automotive challenge.”
“I’m thrilled to help Quu inspire positive change for the industry I’ve worked in for 21 years,” said Olsen. “Quu’s goal, and my focus, is to guide our partners every step of the way, working together to make the screenification of radio a success.” For additional information, please visit myquu.net. About Quu
KIKK 100.3 Houston To Showcase Texas Country Music In Special 'Sounds Like Texas' Sunday Feature
THE MOUTH, MAY20 TH, 2022 –– Audacy has announced a new Sunday evening show on 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM) in Houston to showcase Texas country music at its finest. “Sounds Like Texas” will transport listeners to a time when KIKK-FM was the only country radio station in Houston, featuring classics from legendary artists like Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, Randy Rodgers Band, Aaron Watson, Josh Abbot Band and more. “Sounds Like Texas” will air Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. CT, beginning May 22.
“The Bull understands the deep, organic relationship between Texans and their own brand of country music,” said John Foxx, Brand Manager, 100.3 The Bull. “The arrangement, instrumentation, song writing, production strategy and touring schedules are all integral pieces of what defines Texas country music and we recognize its importance to the region. We look forward to debuting this show with our audience and sharing the very best of what this genre has to offer.”
Hope Media Group And WAY Media Complete Merger
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2022 –– The Hope Media Group and WAY Media have announced the official close of their merger into a single media organization to be headquartered in Houston. The merger received a unanimous vote in January from each organization’s board of directors. Now operating as Hope Media Group, KSBJ and the WAYFM network will continue to serve their respective audiences under the existing brand names. It was a merger of equals and a cash-free transaction, reports Houston Media blogger Mike McGuff.
“We’re thrilled to officially join forces with Way Media to expand our combined impact,” said Joe Paulo, President/CEO of the merged entity. “This merger is much more than a business matter. Aligning our efforts is a positive shift within Christian media to create and share uplifting content that encourages and inspires audiences across the country. We could not be more excited for this next chapter as our media brands continue to be a beacon of Hope for all.”
WAY Media’s former interim CEO Tim Dukes serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hope Media Group. “Our vision is to integrate the best of both ministries to enhance our impact for the cause of Christ,” said Dukes. “As we advance God’s kingdom together as Hope Media Group, we look forward to continuing to serve our existing audiences with excellence.”
“The newly merged entity combines leadership from both organizations creating an ideal team eager for the challenge to impact a much broader group of listeners,” concluded Paulo. Key priorities include programming, development, media operations and innovation. The newly merged Hope Media Group brings together two organizations with a combined 75 years of ministry and media experience, beginning in 1982 with KSBJ/Houston and 1987 with WAYJ/Fort Myers. To learn more, visit www.hopemediagroup.com/merger.
Naima Joining 'Brian Oake In the Morning' On iHeart's Cities 97.1 Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ Cities 97.1Twin Cities, announced that Naima will join “Brian Oake in the Morning,” effective immediately. “It’s always great when I can bring back a prior employee who our audience loved,” said Rich Davis, Program Director of Cities 97.1.
“I’m ecstatic to be rejoining Cities 97.1 and returning home to where it all started for me. Plus, I’m beyond chuffed to be partnering with Brian Oake to wake up the Twin Cities! Massive thank to Rich Davis and the Twin Cities management team for welcoming this weird Londoner back into the fold once again,” said Naima.
Naima joins the Minneapolis market from Radio 1 in the United Arab Emirates, where she most recently served as Morning host. Prior to that, Namia worked at Gulf news as a Digital Content Editor for their radio stations and as a Production Manager at Swerve Entertainment both in Dubai.
Andrew 'Latty' Latimer Named New Morning Host On KIX 106/WGKX-FM Memphis
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Andrew “Latty” Latimer as On-Air Host, Mornings, for Memphis Country radio station KIX 106/WGKX-FM. Latimer, a native Memphian, graduated from Germantown High School and attended The University of Memphis before launching his radio career. He was previously Morning Host for Memphis Classic Hits station Q107.5/WHBQ-FM and was also an on-air personality for Memphis radio stations I96/WIVG-FM (Rock) and 101.9 Kiss FM/KWNW-FM (Top 40). Latimer will debut on KIX 106 on Monday, May 31st
Andrew “Latty” Latimer remarked: “I’m honored and humbled to be part of a legendary station like KIX 106. I grew up listening to the station and now it’s a dream come true to work for them and do morning radio in the city I grew up and love. Let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!”
Greg & Mere Stepping Away From Mornings On 94.9 Mix FM Tucson
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 ––Arizona Lotus Corp. 94.9 KXMZ Mix FM morning personalities Greg and Mere have decided to step away from radio their morning show to spend more time with their families and to pursue other interests. They'll continue to host morning until later this month. Meanwhile, Greg and Mere’s last show will be on Friday, May 27th.
“The entire Arizona Lotus Family want to thank Greg and Mere for their many contributions to the continued success of 94.9 Mix FM and Tucson radio over the years. We will miss waking up to their fun and entertaining show and wish them all the best in their new life adventures,” Arizona Lotus Tucson General Manager, Debbie Wagner.“
Greg Curtis has been broadcasting on the radio since 1998 with stops at stations including KZPT (Tucson), WBMX (Boston) and WODS (Boston). He's been a morning host on KMXZ (94.9MIXfm, Tucson) since 2007. “Mere” Meredith Dunkel lives in Oro Valley with her husband Matt. She has 2 kids, Clara and Chad. They adopted their son through foster care AZ. Mere opened the mic for the first time in the early 90's and previously worked at The Oprah Show with on-air radio stops including WTMX Chicago, KSTP-FM + WFMP in Minneapolis, KQBT Austin TX, KKFR Phoenix, and KMGA Albuquerque before joining 94.9MIXfm Tucson in 2017.
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HONORS: KOGO San Diego Honored With Edward R. Murrow Regional Award
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– iHeart San Diego’s Newsradio 600 KOGO, San Diego’s News & Information Station, has been honored with the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for a Newscast by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). A broadcast made by KOGO reporter Phil Farrar was singled out for the honor.
“KOGO News with Phil Farrar” will now compete with fellow regional winners for the national award. The national award winners will be announced this summer and presented at the Edward R. Murrow National Awards Gala on October 10, 2022. Newsradio 600 KOGO is part of the RTDNA’s Region 2 Large Market Radio Newscast category, which includes California, Nevada and Hawaii. The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.
PODCASTS: Audacy's 2400Sports Launches 'Unwritten: Behind Basball's Secret Rules'
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 ––Audacy announced the launch of a new show from its sports podcast studio 2400Sports in partnership with Major League Baseball. “Unwritten: Behind Baseball’s Secret Rules,” premieres June 1st.
Hosted by MLB broadcasters and former players Ron Darling and Jimmy Rollins, the show explores a different unwritten rule of the game each week - bat flips, no-hitter jinxes, retribution and more. Episodes feature special guests from around the game including Larry Bowa, Gary Sheffield, and Sean Casey. Every episode delves into the history of a rule, its origins, and the most famous controversies surrounding each one, putting them in cultural context.
“Unwritten rules have been in the game forever so I am looking forward to talking to Jimmy and some of our guests about how they were perceived while they played, and how these rules have changed over the years,” said host Darling. “Great baseball topics to discuss and debate.”
“I am thrilled to partner with Ron on ‘Unwritten,’” said Rollins. “Coming from two guys who played at two different times and both cover the game in its current state as broadcasters, we have so much knowledge and experience to pull from. It’s going to be unlike anything else out there.” LISTEN HERE
PODCASTS: 'Paradise Lost: Crime In Miami And About A Girl' In The Spotlight This Month At iHeart
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– iHeart has joined with Sonoro & Trojan Horse For 'Paradise Lost: Crime In Miami, a new true-crime show is hosted by South Florida natives Kareem Tabsch and Joey Daoud, and digs into cases that happened in their home state of Florida.
Episode one dives into Griselda Blanco, the infamous Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and in the Miami-based cocaine drug trade known as the Black Widow and Godmother for being one of the few women who ran a huge drug operation in a man's world.
Other original podcasts from iHeart in the spotlight include: About a Girl” (Season three). iHeartRadio and Double Elvis’s “About a Girl” is a scripted narrative anthology series about women whose stories have been in the shadows of their famous partners.
Hosted by performer, writer, and visual artist Nikki Lynette, the series brings focus to the many women without whom the landscape of popular music might be very different. Also, don't forget to click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up to date with the most popular and trending shows.
In Celebration Of Its 100th Anniversary, WGN Radio Serves Up 'Chicago's Very Own' Golden Lager
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– Brewed for WGN Radio's 100th anniversary, in collaboration with Metropolitan Brewing, Seipp Brewing and Chicago Brewseum , WGN is now serving its own beer at at taverns and pubs throughout Chicago. WGN Radio as 'Chicago’s Very Own' Golden Lager is a limited, exclusive release brewed specially for WGN Radio’s 100th anniversary in collaboration with Metropolitan Brewing, Conrad Seipp Brewing Company, and the Chicago Brewseum.
Chicago’s Very Own is a golden-colored lager with a mildly toasty, malty flavor that gives way to a clean finish and a spicy, floral aroma. The first cans will be available for purchase at Metropolitan Brewing’s Beer Release Party at the brewery (3057 N. Rockwell in Chicago) on Friday, May 20 beginning at 11am with celebration activities starting at 5pm. The Chicago’s Very Own Beer Release Party at Metropolitan Brewing is open to the public starting the week of May 23, while supplies last.
EVENTS: $1.5 Million Raised In 'Going Red For Women' Event Emceed By 96FM Host Sarah Pepper
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– The annual Go Red for Women luncheon and campaign took place in Houston emceed by 96FM Houston's Sarah Pepper. At the luncheon’s conclusion and announcement that the Go Red for Women campaign had raised more than $1,525,000, confetti bombs were released at each table as applause and cheers wafted across the ballroom reports Paper City Mag.
Sarah Pepper shared her story of having a heart attack at a young age, which she attributed to stress and lack of sleep. She led the two discussions in the program, first featuring SheSpace founder Stephanie Tsuru and KPRC Channel 2 creative service director Natalia Egan, who had her own battle with heart disease, and after the meal featuring Dr. Briana Costello and Dr. Stephanie Coulter, both of the
TOP PHOTO/Panelist Dr. Brianna Costello, emcee Sarah Pepper, panelist Dr. Stephanie Coulter at the American Heart Association ‘Go Red for Women’ luncheon - Photo by Wilson Parish courtesy of Sarah Pepper
WEBINAR: May Edition Of CRS360 Series Announced
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 ––The next installment of CRS360, “I’m A Fraud: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome” will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m. CST (Register Here). “Imposter Syndrome” is loosely defined as the experience of feeling like a phony, with even the most accomplished people often feeling they don't belong in their position, only reaching success through luck. Many people - high achievers in particular - have said they feel this way.
Featuring Gabe Young (Over/Under LLC), Marie LeMaitre (The Radio Fam), and Kyle King (Twitch) as panelists and Dan Mason (Creative Soul Coaching) as moderator, the May edition of CRS360 seeks to shed light on the subject in a relatable, informative way. “Discussion about ‘The Imposter Syndrome’ may have been the most relatable topic at CRS 2022. Just about everyone in our business has experienced it, because it’s real,” says CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis. “The scores for this session were off the chart, and the subject warrants an encore presentation with CRS360 being the ideal platform. The original panel returns, and we urge everyone to join us next week.”
To register to attend the May edition of the CRS360 webinar series, sign up HERE. Only a limited number of slots are available and are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Greg Burns Joins Nation Radio UK 7 Days A Week
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY19 TH, 2022 –– Former Hits Radio, Heart and Capital presenter Greg Burns is joining Nation Broadcasting. He’ll host Afternoon Drive each weekday on Nation Radio UK and Weekend Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Greg moved to Australia to host mid-mornings on Nova in Sydney in 2016 and returned to the UK in 2019 to join Bauer and going on to host Breakfast on Hits Radio. During the pandemic, Greg was moved to afternoons before ‘leaving’ the station earlier this year.
In Ireland, Beat Presenters Niall Power And Darren Rice Found - Ciara Griffin from Carlow has won €2,000 ($2105) after she tracked down runaway Beat presenters Niall Power and Darren Rice in the Marble City. It comes following a three-day escapade during Beat’s On The Run competition. Ciara finally caught up with the elusive Beat jocks at The Parade in Kilkenny City on Wednesday afternoon in a culmination to what’s been one of the largest promotions in Beat’s nineteen-year history. An initial bounty of €1000 was announced by the Beat 102-103 boss after Niall failed to show up for Beat Breakfast on Monday morning. Niall’s co-host Shonagh Lyons drafted Beat news editor Dean Egan in to present with her in Niall’s absence and together with their listeners, they tried to piece together Niall’s possible whereabouts. Following multiple failed attempts to establish contact with the presenter, the show received a phone call from an on the run Niall who quickly informed concerned listeners that they would have to track him down if he was to return to the Beat Breakfast hot seat. Another no-show occurred later in the day when Darren Rice also failed to turn up to present his Beat Drive show at 4pm. The absence left Shonagh with no other choice but to deputise as presenter on Beat Drive too. An increasingly irked Beat boss upped the ante with a €2,000 bounty for the Beat listener who found the pair. The message to Beat’s listeners was clear: if you don’t ask you can’t win. In the three days that followed, Niall & Darren travelled around the South East in disguise, leaving behind a trail of cryptic clues and calling cards for followers and Beat presenters to crack.
Laurel Celabrates 30 Years On 4KQ Breakfast In Brisbane Australia - Laurel Edwards remembers going home after her very first breakfast shift at 4KQ and crying herself to sleep that night. It was 1992, and – having just replaced Jill Ray – Laurel was only too aware she had some big shoes to fill. Hosting alongside Kim Mothershaw that morning, she was a bundle of nerves. It was merely a blip on the radar. With her engaging, easygoing nature, Laurel would go on to become one of 4KQ’s most loved personalities. Today, Laurel – mum of two and wife of country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley – can hardly believe this Wednesday marks thirty years since she first started setting the 4am alarm.
Music Executive Joe Galante, Singers Jerry Lee Lewis And Keith Whitley Join 2022 Country Music Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– The Country Music Hall of Fame has bestowed its highest honor to three more country music greats, Music Executive Joe Galante, Singers Jerry Lee Lewis And Keith Whitley. Five distinguished artists—two prominent musicians, a platinum-selling mother-daughter duo, and one of the most iconic musical artists in American history—were welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in an emotional, star-studded Medallion Ceremony on Sunday, May 1, at the museum’s CMA Theater. Eddie Bayers, Ray Charles, Pete Drake, and the Judds officially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in an evening filled with once-in-a-lifetime musical performances and heartfelt, and at times tearful, testimonials in a two-and-a-half-hour Ceremony.
According to AP, Lewis, 86, nicknamed “The Killer,” wore a red sequined jacket and white shoes at Tuesday’s announcement, where he was introduced by duo Brooks & Dunn. “I was wondering if they were ever going to induct me,” Lewis said at the press conference. “But they’ve come around and I was really glad and grateful for it.”
Originally from Ferriday, Louisiana, Lewis found fame under the guidance of Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, where he played alongside Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in the now famous Million Dollar Quartet. AP's Kristin M. Hall says, over the years, he’s been vocal about being snubbed from the Country Music Hall of Fame, saying he couldn’t understand not being recognized for his country records and contribution to the genre."
The Country Music Hall of Fame's newest members-elect will be honored during a private, invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the Museum in October 2022, with heartfelt testimonials and once-in-a-lifetime musical tributes.
Edison: SXM Media, Spotify And iHeart Take Top Three Spots In Podcast Networks For Q1 2022
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– Edison Research Unveiled its Top Podcast Networks In The U.S. for Q1 2022. Topping the list were SXM Media, Spotify, and iHeartRadio followed by 4. NPR 5. The New York Times 6. Audioboom 7. Audacy 8. Cumulus Podcast Network 9. Wondery 10.
These top networks offer a diverse range of shows that appeal broadly to listeners,” said Edison Research Director of Research Gabriel Soto. This ranker measures reach as a percentage of the weekly podcasting audience. Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network. Listening is credited to the producer and/or the network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast.
The network ranker is derived from data collected continuously Q2 2021 – Q1 2022, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. Surveys of 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q2 2021 through Q1 2022.
Sal LoCurto Named NPR's New Senior Director for Broadcast Programming Strategy
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– In a note to staff, Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann announced " After an extensive national search, we have found an experienced media professional to help drive the strategic direction of our broadcast programming (beyond the newsmagazines) and to oversee our relationship with external program producers. Sal LoCurto, a leader in the news and entertainment sector with experience in commercial media and public radio, will join us on June 6 as the new Senior Director, Broadcast Programming Strategy.
Sal notes, "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR's production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I'm truly honored to join NPR's team."
Most recently Sal served as Program Director for Member station KPCC in Pasadena, CA.
The Takin' A Walk Podcast Series Announces New Scheduled Releases
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– The Takin A Walk Podcast Series announces new scheduled releases from numerous recent road-trips. The newest release comes from a journey to the Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy Ohio from Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.
There will be a special NAB 2022 Collection from Las Vegas including Ben Arnold from the NPD Group, Bryan Biniak from Connected Travel, Fred and Paul Jacobs from Jacobs Media and MIW Mentor and Board Member Ruth Presslaff.
Also coming soon legendary Programmer Mark Chernoff, Little Feat Keyboard Player Bill Payne and Better Noise Music CEO Allen Kovac.
“Meeting new people and connecting with old friends is such a joy with the Takin A Walk Podcast Series.” According to Buzz Knight, The Takinawalk Podcast Series is available at Apple, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts or at Takinawalk.com. Subscribe Today.
Charlemagne tha God, Sean Hannity Among Hollywood Reporter's '35 Most Powerful People In New York Media' List
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– Nice to see some radio faces included among The Hollywood Reporter's '35 most Powerful People In New York Media' list. Shown near the top is Charlamagne tha God, co-host of the Premiere syndicated 'The Breakfast Club which originates from iHeart's Power 105.
In his profile, the feature say, "The 43-year-old firebrand host has made Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club New York’s most culturally relevant morning radio show for more than a decade, while adding TV projects (Comedy Central’s Tha God’s Honest Truth), podcasts (The Brilliant Idiots), multiple best-selling books, a comics imprint, scripted development and even a video series for The Hollywood Reporter (Emerging Hollywood) to his snowballing workload.
“Audio is my world,” he says over a Zoom in early May. “But I want to have my hand in a little bit of everything.” You can see his full interview HERE https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/35-most-powerful-people-in-media-2022/ at bottom of his profile.
As for Hannity, who recently passed Larry King as the longest-running primetime host in cable news history, they write: "The Fox News original has held down a primetime slot since the channel launched in 1996. Ryan Seacrest with Kelly Ripa was also listed - See article HERE - https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/35-most-powerful-people-in-media-2022/
HONORS: ACM Announces 57th Industry Award And Studio Recording Award Winners
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners from the 57TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ at the Grand Ole Opry House Friday night in a special moment. In between songs during Charlie Worsham’s performance, he was interrupted by a special announcement that surprised the guitarist-singer-songwriter with news that he won his first-ever ACM Award for ACM Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year.
Dierks Bentley sent a video message to Worsham congratulating him on his win, and Worsham gave a tearful speech to the packed Opry crowd, while giving heartfelt praise to the other nominees in his category.
All Industry Award, Studio Recording Award, and soon-to-be-announced Special Award recipients will be celebrated during the 15th Academy of Country Music Honors™ on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
PHOTO - L-R: Executive Producer and Vice President of the Opry Dan Rogers, Charlie Worsham, ACM CEO Damon Whiteside, and ACM Manager of Awards & Membership Haley Montgomery
iHeart Charlotte And Carolina Panthers Ink Multi-Year Agreement Making 99.7/ WRFX New Flagship
THE MOUTH, MAY18 TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte and the Carolina Panthers announced a new multi-year broadcast agreement partnership that makes 99.7 The Fox (WRFX ) the new flagship radio station for the Carolina Panthers Radio Network and the home for Panthers radio broadcasts in Charlotte. 99.7 The Fox will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show.
“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”
The Panthers were also on WRFX from 2000-04, after spending the first five seasons on WBT and then returning to WBT in 2005. “The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17, " Burns said.
EVENTS: 94.7 WCSX-FM Announces Its Stone Soup Freedom Wrap to Honor Veterans Across America
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Beasley Announced its Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project, a fundraiser for Vets Returning Home to a National Level with “The Freedom Wrap”. Big Jim’s House will take the 1974 Ford Bronco Stone Soup truck and will wrap it in pictures of Veterans from all over the country to say thank you for their service.
The Stone Soup Project has once again teamed up with various sponsors and encourages listeners to share their ideas on how to rebuild the Bronco, ranging on everything from deciding on the best paint to determining how big the tires should be. Once the Stone Soup Bronco is complete, it will be raffled off and one lucky person will win the Bronco. Proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit Vets Returning Home (a Roseville, Michigan based charity that assists ALL Veterans).
The Freedom Wrap will be unveiled the week leading up to the annual Woodward Cruise in August with the Bronco totally covered with images of veterans. Raffle tickets for the Stone Soup Bronco are ONLY $10 each. To upload a picture and purchase tickets, please click link below: https://wcsx.com/contests/honor-a-vet-on-the-stone-soup-freedom-wrap/#/rounds/1/gallery
Claudia Gonzalez Lands Middays On Urban One’s La Grande Radio Station Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Urban One announced this week the establishment of Claudia Gonzalez, On-Air Personality for Urban One’s Radio One division in Cincinnati. Claudia Karina Gonzalez Mendez will officially begin working as an on-air personality her during the midday shift between 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on Radio One Cincinnati’s La Grande 101.5 FM WIZF HD 2 radio station.
Claudia Karina Gonzalez Mendez, also known as Claudia La Coqueta, is a world renowned, multi-talented artist, celebrity, disc jockey, and television personality with more than 20 years’ experience as a radio and television personality in Mexico and the United States.
La Coqueta is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the Spanish broadcasting industry. Her contributions to the entertainment industry have received international acclaim and recognition through successful programs such as the television series “En Vivo” and radio broadcast “Que Buena” aired by Liberman Broadcasting, Inc., and “Entregas Inmediatas (Immediate Delivery)” aired by MVS Radio.
“I am very excited to be joining the team at Radio One Cincinnati and I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the La Grande brand and connecting with the Cincinnati community,” said Gonzalez. “I’m thrilled about the forthcoming possibilities and thankful to the entire Radio One team for embracing me and allowing me to be a part of the team.”
Zack Jackson Stepping Down From The 'Mornin' Thang' At K92 Roanoke
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Wheeler Broadcasting WXLK/Roanoke has announced that Zack Jackson, anchor of the K92 Mornin’ Thang, will be stepping down from the show after 20 years at the end of the Spring ‘22 ratings period. Jackson plans to pursue other interests both within the company as well as with his own digital marketing agency, The JPG Agency.
Jackson said, “I am incredibly proud of a commitment to continued excellence that we’ve been able to achieve on the Thang, but it’s time for the 3:30am bell to toll for somebody else. It’s an honor to have been with the same station for two decades, and I am also grateful for the company’s willingness to support me as I write the next chapter of my career. I came here on a ‘three year plan’ in 2002, so obviously it’s been a place that has been very good to me. I’m excited to once again challenge myself personally, professionally, and creatively.”
Jackson will be partnering his digital marketing agency, The JPG Agency, with Wheeler Digital to further expand each company’s services for digital marketing, branding, and audience engagement. Meanwhile, WXLK is on the hunt for their next morning superstar to join current show members Monica Brooks and Antoine Terrell. Inquiries can be made to PD Kevin Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, Jackson can be reached at email@example.com.
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Audacy's State Of Audio 2: TSL On AM/FM Streaming And Podcasts Has Increased +64% From 2015
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Audacy has just released their “State of Audio” e-book that details key insights relevant to the listeners, creators and advertisers revolutionizing audio. “Audio is a trusted companion to hundreds of millions of listeners and more than any other medium, the best way creators across the globe connect with their audiences authentically and intimately at scale,” said Paul Suchman, Chief Marketing Officer, Audacy. "Our second edition of the “State of Audio, The Disruptors: The Listeners, Advertisers, and Creators Revolutionizing Audio” focuses on the people, strategies, and content shaping Audio’s meteoric rise as a must have media for marketers.”
Key metrics from the guide include:
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FMR/EASTLAN: Listening Up 31% In Last Six Months
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– A study was conducted in March/April for FMR Associates and Eastlan Ratings clients to determine usage levels of local AM-FM Radio as compared to six months ago and how listening may differ based on radio market size or geography. Among the many findings were three positive signs for radio post-pandemic:
1. In the last six months, Weekly AM-FM Radio Listening is on the increase: 31% indicate they are listening to radio more, compared to 18% less. This finding is regardless of sex, age or market rank. This unique finding bodes well for traditional radio growing as the pandemic comes to an end and even as more audio options such as podcasts and streaming platforms are available.
2. While Weekly AM-FM Listening is up across all ages as compared to six months ago, it is greatest among adults 25-44 at 37%. Men and women are equally increasing their listening time with AM-FM Radio. More people going back to work, commuting and some cutting back on subscription audio or video services are among the primary factors cited for increased AM-FM consumption.
3. Current weekly AM-FM Radio Listening is at 86% in the 25 to 64 age group. Significantly, cume listening is strong and consistent regardless of age, sex, market rank or geographic region. The statistically projectable national survey of 25 to 64 year-old adults from the thousands surveyed each month by Eastlan was demographically balanced and geographically representative. For more info, contact Kent Phillips at FMR Associates Kent@fmrassociates.com
CareerBuilder Teams Up With BIN: Black Information Network To Launch '100,000 Careers' Initiative
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– BIN: Black Information Network and CareerBuilder announced they are joining forces to launch “100,000 Careers,” a first-of-its-kind career initiative platform that aims to connect employers who are seeking a highly qualified and diverse workforce with Black American job seekers who are looking to advance to higher levels or start a career. A critical step toward building wealth within the Black community is by providing resources needed to secure a career that offers stability, important benefits, and a higher income that can grow over time.
The mission of the 100,000 Careers initiative is to help people in the Black community find a job and build the career of their dreams. The platform includes tools to help candidates get started, such as job listings, easy resume building, and custom content designed to help Black listeners identify their transferrable skills and discover new careers. The 100,000 Careers platform will be a one-stop-shop for connecting employers with Black American career-seekers looking to advance.
Additionally, over 100 iHeartMedia Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel stations are supporting this effort by broadcasting daily career spotlights, real life testimonials, high-frequency broadcast messaging, as well as podcasting and streaming mentions.
“One of our highest priorities has been to call attention to the disproportionate income and unemployment gaps the Black community faces,” said Tony Coles (right), Division President for iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group and President for BIN: Black Information Network. “That’s why we are thrilled that our partners at CareerBuilder have joined us in this effort to help 100,000 listeners not only find work, but to help them leverage their transferrable skills to build careers.” For more information on The 100,000 Careers initiative, please visit the BIN: Black Information Network website or www.careerbuilder.com/BIN.
WGN Radio To Debut '100 Years Of WGN Radio' On Its 100th Anniversary In Documentary On WGN-TV
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– WGN Radio will debut the special “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective” on the date of its 100th anniversary, Thursday, May 19 at 7pm on WGN-TV. The 45-minute documentary produced by WGN Radio tells the story of the station, starting with its beginnings in 1922 when it was founded by Chicagoans Thorne Donnelley and Elliott Jenkins as WDAP, to highlighting moments throughout its century of history up to present day. V
Viewers will see the faces of familiar voices, including Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Steve King and Johnnie Putman, Dave Eanet, Mary Van De Velde, Dave Plier, and others, reflecting on their experiences at the station and sharing memorable moments. “100 Years of WGN Radio: A Retrospective” first airs on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm CT and will be re-broadcast on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm CT on WGN-TV.
Jeff Rickard Named PD For WFNZ 610AM/92.7FM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Radio One Charlotte’s Heritage Sports Talk Station WFNZ AM/FM welcomes veteran industry talent and programmer, Jeff Rickard, as the new Program Director for Charlotte’s Sports Leader effective Monday, May 16, 2022.
Most recently, Jeff was the Brand Manager for WEEI in Boston and for seven years prior to that the Program Director and Morning Show host for WFNI The Fan in Indianapolis. He has also frequently been called upon to host pre or post game shows from the Superbowl, Final Four, and CFB National Championship games.
“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” said Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves."
“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work.” Jeff continues, “Radio One as a Company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”
NETWORKS: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson And Luke Combs Added As Upcoming Guest Hosts In June On 'Backstage Country' Country
Ronnie Dunn and Randy Houser Round Out May
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– United Stations announced a number of new bookings that fill out the lineup of guest hosts through June for the company’s daily, weekday program “Backstage Country.”
The final two weeks in May are being handled by hitmaker Randy Houser and the iconic vocalist for Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn. Now, with newly confirmed bookings, Backstage Country is thrilled to announce a current lineup that looks like this: Week of…. Hosted by… May 16 Ronnie Dunn May 23 Randy Houser May 30 - Keith Urban June 6 Lainey Wilson June 13 - Jason Aldean June 20 - Brett Eldredge June 27 - Luke Combs.
USRN currently produces and distributes dozens of format-specific programs and services accounting for roughly 6000 affiliations with commercial radio stations across the country. The New York-based company maintains programming, sales and affiliate marketing offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington and Nashville. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark - firstname.lastname@example.org - 212.536.3603
Benztown With Trifecta Of Free Memorial Day Weekend Treats
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– Benztown is offering a trifecta of FREE audio treats that set the perfect three-day weekend vibe for radio stations and their listeners. Kick off summer with these three great sounding Benztown audio treats, including: - The Benztown Memorial Day AudioPack, filled with SFX, musicbeds and liners, plus, 45 hours of the Memorial Day Weekend’s best R&B music with “Old School 500,” presented byTop 10 Now & Then, and hosted by Rick Nuhn (market exclusive, inventory free, and perfect for Urban AC and Rhythmic formats.
Also, there's Hot Mix Memorial Day Party Starter with four hours of music programming from America’s favorite Mix show - available in Top 40/CHR and Rhythmic/Crossover formats. It's Available now through Friday, May 28, 2022. Sign up now at: https://benztown.com/memorial-day-weekend-freebies/ and Benztown’s audio imaging pros will send you the download link for the Memorial Day Weekend Audio freebies – so you can get a jump on the kick-off to summer! For more information, contact Laura Keeney at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Open House Party Adds Affiliates In Memphis And Wichita
Recent Guests Include Harry Styles, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ava Max, Jack Harlow and More
THE MOUTH, MAY17TH, 2022 –– United Stations also announced the continued growth of the Open House Party program and brand with the addition of two new affiliates each weekend. Those new affiliates are Flinn Broadcasting’s B97.7 in Memphis, TN and Southwind Broadcasting’s Z-98 (KSKZ-FM) covering Dodge City and Garden City in Kansas within the Wichita, KS DMA.
Recently, Saturday night host, Kannon, was promoted to Brand Manager for the time-honored program series while Joe Breezy was elevated to the role of Music/Industry Relations Director for the franchise as well as made permanent Host for the Sunday Edition of the program. With that team overseeing the weekly programming for the OHP shows, the guest stars, the music and the mixes on the show have never been hotter.
Recent guests have included Harry Styles (shown), 5 Seconds of Summer, Ava Max (shown at right), Becky G, Saweetie, Jack Harlow, Latto and many more. United Stations has been overseeing the production, distribution and affiliate relations efforts for Open House Party since the start of 2013 following United Stations’ acquisition of the program.
Prior to Memphis being added to the lineup, the show was already on in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Since 1987, Open House Party has been entertaining and engaging radio audiences on Saturday nights. Kannon, who is also Assistant Brand Manager at Audacy’s Star 94 in Atlanta, has been part of the OHP team since 2005. Joe Breezy is an accomplished, popular on-air talent and Brand Manager who has spent 5 years Programming WNFN in Nashville. He was also the host of United Stations’ syndicated program “The Celebrity Top Ten Countdown” prior to his involvement with Open House Party. For more info, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN firstname.lastname@example.org 212.536.3603
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Bobby Bones Set To Host New TV Series 'Snake In The Grass' For On USA Network
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– USA Network has ordered a slew of series including a bar competition series from Blake Shelton and Carson Daly and a social experiment hosted by former American Idol mentor Bobby Bones.
Deadline reports Blake Shelton and Daly head to Nashville to open the doors to Blake’s bar Ole Red. With Daly behind the bar and Shelton taking the stage with his house band for live music sing-alongs in front of a crowd
'Snake in the Grass' will be hosted by Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere Syndicated 'Bobby Bones Show. It is a social experiment that will see four strangers who are dropped into the wild with a chance to win $100,000. In order to win, the team must figure out which one of them is the Snake – a saboteur who is secretly undermining the group every step of the way.
The show is produced Renegade 83 with David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Craig Armstrong, Mike Espinosa and Sam Hargrave serving as executive producers.
Gina Ferraro Takes Middays At New Country 103.9 Dayton
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Dayton’s New Country 103.9 announced the addition of Gina Ferraro to the on-air lineup. Gina’s show will broadcast weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We’re really excited to add Gina to the station’s lineup of ‘The Bobby Bones Show,’ ‘After Midnight with Granger Smith,’ Wazz in the afternoon, and Kasper at night,” said Jeff Stevens, Senior VP Programming for iHeartMedia Dayton. “We know how involved Gina will be in the community and how much fun she’ll be while you listen to her during the day.”
“Gina is a talent ready to engage listeners both on the air and through an expanding social media presence on day one,” said Scott Sands, Area Senior VP Programming for OH & WV. “Her energy and personality will really shine in Dayton.”
“I used to listen to my country music in the car with my mom growing up and that really started my love for country music,” Ferraro said. “The lyrics of country songs are really hard to match and have touched my soul through the years.”
Ferraro began her career in Dayton after graduating from Wright State University and worked in larger markets like Chicago and Cincinnati before returning home to Dayton’s New Country 103.9.
SYNDICATION: YEA Network's Tino Cochino Radio Now Offering A New TCR Morning Version
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– TCR Affiliate Manager Mikey Fuentes said " We've received numerous inquiries from existing TCR affiliate stations wanting to move the show to mornings. So, when 99-1 KGGI in Riverside California put us on in mornings we decided to provide the morning version of TCR to everyone looking for real relatable radio"
As of today, 5/16, you can catch Tino Cochino Radio bright and early on these stations... KGGI Riverside,Ca , WNOW Indianapolis,In , KPEZ Austin,Tx KBFM McAllen,Tx , KFAT Anchorage,Ak , KIBT Colorado Springs,Co , WHBQ Memphis,Tn , KVBX Show Low,Az and KZAO Ajo, Az.
Tino commented " Content is king and TCR IS CONTENT! We're thrilled to add an extended version of our daily, personality driven program to our current and future affiliates. Winning radio stations continue to have the best talent and our goal from day one has been to always provide our affiliates with the most engaging on-air and social content." Tino Cochino Radio airs nationally in 60 markets and is available for all dayparts via barter. Reach out to Scott@yeanetworks.com or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com
NuVoodoo: PPM Wearables: The Importance & Pitfalls of Station Contests
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– NuVoodoo's Leigh Jacobs writes: with Nielsen planning to convert 50-75% of the PPM panel to the new PPM Wearables by the end of 2022 (and with the balance changing in 2023), it’s time for radio to prepare for the changes ahead. I’ll go back to what NuVoodoo marketing guru PJ Kling said of the coming changes, “Let’s get in front of it.” Nielsen’s new wearable meters are smaller than the pager-style meters they’re replacing and can be configured as a wristband, a pendant, or a clip-on. They’ve said carry time goes up with the new devices, but overall media exposure detected by the new wearables mirrors that of today’s meters. Even though overall listening is level, Nielsen shows small lift in some demos, along with some small declines in others.
If your station is one that experiences a bit of lift as they transition the panel to wearables, you’ll be delighted. On the other hand, if overall listening is level and some stations go up … some are bound to suffer some declines. An important part of the new wearables program from Nielsen is a companion smartphone app. The app will collect listening data from the new, smaller PPM wearables in the household and transmit the data to the mothership (allowing the new meters to be smaller than the old meters).
Do your station contests integrate with your app? Does the app help with contest play? Can the app notify users of contest occasions? Are motivated players able to learn about winners of your contests there? That last item is important, because NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Studies have been showing skepticism concerning station contests – especially among likely PPM panelists. In our first study for 2022 we saw that MOST likely panelists (labeled “RPS Yes” in the chart below) agreed with the statement that “most radio station contests are rigged.” The numbers are slightly worse among the small subset of likely panelists who listen to broadcast radio at least an hour per day (labeled “RPS 60” in the chart).
While contest skeptics are a little less common among Gen Xers, the 42-54’s in our sample of 14-54’s, half or more of the Gen Z’s and Millennials in our sample are suspicious about station contests. If they think your contest is not on the up and up, they’re far less likely to participate – and thus far less likely to give you the additional listening occasions you’re hoping to drive by giving away precious cash. We gave those who said station contests are rigged the opportunity to tell stations how they could be convinced that contests are legitimate – and the answers are all about transparency. PJ Kling and Meghan Volk from the NuVoodoo marketing team show you the details in a video about the troubles with contests – as well as recommendations about how to combat the problem. They’ve also collaborated on video showing the new digital tools NuVoodoo is leveraging to get maximum effectiveness from every promotional dollar. Read more HERE
2022 Radio Mercury Awards Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– Ninety-eight radio/audio spots and campaigns made it to the finals of the 2022 Radio Mercury Awards. The submissions were created by advertising agencies, brands, production companies, radio stations and students. The 2022 finalists range from regional to large advertising agencies and radio stations, as well as national and local advertisers from business categories including automotive, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, healthcare, insurance, nonprofits, quick-serve restaurants, retail, telecommunications, travel and hospitality.
“It’s been amazing to work with the judging panel we put together as they really brought smart perspectives and an appreciation for the submissions,” said Alejandro Ortiz (L), executive creative director, Campbell Ewald, and chief judge for the Radio Mercury Awards. “I loved the debates, there was a palpable passion for the craft of radio and audio – great energy all around."
“After a two year hiatus, it was wonderful to have the Radio Mercury Awards judging in person,” said Erica Farber, chair, Radio Creative Fund and president & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “It was equally exciting to hear what’s been percolating creatively this last year.”
Event sponsors for this year’s event include iHeartMedia. Dedicated sponsors include CBS News Radio and Hubbard Radio. General sponsors include Skyview Networks and Salem Media Group, along with Friends of the Mercuries sponsors Forcht Broadcasting, Nielsen, Triton Digital and vCreative. The Radio Mercury Awards winners will be presented on Thursday, June 9 at SONY Hall in New York City. For more information, log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
Wynonna Announces During CMT/Sandbox Naomi Event Judds Final Tour To Continue On Her Mother's Legacy
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– Fans lined up for blocks to join the weekend's CMT and Sandbox Live's NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION. In partnership with The Judd family, they united the biggest names in entertainment alongside friends, family and the country music community for “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION.” The star-packed tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd aired LIVE commercial-free from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, exclusively on CMT.
Hosted by Co-Anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and close family friend, Robin Roberts, Wynonna and Ashley Judd together celebrated their mother’s legacy, to a standing ovation as Wynonna delivered a special announcement that The Judds Final Tour will continue on later this year, honoring Naomi’s legacy. The public celebration featured all-star tribute performances that each received standing ovations from the industry, artist and fan-filled crowd, including The Judds biggest hits from Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Carly Pearce, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Gaither Vocal Band, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town and several show-stopping performances from Wynonna herself.
The special also featured messages from Naomi’s closest friends and fans, including Bette Midler, Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon and Salma Hayek. Wynonna & Ashley Judd, Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland, and Martina McBride who all delivered touching remarks in Naomi’s honor. Carly Pearce and Cody Alan served as hosts for CMT, setting the stage for an incredible and emotional evening.
“NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION” is a co-production from CMT and Sandbox Live; Margaret Comeaux (CMT), Leslie Fram (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are Executive Producers. Photos by Getty for CMT
Olivia Rodrigo, Drake Among Top WinnersAt Billboard Music Awards In Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– Teen phenom Olivia Rodrigo was the top winner at last night's 2022 Billboard Music Awards, which were held Sunday (May 15) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rodrigo won seven awards, one of the strongest showings by a new artist in BBMA history. The R&B group Next won eight awards in 1998, as did R&B star Ashanti in 2002. Rodrigo’s haul included top Billboard 200 album for her debut, Sour. This marks the third consecutive year that a debut album has received this top award. Meanwhile, Drake won the trophy in the Top Rap Album category for Certified Lover Boy, as well as Top Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Male Artist.
The Weeknd and Doja Cat entered Sunday’s ceremony as the top two finalists — with The Weeknd boasting nods in 17 categories and Doja the top female finalist with 14 nods. Diddy-hosted ceremony. The Billboard Music Awards are produced by MRC Live & Alternative, a division of MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard. See All Winners HERE
WMMR-FM Unveils Details For Its 10th Annual Preston & Steve Coolest Teacher Promotion
THE MOUTH, MAY16TH, 2022 –– Beasley 93.3 WMMR/Philly's Preston & Steve® Show have unveiled their 10th annual Coolest Teacher promotion, celebrating High School teachers in the Philadelphia area. All teachers are cool, but everyone has a favorite! This fun initiative invites area high school students to get out and vote for the teacher at their school they think is the coolest. Each weekday, beginning May 16th through June 10th, Preston & Steve will randomly draw an area high school name. Over the next 24 hours, students from that school nominate their favorite teachers at wmmr.com. Once the tally is made, a winning Preston & Steve Coolest Teacher will be announced the following morning. A new school will then be announced to start the process again.
Over 150 schools have been featured over the past nine years of celebrating teachers. Traditionally, the winning educator has called into the radio show after being awarded the new title and has been given the opportunity to brag about their students and the school. Many educators have told Preston & Steve they’ve waited years to hear their school’s name called. “A great teacher is someone you’ll remember for you entire life,” said Preston Elliot. ‘So why not share that love with the masses. We’re happy to once again spotlight just a few of the great teachers in our area.”
Edison: Comedy Is Top Podcast Genre U.S. For Q1 2022
THE MOUTH, MAY13TH, 2022 –– Edison Research unveiled the Top Podcast Genres in the U.S. for Q1 2022, and comedy takes the top spot as the genre consumed by most weekly podcast listeners. The list ranks the most popular podcast genres based on audience size from Edison Podcast Metrics.
The Top 10 Genres for Q1 2022: 1. Comedy 2. News 3. Society and Culture 4. True Crime 5. Sports 6. TV and Film 7. Business 8. Arts 9. Religion and Spirituality 10. Education
“As advertisers increasingly seek to target podcast listeners, it becomes more important to understand the appeal of various genres in the space,” said Edison Research SVP Melissa Kiesche (shown right). Podcasts are classified according to the self-identified genre submitted by the podcast to Apple Podcast API. Nineteen genres are identified as having at least one percent reach among those in the U.S. age 18+.
Edison Podcast Metrics is the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demos of all podcast networks in the U.S. It is the only measurement based on actual podcast listening, not downloads, and does not require an opt-in from podcast networks. The genre ranker is derived from data collected continuously Q2 2021 – Q1 2022, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information.
Surveys of 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q2 2021 through Q1 2022. Current subscribers to Edison Podcast Metrics include the top networks in podcasting as well as leading technology platforms. For information about Edison Podcast Metrics contact Edison Research SVP Melissa Kiesche at email@example.com.
104.1 KRBE's Roula & Ryan Show Looking For Next Digital Media Producer
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2022 –– The Houston market is looking for a full-time Digital Media Producer to work with Houston’s top-rated The Roula & Ryan Show. A Digital Media Producer duties include and are not limited to the following:
As a member of The Roula & Ryan Show, develop and execute social campaigns on all social networks Execute programs that increase positive interaction and build audience on various platforms Manage presence, strategy and tactical execution for social networking sites
Provide direction as needed for improving campaign performance through optimization and/or implementing new features and strategies Provide support for Cumulus Houston’s digital initiatives: promoting “KRBE” social media platforms and websites, station contesting, station-client sponsored events, and station community events.
Qualifications/Requirements: Ideal candidate would have 1-2 years experience working within the digital space In-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms and tools Comprehensive knowledge of best practices for managing and optimizing social media channels Strong quantitative skills, including analytical abilities and math proficiency Able to write concisely and present ideas confidently An insatiable curiosity for all things social, digital and mobile Comfortable juggling multiple tasks; ability to prioritize responsibilities; excellent time management and a proven ability to work well within a team environment.
Competitive pay and the ability to increase income. Benefits, vacation, and paid holidays offered for all full-time employees. Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, Health Savings Account with company match, 401K with company match, and Life and Disability coverage. For immediate consideration, APPLY HERE
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EVENTS: Audacy Celebrates Women In Country During 'Leading Ladies' Event At The Hard Rock In Florida
THE MOUTH, MAY13TH, 2022 –– Audacy hosted its inaugural “Leading Ladies,” presented by Stella Rosa Wines, on Wednesday, May 11 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The all-female country music event, part of Audacy’s multi-faceted partnership with Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming, featured performances from Carly Pearce (shown), Gabby Barrett, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Alaina, Morgan Wade, Tenille Arts and Priscilla Block. Portions of the event’s proceeds benefitted DoSomething.org, a nonprofit fueling young people to change the world by taking action on the most pressing issues to them.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate this next chapter of our partnership with Hard Rock International and spotlight the talented women in country music at our inaugural ‘Leading Ladies,’” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “We’re equally as proud to stand alongside DoSomething.org and leverage our voice to encourage young people to use theirs for cultural issues important to them.”
“Leading Ladies” is a part of Audacy Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good. Audacy unites with its listeners and brands to support sound communities through several pillars of impact: mental health and anti-bullying, veterans and service members, children’s health, the environment, civic education, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Top Photo/Carly Pearce, Getty Images For Audacy - Bottom Photo/Lauren Alaina, Lainey Wilson, Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce perform onstage during Audacy's Leading Ladies Perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Hard Rock Live on May 11, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Audac)
Robin Roberts To Host 'Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration” On Sunday From Ryman Auditorium
Performances from Bono, Brandi Carlile, Carly Pearce, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, The Gaithers & more
CMT and Sandbox Live, in partnership with The Judd family, together present “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION,” a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd, premiering LIVE from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium commercial-free on Sunday, May 15that 6p/5c with an encore presentation at 10p/9c exclusively on CMT.
Hosted by Co-Anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and close family friend, Robin Roberts, the public celebration will feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations, with special guests, appearances and messages from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Performers include Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Little Big Town and The Gaithers alongside special messages from Naomi’s closest friends and fans, including Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Salma Hayek. Wynonna & Ashley Judd, Martina McBride and others will all make special appearances; Carly Pearce and Cody Alan will together serve as hosts for CMT, providing commentary throughout the night. Devoted husband and ‘Pop' to the girls, Larry Strickland will be in attendance in loving memory of his wife, Naomi.
CMT previously aired The Judds’ final performance of international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS. Watch the full performance here.
Kevin Weatherly Returns To Audacy As SVP/Programming For KROQ Los Angeles
Will Also Serve As VP Of Alternative For Audacy
THE MOUTH, MAY13TH, 2022 –– Audacy has announced the return of Kevin Weatherly as Senior Vice President of Programming for KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, effective June 6. Weatherly will also serve as Format Vice President for Audacy’s portfolio of alternative stations across the country. As Format Vice President, he will oversee alternative format strategy and collaborate with artist, label and management partners in creating successful music initiatives and concert events.
“We’re so excited to welcome Kevin back to KROQ to oversee the iconic brand he was instrumental in building,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President and Market Manager, Audacy Southern California. “KROQ is a pillar in the SoCal community and not many people understand the bond between this station and its fans like Kevin. We look forward to him returning and evolving the brand even further.”
“KROQ is one of the most recognizable and iconic brands in all of radio,” said Weatherly. “I’ve had the privilege of spending the majority of my career programming KROQ and I’m energized and ready for the next chapter. We have a lot of work ahead of us to return KROQ to its rightful position in the hearts and minds of longtime listeners and partners, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Weatherly rejoins the company after serving as the head of North American programming for Spotify. This marks Kevin’s second stint with KROQ, after serving as the station’s program director from 1992 to 2020.
Jorge Lopez Named VP/Sales For iHeart Tampa And Jacksonville's Hispanic Brands
THE MOUTH, MAY13TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Tampa announced that Jorge Lopez has been named Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Hispanic brands in Tampa and Jacksonville, effective immediately. He will report to Paul Rogers, iHeart’s Area President for North Florida.
“I have worked alongside Jorge Lopez for over 6 years now, and I can say that he is a dynamic, savvy, ethical, hard-working leader in the truest sense of the word,” added Hector Marcano, Senior Vice-President for Hispanic Strategy. “He has the ability to do things quickly and motivate others to do the same. We look forward to further milestones in the very near future.”
Lopez adds the Tampa responsibilities after serving in the same capacity in Jacksonville, where he has been Vice President of Sales. He brings more than 22 years of Hispanic broadcasting sales and market leadership experience.
“I am very grateful for this new role in my career,” said Lopez. “I've been with iHeartMedia for more than 6 years and I think it's great to have this distinguished opportunity where I contribute with my experience and skills to the expansion and growth of the brand. With the continuing growth of the Hispanic population in Florida it is very important that we serve our community with an authentic voice and a compelling product. I am proud to lead our brands in Tampa with Rumba 106.5/102.9 and Accion 105.9/1250am and in Jacksonville on Rumba 106.9 and Accion 930/97.3.”
Power 106 Los Angeles Becomes 'Kendrick 106' For 24-Hours
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2022 –– KPWR, Power 106 LA announced that it will change its name to “Kendrick 106” in celebration of Kendrick Lamar’s first new album in five years. Starting yesterday, May 12th at 9pm, and continuing for 24 hours, Kendrick 106 will feature content and interviews with Kendrick Lamar, new songs from the much-anticipated “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” album, and classics from his extensive catalog. Born and raised in Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar is widely regarded as one of the greatest freestyle rappers of all time. He has been recognized with over 160 awards for accomplishments in music, including 14 Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
“We’re excited that the artist who has been such an important part of Power 106 and the LA Community for so many years has a new album,” said LA Leakers host Justin Credible. “The Liftoff show at 9pm is where you can hear more Kendrick Lamar new music and exclusive additional content, on ‘Kendrick 106!’” added Leaker’s co-host DJ Sour Milk.
“Hip-Hop fans and music fans especially here in LA are excited for what Kendrick has in store for us,” commented Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY Director of Programming DJ E-Man, adding “Kendrick 106 wants to celebrate with everyone by letting the music of Kendrick Lamar take over the radio station for an entire 24 hours.”
101.5 The Blitz Debuts On-Air Linup
THE MOUTH, MAY13TH, 2022 –– The All New 101.5 The Blitz in Kelso, WA debuts a new lineup on Monday, May 16th. Rock Radio Veterans Marconi and Eddie Barella will headline with “Mood Killers” mornings 6-10 and Porkchop will anchor afternoons from 3-8. Marconi is best known for his massive ratings success at KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR as well as 107.7 The End in Seattle. Eddie Barella most recently hosted a show on Westwood One’s Rock 2.0 national format and worked at KBPI in Denver, CO.
“Since our debut in December, I’ve had so many listeners compare us to KUFO when they were Rock. I figured why not get KUFO jocks on The Blitz? I’m so excited to bring Marconi and Porkchop back to Rock Radio in the Northwest” said John Paul, The Blitz General Manager and Program Director.
101.5 The Blitz debuted on December 27th and focuses on iconic, massive rock songs from the 1970’s to today with its core music set in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Listen to The Blitz at 101.5 FM and www.1015theblitz.com. 101.5 The Blitz also operates 100.7 KLOG, Cookin’ Country 105.5, KUKN, Cowlitz Digital and The Cowlitz Podcast Network.
Bill O’Reilly's Newest Book Debuts At #1 For 18th Time
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2022 –– KILLING THE KILLERS, the 11th book in the series, is now the 11th #1 New York Times bestseller. Sales in this series are roughly 19 million copies worldwide, and have spent close to 340 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
In his new instant #1 bestseller, O’Reilly reports on America’s intense global war and manhunt against terrorist extremists who both masterminded the horrific 9/11 attacks as well as executing hundred of others on American and international soil. The authors trace America’s efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and ISIS worldwide.
Bill O'Reilly hosts “The O’Reilly Update,” which is heard weekdays on more than 225 radio stations across the country and streamed on the Pandora app.
For additional materials and to arrange an interview with Mr. O’Reilly please contact Joe Rinaldi, Associate Director of Publicity, St. Martin’s Press 917 232 7497; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio's Bert Weiss Leaves For Poland/Ukraine Border; 'First Time In My Life I Felt Like I Had 'A Calling.'
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– With an update to our recent announcement of Bert Weiss of the syndicated Bert Show heading to Poland, Weiss revealed on Wednesday that he's leaving (today), May 13th. He's tells Jockline, "I'm NOT going as The Bert Show. If I go as media/journalist I can't get my hands dirty and volunteer in an authentic way. So, until I'm there and the organization tells me it's cool to talk about on air, I've been keeping it real hush hush."
So, why am I going?", he asks. "I know nobody in Ukraine. Haven't been to that part of the world. Truth is, it's hard to explain. This is the first time in my life I felt like I had "a calling." It's like every time I was trying to talk myself out of going, an inner voice was growing louder and louder telling me it was mandatory. I don't know. Hard to explain. I may never know what my "purpose" was during this trip. I don't know who I'm supposed to connect with or what impact I might have. But I DO know that it almost felt like it wasn't an option NOT to go. So, I'm going."
He'll be bringing equipment to join the show here in the states every day in whatever capacity he can. He told them it's a very fluid situation. The Bert Show will air from noon to 4 in Poland time. So, during those times, when there is down time he'll be on the Bert Show. While there, he'll be staying in a small, farmhouse with strangers that are all volunteering as well.
He tells us, "I'm flying into Warsaw then getting in a car and heading to the border. They said, "it's very rural and not pretty. There I'll do anything they need me to do most of the day. Could be moving water palettes. Could be feeding Ukrainian refugees. Could be entertaining kids that have been in a war torn part of Ukraine and just need a balloon or a laugh. Could be providing a sim card and phone. Whatever they need I'll be there for. As I understand it, at most border crossings it's like "hurry up and wait." So, a shipment of food or water might come in or a large number of refugees arrive at the same time and at that point it's all hands on deck."
"In between that time I will be joining the Bert Show from the Poland/Ukrainian border. The context of my contributions on the show will purely be up to the organization I'm helping out. I'm more than happy to share my experience in hopes it generates interest and some money for them. But that's gonna be their call. I think (s)hit got real a few weeks ago when, just to be safe, I updated my will. Not being dramatic, but let's face it, I'm choosing to go closer to a war zone rather than away from one. I also got a little freaked out when they asked for a "safe sentence" that only my family and the organization know just in case I get kidnapped."
"I love how protective they have been all across the board. I've heard "safety first" two dozen times. So, I leave on Friday. Cumulus has been 100% supportive and praised me for making the trip. Which I TRULY appreciate. It's more work back home or everybody on the Bert Show, as well, and they have 100% been behind me. I'm in a very lucky position to have such a supportive work environment. Best team...EVER.
I'm staying in a small, farmhouse with strangers that are all volunteering as well. PHOTO/Korczowa, Poland 5.03.2022 - refugees from Ukraine at the reception point in Korczowa
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CMT To Air 'Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration' LIVE From Ryman Auditorium On Sunday May 15th
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– CMT and Sandbox Live announced “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION,” a LIVE celebration from Ryman Auditorium, in partnership with The Judds family, to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd. CMT will exclusively televise the public memorial service as a commercial-free special on Sunday, May 15th at 6p/5c.
“We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna, Ashley and Larry to present this live celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi. While we all continue to deeply mourn the loss of such a legendary artist, we are honored to commemorate her legacy alongside the country community, her friends, family and legions of fans across the world at the perfect venue: The Mother Church of Country Music. This special will celebrate her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she left on our genre through the best form of healing we have - music,” shared CMT Producers.
Additional details on the public memorial service, performers and special appearances to be announced in the coming days. “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION” is a co-production from CMT and Sandbox Live; Margaret Comeaux (CMT), Leslie Fram (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are Executive Producers. CMT previously aired The Judds’ final performance of international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS. Watch the full performance HERE
Tim Tyler, Morning Host For Tucson’s K-Hit 107.5/KHYT-FM, Announces Retirement After 51-Year Career
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Tucson’s K-Hit 107.5/KHYT-FM morning radio host Tim Tyler has announced his retirement from radio after a successful 51-year career. Tyler has been a much-loved fixture on the Classic Hits station since 2003 and started in radio in 1971 while still in high school. He has also been heard on Tucson’s 96.1 KLPX-FM.
Ken Kowalcek, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Tucson, said: “I grew up listening to Tim Tyler on Tucson radio. It was an honor and pleasure to be able to work with him for almost 19 years. Tim was always a ‘True Pro’, and I will miss having him on the team. We thank him for his many contributions to KHYT-FM and to the Tucson community and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Tim Tyler commented: “All I wanted to do was be on the radio and play Rock ‘n’ Roll records, specifically, the Beatles. Of course, the only station in my little Southern California town played Country music so I ended up doing Country radio for the first 14 years of my career. I finally got to play my first Beatles record in 1985 when I joined KLPX-FM.” Tyler added: “After getting up in the dark for the last almost 30 years, I can sleep till the sun comes up now. It won’t take too long to get used to that.”
Tyler’s final show is scheduled for May 27th and a talent search is currently underway for a new local morning host on K-Hit 107.5. To stream K-Hit 107.5, visit: https://www.khit1075.com/.
Liz Alesse Rises To Vice President Of ABC Audio
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– ABC/Heidi Gutman Team, shared yesterday via a company memo that Liz Alesse has been promoted to vice president of ABC Audio. She will oversee our entire audio business, including ABC News Radio, podcasts and our entertainment content service. Liz is already a trusted member of the ABC Audio team, most recently serving as director and executive producer of Podcast Programming.
Reena Mehta, SVP/streaming and Digital Content wrote in part: "She has been instrumental in growing and re-organizing our award-winning podcast team, developing successful content and monetization strategies, and partnering closely within the news division and across The Walt Disney Company to promote our work."
Before joining Audio, Liz was the supervising producer for ABC’s White House and Capitol Hill unit. She also contributed to the network’s special campaign coverage as lead site production for the spin room at the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary debate and the two presidential town halls in Philadelphia. Liz joined ABC News in 2015, overseeing show production and operations at “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” while also participating in management of the team and even served as an interim executive producer. She began her career in local news in her hometown of Albany, New York and also worked at New England Cable News (NECN) and WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts.
It’s no surprise that last year ABC News Radio – led by Scott Goldberg and Heidi Oringer – swept the radio category with five Edward R. Murrow Awards, the most of any radio network, including the most prestigious Overall Excellence in Radio Award. I am so proud of ABC News’ legacy in the audio and radio space. In this new role, Liz will be vital in leading the division to continued success. Please join me in congratulating Liz on her new role.
Tom Millikan Rises To Assistant Brand Manager Of 97.1 The Ticket In Detroit
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– Audacy has promoted Tom Millikan to Assistant Brand Manager of 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in Detroit. Millikan will continue in his role as executive producer of the station’s “The Morning Show with Stoney and Jansen.”
“Tom has done an outstanding job as an executive producer and has played a vital role in the success of the station,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “He is very deserving of this promotion and we look forward to even greater success with Tom in his new role.”
“Throughout my twenty plus years in radio, I’ve been blessed with countless memories of championships and pure joy,” said Millikan. “I’m living out a dream. I wanted to work in sports radio since the format exploded in the early 90s and I’ve been blessed by the tutelage of all of my co-workers and peers. I was born and raised in Detroit and Detroit sports are part of my DNA. Listeners might not agree with my opinions or show content all of the time, but I genuinely try to produce shows that Detroit sports fans want every single day.”
Millikan started his career in sports radio in 1998 as an intern at WDFN-AM. In 2012, he joined 97.1 The Ticket as executive producer and served as the station’s affiliate relations manager for the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons throughout the state of Michigan. Millikan also helped to manage University of Michigan athletics on Detroit sister station WWJ News Radio 950 (WWJ-AM).
PODCAST: iHeart Puts 'The Unimaginable' & 'Dear Owen Wilson' In This Month's Spotlight
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– “The Unimaginable” a new iHeartRadio original podcast that dives into phenomenal encounters and the life-altering decisions people make because of them. Join Belfast-born host and musician James Brown as he interviews a new guest each episode, exploring an unimaginable event that happened to them and unpacking the stories and perspectives that follow––including ones on love, loss, the supernatural, spirituality, resistance, power, life, empathy, and acceptance.
Having experienced an unimaginable event himself, James brings a unique and raw approach to each conversation, speaking with unknown and unheard experts in the realm of the unimaginable, and using music to help along the way. Episode one of “The Unimaginable” is out now, so be sure to tune in and listen to the incredible stories that will make you laugh, cry and feel inspired, streaming on iHeartRadio! READ MORE HERE
“Dear Owen Wilson” - Based on a real letter that Blair wrote to Owen Wilson in 2007 professing her undying love for him, this show features your favorite comedians and personalities reading their own fan letters to celebrities they loved growing up. Following the letter, join Blair as she interviews each special guest about their celebrity––with mischievous antics promptly ensuing. You’ll hear fan letters from guests like actors Johnny Pemberton, Solomon Georgio, and Gretta Titelman, as they reveal their deepest love and obsession of their favorite celebrities.
Episode one is out now, featuring Jon Garbus’ love letter to a well-known superhero, so be sure to tune in to “Dear Owen Wilson,” streaming on iHeartRadio! SEE IHEART PODCAST SPOTLIGHT HERE
SYNDICATION: Kane Brown Reveals His Acting Ambitions On 'Nights With Elaina' - WATCH
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2022 –– Kane Brown recently talked with Elaina about pursuing a career in acting. Brown revealed in an interview on Nights with Elaina that he is seriously pursuing a career in acting! Kane shared that he's been working with an agent based out of Los Angeles. Kane revealed that his dream role would be as the hero or comedic relief in a horror movie.
When asked if he's filmed any audition tapes so far, he shared that his first audition was for a since-scrapped 'prequel' chapter of the "Grease" franchise, for which he received a callback. While this film will not be realized, Kane shared that he "wouldn't give up regardless" on his dream of landing a role in a feature film.
Nights with Elaina is hosted by California native Elaina D. Smith, one of the most well-known presenters in the country music scene. She has covered the red carpet for major award shows, participated in key industry panels, hosted Country Music Festivals, and made a guest appearance on the hit TV drama “Nashville.” WATCH HERE
NETWORKS: Jason Aldean Among Featured Hosts For ABC Audio Memorial Day Weekend Programming
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2022 –– ABC News Today, ABC Audio announced it will provide affiliates with three different three-hour specials for use over Memorial Day weekend. Programming includes a country music special hosted by Jason Aldean, a rock music special celebrating albums that turn 40 this year, and the news special “Honor, Hope and Healing.” Country superstar Jason Aldean hosts “Front & Center’s Memorial Day Weekend Special.” The program features music from Aldean’s latest album “Georgia,” details about his upcoming tour, and a look back at his time on the road.
“Memorial Day 40,” presented by Speakeasy and hosted by ABC Audio’s Matt Wolfe, highlights top albums and songs that debuted 40 years ago — in 1982. Artists featured include The Clash, Phil Collins, The Go-Go’s, Pat Benatar and more.
ABC News Radio presents “Honor, Hope and Healing,” hosted by correspondents Aaron Katersky and Alex Stone. The program reports on America’s heroes, including those who lost their lives serving their country and individuals performing good deeds at home. It features Katersky’s interviews with Gold Star families who lost loved ones last summer in Afghanistan as the U.S. withdrew its troops. The special also shines a light on COVID-19’s toll on the country as well as the resilience of Americans trying to emerge from the pandemic and recover from the past two years. Interested in becoming an affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at email@example.com.
ARC Welcomes QUU And The IBA To Its Client List
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2022 –– ARC Software welcomes two new companies to the platform. Quu Inc., and the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) founded by Ron Stone, CEO Adam’s Radio Group to serve small to medium sized broadcasters across the country.
Ron Stone, commented “Having a reliable database is crucial to the continued growth of the IBA. Equally important is a database that is affordable for any size operation. ARC provides us with both and we could not be happier with the software!”
Steve Newberry, CEO of Quu Inc., added, “Quu needed to improve our relationship and contract management processes. I kept asking around to other service providers and I kept hearing, “ARC.” One conversation with Jason and I knew why. ARC is intuitive, comprehensive, and agile to our needs. We are excited to be joining the list of ARC clients.
ARC Founder, Jason Bailey, rounded it out with: “2022 continues to be a great year for ARC. We have been welcoming many radio networks these last several months but with Quu and the IBA joining us, we’re seeing a whole new side to the value that ARC adds to just about everyone working in the national radio space! I’m honored to have these two amazing organizations join our ARC family.” ARC clients include Superadio, Entravision, Key Networks, MRN, Local Radio Networks, AdLarge and many more. To set up a demo or for more information visit www.arcsoftware.us.
Four New Hosts Hired For BBC Radio 1
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2022 –– British Broadcaster Chris Tarrant Releases “It’s Not a Proper Job” Book - Chris Tarrant has released a book about his 50-year career in radio and television. In It’s Not a Proper Job, Chris tells stories from his time at Capital Radio, on Tiswas, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and more. He’s currently ‘doing the rounds’ on UK media to promote the book, including an appearance on The Chris Moyles Show. The book is available now on Amazon.
Leigh Kuhlmann Leaves Triple M In Sydney Australia - After five years at Triple M Sydney, Leigh Kuhlmann has handed in his notice and will be taking a, “leap of faith” into the unknown. Read more here;
Four New DJs Hired For BBC Radio 1 - BBC Radio 1 has hired four new DJs to host its Friday Early Breakfast Show on a monthly rotation, starting in July. Emil Franchi, Ben Coley, Emma-Louise, and Emma Millen are the next wave of presenters to host the show, which launched in January 2021 as a way to showcase new and emerging presenting talent.
First up is 28-year-old, Emil Franchi, from Newton Aycliffe County Durham, who will take over the show for July. Emil started by presenting on Newcastle student radio at University. Since then, he has presented on a number of commercial radio stations, most recently Drivetime on Heart Northeast. Ben Coley, 24, from Worcestershire will host the show in August. Taking over the show in September will be London-based Emma-Louise who currently presents Relax In Love on Radio 1 Relax. She was one of Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover Presenters at the end of 2021 where she hosted Radio 1’s Future Soul R&B show. She has also presented two series of BBC Bitesize. Finally, Emma Millen from Whitley Bay will take over the reins in October. Read More HERE
ALT 1075 Las Vegas On The Hunt For Full-Time Producer For The Dave & Mahoney Morning Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2022 –– AUDACY Alternative KXTE (Alt 1075)/LAS VEGAS is adding a full time producer for the Dave & Mahoney Morning Show.
If you got what it takes to join this fast paced, heritage, market leading, multi-market, multi-platform show, we want to talk with you. Learn more and put your hat in the ring at audacyinc.com/careers.
Techsurvey 2022: 'Appeal Of Music Becoming Secondary To Power Of Personalities;' 'Listening Trending Down'
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– This year's Techsurvey presented by Jacobs Media offered both an insightful, as well as sobering look at radio from the eyes of nearly 31,000 listeners. Along with the help of 474 participating stations, this year's study is a great look at the current environment, closely examining the pandemic’s short- and long-term impact on everything – radio listening, acquisition of gadgets like smart speakers and mobile phones, and overall changes in lifestyle, locations, and media usage habits. Among the top takeaways include AM/FM slowly trending down and the rising 'power of personalities' amid the declining appeal of music.
The study also reveals how radio is competing against Spotify, SiriusXM, and other competitors? New questions this year, broken out by our 14 formats, tell us how each is doing in the new competitive media environment? How, why, and when is radio being used vs. digital streaming platforms?
Programmers will gain new insights from new questions in TS2022. Where is the audience and which devices are they using to listen to their favorite radio stations?
TS2022 will reveal radio’s changing core strengths, and its ability to meet listeners where they are as behaviors continue to shift. Techsurvey 2022 is presented in partnership with All Access.WATCH WEBINAR HERE
As a follow-up to yesterday's Webinar, be sure and read Fred Jacob's blog 'Dying Is Easy. Radio Is Hard - 'What keeps you up at night' - READ HERE
Edison Research Announces Top 50 U.S. Podcasts For Q1 2022 - 'Joe Rogan Experience' Still Number 1 And Growing
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– Edison Research announces the comprehensive U.S. Top 50 Podcast chart for Q1 2022. This list ranks the 50 biggest podcasts by audience size, based on Edison Podcast Metrics, formerly known as the Podcast Consumer Tracking Report. Edison Podcast Metrics is the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcast networks in the U.S. It is the only measurement based on actual podcast listening, not downloads, and does not require an opt-in from podcast networks.
The top 10 shows based on measurement from Q2 2021 – Q1 2022 are as follows: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience 2. Crime Junkie (up from #3 in Q4 2021) 3. The Daily 4. This American Life 5. My Favorite Murder (up from #6 in Q4 2021) 6. Stuff You Should Know 7. Office Ladies 8. Dateline NBC (enters the Top 10) 9. The Ben Shapiro Show (enters the Top 10) 10. Call Her Daddy
“Despite a turbulent and controversial ride for Joe Rogan at the beginning of the quarter, his show not only remains the most popular in the U.S., but it has increased in listenership – distancing itself from the number two spot,” said Edison Research Director of Research Gabriel Soto.
The Edison Podcast Metrics Top 50 Podcasts of Q1 2022 list is derived from data collected continuously Q2 2021 – Q1 2022, from surveying podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. The results are then coded and analyzed to ascertain the genre, network, and sales representation for each podcast. The relative audience size of each podcast network is then calculated and expressed as the percentage of weekly podcast listeners reached by that network. Photo/YouTube
Will Calder Returns To Audacy's Power 96 Miami To Lead Prog. And Operations
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– Audacy announced the appointment of Will Calder as Director of Programming and Operations of Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami. This marks Calder’s second stint with Power 96, as he previously served as assistant program director and midday host for the station from 2013 to 2018.
“We’re excited to bring Will back to Miami to oversee programming of this local favorite,” said Claudia Menegus, Regional President, Audacy. “His extensive background and his connection to this market provides a vision and strategic plan to draw on the brand's rich legacy and position Power 96 for continued success.”
“I’m so excited and humbled to join the team at Audacy Miami and reunite with my former colleagues at the legendary Power 96. In a way, it sort of feels like a homecoming,” said Calder. “Big thanks to Jeff Sottolano, Dave Richards, Claudia Menegus and everyone at Audacy who helped to make this opportunity a reality.”
Calder launched his career in 2001 with various stops including Big City Radio (WKIE) in Chicago, Audacy Milwaukee’s 103.7 Kiss FM (WXSS-FM) and 99.1 Mix (WMYX-FM), WXRK-FM in New York and most recently Cox Media Group’s WPYO in Orlando and WPOI-FM in Tampa. From 2005 to 2013, Calder helped create RADIOMIXES.com, a nationally syndicated radio mix show with Audacy Chicago’s B96 (WBBM-FM) and Audacy Milwaukee’s 103.7 Kiss FM as their first two affiliates.
Tim Tuttle Announces He's Leaving Morning Co-Host Duties At 93Q Houston After 17 Years
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– 93Q/KKBQ's Tim Tuttle of of The Q Morning Zoo announced on Facebook he has left the Cox Media Group owned station after a 17-year run.
Tuttle posted: "I just got word that 93Q will not be renewing my contract and that today was my last show. I want to thank each and every one of you that has listened to me do morning radio over the past 26 years in the great cities of Nashville, Daytona Beach, Knoxville, Tallahassee, Birmingham and Houston. If I made you laugh even one time, you have given me the opportunity to live a dream life all while providing food, clothing and shelter for me and my family. I can never repay you for that."
According to Media blogger Mike McGuff, "Tuttle arrived with co-host Kevin Kline in April 2005 from "The X at 100.5" WRAX Birmingham, AL which was an alternative formatted station at the time. They also worked together at X101.5 WXSR Tallahassee, Florida. In 2021, Kline retired and Katelyn Maida joined the 93Q morning show from New Country 96.3 KSCS's “Hawkeye in the Morning.” McGuff says, "It appears at this time, Tuttle is the only morning personality leaving the 93Q morning show.
MILESTONE: 99.5 ZPL Dave Smiley Show Celebrates 20th Anniversary In Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– Proving again time flies when you're having fun, Dave Smiley, host of the popular Dave Smiley Show on Cumulus' 99.5 ZPL Indy, is celebrating his 20th year today on the Indy airwaves. Smiley says to celebrate they'll be reminiscing a bit about the show over the years …how things have changed… maybe take some calls on favorite listeners moments and playing back some old clips.
Back when Smiiley arrived, the station was owned by a local company, MyStar Communications. Entercom (which became Audacy) took over a few years and in February of 2019 it was acquired by Cumulus Media.
Scott Sands, now Senior VP Programming, iHeartMedia, Ohio & West Virginia Communities Division, was PD at WZPL in 2002, says, Smiley was the shot of energy WZPL needed in 2002. He came blasting into the market in 5th gear and didn't let up the entire time I was there. He quickly became the face of that brand and now is one of the most recognizable personalities in the market. I don't think either one of us expected the show to last 20 years; but, I'm glad it has for everyone involved - Congrats, Smiley! "Current PD Jimmy Steele added, "Although I just recently gained the privilege of working along side the team, I’ve long since considered “The Smiley Morning Show” to be one of America’s best morning shows on the air anywhere! Congrats Dave and the team on 20 highly successful years.'
Prior to ZPL, Smiley worked at Z100 in New York just out of high school and then off to San Diego to work at Q106 (KQKQ) and Star 100.7 (KFMB). After San Diego worked at 101.5 The ZONE (KZON) in Phoenix.
EVENTS: Elton John, Katy Perry, Sam Smith And More Join P&G and iHeart’s 'Can’t Cancel Pride 2022: Proud AND Together' Hosted by JoJo Siwa On June 14
The Event Will Honor Icon Elton John with First-Ever Impact Award For His Humanitarian Work Through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Marking its 30 Year History
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– This June, Procter & Gamble® (P&G) and iHeartMedia invite people everywhere to join “Can’t Cancel Pride – Proud AND Together,” a fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community celebrating visibility and inclusivity for all. The event will feature performances and appearances from some of the most influential voices in the community as well as the biggest names in culture and entertainment, including Elton John, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lizzo, Anitta, Dove Cameron, Betty Who, Kim Petras and more from the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles and remote locations across the country. This year, the event will be hosted by singer, actress and social media phenom JoJo Siwa, who received a special honor at last year’s event for being a young trailblazer in the community.
This year, Elton John will be honored with the first-ever Impact Award for his humanitarian work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which is celebrating its 30th year. The event will recognize the history and incredible impact his organization has made to overcome the stigma, discrimination and neglect that keeps us from ending AIDS.
Additional proud partners of “Can’t Cancel Pride” include Crest®, Gain Dish Soap, GIANT®, Giant®, Harris Teeter, OLAY® and Stop & Shop™, with more to be announced.
Brooke & Jeffrey’s First-Ever Merch For A Cause Raises $18,000 For Ukrainian Relief
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– The Premiere Networks-syndicated Brooke & Jeffrey show closed out their first-ever Merch for a Cause promotion with a donation of $18,000 for Heart to Heart International's humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. More than a thousand t-shirts and sweatshirts were sold via The Shop Forward during the month-long fundraiser. Overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by their listeners, Brooke & Jeffrey surprised Heart to Heart International’s CEO Kimberly Carroll with the news of their contribution.
Pictured left to right: Brooke & Jeffrey’s Young Jeffrey, Brooke Fox, Jose and Alexis Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, the popular Hubbard Radio program is consistently top-ranked in major markets across the county. For more information, please visit https://www.brookeandjeffrey.com/
HONORS: The DVJ Show Among Honorees At 47th Annual Gracie Awards On May 24th
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) 47th Annual Gracie Awards will return in person on May 24, 2022, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Among this year's winners includes none other than the acclaimed radio talk show, The DJV Show, hosted by Doug Stephan and Co-Hosts Jennifer Horn and Victoria Keelan, along with Jai Kershner presenting the What's Trending Report. The DJV Show now has over 325 affiliates nationwide.
Some of the most accomplished women in television, radio, and digital media will be honored during the event. The presentation will also honor 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times Presents, Pose, and Maid, as well as other entertainment and news programming that featured female-driven stories and culturally relevant subjects. The Gracies honor the outstanding talent, such as The DJV Show, and content in radio, television, and digital media made by, for, and about women.
Honorees are chosen from national, local, and student markets, as well as commercial and non-commercial entertainment and news outlets. The "DJV Show" is a morning talk-radio program airing live Monday through Friday from 5 am until 9 am Eastern time, featuring a fast-paced format covering a variety of topics. To view the complete list of award recipients and honorable mentions, visit HERE
IBA Adds Member Syndication to Web Site
THE MOUTH, MAY11TH, 2022 –– The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) has delivered on its promise to provide an efficient way for members to share local talent. All talent made available to members by members will be on a very affordable cash basis, eliminating the need for costly barter deals. This initiative was spearheaded by Darrell Calton, Chief Executive Officer, Iliad Media Group, and Keith Stover, Chief Executive Officer, Midlands Media Group.
IBA members who have a show they would like the syndication committee to consider can log into their IBA account, click on ‘Syndication’ and then again on ‘Submit My Show’ to fill in basic information, a short synopsis, and a link to the show. An IBA representative will reach out to collect audio samples. If approved, the IBA representative will guide them through next steps and discuss the expectations of joining along with pertinent information to help make it a success.
“One of the most-costly expenditures for independent radio is paying for syndication, whether by cash, barter, or a combination thereof,” said Ron Stone, Founder, President, and Executive Director of IBA. “Our goal is to provide our IBA members with an opportunity to choose cost-effective talent from other IBA members and eliminate the need to give local inventory to large networks that sell to the very clients we used to do business with nationally, and at far better prices than network pricing. This, I believe, is a huge opportunity to get back inventory used against us at extremely low prices.” To become an IBA member radio broadcasters may visit www.iba.media/join-now/IBA. Existing IBA members will have immediate access to this opportunity.
104.7 KISS FM Phoenix Names Payton Whitmore As Newest Cast Member Of The Johnjay & Rich Show
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Phoenix’s 104.7 KISS FM announced that Payton Whitmore (shown bottom left) will join “The Johnjay & Rich Show,” effective immediately. “The Johnjay & Rich Show” features Johnjay Van Es (top left), Rich Berra (top right) and Kyle Unfug (center).
“I’m thrilled to officially add Payton’s authentic point of view and endless energy to our show family. She brings her heart and soul to the show every morning - making her the perfect fit,” said Van Es. Berra added “We are beyond thrilled to have her unique badassery charging up the entire vibe of the show with her infectious laughter and boundless potential.”
Payton Whitmore joins iHeartMedia Phoenix from Portland, Oregon as a new graduate and began her career at 104.7 KISS FM in April of 2021 as an associate producer of the “Johnjay & Rich Show.”
“I could not be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a permanent member on the Johnjay and Rich show. This is SO surreal for me because I have been listening to the show since I was little, so to be a part of it is so special. I can’t wait to grow and learn from the amazing people around me and bring a spark every single morning! A huge thank you goes out to Johnjay and Rich for taking a chance on a young 23 year old who is still navigating life!” said Whitmore
Payton replaces Suzette Rodriguez, who will be hosting her own afternoon drive show weekdays on 104.7 KISS FM from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and across iHeartMedia’s network of stations.
Corey Foley Joins STAR 101.3 San Francisco For Debut Of The 'Marcus And Corey' Morning Show
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco’s STAR 101.3 (KIOI-FM) has named Corey Foley to co-host with Marcus on the new “Marcus and Corey,” effective June 3.
Foley most recently co-hosted mornings on KINK-FM in Portland. Her previous morning show experience includes “The Dave Ryan Show “(KDWB-FM, Minneapolis), “Foley & Thunder” (KILT-FM, Houston), “The Morning Freak Show” (WLLD-FM, Tampa Bay), as well as previous Bay Area experience as one third of the “Ken, Corey & Eddie Show” on 95.7 The Wolf in San Francisco.
Foley takes over as co-host for Sandy Stec, who will re-locate to Los Angeles to continue as host of afternoon drive on iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5 and focus on her burgeoning stand-up comedy career. “Corey is a terrific personality,” said Mark Adams, Program Director of STAR 101.3. “She possesses the ability to fearlessly share her life experience with listeners while also genuinely listening to theirs; while also being relatable and often in a way that’s laugh out loud funny. Those qualities along with her track record and previous bay area experience make her an ideal choice to join Marcus and Jason in mornings for Star 101-3.”
CMG Names New Country And Rock Content Leaders
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) announced that Steve Stewart (left) has been promoted to Director of Country Content, and Chris Lloyd (right) has been elevated to Director of Rock Content, both effective immediately. Stewart and Lloyd will oversee content, programming, and brand strategies for the company’s 11 rock and 5 country format stations.
Since 2019, Stewart has served as Director of Operations for Orlando Radio and Program Director for WWKA. Throughout his career, he has held programming roles in Chicago, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, among others. Additionally, he currently hosts the nationally syndicated live country show “The Road” through United Stations Radio Networks.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to collaborate with our programming leaders and the Country community as a whole,” said Stewart. “CMG Country has a rich history with our listeners in our local markets, and it’s a thrill that I get to help grow our Country brands with the fans, advertisers and our partners.”
Lloyd joined CMG in 2006 as Program Director for the legendary WBAB. In 2020, he was named Director of Operations for CMG Radio Long Island and added programming responsibilities for 106.1 BLI in 2021. "What an amazing opportunity to work more closely with the talented CMG rock programming team,” said Lloyd. “I look forward to building on the strong foundation we already have to continue serving our loyal listeners.”
“I’ve known Chris and Steve for years and it’s been a pleasure to watch them grow as programmers and become key leaders in CMG,” said Chris Eagan, VP of Audience and Operations. “I can’t wait to see them take our Rock and Country radio stations to new heights.”
Jay Whatley Takes Afternoon Drive On Q97.3/KQHN-FM Shreveport, LA
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has named Shreveport native Jay Whatley as On-Air Host, Afternoons, on Hot AC station Q97.3 (KQHN-FM) in Shreveport. Whatley has been a fixture on Shreveport radio for almost 15 years and joins Q97.3 from KRUF-FM.
Watley is also the emcee for the Shreveport Mudbugs hockey team and has won several “Locals Love Us” awards as best radio personality in Shreveport.
Jay Michaels, Operations Manager, Cumulus Shreveport, commented: "For the last few years, I've been impressed with Jay Whatley's work and talent in the market. The Q97.3 audience already knows and loves him, and I'm glad he's gone from competitor to being part of our radio family."
Whatley remarked: “I'm thrilled to join the incredible team at Cumulus Media in Shreveport! The entire cluster has welcomed me with open arms, and after spending nearly half my life on the air across the street, I can't possibly express how much that means to me. Q97.3 has grown into such a beloved radio station in Shreveport, much due to Jay Michaels leadership. Simply put, this in an incredibly fun radio station to call home, and I can't wait to see what we can do together!"
Caroline Beasley To Be Featured At Radiodays Europe 2022
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley will be featured during two upcoming sessions that will take place at Radiodays Europe (RDE) on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Malmö Mässan Exhibition and Congress Center in Malmö, Sweden. The event, which is held May 15-17, is Europe’s largest radio conference and meeting point for the world of radio, podcasting and audio.
Beasley will participate in a special one-on-one session entitled “American Regional Radio in the Digital Age”, hosted by Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes.
In addition, Beasley will take part in the “Audio Summit” panel, featuring Sibyle Veil (CEO Radio France), Linda Pamgren (CEO-Bauer Media Sweden) and Cathinka Rondon (Head of Radio-NRK). The session will be moderated by Folder Media Creative Director Matt Deegan.
MIW Launches State Broadcasters Partnership Program
THE MOUTH, MAY10TH, 2022 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, announced a new national program designed to create mentorship opportunities in every state in the union. The first pilot program partners MIW with the Minnesota Broadcasters Association to create, “Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Minnesota.”
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff said, "This program is designed to dramatically expand our mentorship outreach. We couldn't ask for a better first partner than Wendy Paulson and the Minnesota Broadcasters Association as we work toward a mentee in every state. Cheers to the first. Forty-nine to go!"
Wendy Paulson, President, Minnesota Broadcasters Association comments, “Minnesota’s Broadcasting community is full of amazing and talented women! I am honored to be the lead on this pilot program and invite women from across our state to learn more information and apply https://minnesotabroadcasters.com/mba-and-miw-mentorship/."
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Illinois Radio's Hannah Brummer
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2022 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on radio's next generation of stars, meet Hannah Brummer (shown) of 102.3 XLC and just added to mornings with Eddie Volkman at WSSR 96.7 FM - You may also know her as a staff member for last year's MSBC in Chicago.
Hannah says her career in radio was fueled by an internship with the Chicago Bandits Women's Professional Softball team. "I had the opportunity to work with ESPN at the Championship Series and fell in love with broadcasting that very minute. This led to her working for US*99 and 104.3 Jams Chicago as a Promotions Coordinator in June of 2019. In March of 2020, the pandemic hit which led to an end of her radio show in Elmhurst College. "I broadened my horizons by creating my own studio in my bedroom, " Hannah says. "It included my very own Rodecaster Pro and other various studio paraphernalia items where I was able to transition my college radio show into a podcast (Thanks mom and dad).
Hannah says she took advantage of all the virtual seminars and camps during the pandemic while being a full-time student at Elmhurst College. In May of 2020, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Communications at Elmhurst College . In addition, I created and branded my own merchandise. On August 3, 2020, I was hired at the Illinois Media School as an Education Administrative Assistant. That exact day was also my first day I attended Camp Broadcast with Sam Alex. In July of 2021, I accepted a job as a Promotions Coordinator with Cumulus (Q101 and 94.7 WLS). Then in August of 2021 I had the opportunity to audition for 102.3 XLC as their Afternoon Drive host.
And if you spend any time on social media there's a good chance you've seen one of Hannah's daily TitTok videos. "I love making TikToks! says Hannah. "I'm either dancing or singing in the studio! I typically wake up in the morning with an idea of a TikTok and then I will create it during my show!
As for Morning Show Boot Camp she says "it's truly the best experience! The first time I attended was last year. I learned a lot about how to succeed in the industry and connected with so many amazing industry professionals. A few weeks after bootcamp I landed my very first job doing Afternoon Drive with 102.3 XLC! and I'm looking forward to attending again this year!
And who in radio made a positive impact or lasting impression on Hannah? Among the many include: Kipper McGee, Sam Alex, Dan Levy, Audacy Chicago Team, Chris Cruise, Charese Fruge, Lisa Kosty, Krista Hayes, Julia Lepidi, Nina Hajian, McCall Taylor, Marie LeMaitre, Dana Schaeffer, Don Anthony, her entire team at 102.3 XLC, her new partner, Eddie Volkman and her entire team at Gurnee Alpha Media!
Meanwhile, is there someone you'd like for us to feature among radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - Shines The Light On Lincoln Radio's Brooke Summers
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2022 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Brooke Summers, Morning host on B107.3 (Brooke and Bic Show) and afternoons on sister station Froggy 98 Lincoln, NE. Summer's story began as a radio guest-host contest winner. From there, she ascended to not only to an impressive on-air radio career, but earlier this year was selected as voice of the ACM Award.
Going back to 1999, she tells Jockline, "I had just gotten out of the military and had gone back to school for early childhood education. My favorite station at the time, in Nashville (102.5 The Party, no longer in existence) had a contest where you could enter to come on and guest host with the morning show guy, Scotty O. My best friend and I signed up and got to go on one morning, and I was instantly love with radio. I got to go on once more with him and decided after that to change my major in school to communications."
Summers says, While attending school in Clarksville, as a single mom of two, I had to work part-time for income, my GI Bill only covered so much (lol). I was working as a receptionist at a realty office and one day in walks this woman to pay her rent. While looking for her check book, she starts pulling out all this swag for Q108, pens, stickers, keychains...and I teased her saying, "Either you work there, or you are a REALLY big fan!" She laughed and told me she was one half of the morning show. I thought this is crazy! I told her my guest host story and how I had just changed my major to communications because I wanted to get it radio. She told me to stop by and talk to the OM Steve Burke, because they were getting ready to launch a new rock station and were looking for people."
This chance encounter led to her starting as a board op for MRN races and getting voice-track Friday overnights on the Urban station, WJMR "Jammin 1370. "Then I got to work my first live shift,a Friday night 80s flashback show. I worked my way from there to middays on Jammin 1370 and Promotions Director for the cluster for SAGA, plus fill in on Q108. I left SAGA in '04 and moved to Bowling Green, where I became PD/middays for WUHU/107.1. Within about 6-8 months, I moved to mornings ." In 2021, she I made the move to Lincoln, NE where I am currently Mornings on B107.3 and afternoons on our sister station Froggy 98.
Say hello to Brooke HERE
Meanwhile, is there someone in your midst that you feel will be part of radio's next generation of stars? Let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
Mojo To Be Presented With 'Kraddick Award' At Morning Show Boot Camp 34 In Chicago
THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2022 –– Detroit's morning radio mainstay, Mojo , has been named the 2022 recipient of Morning Show Boot Camp's (MSBC) prestigious 'Kraddick Award' named in honor of the late Kidd Kraddick. Mojo is the host of IHeart Radio’s ‘Mojo In The Morning’.. Having just celebrated 22 years on Detroit’s Channel 955 WKQI, the show is The Motor City’s top rated way to wake up for more than two decades and his show and ‘More Mojo’ podcast has been one the most downloaded on the IHeart Radio App. Mojo In The Morning can also be heard on 104.5 WSNX in Grand Rapids and WVKS KISS 92.5 in Toledo
"I’m beyond flattered! Thank you so much!!," said Mojo. " Out of any award I could ever win getting an award named after my mentor & hero Kidd Kraddick means the most to me. Kidd always has been the gold standard to me. I can never compare my show to his because I don’t even come close but my goal every show is to ask ‘would Kidd do this topic, bit or contest.’ Both back in my early days in Tucson at KRQ and when I moved to Detroit and Channel 955 I would call Kidd often. I would mute my phone so I could scream with excitement when he would talk about a break because I knew for sure that he listened. I’ve vowed I would always take any young shows calls and listen to their podcasts to give feedback because that’s what Kidd did for me!! Looking forward to Chicago!!
Traditionally, each year's recipient is charged with selecting the following year's honoree. Last year's recipient, KRBE-FM Houston's Roula and Ryan Show, commented, "As last year’s recipients of The Kidd Kraddick Award -we were given the honor to bestow this award on the next great show. We have decided it would only be fitting to award it to “Mojo in the Morning.” Roula (shown left at center) says, "I met Mojo 22 years ago at my first Boot Camp and have respected him and his ideas ever since then. He was one of the shows I always looked forward to seeing at Boot Camp so we could share ideas since I knew his were always winners."
Executive Producer Eric Rowe added, "I’ve known Mojo for over 20 years. His morning show is consistently one of the best morning shows in the country. Mojo and his whole team: Spike, Shannon, Ellen, Meaghan, Mike, Rhys, Katie, and Lydia are extremely talented people and more importantly, great human beings. The Kidd Kraddick award means a lot to me since he was a mentor and someone, I was lucky enough to work with. I honestly believe that Mojo is cut from the same creative cloth as Kidd and there is nobody more deserving than him and his show. Congratulations Mojo- we are so happy to pass this along to you! You are the Kidd Kraddick recipient for 2022! Welcome to the club!"
Past honorees include Bert Weiss of the syndicated 'The Bert Show,' The YEA Network Syndicated 'The Kidd Kraddick Show, The Ace & TJ Show, 97X Quad Cities' Dwyer & Michaels Show, Big 105.9 Miami's Paul Castronovo, BJ Shea, co-host of The BJ & Migs Show - KISW-FM Seattle, Brother Wease Radio 95.1 Rochester, and last year's recipent The Roula & Ryan Show - KRBE-FM Houston.
The Kraddick Award will be presented during his year's Morning Show Boot Camp 34 taking place Aug. 18 & 19 at the Swissotel Chicago - registration and Swissotel reservations available now HERE.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Cast The Spotlight On KUDL-FM Sacramento's Mollie Kendrick
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2022 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At Boot Camp" where we shine the light on radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Mollie Kenrick, afternoon host on KUDL-FM/106.5 The End Sacramento and Social Media Captain for Audacy's CHR/Hot AC outlets.
Mollie's radio roots go back to 2013 after getting a Bachelor's degree in Music Business. She says " I decided to "put my education to use" and intern at my hometown radio station KSME in Fort Collins, Colorado “until I figured out my life. I ended up falling in love with radio the moment I toured the station and knew immediately radio is where I wanted to focus my energy and attention," says Mollie. "I didn’t see myself setting up tents for a living, so in my free time I learned how to run the board and produce the morning show on News Talk KCOL. In the meantime, I would listen obsessively to The Dave Ryan Show and KDWB via the iHeartRadio app to learn as much as possible from jocks in a bigger market. During my first tour with iHeartMedia, I also got my start on-air with the Fort Collins cluster’s various stations, did a lot of voiceover and production, and assisted with live shows and station events when I was needed."
"Knowing I wanted to move to a bigger market eventually, I would travel to Minneapolis to network with everyone on the station (and did so on several occasions), all on my own dime in hopes that someday I’d get a job there. After a year-and-a-half stint at Fort Collins market competitor Townsquare Media (where I hosted AM Drive on Alternative KMAX, PM Drive on Hot AC KKPL, and won “Best Midday Show” from the Colorado Broadcasters Association for my show on heritage country station KUAD from 2015-2017), I briefly left radio to pursue other opportunities. Nine months later and missing radio dearly, I moved to Minneapolis and landed the night show on iHeart’s Hot AC KTCZ. I went on to host AM Drive on KTCZ and also hosted overnights on KDWB for fun.
"In January 2020, I was affected by iHeart’s pre-COVID layoffs, which led me to my current on air position hosting PM Drive on Top 40 KUDL Sacramento since April 2020. In July 2020, I was promoted to an assistant programmer position where I work directly with Sue O’Neil and Mike Danger to program KUDL locally (music scheduling, meet with label reps, etc.). A couple months later, I was named Audacy’s Social Media Captain for Top 40 and Hot AC formats in addition to my programming & on air duties.
How much does social media play into your overall workday? It takes up a lot of my day actually, but I manage it in a way that doesn’t take away from my other station duties. Social media was part of my childhood, so multitasking between social & other tasks has always been a thing. For KUDL, I use social media to learn something new about my audience – I want to see what makes them tick, what makes them petty, what makes them happy, sad, etc. I also use it to learn about my market, which I’ve been in for just two years. Oftentimes I’ll see things on social media, like listener engagement, that sparks an idea for an on air bit or different social post. All of it is intertwined. Honestly, social media literally consumes me. J
How important is social media in day-to-day on-air content? It matters a lot. If you resist it and fail to lean into it, good luck. And it’s not about being perfect or knowing anything – it’s about the willingness to try and continue to generate GREAT content in a different medium than we’ve been used to for decades of just radio.
How about Video? If you want an edge in social media, video is the way to go. I know this can be really tricky for some people that tend to overthink like I do; luckily, TikTok has changed the game as far as video creation goes. You can be a little messy and people love it. You don’t even have to have flawless transitions or effects to have an impact with video. You also don’t necessarily have to record yourself talking on the radio. If you don’t know how to do something, or you don’t have the resources to make what other people are making, do your own thing. What’s important is to try, keep up with trends as best you can, and ACTUALLY post the video. Don’t hesitate, don’t overthink, just post it.
Where would you like to see your career take you in the coming years? I do feel my time in AM Drive was cut short, so if I ever have the opportunity to assemble an amazing team and take on mornings again, I’d be SO down. I want to expand my on air brand into other markets via tracking/syndication. I’m also open to pursuing management and programming opportunities.
I have always seen my career going in a couple different directions, and I’m still at that point of not knowing for sure what’s next. It’s important to me to remain grounded and realistic of where the industry is headed and whether my dreams match today’s reality, as sad as that might sound; I know I can always reassess down the line. I also have personal goals that I’ve put on the backburner for the sake of my career, so balance is key when determining my next move.
Mollie Kendrick will be among the many rising stars you'll get to meet at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp 34 in Chicago - Meanwhile, want to suggest someone who you feel will be one of radio's next generation of stars? Let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
In Honor Of Women's History Month, 'Entrepreneur' Puts Angela Yee In The Spotlight
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2022 - Angela Yee, best known as co-host of Premiere Network's syndicated The Breakfast Club, is also 'a savvy businesswoman. In honor of Women’s History Month, Nika White penned a huge spread in Entrepreneur on Angela Yee's growing empire as well as her take on how her roles as a radio host and business owner complement each other. Aside from her daily radio show, Yee has a coffee shop, Coffee Uplifts People (aka CUP); a juice shop, Drink Fresh Juice; and a hair-care business, Private Label with all being operated by primarily Black staff members employed from their local communities.
As for managing her daily radio show alongside her other businesses, she tells White: "If you listen to The Breakfast Club, I’m the one who’s always on time. I get to work before everyone else and I do all of the research. That discipline helps me in all facets of life. I don’t like feeling rushed or being late. Being late is very disrespectful to our listeners, whoever I’m meeting with and of other people’s time. Even though I do a lot of time-consuming research, it’s good for me because it makes me well-rounded."
Starting out in radio, Yee says she was looked at as a sidekick. "Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to have my own show, but I was considered an assistant for a long time. I rebelled against that notion because I had so much to prove. Most of the jobs I’ve worked at, I was the only woman. When we’re live on The Breakfast Club, I’m still the only woman in the room."
When asked about her biggest struggle, and triumph, as a woman-of-color founder? Yee said, People think you’re only there to fill a quota, so they may not take you seriously. That happened to me even when I applied for college. A man who wasn’t accepted told me, “You’re only there because you're a Black woman.” I took a step back and said, Well actually my SAT scores were higher than yours.” He was upset because he wasn’t accepted, but he really believed I was admitted because of my race and gender. Read Full Entrepreneur Article HERE
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On KDWB-FM Minneapolis' E. White
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2022 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At Boot Camp" where we shine the light on radio's next generation of stars, say hello to E. White, night host on iHeart's KDWB-FM Minneapolis'. As for background, E. White started in radio as an intern with WRFF (Alt 104.5) in Philadelphia in January 2017. He was in school for photography, but radio, he says, "Just seemed like something I would like." E. White says he loves entertaining people and making their days better. "I never really listened to radio growing up, but for some reason, being on the radio sounded pretty tight," he says.
"I took tape from that show and sent it everywhere, and eventually landed a full-time gig doing afternoons and MD duties at KKDM (107.5 KISS FM) in Des Moines in November 2017. I started to realize programming wasn't for me, and that on-air work, community engagement, and social media were my passions, so when nights at KDWB opened up in Fall 2019, I had to apply"
He's been doing nights at KDWB since January 2020, and also nights at WHQC (Hits 96.1) in Charlotte since the Summer 2021. He's also part of the national team and do shows across the country on the weekends! On top of that, he also hosts a podcast called 'The Get Up' with Celina Martinez from KHKS (106.1 KISS FM) in Dallas and Rach from WIOQ (Q102) in Philly (top right).
"My energy is a bit chaotic at times, but it seems to have worked so far," says E. White. "Social media is as important as my on-air work. There's a ton of prep behind it and tons of strategy as well. It's a whole other platform for you to reach people in your community and beyond, and hosts who are still leery to invest in themselves and their brand on social are truly missing out. It shouldn't be a bad thing that people recognize you from TikTok or Twitch on top of recognizing you from the radio, it helps with YOUR brand and the company's brand! Even if you take 10 minutes a day to plan, make, and post a TikTok, that's better than nothing"
E. White is also very much into video. "Any form of video work just ups your worth exponentially," says E. White. "You're showing your current and potential employers that you are willing to go above and beyond, that you're wanting to grow past the airwaves. You have the capabilities, you have the potential. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS!
As far as future goals, E. White says he'd like to one day host some sort of multi-person show." I have an everybody eats mentality, and I feed really well off of other people (hence the podcast). A lot of people want to do mornings, but aren't willing to put that work in to get there. I'm willing and ready!"
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Iconic Ernest Tubb Record Shop Nashville Is Closing
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2022 –– The Ernest Tubb Record Shop, an iconic stop on Nashville’s Broadway thoroughfare, announced that it’s closing soon. In a statement posted on Facebook, the store’s owners said that “changes in circumstances out of our control." "It’s with great sadness that we share the news that the Ernest Tubb Record Shop — building and business — will be sold. Our goal has always been to protect, promote and preserve the great history of the record shop and building. That desire remains as strong today as ever. However, due to changes in circumstances out of our control, it's now clear the best way forward is to sell the business and the real estate. We are heartbroken that the store, which has existed in its current location in the heart of lower Broadway since 1951, will close this Spring. Preserving the history and tradition of country music remains at the forefront of everything we do. We remain committed to preservation work and look forward to new projects that will allow us to continue to protect and nurture the invaluable history and tradition of country music."
According to Pitchfork, the shop was a mainstay for 75 years, a cornerstone of the country music industry from its earliest days in the city. Country singer and honky-tonk hitmaker Ernest Tubb founded the shop in 1947, and moved to its current location at 417 Broadway in 1951. Tubb died in 1984 at age 70. The shop has also been the longtime host of the taste-making Midnite Jamboree radio program, which has also operated since 1947. According to Wikipedia, the radio program launched May 31, 1947 by country musician Ernest Tubb. Through a brokered programming arrangement with Ernest Tubb Record Shop, the Jamboree airs two hours after its recording on WSM, immediately following the Opry.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Cast The Spotlight On 107.5 The River/Nashville's Ricki Sanchez
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Ricki Sanchez, cast-member of iHeart's "Woody & Jim Show" on 107.5 The River/Nashville. Ricki got her start in radio as an intern for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on Z100 (WHTZ) in 2014 after applying for an internship. She tells Jockline, "I knew I liked the idea of working in media, but I wasn't sure radio was the route I wanted to go. Sure enough... I fell in love. That's where I had my first experience live on air. I walked out of that studio on cloud 9. I was on top of the world (or at least "the top of the Empire State Building").
Ricki added, "It's also where I heard an artist listen to their song on the radio for the first time ever. I remember thinking to myself, "I want to make people that happy... everyone. From listeners to artists."
"I worked a bunch of random jobs after that. I had a job at a radio prep service, I worked as tech support for the iHeartRadio App, and I was a waitress. Eventually I got tired of not being on air.
In October of 2016, I started the "20-Somethings Doing Nothing" podcast to get myself out there and work on my skills. It became part of Elvis Duran's podcast network on November 15, 2017. It helped me finally get my shot on air. I just had to wait until 2019. That's when I got a co-host job on the syndicated Zach Sang Show in Los Angeles. I moved out there and started in July of 2019 until July of 2020, when I was let go due to the impact the pandemic had on the radio industry. Back to the East Coast I go, where I had to figure out my next step. After feeling hopeless for months, I found out the Woody & Jim Show on 107.5 The River (WRVW) was looking for a new co-host. In April 2021, I packed up and was on my way to Nashville, Tennessee. I'm coming up on one year here next month!"
As for radio shows she grew up listening to, she says, "Growing up in Northern New Jersey, I was obsessed with Elvis Duran on Z100 (which is why my internship was absolutely wild to me). In high school and college I started to really get into The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 (WWPR). Both have influenced me in different ways. The Breakfast Club is always honest and real with their audience, even if it's going to stir the pot. I hope to have a strong bond with my listeners and I always want to be honest and real with them about who I am, what my opinions are, and what I'm going through."
As for gathering content, Ricki says social media is my main source of content. "I use it to see what everyone is talking about every morning. Most of the topics I come up with are from my own life, but there's a decent amount that I find in places like Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. It's the best way to stay in tune with your audience. Content is just begging to be used from social media. It's also an amazing way to talk to listeners. I constantly check my DM's and have conversations with them in there."
Looking to the future, Ricki says one day she'd like her own morning show. "As media changes and I have more opportunities to try other things, I've become more open to other possibilities. For instance, I had the chance to host the iHeartRadio Music Awards post show last year. It's something I've never done, but I loved it. I got a thrill from it. I want to do more things like that now. Explore more possibilities. Push my boundaries." In addition to The Woody & Jim Show, Sanchez Host of "20-Somethings Doing Nothing"
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iHeart Detroit Moving From The Burbs To Downtown
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2022 –– Looks like iHeart Chief Bob Pittman's former home (from his time back in the day as a jock on WDRQ-FM) is headed from the 'burbs to east side of downtown Detroit. The building at 2529 Orleans St. in the Eastern Market area is under renovation in a multi-million redevelopment that is expected to house new studios and offices for iHeartMedia Inc. Readying for the move are Channel 95.5, 97.9 WJLB,100.3 WNIC, 106.7 WLLZ, Mix 92.3 FM and the Black Information Network on 1130 AM. This latest news follows similar moves in in Tampa, Cleveland and Pittsburgh for the San Antonio based media group.
According to Crain's Detroit, Paul Corvino, regional president for iHeartMedia, said Wednesday that shows like Mojo in the Morning (95.5), Jay Towers (100.3), Bush Man and Dr. Darrius (97.9), Ya Girl Cheron (92.3), and Doug Podell and Trudi Daniels (106.7) will all work and broadcast out of the building at 2529 Orleans St. Sales, production and other staff will also be housed in the building. "A couple years ago we decided we want to be part of the Detroit revitalization," Corvino said. "We're very excited about what's going on and we believe that iHeart and our brands, the No. 1 cluster of radio stations in the Detroit region, should be in the city supporting the city." Build-out is expected to be complete in May.
iHeartMedia currently has its studios and local space in Farmington Hills at 27675 Halsted Rd. at the southwest corner of 12 Mile Road, although its 37,600-square-foot office is currently up for sublease. Detroit resident and radio videographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline, "The "new" building is actually quite old, but being refurbished to the tune of 24 million dollars. The neighborhood is right off I-75 near Woodward Avenue, Detroit's main north/south artery. The new headquarters is downtown, about 23 miles from the company's current location in suburban Farmington Hills which they moved into back in 2002. It was secured then by former WNIC G.M. Steve Schram, who now runs public station Michigan Radio. It was previously HQ for A&W root beer. Schram joked it was the only radio station with a "test kitchen."
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Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On Tik Tok Radio Superstar 'Cat' Haley
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2022 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Tik Tok Radio Star, Cat Haley. Her radio story began after doing an internship with the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF in West Palm Beach,FL. She later helped create their first FM pop station for students at UF! It was called GHQ on 95.3FM! I graduated in May of 2018! Today she airs on TikTok Radio, channel 4 for SiriusXM as well as a radio host on HITS 1 on channel 2!
She says her next step after WRMF was going to Morning Show Boot Camp in August of 2018 ( thanks to the recommendation by Kevin Rolston from the KVJ show). I was not with a company. I was solo and jobless but made it a point to dominate the mic, ask questions and make myself known at that conference. There I met Ben and Kelly from "The Ben Davis & Kelly K Show" on 99.7 WDJX which led to my first morning show job. I was hired as the 3rd mic/producer on the Ben Davis & Kelly K Morning Show in Louisville, KY! After a year there, budget cuts led to her moving back home to South Florida where one of herdad's friends introduced her to DJ Laz, who at the time was on HITS 97.3 in Miami! She sent him her demos.
Cat says, "The music director at the time, Dia Ryan, took me under her wing as a fantastic mentor and hired me as a part time, weekend/overnights, on air personality. To help pass the time between on-air breaks, I started making tiktoks at the station. They quickly blew up! I had hundreds of thousands of followers intrigued by radio. I still worked part time but was still able to then make it to middays and eventually afternoons at the station while still making the tiktoks! Next, SiriusXM reached out to me. Then Robert Cross, the Vice President of Programming, reached out to me. Next thing you know I was hired to be a radio host on TikTok Radio on channel 4 for SiriusXM as well as a radio host on HITS 1 on channel 2! They sent me all the proper equipment to work remote! It has become A DREAM!"
As for radio via satellite she says, "I love working from home and being able to experience the huge milestones of life with my family and friends that I had to miss out on before! I can now spend more time with friends and family, travel to see them, and bring my equipment with me! Being pre-recorded is super nice too. I enjoy how there is less pressure. I also love how on SiriusXM radio we don't have to "compete" with other stations. If people are paying for SiriusXM.....they are paying for all the commercial free channels....so we are all one team! I also get to talk anywhere around 30 seconds to 90 seconds a break so I can really tell a good story and connect more with the listeners.
As for Tik Tok, she says, "Going live on TikTok is the best part of radio. People want to see behind the scenes! For those new to Tik Tok she recommends, "Keep trying things until they stick! EX: If you're a cook, make TikToks where you throw in a weird ingredient that someone commented on a previous video. You can grab the comment, and place it in your video on the top. This way followers feel included! Let's say someone comments to put Nutella in your next dish. Put it in pasta! Make a dessert pasta like in the movie "Elf". Next video grab another funny ingredient from the comments and make it a series! Be patient and persistent. If it doesn't stick, move onto a different series!"
And how big an impact did social media habve on her career? " I wouldn't have the job that I have right now. I went from the local level to the national level. You want to be known! That is what is hire-able.
The Show Inks 5-Year Extension With iHeart's ROCK 105.3/KIOZ-FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced it has renewed its agreement with “The Show” for Rock 105.3 (KIOZ-FM), San Diego’s Rock Station. “The Show” will continue to broadcast weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for another five years. “The Show,” featuring Eddie Pappani (left center) Sky Williams (right center), Tylhor “Thor” Dodd (top right), and Emily Griffiths (top left) has been entertaining San Diego audiences during morning drive since 2010 on Rock 105.3 FM.
“I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeartRadio and Rock 105.3 in San Diego, said Pappani. “Sky and I have been on-air in morning drive at Rock 105.3 since 2004, and I can't believe they haven't grown sick of us yet! I want to thank the rest of ‘The Show,’ Sky - my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeartMedia San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.”
“I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with ‘The Show’ on Rock 105.3! Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listener’s loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience and show, even more, said Shauna Moran, Program Director for Rock 105.3 FM. “Cheers to another five years!”
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On ABC News Radio's Dana Schaeffer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, the spotlight shines on ABC News Radio New York producer Dana Schaeffer. You may know her as a regular staffer at MSBC. Long before her radio journey began, she tells Jockline she would go to these ABC vs. WPLJ charity baseball games in her home town back when she was a child (below left).
"I’d meet the News Anchors and Radio DJ’s, and tell them I wanted to work with them one day. Fast forward to college at William Paterson University - the exec producer Monk -- for the Scott & Todd Morning Show, visited his alma mater. She told him it would be a dream to intern at WPLJ... and then after her interview – "I did! It all started there," she says.
In 2013 she started at CBS Radio ( Entercom, Audacy) where she worked on the street team for CBS-FM, FRESH, AMP, and beyond. From there, she moved to 1010 WINS where she fell in love with news/talk radio. To this day she admits to a soft spot for WINS and everyone there.
On a whim, she flew to LA to interview at KIIS-FM in 2017 where she became producer for JoJo on the Radio, re-launched the globally-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown, started a podcast “Paranormal-ish” and worked with Bill Handel at KFI. Radio in Los Angeles taught me a lot. I really learned all the ropes of not only producing so many different shows, but hosting those shows too."
"I have to shout out Morning Show Boot Camp for the networking opportunities as well, because without those conferences, my jobs may have been very different. They gave me face time with people in the industry that may not have been possible because of schedules, or distance."
And where would Dana like to see career path eventually take her? "The ultimate media goal is to be on Good Morning America, or have a morning show," says Dana. "I’m that morning person that’s super bubbly the minute she wakes up, no coffee needed! I’m the person who wants to lift you up, hear about YOU and bring positive energy into YOUR life."
Dana adds, If you ever want to talk radio for hours on end, reach out – I’m your gal. @danamschaeffer
Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On iHeart San Diego's Chris Martinez
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Chris Martinez, morning show executive producer for iHeart San Diego's Geena The Latina And Frankie V Morning Show on Channel 933. His radio journey began when he was in a community college and taking broadcasting classes. He tells Jockline, "I just thought it was an easy class and I had no idea how to get an internship, so I applied at every station in Los Angeles and Riverside. After being rejected by nearly everyone, there was only one to call me in for an interview and that was KIISFM in Los Angeles. I became an official intern in March of 2004. After a few months of being on the team my promotion director called me into his office to hire me a part of the street team! In December of 2005 my career would take another unexpected turn when working a street team event with one of our morning show talents, Manny On The Streets. He was looking for someone to join him and the Ryan Seacrest Morning team. I took him up on his offer and started with that team in January 2006."
Chris added, "I stayed with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team till 2012 and in 2013 became our special projects coordinator for iHeart LA. There I was on the opening team for the iHeart Theater LA, bringing big name acts to a private intimate setting. In spring of 2014 I was contacted by my old friend and current morning show cohost Geena the Latina at Channel 933 in San Diego to come back to the programming side of the business. I moved to San Diego officially in May of 2014 and I’ve been here ever since as the executive producer of Geena The Latina and Frankie V morning show on Channel 933."
Chris says he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lot of help "From my promotions family to programming to sales, but I owe many thanks to Dennis Clark. While I was working with the On Air with Ryan Seacrest team, I was able to learn so much from him. I know a lot of people admire and appreciate his guidance but it’s something special seeing it live and in action every day. I really got to see how a morning show should operate and I still apply those lessons to this very day."
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, this weeks' spotlight shines on WCDA/HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson, co-host of the Mandy & Jimmy Morning Show.
Mandy says her career started out not for the love of radio but for the need of an internship. "Back in 2009 when MySpace was still huge and Facebook was just coming onto the scene I found myself reading a post from a guy who was the host of a local morning show on Island 106 Panama City looking for interns. I reached out to him, he brought me in for an interview and that’s when my radio career began. I interned for “That Guy” Kramer in 2009 for a full year for free. It was supposed to be three months but that turned into six which turned into a year. Kramer, Holly, Miguel and I just clicked. It felt right so I stayed because I loved it. After a year, she finally went fulltime and started getting paid.
To this day, she still calls Kramer, Miguel & Holly her top mentors. She stayed at Island 106 Navigating my way through several morning shows until she landed at her current job in Lexington Kentucky. Over the next several years, Mandy says she I spent a lot of time on ellipticals listening to other shows in different markets learning from them. Making mental notes of what they did best and how they got in and out of a break or how they interacted with listeners. Some of her biggest inspirations were The KVJ Show on WRMF/West Palm Beach, Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955/Detroit and Mercedes in The Morning on Mix 94.1 Las Vegas. "They all were very different yet all had wonderful qualities that’s inspired me in the way I want to do things on my show". Mandy started out solo in Lexington in 2017, then teamed later with Jimmy who had previously served as an intern.
She says, "I've had a ton of support from all the lovely people I’ve met through the years at Morning Show Boot Camp which is where I’m going to give a lot of credit to. Meeting all the different mornings shows from all over and hearing their stories and ideas definitely helped shape my career. Brady DeAngelo who had been doing a solo morning show for quite some time was my biggest mentor in my transition to Lexington. Not really sure where I’d be with out his guidance at the time.
Of note, Mandy also does TV as well in a segment called Mom to Mom that airs every Monday a few times a day on the local ABC 36 affiliate and it’s syndicated in 7 different markets. She tells Jockline, she was able to get that job thanks to radio.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Utah's McCall Of The AJ & McCall Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, please meet Utah's McCall, co-host of The AJ & McCall Show On 94.5 VFX. McCall's radio journey began in 2014. Back then she was working at a bank and someone just happened to come in saying they worked at the top 40 radio station in town. She tells Jockline: "I RAN across the lobby (IN HEELS nonetheless) to ask how to get a job there. They told me to go talk to the boss, so I did the next day. I was brought on as an intern, and about a month later the afternoon jock didn't show up for his shift, so I got his slot on on KXRQ-FM."
Some years later after she and her boyfriend had moved, she heard an ad, YES, ON THE RADIO, about the Utah Broadcasters Association Job Fair happening that week. I took off from my job to see what it was all about, and met my now bosses and landed the position on the morning show on KVFX in Logan Utah (they also track shifts on 3 different stations across the state). I've since picked up 1 more station in St. George Utah, and have been a part of the AJ & McCall show in my home town for almost 5 years."
And who are some of her 'go-to' shows for radio inspiration? "There's so many," she says. Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly are some of my favorite people to go to for inspiration; Audacy syndicated The Julia Show, I also love 99.5 Portland's Nick & Kristen and Throwback 2K's Chris Cruise have been so darn helpful. With each of these shows, I love seeing their hustle. I'm so inspired by them all. They make me want to be better, and have been so supportive.
"Ultimately, I want to do everything," adds McCall. "Because if I don't try everything, I don't know that I don't like it. I'd also love to syndicate my midday show, I'd love to blow up as an Influencer, but at the end of the day, I just want to support the community that raised me and serve as an example to the community that you can love the being that you are, AS you are. And also make beaucoup bucks. PS, "Can't wait for next year's Boot Camp"!
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan Of The Eagle Norfolk
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™, we're shining the light this week on Max Media's Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan of 97.3 The Eagle in Norfolk. Annaliese's radio story began at a very young age when she says she was obsessed with both listening to the radio and watching the local TV news. I knew probably from age 5-6 that working in some form of on-air broadcasting was my dream someday. She says, "My radio-specific dream really took off at age 7, after I got the chance to visit and have a tour of the studio of my favorite CHR station (shout-out to WJBQ 97.9 in Portland, ME!) while my dad was there to record a PSA for his company. As I got older in middle and high school, I became a little less interested in TV news and way more interested in radio."
Later she moved to North Carolina for college and intended to pursue Communications. She later transferred to Queens University of Charlotte. Following graduation, I stayed in Charlotte for another year to complete a certificate program in Radio & TV at The Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte campus. I wanted more studio experience and technical training, and going to broadcasting school was definitely the right choice! I finished my year at CSB with an internship with WNKS Kiss 95.1's Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show, which is where my passion for morning radio specifically was ignited."
From there, her first full-time radio job was in the Burlington/Plattsburgh market (Vox AM/FM), doing Middays and then Afternoons on the former WXZO New Hot 96.7, and Weekends and Morning Show Fill-ins on heritage WEZF Star 92.9. I moved to Vermont in April 2017. In March 2018, she moved back South to Charlottesville, VA for my next radio opportunity. She worked at Charlottesville Radio Group (Saga) just shy of 3.5 years. First, afternoons for WCVL 92.7 C-Ville Country, then morning co-host on heritage Z95.1, along with my coworker Marc. While there, she also served as Middays and Weekends for 92.7 and 95.1, PSA Director for the cluster, assisted with Barter spots, and was Music Director for Z95.1. In July 2021, she accepted the position of Morning Co-Host on the heritage WGH 97.3 The Eagle (Max Media), and moved to the Norfolk/Virginia Beach region of Virginia a few months ago.
Off the air she stays busy with her side hustle, a lifestyle blog Southern Belle in Training (shown above). I've been blogging for almost 9.5 years, and monetizing my content for about 7 of those years. I have a presence for my blog on just about all social media platforms, but most active on Instagram. For right now I'm loving Mornings in my new city, and very content to do this for a while! I've moved so much in the past few years, and it would be nice to stay in Norfolk/Virginia Beach longer and really marry this market! Someday though I would love to be a Music Director again." FOR THE COMPLETE STORY, CLICK HERE -- Send Annaliese your best HERE
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On iHeart Radio's Zach Boog
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Zach Boog of WGCI-FM Chicago. His night show also airs in Nashville, Memphis, Milwaukee and Norfolk. In addition to radio, he's a much in demand standup who appears regularly at top clubs in Chicago and Nashville. He tells us, "The Zach Boog story started on YouTube, I was a freshman in College and majored in mass communications and had a college radio show. I started making YouTube videos that became so popular that I got the attention of one of the local DJs at a radio station and he got me an internship (2009).
Zach says he worked his way up the ladder the traditional way. "I interned for a year in Nashville and was then hired as a Promotions Tech. I worked in every department in Nashville I had a digital position, was the courier for the sales department and I would drive the station van to pick up checks from clients, I was still working in promotions and had a show on the weekend. I eventually worked my way to Nights in Nashville and after a few years with top ratings I was promoted to weekends in Chicago and then promoted (in 2017) to the position I currently have which is Nights in Chicago.
JL: And you still do standup at top clubs there in Chicago, Nashville, too. How different is comedy on stage than from behind a mic in a studio? ZB: Comedy on stage is different than from behind the mic in a studio because Comedy on stage you get a instant reaction after you tell your jokes. You know instantly if the joke, or observation was received by the audience. When you are behind the mic on the radio, you’re not sure if your joke landed because you can’t see the reaction. But I will tell you this even though they are different I enjoy them both equally.
JL: I've seen other talent, like Moe on The Bert Show here in Atlanta, who came from stand up. For shows going this route, what would you suggest would be the best way to adapt their talent to radio? ZB: Well, I actually started with radio first then transitioned to stand-up comedy, so that was never a transition I had to make. But my advice would be if you’re a stand up first trying to transition to radio please be faster. You have to learn how to adapt to your team and get your jokes in quick. Being funny alone is one thing but being funny with a group is totally different. It's kind of like basketball you got to know when to shoot and when to pass.
JL: Where would you like to see Zach Boog land in radio's future? ZB: I would like to see myself on a nationally syndicated morning show. I look up to comedians who have their own morning shows like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. I want to be mentioned with those greats one day.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Looks At Hot 101.5 Tampa's Scott Tavlin Of The Miguel & Holly Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Scott 'Scotty With The Body' Tavlin, executive producer of CMG's Miguel & Holly Show on HOT 1.1.5. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Scott's story began after his first year in college. He tells us, "I became an Orientation Leader at the University of South Florida and I had my first experience of getting on stage and speaking in front of nearly a thousand people and…. I LOVED IT!!!!! It launched me into truly finding what my passions were in life. So I ended up switching majors to Communication and one day a friend was casually mentioning the radio station on campus and how they thought I should start a show…" He and his best friend started our weekly show called “The Scotty T and Logie Log Show” and it became addicting. Then, one day in his media class, his professor had a quick announcement before class about a Cox Media Group hiring event. Scott emailed CMG right away for an interview and landed a job on the promotions team.
Then he says, this is when the moment happened. "I was working a remote with Miguel Fuller of HOT 101.5 and we started talking and I shared my goals and dreams with him and he connected with all of it. He ended up asking if I wanted to shadow the show and I pretty much never left. I would just show up everyday and I eventually asked if I could do “Street Bits” for the show to get funny audio of bits like “Drunk Trivia”. Eventually sI got bumped up to programmin and then I asked our PD for a chance at on-air time and that’s when the air-checking sessions started, then overnight shifts to practice, then I got the chance to jock weekend shows. Well, a couple years later the moment finally happened where I was offered a FULL TIME position to become the Executive Producer, the Midday Host, and the Evening Host on K92.3."
Scott has three Full Time Jobs with CMG. He's the Executive Producer for Miguel and Holly Mornings on HOT 101.5 then he host middays 10am til 3pm, and also voice tracks 7pm to 12am for K92.3 as the night jock!
As for the future, he says, "My goal and vision is to have my own morning show one day, “The Scott Show” “Scotty in the Morning” (ahhhh that sounds nice). But also to become a motivational speaker to help inspire others to go after what they deserve in life. I got into radio because I wanted to have a place to inspire, entertain, and inform and I’m forever grateful that I get to do that everyday. I want to be able to do it at the highest level to be able to positively impact as many people as possible."
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FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show', which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler.
Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA."
This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 96.5 in Kansas City and is syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.
As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me. Of course, Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydreamed about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition."
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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Close Up Look At The Joey & Lauren Show Boise
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature for Jockline, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take The Joey & Lauren Show - hosted by Joey & Lauren Jenkins, a married couple who host mornings at My 102.7 KZMG in Boise and also heard on The Q106.7/KIRQ, an affiliate in Twin Falls.The show started in a very interesting way. Joey has been in radio for many years, 12 of which he worked exclusively in sports radio. While working for an ESPN affiliate in Boise, ID, the CEO made the decision to flip formats and asked Joey if he would like to make the jump over to the pop station in the radio group and host mornings. So he said yes! Then the GM told him that they wanted to bring on his wife, Lauren to co-host. Lauren tells Jockline, "Joey's jaw literally dropped. That was a complete shock to both of us as I had zero radio experience. Joey was all in and so excited - but it took some convincing for me. After meeting with the PD, CEO, and GM, I made the decision to jump in, and the rest was history! That was 3 1/2 years ago, now with one with one affiliate and more on the way.
Jl: I'm told to succeed as a married team you have to try sounding like two individuals who just happen to be married? Is that your approach? Lauren: yes and no. For us, we don’t “try” to sound one way or another, we truly are just 100% ourselves with everything that we do. Yes, we are married, but we grew up together and have known each other over half our lives, so there is so much natural comfortability and chemistry that shines through. We were friends for years before becoming a couple, and I feel that our relationship has always been fun, honest, and we truly are uniquely ourselves without having to try to showcase that we’re married (And hey, Joey was in the friend-zone for many years, so that was a great start lol!)Joey: Oh I totally agree with that. You have to find the perfect balance. No one wants to listen to the honeymooners, but don’t be afraid to share real life stuff ... Chemistry is everything when it comes to a good show, and a good marriage should have good chemistry, but our show doesn’t revolve around our relationship, which I think is a good thing.
JL: Where do you see the Joey & Lauren Show in the years ahead? J&L - Our hope is to grow the Joey & Lauren family, while also raising our family in Boise. Our show is not hyper-local content but has had great success, which we believe is a recipe to help other stations and markets that don’t have the budget or time to put together a morning show. We know that podcasting and social media is a huge part of the future, and we are just as focused on that as we are a morning show. Oh and a pickleball court in our backyard one day (hey, we can dream, right?!)
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Closer Look At Of Some Of Radio's Next Generation Of Stars
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's up and coming hosts, say hello to Janda, co-host of The Seaver & Janda Show on Hubbard's WDRV-FM/97.1 (shown right). Janda got her start in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She began by answering phones for the Allan Handelman Show on classic rocker WRFX, then worked her way onto a local music specialty show. Her first paid airshift was at WEND in Charlotte, which was launched in 1995 with PD Jack Daniel at the helm. It was Jack that gave her my first shot on the air. After WEND I went to WAVFCharleston, where I worked with Rob Cressman, who is now the PD at WDRV-FM in Chicago. After Charleston she went to KNDD Seattle, then to Soundbreak in LA where she was hired by MTV VJ Mark Goodman, then at KCRW LA. Cressman brought her to The Drive in 2018.
For a closer look, we asked: JL So you're on from 2-7 pm and there's obviously more music. How are you able to blend your own content with the music. J: My co-host Seaver and I do several features on our show that are very local to Chicago, including a trivia game every weeknight. We live in a great city and there is always something going on here that our listeners can get excited about.
JL: How much does Social Media play into your brand beyond the show? J: Social media is important because it gives the ability to add a visual layer to what I'm doing every day on the air, and because it gives our listeners a chance to join the conversation. I like to have fun with it.
JL: Tell us about your podcast. J: My podcast is called Behind The Song. It's a music history podcast about classic rock song lyrics launched in 2018, and a new episode drops every two weeks. It was nominated for a Marconi Award, and is currently sponsored by DuPage Credit Union. It averages around 30,000 downloads per month, with an accompanying Youtube channel with video episodes. It is a labor of love and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.
JL: Where do you see your future taking you? J: I don't have a crystal ball but I'd love to grow as the station grows, while expanding my podcast to live shows and full-scale productions. I like to try new things with storytelling!
AQ3 - What Talent Said About Life Since Covid - 'Everyone Was Impacted - Especially Women'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021 –– Hundreds joined yesterday for Fred Jacobs AQ3 webinar which tracked input from over 600 air personalities, producers and more on the state of radio their perspective since Covid. In case you missed it, see details below for yet another look. Jacobs blogged recently that the radio business, like most industry sectors doesn't have a “census.” There's no way of knowing how many jobs were lost in 2020 (and 2019) due toCOVID and other “reductions in force” that aren't coming back.
Jacobs said his first conclusion is that at a time when if you asked leadership at the competition – Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc. – to name broadcast radio's “secret sauce,” he bet that personalities would be at or near the top of their checklists. "Yet talent in radio is a shrinking breed at a time when the industry needs to recapture attention and buzz. And respect," he lamented.
Jacobs added, "And of course, everyone on the air is impacted – especially women. This was made clear during his first unveiling of findings from the third annual AQ3, the air talent study during Morning Show Boot Camp held earlier this month in Chicago.
The data also identified that women are losing ground at radio stations all over the U.S. – in all sized markets and companies. The #MeToo movement seems to have lost some momentum, said Jacobs. Similarly, on the question of whether women have as good a chance advancing on the air as men, the degree of agreement is lower than what we saw back in 2019 in AQ2.
If you missed the original presentation, or yesterdays webinar from Jacobs Media, - CLICK HERE For another look.
HONORS: DeDe McGuire Honored With MIW Airblazer Award At MSBC33
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– DeDe McGuire, host of the Compass Media syndicated, "DeDe in the Morning" show was the recipient of this year's 2021 MIW Airblazer Award.
Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, in conjunction with “Morning Show Boot Camp” (MSBC), annually honors an on-air talent for their dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities they serve.
Shown above is MIW Board Member, Lindsay Adams (L), Vice President National Partnerships, Integrated for Audacy, who presented DeDe with the 7th annual MIW Airblazer Award at MSBC on August 12th in Chicago. Prior recipients of the MIW Airblazers award include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, visit www.RadioMIW.com.
Charese Fruge With A Close-Up Look At MSBC33
By Charese Fruge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2021 –– (Reprinted with permission from AllAccess) - For those of you who have never attended Talentmasters' Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Conference, you should know that it’s one of the best in the business. Most attendees are talent on any level, and they all have a lot in common. They all get up at God awful hours to prep for a show where they basically live their lives on the radio in order to relate to and entertain those who are living normal lives.
There are genuine relationships and networks where talent help and hope for one another’s success. Like most industries, there are some politics, but there isn’t a lot of ass kissing and sucking up to the boss at this convention because most of the bosses aren’t in attendance.
Despite the concerns of the rise of the Covid Variant, the turnout was still really good, and this year, there were a lot of “first time boot campers,” and a lot of new faces. That was a good sign, and a good energy boost for the conference since the radio business continues to struggle with the “old school” mentality and the dominance of the “usual suspects” in positions of power and influence. It’s good to know that despite the massive layoffs, lack of diversity, low pay, and inability to grow unless you fit into a certain mold, are not discouraging Millennials and Gen Zers to work in the radio industry. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
PHOTO/L-R: Charese Fruge, Hot 99.5 Washington DC’s Riley Couture , nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Phoenix, Rock 95 Chicago’s Angi Taylor, Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s Holly O’Connor, Audacy Chicago’s Julia Lepidi, KOIT’s Joey Fortman - Special thanks to AllAccess' Joel Denver for his continued support and coverage on this year's event.
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THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2022 –– While we await an official release from Audacy, we're happy to report that Bill Ryan has joined as morning host for WQAL/Cleveland. At present the show is being called 'The Q Morning Show.
Q104 is where he got his start in mornings back in 2000. Ryan says, "To come back here and get to host the show is wonderful and surrealistic at the same time." He's joined by co-host is Morgan Wright.
Prior to Q104, Ryan served for 11 years as Executive Producer for the nationally syndicated Johnjay And Rich Show. In November of 2020, he announced he was leaving Phoenix and relocating back to his hometown of Cleveland, OH to be closer to family.