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iHeart Joins With Numerous Nonpartisan Voting Initiatives For Final Seven-Day Voter Push
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced the culmination of its 2020 voter participation efforts with longtime partners When We All Vote, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election; The National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice; Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that builds technology to simplify and modernize the voting process.
Every Vote Counts is a celebratory special that will bring artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders together in an aim to uplift the power of civic action, and remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote; and others with a robust seven-day series of programing in the final days leading up to Election Day.
On Thursday, October 29, at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders will come together for a nonpartisan celebration of American democracy, with the goal of uplifting the power of civic action and celebrating the precious value of every single citizen’s right to vote. Hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington, with appearances by Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, John Kasich, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O'Neal, Tan France and Wilmer Valderrama, and with performances by Alicia Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes, Every Vote Counts will honor, and celebrate the power of voting through music, dance and dialogue.
REPORT: Joe Benigno Officially Retiring From WFAN Paving The Way For Carton's Return
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Longtime WFAN New York host Joe Benigno will reportedly announce his retirement today, thus paving the way for the much rumored return of former 'FAN morning co-host Craig Carton, reports The New York Post's Andrew Marchand. Carton's expected to team in afternoons with Evan Roberts. Marchand writes that The FAN previewed there will be an announcement during the 5 p.m. hour on today afternoon’s show. Sources told The Post that the news will be Benigno calling it a career.
Benigno and Roberts had much success in middays, though, their short run in afternoons was not a strong one in part due to the pandemic and because of the popularity of “The Michael Kay Show says Marchand. Carton was last on the FAN three years ago. He served a year in a federal prison after misallocating loans to pay off gambling debts.
Dave Coombs To Take Over Mornings On WLZX-FM Springfield
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Longtime TK99/Central New York host Dave Coombs leaving for mornings on Lazer 99.3/WLZX-FM in the Springfield, Mass. area starting next month reports syracuse.com. This Friday, Oct. 30, will be his last day co-hosting mornings on Lite 98.7 (WLZW-FM) and mid-days on 96.9 WOUR in Utica, N.Y.
He posted on Facebook, “Another company (Saga) made me an offer I can’t refuse, and I’ll be leaving Central New York to take a morning radio position at a Rock station in Springfield, Massachusetts,” he wrote on Facebook Sunday. “Beth will remain here for now as the morning host along with Dave Wheeler of Lite 98.7. We hope you’ll tune in to our final week of shows (with Wheels taking the baton) October 26-30...and then stay tuned!”
Wheeler will take over co-hosting Lite’s morning show with Beth Coombs, Dave Coombs' wife of five years. Dave Coombs said his first day on-air at Lazer will be Wednesday, Nov. 4. “Meantime, Beth & I will be putting some miles on our cars going back and forth as we navigate the extra-socially-distant 2-1/2 hour drive. So, we’ll still see you around!” ” Dave Coombs previously co-hosted the “Gomez & Dave” morning show from 1995 to 2015 with Glenn “Gomez” Adams on TK99 (WTKW-FM) in Syracuse.
HONORS: CMA Announces Broadcast Award Winners For 54th Annual Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 238TH, 2020 –– Luke Combs rang up stations yesterday to reveal this years CMA Broadcast Award winners. The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
This years winners include: National Personality of the Year Post image - Country Countdown USA” Lon Helton Westwood One -- Major Market Personality of the Year “Chris Carr & Company” Chris Carr, Kia Becht and McKaila Granning KEEY - MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN. - Large Market Personality of the Year - “The Big Dave Show” "Big Dave" Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt and Ashley Hempfling WUBE - CINCINNATI, OH --- Medium Market Personality of the Year “Clay & Company” Cly Moden, Rob Banks and Val Townsend ---- Small Market Personality of the Year “Officer Don & DeAnn” "Officer Don" Evans and DeAnn Stephens WBUL - LEXINGTON-FAYETTE, KY
Major Market Radio Station of the Year KSCS DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX--- Large Market Radio Station of the Year KNCI SACRAMENTO, CA ---- Medium Market Radio Station of the Year ---- Small Market Radio Station of the Year WKXC AUGUSTA, GA
CMA Broadcast Awards winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2019 were not eligible in 2020.
EVENTS: Hello Bellow Announces 'Texans For Texans' Drive To Benefit Kidd's Kids
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Hello Bello, leading baby and family care brand co-founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (L), announced a special fundraising program across Texas, called “Texans for Texans.” Starting today, the campaign will run through Giving Tuesday, December 1 and support legendary radio personality Kidd Kraddick’s Kidd’s Kids charity whose mission is to provide hope and happiness by creating beautiful memories for families of children with life altering or life threatening conditions.
“When we heard about the tremendous work Kidd’s Kids has been doing for the past 30 years, we knew we wanted to get involved,” said Kristen Bell, Co-Founder, Hello Bello. “As a parent, every opportunity to provide wonder to your child is precious. During this difficult time, I’m honored to help these families create lifetime memories and we hope those who can, will join our giving effort.” Hello Bello has a shared goal of helping both Kidd’s Kids and the local community with this initiative. For every club box of Hello Bello diapers purchased at a Walmart in Texas, $1 will be donated to the nonprofit wish-granting organization. Throughout the campaign, Kristen, Dax along with a roster of notable Texas personalities will join The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show to rally support and make personal contributions. To learn more about Hello Bello, visit www.HelloBello.com.
Kellie Rasberry, co-host of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show said, “All of us on the show are extremely blessed that we’ve had a part in keeping Kidd’s legacy alive through the charity he created. And we are so honored that Kristen, Dax and the entire Hello Bello family are joining us to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Kidd’s Kids! To learn more, visit www.KiddNation.com.
Roxanne Steele, Marci Stanley And Kendall B. Join Futuri Media's Prep+ Team
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Prep+, Futuri’s show prep and team collaboration system, has added Roxanne Steele, Marci Stanley, and Kendall B. to its team as Format Specialists. Steele, Stanley, and Kendall B., who all have long histories as on-air talent, are responsible for developing multimedia content, updated multiple times during each daypart, for use on-air, on station and personality websites, and on social platforms.
Roxanne Steele has been named Format Specialist, Country and CHR Formats for Prep+. Steele can currently be heard on Cumulus Media Detroit’s WDRQ-FM New Country 93.1 and WDVD 96.3, along with Westwood One's Hot AC syndication. She was nominated for an ACM Award for On-Air Personality of the Year in a Major Market in 2018 while at Entercom Detroit’s 99.5 WYCD. Steele also spent 12 years at Chicago’s B96 WBBM-FM, where she was the station’s first female DJ to host Afternoon Drive. Marci Stanley has been named Format Specialist, Rock for Prep+. Stanley, also known professionally as Billie Marshall, is an award-winning rock program director and comedic writer who’s hosted The Bad Ass Rock Show on Dick Broadcasting’s Rock 106.1 WFXH-FM in Savannah, GA, for the last 12 years. Stanley is also a prolific voice actress and vocalist. Kendall B. has been named Format Specialist, Rhythmic for Prep+. He has more than 25 years of experience at Rhythmic stations in content, promotions, and imaging roles. Currently heard on Max Media Denver’s Jammin’ 101.5 KJHM-FM, Kendall B. joins the Prep+ team from within Futuri, where he’s been in content development and Partner Success roles for the last 3+ years.
“Prep+ delivers timely and engaging multimedia show prep in a way that’s easy to use anywhere you’re creating content,” said Futuri SVP, Customer Experience Todd Thomas. “Adding Roxanne, Marci, and Kendall to our team makes Prep+ an even more powerful tool for talent and producers who want to be relevant to their audiences 24/7.”
SBG Continues Expansion With New Marketing Team
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group continues its expansion with two new hires in marketing – Lindsay Carr joins as Director of Marketing and Megan Hermensky as Assistant Marketing Manager. Over the past 60 days, Sun has announced several new hires and promotions across the company, including in ad sales and at the executive level.
“As we expand our ad sales team to meet the growing needs of our advertisers and partners, we are building our marketing support to develop new promotions, social media extensions, and more,” stated Laura Orkin, Vice President of Business Operations. “Lindsay and Megan have the marketing expertise to bring new concepts and fresh designs to Sun. I’m delighted to welcome them both to our team.”
Most recently, Carr was Senior Integrated Marketing Manager at Westwood One. She held a similar position at Cumulus Chicago and was Director of Integrated Marketing, Event and Digital Sales Manager for Cumulus Nashville. She began her career in marketing and promotion at Emmis Communications, followed by a stint at CBS Radio.
Hermensky’s experience has been in radio, digital, and live venues, including marketing positions at 107.3 The Wave, House of Blues in Cleveland, and Yelp!
WIXV-FM Savannah's Don Scott Honored With Outstanding Citizen Award for Community Service
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Don Scott (TL), Program Director and On-Air Personality for Cumulus' WIXV-FM/I-95 The Rock of Savannah, has been honored by the State of Georgia with the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award for exemplary community service. The Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award is Georgia’s highest service award, and was personally presented to Scott by Representative Carl Gilliard (TR D-Savannah). Scott has served the Savannah and Coastal Empire area for over 21 years as Program Director and Afternoon Host on WIXV-FM/I-95.
Scott said: "At WIXV/I-95, we strive to entertain and inform our listeners without losing sight of our opportunity and duty to serve our audience and engage our communities. I-95 and our parent company Cumulus respects our audience and understands our responsibility to serve the public interest. My personal passion for radio, as well as the passion of our staff, drives us to maintain a high level of quality in everything we do. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have been selected to receive this award."
Entercom Atlanta Snags Two Gabby Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Entercom's Star 94 (WSTR-FM) and 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta were honored with 2020 GABBY and Merit Awards by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). The New Star 94’s Mike Kannon (L) won a GABBY Award for Best On-air Personality and Steve Holman, Mike Conti, Miller Pope, and James Fairey of 92.9 The Game received a special recognition Merit Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play.
“We’re incredibly proud to have five of the brightest, hard-working individuals in our industry represent our stations every day,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta. “These two awards underscore our dedication to delivering best-in-class audio experiences to our audience, and I congratulate our winners for this honor.”
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) is the trade association that represents the interests of Georgia’s over-the-air radio and television licensees who reach more than 95% of Georgia’s population every week. GAB membership is comprised of more than 250 radio and television broadcasters. A full list of 2020 GABBY and Merit Award winners can be found HERE https://www.gab.org/2020-gabby-and-merit-winners/
Jason Lee Brings 'Hollywood Unlocked' Radio Show To Fox Soul Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Sporting a brand-new look and format, popular entertainment podcast Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee [UNCENSORED], proudly announces it has sealed a deal with FOX Soul to provide the very popular show on the digital television network. The new deal has the show premiering weekly starting Friday, October 30 at 7pm PT/10 pm ET. Lee is looking forward to bringing Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee [UNCENSORED] to the FOX Soul network. “I'm excited to join the FOX Soul digital television network and bring our show to TV. This is all coming at a perfect time for us. We started as a podcast, expanded to a successful nationally syndicated radio show with iHeartRadio, and now to have the opportunity to expand to a network that believes in us is amazing,” said Lee, the show’s executive producer, who is simultaneously launching his new production company Sutter Street Productions.
“It’s a very exciting time for Hollywood Unlocked and my brand. I, along with DJ Damage and my newest co-host Blue Telusma, will deliver can’t miss content for FOX Soul subscribers, and as our loyalists know, the show is always full of surprises, celebrity guests and we definitely spill lots of tea!” "I've always hoped Jason and I would have the chance to work together, and the opportunity is finally right," added James DuBose, Head of Programming and Executive Producer of FOX Soul. "The way he has ingrained himself into the world of pop culture makes his 'Hollywood Unlocked' show a perfect addition to our current lineup of FOX Soul programming."
James DuBose will serve as Executive Producer and Tarvenia Jones will serve as Co-Executive Producer for Fox Soul.
SYNDICATION: The Jubal Show Added To The Lineup On The New 96.1 Now San Antonio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– The New 96.1 Now, San Antonio has added The Jubal Show to the morning lineup, effective immediately. The popular syndicated show will broadcast weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. “The Jubal Show” will add to the continued evolution of 96.1 Now to be the foremost Contemporary Hit Music station in the San Antonio market. The show is hosted by Jubal Fresh and co-hosted by Alex Fresh and “English” Evan, a newcomer to this country
“Jubal’s impact on the San Antonio market has been and will continue to be monumental,” said Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Austin and San Antonio. “In the ‘new normal,’ San Antonians are craving content from storytellers who not only deliver authenticity but are also companions, and this is precisely what #TeamJubal brings to #TeamSanAntonio.” “I’m so excited to be back on air in San Antonio and couldn’t be happier to be on The New 96.1 Now,” said Jubal.
NETWORKS: SBG's Smart Talk Radio Network Expands To Seattle's KIXI-AM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 28TH, 2020 –– Seattle’s KIXI-AM is expanding their weekend lineup this fall with key Smart Talk Radio Network programs: Around The House With Eric G, Our Auto Expert, and Barbeque Nation. These three shows, offered through Sun Broadcast Group, will be available on KIXI-AM’s weekend lineup with, Around The House With Eric G Saturdays from 9AM-11AM, Our Auto Expert Saturdays from 11AM – 1PM, and BBQ Nation Sundays from 11AM-1PM.
“We have been considering the addition of targeted specialty programming to the weekends on legendary KIXI-AM, and feel that we have found the perfect partner with Sun Broadcast Group and their Smart Talk Radio Network,” said Hubbard Seattle Director of Sales Michael Fashana. “Our Auto Expert, Around The House and Barbeque Nation will provide quality content which will be ideal for both our listeners and advertisers.” Around The House with Eric G – Is a two-hour home improvement, builder and interior design radio show hosted by Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and 30-year professional in the design and construction field, Eric G. “Goranson”.
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THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27Th, 2020 –– P1 Media Group and MRC Entertainment tested the appeal of the 40 most-played and 40 most-streamed Christmas songs from the 2019 Holiday Season, according to BDSradio, a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections. P1 Media Group conducted a survey with radio listeners likely to listen to a local all-Christmas music radio station this holiday season. We tested a total of 62 Christmas songs, the 40 most-played songs and the 22 unique songs from the 40 most-streamed list, for a total of 62 songs.
For the fourth straight year “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms is America’s #1 testing Christmas song.
“Christmas music’s appeal remains as strong as ever amongst American radio listeners whom listen to All Christmas stations ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ and personally enjoy Christmas music on a local radio station during the holiday season” says Ken Benson, Partner and co-founder, of P1 Media Group. “As we often see, there is lots to learn when we compare radio airplay to on-demand streaming data, even with holiday music. In fact, over half of the top 40 most streamed holiday songs were underplayed in radio in 2019. Understanding streaming data can help broaden the appeal of your station.” Haley Jones, Director of Radio, MRC Data.
A total of nine songs from the Top 40 most-streamed songs list tested better with likely Christmas radio listeners than nine songs from the Top 40 most-played songs list. The data suggests these nine songs can be played more on the radio:
Michael Bublé – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (ranked 230 on 2019 airplay chart)
Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells (44)
Nat King Cole – Deck the Halls (562)
Perry Como – It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas (64)
Michael Bublé - It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas (65)
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (57)
Perry Como – Home for the Holidays (74)
Andy Williams – Silver Bells (119)
Thurl Ravenscroft – You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (48)
The Holiday Classics rule the Top 10 including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and two versions of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
The Christmas standards tested higher than their contemporary counterparts. Six of the eight original Christmas songs recorded since 2011 tested at the bottom of the list in appeal. The notable exception is Kelly Clarkson’s, “Underneath the Tree,” from 2013, tested number 28 overall with the total sample and an impressive number 11 with 18-24s.
The appeal of All-Christmas Music radio stations is broad with nearly 70% of Men and Women stating they “frequently” listen to Christmas music on a local radio station during the holiday season. CHECK OUT FULL LIST HERE
The Country Radio Seminar Revises It Annual Event To A 'Virtual Experience' In 2021
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2021: The Virtual Experience. The revised annual event will take place Tuesday, February 16, through Friday, February 19, adding an extra day of content and a newly launched Streaming Summit. The in-person Country Radio Seminar agenda has been judiciously modified and expanded to an online-only experience. CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will feature a curated, jam-packed schedule that includes Country Radio Seminar’s most anticipated events, including educational panels, virtual networking, and workshops designed to provide instant, actionable takeaways.
Country music superstar, Luke Bryan, has been confirmed for the annual “CRS Artist Interview,” sponsored by BMI. Bryan will sit down for a rare and exclusive Q&A session discussing his continuous success at Country radio, and the expansion of his recording, touring, and entrepreneurial ventures. Also announced, a new-for-2021 Streaming Summit, held on Tuesday, February 16. The streaming summit will feature industry professionals and platform experts providing insights on trends, strategies, and best practices to optimize digital assets and streaming platforms.
“Now, everybody can come to CRS,” commented CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis (right). “Our expanded, four-day ‘CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience’ will be an uncompromising event, providing attendees with more than 14 educational sessions, four morning networking events, three lunchtime performances, four interactive workshops, all-day networking, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, and, for the first time in CRS history, a New Faces of Country Music® ticket with every registration.” Early Bird Registration for CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will open on October 28 at Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET at $149 per person and will be offered through November 4. The registration rate will increase to $199 on November 5. For more information, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Sean Compton Rises To President Of Networks For Nexstar
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27Th, 2020 –– Sean Compton has reportedly been awarded a new title at parent company Nexstar Media Group following its recent strategic operational realignment. According to Robert Feder, effective November 1, Compton will move up from executive vice president to president/networks overseeing WGN America, AntennaTV, and WGN Radio.
Under the restructuring, which Feder says is designed to reduce expenses, Nexstar will combine its broadcast and digital operating subsidiaries and rename Nexstar Broadcasting simply Nexstar. The Texas-based company acquired the former Tribune Media — including WGN-Channel 9, WGN Radio and WGN America — in a $6.4 billion transaction last year. Compton, who had been president of strategic programming and acquisitions for Tribune Broadcasting, shifted to Nexstar in September 2019.
Ishmael Johnson Adds Market President & Chief Revenue Officer Stripes For Townsquare Killeen-Temple, Texas
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media announced that Ishmael Johnson will take over the role and responsibilities of Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for its Killeen-Temple local media cluster in addition to his current role of Market President and Chief Revenue Officer of Townsquare Lufkin. Mr. Johnson will lead the local media team and their “Local First” strategy in Killeen-Temple, which includes New Country KUSJ 105, B106 Hip Hop and R&B (KOOC-FM), Classic Rock (KLTD-FM), R&B (KSSM-FM) and News-Talk KTEM 1400-AM. He will continue to report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley.
“I am excited to join the all-star team in Killeen-Temple. I will be surrounded by a dynamic group of people that are truly passionate about what they do and are dedicated to ‘Local First,’ the strategy that has brought our team in Lufkin such success,” said Mr. Johnson. “Going forward, we will continue to amplify the great local brands we have in the Killeen-Temple market, serve our audience with relevant, local content, and serve our local advertisers with the radio and digital marketing solutions that will help propel their business.”
Roger Malinowski Named VP/Business Development For NuVoodoo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– NuVoodoo Media Services has appointed Roger Malinowski as Vice President, Business Development, a newly created position. Malinowski will support the growth and development of NuVoodoo’s advanced research and marketing services across multiple sectors. He will also lead business development strategies for NuVoodoo’s newly launched Digital Division, which last month unveiled its first Research/Marketing/Digital combo product, the Conference Cloud, a virtual event service.
Malinowski will be based in NuVoodoo’s Los Angeles, CA, office, and will report to Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services. Malinowski joins NuVoodoo from BeCore, an experiential marketing and events company with clients including: Columbia Sportswear, Nike, BBDO, Red Bull, NFL and others. During his 10-year career with BeCore, Malinowski was Vice President, Business Development & Marketing Communications, and prior to that, he was Senior Producer for the company. He is also a 7-time GRAMMY-nominated musician and music director, and co-owns an annual Bluegrass music festival, Huck Finn Jubilee.
Emily Ward Named GSM For Entercom Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Emily Ward as General Sales Manager for Entercom Atlanta, effective immediately. In this role, Ward will oversee sales efforts for the company’s Atlanta market specifically The New Star 94 (WSTR-FM) and also including 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM), News & Talk 1380 (WAOK-AM) and V-103 (WVEE-FM). Ward most recently held the same role for Entercom Chattanooga.
“In just a few years with the company, Emily has displayed a proven ability to lead sales initiatives and achieve substantial results,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta. “Her commitment to excellence puts her on a path to excel in her young career and we’re fortunate to welcome her and her talents to our Atlanta market.” “I appreciate working for such an innovative company that invests in their employees and values their career growth,” said Ward. “I’m grateful for my time spent in Chattanooga alongside Nichole Hartman [SVP/MM, Entercom Chattanooga], who has served as a mentor. I look forward to transitioning to a top 10 market to join Rick and his team as Entercom Atlanta continues its upward sales trajectory.”
Chris Hernandez And Daniel Valentine On The Rise At Entercom Phoenix
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– Entercom has promoted Chris Hernandez to operations manager for the company’s Phoenix market. In this role, Hernandez will lead operations efforts for 94.5 KOOL FM (KOOL-FM), KMLE Country 107.9 (KMLE-FM) and LIVE 101.5 (KALV-FM). Subsequently, Daniel Valentine has been elevated to the role of music director for LIVE 101.5. Both promotions are effective October 28.
“Chris Hernandez has consistently shown amazing drive that leads to substantial results and I’m confident in his ability to take our collection of stations to higher levels,” Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “Daniel Valentine has proven his extensive music expertise over the years and I’m looking forward to watching his career grow as he leads LIVE’s music operations. Both are veterans in our company, and I’m honored to elevate two hard working individuals.”
“I am THRILLED for the opportunity to oversee our market’s collection of such iconic Phoenix radio brands and grow my career in this next chapter,” said Hernandez. Hernandez joined LIVE 101.5 in 2007 as an on-air mixer and imaging director, roles he held until 2015 when he became the station’s assistant program director and music director. His most recent experience with the station includes serving as brand manager since 2018. “I have complete confidence in the team around me as I embark in this new role,” said Valentine. “It feels great to know they have the same confidence in me and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to continue learning from.”
WBFX Flips To Classic Hits In Grand Rapids With Lean Towards Motown
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– iHeart Media Grand Rapids is saying goodbye to rock station the Brew, and hello to something BIG. WBFX-FM is now the “Fun Hits You Know”, on the new BIG 101.3 FM.
Big 101.3 is an upbeat classic hits station that plays the biggest hits from the 60’s through the 70’s with a leaning towards the great Motown sound. Music that has a high rate of familiarity across multiple age demographics. Hits that everyone knows from karaoke nights and weddings bands to movie soundtracks.
“We discovered that in West Michigan no station was playing a lot of these great hits” said Tim Feagan Market President for iHeart West Michigan, “These are hit songs that everyone knows and are fun to hear again an again.” “Our goal is to play iconic hits that everyone knows and can sing along to regardless of age.” Said Dave Taft Operation and Programing Vice President, “Most important is that they are just fun to listen to”. The new format kicked off Saturday following this season’s first broadcast of MSU football. Under a new agreement with Fox Sport and Michigan State Big 101.3 FM will be the home of football and basketball radio play by play for the next five years
Townsquare Drops Sports For Hip-Hop In Boise
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media launched a new radio station in the Boise area: Power 105.5 FM. The station replaces 105.5 The Fan, a sports radio format featuring Fox Sports programming. The station, which plays a blend of pop-infused hip hop songs, launched at noon on Monday.
According to Boise Dev, the station will air “The Jubal Show,” a nationally syndicated program anchored by Seattle personality Jubal Fresh. Fresh formerly was the featured player on the “Brooke and Jubal” program which now airs on 103.5 Kiss FM, which is also owned by Townsquare Media.
Drake Hall Memphis Live Show Debuts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– After launching his first podcast called The Drake Hall Memphis Weekly podcast, Drake Hall is set to go LIVE for the first time this Wednesday with the Drake Hall Memphis LIVE show from 9 to 10 AM (CST) on DrakeHallMemphis.com and The Radio Button app as well as through several social media platforms.
The Radio Button Network’s eight media: radio, podcast, streaming, video, social media, website content, email marketing and live events now adds this third media, live stream, to the Drake Hall Memphis brand. “LIVE?
"I thought we’d been live the whole time! I have no idea what’s going on,” joked Hall. “The geo-targeting technology makes any show local in ways never before available. Just the north side of town? Yes. The entire state? That too. It’s amazing,” says Adam Goodman: co-President/ Radio Button Network
“We can’t say everything we want to say on the radio alone and by using FM and these forms of media to find the best asset for presenting our ideas." – TJ – co-President/ Radio Button Network "It’s exciting to bring all of our moving parts together so that they can be unified for sales. Combined this makes our assets eight times more sellable.” – Ace / Co-President/ Radio Button Network The Radio Button works with personalities and radio ownership groups throughout the world to assist with making the eight media outlets as valuable as possible. For more information contact Adam Goodman at 843 212 6522 ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com.
Cody Alan Lands Publishing Deal With Harper Horizon
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2020 –– Cody Alan, Host of CMT Hot 20 Countdown and Award-Winning Radio Show, Premiere-syndicated CMT After MidNite, Harper Horizon has secured the US rights to publish and distribute a memoir on the art of listening, by television and radio personality Cody Alan, chronicling Alan’s music industry adventures, and life-altering self-discoveries. The book will be available October 19, 2021.
“It might seem strange for a guy who talks for a living to write a book about shutting up and listening,” says Alan. “But I’ve discovered that in a world of noise, with so many voices talking, we could learn a lot by stopping to listen. Not just listening to others, but also to ourselves. I thought it would be fun to share stories from my personal journey, country music adventures and experienced insights on what I’ve learned about life, career and love from listening.”
“When I first met Cody, I was struck by the similarities between his story and the Harper Horizon mission to make the world a better place,” said Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Harper Horizon publisher. “Not only is our hometown of Nashville the backdrop of Cody’s story, but its themes of inclusivity, community, and self-healing are very much part of the Horizon narrative too. We are thrilled that Cody has joined our team, and we fully expect his book to become a beacon of encouragement to readers everywhere.”
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Radio Hall Of Fame Class Of 2020 Ceremony To Air Live This Week From Multiple Locations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– In a year of many firsts, Elvis Duran, of Z100 in New York and nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, will host this year's 2020 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from multiple locations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, this year’s ceremony will be live from multiple locations and broadcast on radio stations across the country, streamed via iHeartRadio, and on the SiriusXM Triumph Channel.
The evening features an impressive lineup of presenters, including: Grammy Award-winning Smokey Robinson - Donnie Simpson TV star and singer Donny Osmond – Mark & Brian DJ, VJ, and B-Boy King Tech - Sway Calloway Radio programmer Dom Theodore - Glenn Beck National recording artist Ray J - The Breakfast Club Music Producer Salaam Remi - Angie Martinez.
The previously announced 2020 Class of Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are: Mark & Brian - KLOS-FM - Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Cokie Roberts - Political Reporter, NPR - Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) Angie Martinez - WWPR-FM New York City - Active Local/Regional (10 years or more) The Breakfast Club - Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Premiere Networks, WWPR-FM - Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more) Sway Calloway - Sirius XM Shade 45 Channel - Public Vote Music Format On-Air Personality Glenn Beck - The Glenn Beck Show, Premiere Networks - Public Vote Spoken Word On-Air Personality Donnie Simpson - WMMJ-FM Washington D.C.
Kraig Kitchen, one of the Premiere Radio Networks’ co-founders, co-President of talent management firm Sound Mind and Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, joined WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to preview this year’s Radio Hall of Fame Virtual Induction Ceremony. WATCH HERE
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EVENTS: Dierks Bently, Lady A, Sam Hunt And More Join For iHeart Country Virtual Festival
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– – The seventh annual iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One celebrated Country music’s biggest artists on October 23. The virtual event, hosted by Bobby Bones, featured performances by Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Riley Green and Special Performances by Morgan Evans and Gabby Barrett. The star-studded event streamed exclusively on LiveXLive (NASDAQ: LIVX) and broadcasted live across iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations in local markets and at iHeartRadio.com.
Capital One Cardholders had the opportunity to enter an exclusive sweepstakes for the chance to virtually play in the iHeartCountry Capital One Trivia Night with Kelsea Ballerini, hosted by Bobby Bones. Players received an item signed by Kelsea Ballerini, and the Trivia Night winner virtually announced Kelsea Ballerini’s performance during the iHeartCountry Festival.
The iHeartCountry Festival is an iHeartMedia Production. Proud partners of this year’s event include Capital One, Country Crock, Jane.com, Progressive® Insurance, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the exclusive charity partner.
[WATCH] iHeart Bolsters Its Ability To Monetize Podcast Inventory With Acquisition Of Voxnest
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced on Friday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Voxnest. With this acquisition, iHeartMedia will now be able to provide podcast advertisers with additional targetable inventory at scale by allowing the effective and efficient monetization across an entire range of podcast inventory on this one-of-kind programmatic platform. “This is an important addition to the iHeart digital product ecosystem, which includes our SmartAudio suite of data-driven broadcast radio advertising solutions; our position as the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher with massive distribution and promotion across all our broadcast assets; and the iHeartRadio digital platform,” said Bob Pittman (inset), Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “The addition of iHeart’s offerings to Voxnest will ensure critical mass for the platform and accelerate its growth. As we continue to invest in podcasting and lead the industry, we anticipate this acquisition will have an important impact on iHeart’s ability to more fully monetize its podcast inventory, and will also benefit the other podcast publishers that are part of the Voxnest network and the advertisers who are using it.”
“We’re excited about the growth potential from this unique combination,” said Francesco Baschieri, CEO of Voxnest. “The podcast marketplace has been fragmented, with supply and demand spread across multiple platforms – creating scale challenges for marketers who want to buy podcasts. And despite the massive growth of the podcast industry, with more than 100 million Americans listening to a podcast every month now, podcast creators and networks have not had an effective way to fully monetize their content and brands. With this combination, for the first time there will be one podcast technology platform that can bring together all of the demand sources with the largest supplier of podcast inventory..."
Bob Pittman joined CNBC's “Squawk Alley” to discuss the acquisition of VoxNest - WATCH HERE
FCC Sets Nov. 6th For Symposium On Access To Capital For Small/Diverse Broadcasters
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– The Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC’s Media Bureau will co-host a virtual symposium entitled Path to Media Ownership and Sustainability on November 6, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST. The symposium will examine access to capital for small and diverse broadcasters. The event will be convened virtually via WebEx and will be available to the public streaming via the Internet at www.fcc.gov/live. The symposium will also include presentations from Nielsen Global Media on ratings measurements for multi-ethnic broadcast stations, and a discussion of how small and diverse broadcasters can attract increased advertising revenue. Finally, Congressional staff members will provide updates on pending legislation intended to increase diverse media ownership.
Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed, as well as contact information for the requester if more information is needed to address the request. Please allow at least five days advance notice for accommodation requests; last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to accommodate. Members of the public may submit comments to the ACDDE using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System, ECFS, at www.fcc.gov/ecfs.
EVENTS: Angela Yee And DJ Envy To Host Special iHeart 'HBCU Homecoming' Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced today the programming lineup for the “HBCU Homecoming Celebration on iHeartRadio,” which will feature a number of events designed to shine a light on student excellence through an uplifting, high-energy celebration across multiple iHeartRadio platforms, showcasing HBCU pride, Black excellence and achievement.
iHeartRadio's Angela Yee (TC), co-host of the hit morning show The Breakfast Club, and special guests will explore female entrepreneurship and the art of brand building as the modern-day self-CEO as part of the iHeartRadio Beautiful Possibilities presented by Ulta Beauty. During the discussion, the panel participants will share their personal stories of success and explore how they rise above challenges to define their careers. The panel aims to uplift, inspire and pave the way for the next generation of Black women leaders and will be followed by a performance by singer and songwriter H.E.R.
iHeartRadio’s DJ Envy (TR), co-host of the The Breakfast Club and Hampton University Alumni, will host the iHeartRadio HBCU Homecoming Party on the Yard, presented by McDonald’s, through its Black & Positively Golden Movement. The virtual event will include celebrity guest and McDonald’s owner/operator interviews, legendary HBCU Homecoming highlights, and several special surprise moments. The event will culminate with a performances from global superstar Khalid and H.E.R.. It kicks off on iHeartRadio,” via stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube from 3:00-4:00 PM on November 12. All other programs will stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and broadcast across iHeartMedia’s Hip Hop and R&B radio stations from 5:00-6:30 PM ET/PT.
Complex Teams With Twitch To Feature 'The Daily Drift' With Tino Cochino & Hannah Rad
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– Twitch is expanding its lineup of original interactive television programming with a partnership with media company Complex Networks that begin airing next week. Three new interactive shows from Complex will join Twitch beginning this month.
The first is a talk show called “The Daily Drift,” hosted by Tino Cochino (Wednesday/Friday) and Hannah Rad (Tuesday/Thursday) which will air in the afternoons and catch viewers up on pop culture news they missed during their school day.
The show will allow users to decide what topics or trends to cover by chiming in via the live Twitch chat. The first episode of “The Daily Drift” premieres Oct. 27 and episodes will air Tuesdays through Fridays beginning at 3 p.m. eastern time.
BLOG: Adding AM/FM To TV/Social/Digital Buy Generates Increase In Voter Reach
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 20230 –– Westwood One latest blog offers a solution to the problem of TV bursting with political ads and YouTube's being sold out. Nielsen: When TV is sold out, moving money to digital/social does not grow voter reach: A Nielsen analysis found that shifting the same budget from an 80%/20% TV/digital mix to a 70%/30% TV/digital allocation does not increase voter reach. Voter reach is stuck at 79% despite increasing the digital allocation. Adding AM/FM radio to a TV/social/digital buy generates a massive +15% increase in voter reach for the same budget: Keeping the overall budget flat and shifting 20% of spend to AM/FM radio generates huge growth in voter reach (79% to 91%), a +15% increase.
AM/FM radio’s superpower is tripling reach among voters who are light TV viewers: Nielsen Media Impact’s voter reach analysis reveals light TV viewer voter reach grew 3X from 17% to 53%. 38% of voters are light TV viewers and virtually all of them are reached by AM/FM radio: Nielsen Scarborough reports nearly two in five registered voters are light TV viewers. The light TV viewer segment only generates 6% of total TV time spent.
AM/FM radio is the solution, reaching 90% of registered voters who are light TV viewers. Connected TV cannot solve for the light TV viewer challenge: A Nielsen voter reach analysis examined a buy with a foundation of linear TV at 68% of the budget, 13% of spend allocated to connected TV, and 20% placed in digital. This media plan generated a 57% voter reach. When 10% of the buy is shifted to AM/FM radio with no increase in budget, voter reach soars from 57% to 80%, a +41% increase with the same budget. READ REPORT HERE
Bobby Bones Announces Children’s Book
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 –– Bobby Bones has announced his upcoming children’s picture book, Stanley the Dog and His First Day of School with illustrations by Stephanie Laberis. According to William Source, the book will feature Bones’ real-life pup, Stanley, as he faces down his fears about his first day at Doggy Day Care.
The book is published by David Linker at Harper-Collins and slated for Summer 2022; CAA brokered the deal for world rights for the author and Anne Moore Armstrong of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator. Pre-order and more information is forthcoming.
Bobby Bones is host of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, which airs on over 170 stations. The show recently garnered its second Country Music Association Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and fourth ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year and earned Bones the title of youngest ever inductee into the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame. Bones is set to star in a new travel TV show titled Breaking Bobby Bones, coming soon to National Geographic.
CONDOLENCES: Chicago Radio Legend Ron Britain Passes Away
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2020 – Ron Britain, known for generations of Chicago listeners. “King B,” died Sunday at home in Louisville, reports Robert Feder . The news was confirmed by Britain's son Mark Magel. Friends said Britain, 86, was inconsolable after losing his wife and constant companion of 62 years. Helen Louise “Peach” Magel, 83, died October 19 after falling ill at home. Her burial will be today.
Over a radio career that spanned more than 50 years, Britain worked at 21 stations in 11 cities. But he found his greatest success and most lasting fame in Chicago, where he first joined the former WCFL in 1965. In 1960, at the suggestion of a PD in Cincinnati, changed his named to Ron Britain. “You have to remember, this was before the British Invasion,” he told Chicago Radio Spotlight’s Rick Kaempfer. “It seemed a little unusual at the time. I drove a Jaguar, which I still do by the way, and I dressed like an Englishman. [The program director] said, ‘Well let’s go with Britain, like the country,’ and from that point on it was my name.”
In addition to two stints at WCFL, Britain also worked in Chicago at WIND, WLS-FM, WJMK, WTMX and Satellite Music Network. In 2003 he came out of retirement to help launch Real Oldies WRLL.
Spotify Launches Its Own Radio-Style Daily Morning Show Complete With Hosts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Spotify has launched the company's first daily morning show, “The Get Up.” And, like terrestrial shows designed to keep commuters company with friendly chatter and music, the program will be led by hosts who will combine news, pop culture and music. Techcrunch reports its music will be personalized to the listener, but unlike most terrestrial morning shows, it won't be live and will be pre-recorded and made available as a playlist. Listeners can also opt to skip portions of the programming — like the music or some of the chatter.
The show will be hosted by three people: journalist Speedy Morman (R), previously of Complex; YouTuber Kat Lazo (L), known for her series “The Kat Call;” and Spotify’s own Xavier ‘X’ Jernigan, head of Cultural Partnerships and In-House Talent.
The new playlist will be made available on weekday mornings in the Made for You and Driving hubs on Spotify for both free and premium subscribers in the U.S. You can also access the show directly from http://www.spotify.com/thegetup.
STUDY: Listeners Looking For Podcasts That Improve Their Mood This Holiday Season
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Wondering what this holiday season may look like for podcast listeners? Here’s some data which may shed some light on what's in store. Podcast Listening and Holiday Driving Based on an iHeart survey of podcast listeners conducted between August 31 and September 7 of this year, show 6 in 10 expect to spend the same or more time than last year traveling by car over the holidays, and 8 in 10 plan to spend more time than last year with family. Will more time in the car lead to more podcast listening? Or does more family time mean less podcast listening? iHeart Executive VP Hetal Patel thinks that podcast listeners actively looking forward to the holidays can only be good for podcast listening. “Our survey indicates that three-quarters of podcast listeners are looking for experiences that improve their mood this holiday season.
For more insight into what 2020 pandemic holiday podcast listening might look like, we took a look at historical data from Podtrac which shows some interesting patterns. Day of Week Listening Based on Podtrac’s measurement data for the top 100 podcasts it measures, Wednesdays are consistently the highest podcast listening day of the week with traffic dipping on the weekends and Sunday being the lowest listening day of the week as illustrated by the Q4 2019 data below. This pattern has continued through the pandemic to date. day of week Downloads by Month Podtrac data also shows that October tends to be the highest podcast listening month of the year, with downloads dipping during November and December but not as low as levels earlier in the year. SEE MORE HERE
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ESPN+ To Expand Editorial Content And Add More Radio Show Telecasts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Beginning November 9, ESPN+ will feature even more daily studio programming and written content from signature ESPN voices – delivering insights, context and personality ESPN+ to be exclusive home for the daily telecasts of The Dan Le Batard Show (shown) with Stugotz, Greeny, The Max Kellerman Show, Chiney & Golic Jr., as well as Jorge Ramos y Su Banda. ESPN+ will expand its premium written content offering and daily studio show programming, beginning November 9.
“These moves bring additional personality, insight and entertainment to ESPN+ every day, while cementing a daily studio lineup and building a deeper, broader collection of written work that makes fans smarter,” said Connor Schell, Executive Vice President of Content, ESPN. “The combination of talented, trusted ESPN voices and unmatched insider expertise, alongside the entire 30 for 30 library and groundbreaking originals that feature some of the biggest names in sports, means ESPN+ is offering subscribers a collection of premium video and written content they cannot find anywhere else.” “ESPN+ has established itself as the industry-leading and fastest-growing sports streaming service, but we have no intention of taking that position for granted,” said Russell Wolff, Executive Vice president and General Manager, ESPN+. PHOTO/ESPN
Kelly Ford Hosting New Weekend Show Across Entercom Country Stations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– New York Country's 94.7 morning host Kelly Ford is now hosting a new weekend show '90's Country’ with Kelly Ford every Sunday from 8 - 10AM available to Entercom country outlets. Every Sunday morning, Ford will feature a ton of celebrity guests, plus she'll provide a number of features such as 'Ladies of the 90's' and a '90s Country Halloween Special!
Ford tells Jockline: "Dierks Bentley was my first guest sharing his 90's Perfect Playlist that included a song from his 90's Tribute Band, Hot Country Knights. I'm having a lot of current artists on to talk about the influence of that AMAZING decade on their music today." The show, which began airing recently, now airs on all Entercom country stations. Brand manager Clay Walker out of WPAW in Greensboro serves as executing producer.
iHeart To Air ‘Every Vote Counts Event; Hosted By Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington & America Ferrera
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy, a nationally televised and streamed event, will air on the CBS Television Network and will also be available on the following services: iHeartMedia radio stations and app, Apple Music, Apple TV App, Amazon Music, Twitch, NowThis, YouTube, Twitter, TIDAL and Facebook, with more to be announced. Hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, and Kerry Washington, with appearances by Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, John Kasich, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O'Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama, and more with performances by Alicia Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes,
“The purpose for this special is to remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote. It’s a challenging time but we have the opportunity to continue to show up and shape the world we want to live in. In a democracy, every vote counts, so we want to encourage and uplift each other and remember we all have a say in the direction of our country because everyone’s participation matters,” said host Alicia Keys. “Also, for many young people across the country, this is their first time voting so we want to make sure they understand the magnitude of this time and learn why this is one of the most exciting moments in the Democratic process.” The special will feature musical performances, interviews with everyday voters, and speakers empowering citizens with incontrovertible information on how to vote and allay concerns they may have around voting amid a pandemic. Viewers will also be asked to create voting plans and build voting teams.
Every Vote Counts is produced by Live Nation, Global Citizen, Chad Hines and Ivan Dudynsky for Live Animals, and co-produced by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Piers Williams, Chris Stadler, Rick Yorn, AK Worldwide, Harness, Simpson Street, and Sunshine Sachs. For tune-in information and to pledge to vote, visit www.globalcitizen.org/everyvote..
V100.7 Milwaukee Presents Your Vote Is Your Voice Special Featuring Senator Kamala Harris
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s V100.7, Milwaukee will host Your Vote is Your Voice, a special broadcast with Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris on the importance of voting, what to expect at the polls, deadlines for voting absentee and more. The special will air on Monday, October 26 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on V100.7.
Your Vote is Your Voice will be hosted by V100.7’s on-air personalities Bailey Coleman and Reggie Brown. The Q&A portion of the program will be moderated by Claire Woodall-Vogg, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.
“The 2020 presidential election may be the most consequential in our country’s history,” said Reggie Brown, Program Director and on-air personality for V100.7. “It’s important to make sure all our voices are heard, and we want to ensure that our listeners are equipped with the information they need in terms of deadlines, what to expect at the polls, rules of voting absentee and more.”
HONORS: Charley Pride To Receive The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award At 54th Annual CMA Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– The Country Music Association has revealed its 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient—trailblazing country music star Charley Pride. Pride will accept the honor during 'The 54th Annual CMA Awards,' broadcasting live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 on ABC. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“Charley Pride is the epitome of a trailblazer,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Few other artists have grown country music’s rich heritage and led to the advancement of country music around the world like Charley. His distinctive voice has created a timeless legacy that continues to echo through the country community today. We could not be more excited to honor Charley with one of CMA’s highest accolades.” The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.
Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), Dolly Parton (2016), and Kris Kristofferson (2019).
BUSINESS: Nexstar Media To Merge Broadcasting With Digital; Will Be Renamed Nexstar Inc.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Nexstar Media Group, Inc. announced that effective November 1, 2020 it will combine its two primary operating subsidiaries, merging Nexstar Digital LLC, and Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. creating a new single operating subsidiary. As part of the corporate streamlining, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. will be renamed Nexstar Inc. Nexstar Media Group’s three primary businesses – broadcasting, networks and digital – will now be operating divisions under the Nexstar Inc. umbrella. The digital business unit will be led by Karen Brophy who will assume the role of President, Digital with responsibility for Nexstar’s 121 local websites, programmatic, data science, social media, group sales and partnerships as well as the ongoing streamlining of the Company’s ad tech stack to better align Nexstar with today’s digital environment.
Timothy C. Busch will serve as President, Broadcasting overseeing the Company’s 197 television stations and related digital multicast signals which reach 115 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households and Sean Compton will serve as President, Networks overseeing WGN America, AntennaTV, and WGN Radio. Karen Brophy, Tim Busch and Sean Compton and will report directly to Nexstar Media Group President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas E. Carter. Following a transition period, Gregory R. Raifman, who currently serves as President of Nexstar Digital LLC, will leave the Company at the conclusion of his contract on March 31, 2021.
NETWORKS: Sun Broadcast Group Hires Amanda Stetzy & Alyson Tiller For Media Research And Traffic
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group has made two more hires this week – Amanda Stetzy joins as Media Research Analyst and Alyson Tiller comes onboard as Assistant Traffic Coordinator. The new hires come on the heels of the recent expansion of the sales team, with the hiring of Jackie Cardillo and Angela Codella, as Sun continues to advance under new leadership.
“As advertising demand continues to grow at Sun, we needed more people to support the sales team and ensure that our advertisers’ and agencies’ needs are met and campaigns run as ordered,” said Danno Wolkoff, Chief Operating Officer of Sun Broadcast Group. Previously, Stetzy worked at Regional Reps and Tiller was at CBS Radio.
SNAPS: WGN To Air Classic Style 'Halloween Radio Theatre' Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 – WGN Radio will air “Halloween Radio Theatre” hosted by Carl Amari, on Saturday, October 31 from 10pm to 5am.
The program will feature mystery, thriller, and terror-themed selections from twelve Golden Age of Radio dramas including Suspense starring Bela Lugosi, Lights Out, Inner Sanctum Mystery, Escape, The Whistler, and The Sealed Book.
“It’s going to be a ‘hair-raising’ eight hours, so stay up late, pop some popcorn, pull the covers up close, and be chilled by ‘theatre of the mind’ classic radio horror and mystery shows,” said host Carl Amari. Amari has spent decades licensing and preserving classic radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, is the curator of the Classic Radio Club, and board member of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
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iHeartMedia To Launch The Amy Brown Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2020 –– iHeartMedia and Amy Brown, co-host of iHeartMedia’s CMA and The Bobby Bones Show and host of the popular 4 Things with Amy Brown podcast, announced today a partnership to launch The Amy Brown Podcast Network. The agreement includes a slate of health and wellness podcasts that will be co-produced by Brown and iHeartRadio.
“Our goal is to provide the highest quality programming across every podcast genre – and health and wellness is one of the most important categories in the medium right now, given the engagement of the listeners and the authenticity of the content,” said Conal Byrne (shown below), President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Amy is an incredible podcast talent – not just as the host of her own show, but someone who has a great eye for recruiting and developing new podcasts, too – and we want to support that however we can.”
The Amy Brown Podcast Network will launch this week with three podcasts: “OUTWEIGH with Amy Brown & Lisa Hayim,” “You Need Therapy with Kathryn DeFatta” and “The Truthiest Life with Lisa Hayim.” The new shows will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to team up with iHeartRadio to highlight these brilliant women and give them a platform to share their voices through The Amy Brown Podcast Network,” said Amy. “The work they’re doing to empower people and improve their lives is inspiring. I can’t wait to share these shows, and others to come, with listeners!”
NETWORKS: Radio Networks Gear Up For Tonight's Final Presidential Debate
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the second time Thursday evening, in the last of just two presidential debates. Thursday night’s debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate will last 90 minutes.
Kristen Welker (L), White House Correspondent, NBC News will moderate. The debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics selected by Welker.
Among the radio outlets set to provide coverage include ABC News Radio will offer three hours of live, anchored coverage the night of the debate, including a one-hour pre-show, followed by the debate and live post-debate analysis. Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor coverage with reporting and analysis by Correspondent Karen Travers, Political Analyst Steve Roberts, Political Director Rick Klein, Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks, and others from ABC New
CBS News Radio will also provide coverage including one-on-one interviews with CBS News Correspondents, pundits, and political experts. Its team will include orrespondents Steven Portnoy, Allison Keyes, Steve Dorsey and Political Analyst Prof. Leonard Steinhorn. Also, former White House Correspondent and CBS News Radio Contributor Peter Maer will be available.
Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Announces 46th Gracie Awards Call For Entries Open
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 ––The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), will open the call for entries for the 46th Annual Gracie Awards Gala and Gracie Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 22. AWMF is also pleased to announce Ziploc® Brand as the Diamond Sponsor of the 2021 Gracies.
Serving again as chairs for the 2021 Gracie Awards are Heather Cohen (L),executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and AWM/F Board member, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks and AWM/F Board member and Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards in 2021.
The 2020 Gracie Awards were celebrated through an ongoing virtual experience. Highlights of the 2020 Virtual Gracies included honoring outstanding and powerful talent such as: Katy Perry as the Gracies Impact Award recipient; Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead; Gayle King of CBS News; Naomi Watts of The Loudest Voice; Juju Chang of ABC News’Nightline; Angela Yee of Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast; and, Natasha Lyonne, accepting on behalf of the producers ofRussian Doll. Additionally, Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered a Special Award Tribute to frontline journalists bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter coverage to homes across the United States. Footage from the virtual experiences can be found HERE
Early Bird rates for entries end on December 10, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed HERE. To see more information about the Gracie Awards, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/. The application to judge the Gracies will be available soon.
SYNDICATION: The Ace & TJ Show Now Available As Weekend Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– The Ace & TJ Show is now offering a 3 hour weekend show for current Ace & TJ affiliates and stations looking to try out The Ace & TJ Show. The Ace & TJ Weekend Show is a set of unique audio programming pieces about :60 seconds in length to continue to match any format’s music focus on the weekends as well as offer a fun, new way to entertain audiences. The Ace & TJ Weekend Show is delivered via Synchronicity so station’s can add the 3 hour programming to any time during the weekend.
"I love this because it gives me the chance to actually ride around and hear what we sound like on radio”– Ace / Ace & TJ Show The Ace & TJ Show and The Ace & TJ Weekend Show are available for radio stations throughout the country. For information, contact Adam Goodman at 843 212 6522 (ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com).
iHeart NY Debuts 'Building Black Biz' Initiative
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– iHeartMedia New York announced today the debut of “Building Black Biz” – an initiative designed to support, sustain and grow local Black-owned businesses in the New York metro area. iHeartMedia New York has pledged to support the “Building Black Biz” initiative during the next three months with over 100 million media impressions on Power 105.1, Z100, 106.7 Lite FM, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3 and 710WOR as well as the stations’ websites and social media channels.
Through the “Building Black Biz” initiative, listeners and aspiring business owners can hear from successful entrepreneurs within the tristate area on how they started their business and what advice they would give to new entrepreneurs. The website BuildingBlackBiz.com will feature educational content developed in partnership with Operation Hope, a nonprofit organization providing financial literacy empowerment and economic education. In addition, listeners will be encouraged to shop and support local Black-owned businesses through the website’s vendor database.
The initiative also features “The Building Black Biz Podcast,” a weekly podcast hosted by various iHeartMedia on-air personalities including Angela Yee, Maxwell and more. It will feature successful Black business owners, executives and other notable trailblazers offering advice and business guidance.
“I am so proud of our team for going above and beyond and creating this comprehensive campaign,” said Bernie Weiss, President of iHeartMedia New York. “New York needs more Black-owned businesses and I am thrilled we can use the power of all of our six radio stations to do our part in making a real impact.”
EVENTS: iHeart Country Festival Set For Friday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– The 2020 “iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One,” originally scheduled for May 2, will stream on LiveXLive.com and broadcast across iHeartMedia’s County music radio stations on October 23 at 7pm CT. Hosted by Bobby Bones, the seventh annual event will feature performances from Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Special Performances by Morgan Evans and Gabby Barrett, recorded live on one stage in Nashville.
Stream: October 23 at 7pm CT on LiveXLive.com. Radio Broadcast: October 23 at 7pm CT on iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations in local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. The 2020 iHeartCountry Festival will stream exclusively on LiveXLive and broadcast live across iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations in local markets and at iHeartRadio.com on October 23 at 7pm CT.
EVENTS: Fitz Chops Locks For St. Jude Hospital
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– KNUC-FM/98.9 The Bull Seattle's Morning Host Fitz, of Fitz In The Morning, had his hair cut into a “Mullet” yesterday, after going five months without a haircut. “Why does our audience care? Great question,” quipped Fitz. “My wife asked the same question!” “St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is near and dear to my heart and I want to bring attention and support to their mission statement of ‘Finding cures. Saving children’ and their belief of every child should live as normal a childhood as possible even when battling life-threatening diseases,”
“Our passionate, giving, local on air hosts on 98.9 The BULL are simply the team and vehicle to help those who want to give from the heart a way to do so,” said 98.9 THE BULL Brand/Content Director, Scott Mahalick. "We’re proud to have set up a few ways for our generous audience to make a donation to end childhood cancer at www.989TheBull.com" WATCH HERE
SNAPS: KNX 1070 LA's Dr. Fauci Interview Draws Worldwide Spotlight
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– Props are in order for KNX 1070's Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson (inset) who made it into Stephan Colbert's monologue Tuesday night - among many other mentions. PD Ken Charles tell us, "Not only did all of our all-news and newstalk stations use the audio but The Hill picked up our digital story and then many other news organizations, including CNN, The Today Show, GMA, MSNBC, FNC, The NY Post and news organizations in Indonesia, Kenya, Germany and London grabbed the story.
Of course, the comment that garnered a lot of attention was Fauci's 'Corleone' reference to the political chatter, saying, “ That other stuff, it’s like in “The Godfather:” nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned. I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country,” Fauci said. WATCH HERE (around 11:30 into monologue)
More AM Transmitters Turned Off In Europe
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND 2020 –– Global has handed back the AM licence for Smooth Radio’s two frequencies in Cardiff and Newport/Gwent. The two frequencies – 1305 kHz AM and 1359 kHz AM have been in operation since 1980 and have carried many different radio stations under various owners. They were originally home to CBC, then Red Dragon Radio, followed by Touch Radio. They then joined the Capital Gold network, which became Classic Gold and then Gold, before Smooth Radio arrived in 2004. The move leaves Smooth Radio on just one analogue transmitter in Wales – 1260 kHz AM serving Wrexham and Deeside in the north of the country. It continues on DAB digital radio (just like HD Radio but successful). It’s just the latest AM transmitter to be turned off by the industry, with the BBC and Bauer giving up many AM services in recent years. Nearly 60 percent of all radio listening in the UK is now via digital devices.
Penis Pageant To Go Ahead Despite Opposition In Sydney Australia - KIIS FM Breakfast host Kyle Sandilands has revealed his much-hyped penis pageant will proceed. Talking to his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson on Wednesday’s show, Kyle was adamant that the pageant is going ahead in January, despite some reservations from senior management at parent company Australian Radio Network (ARN). Read more and listen HERE
Naga Munchetty Replaces Emma Barnett at BBC Radio 5 Live - Naga Munchetty is taking over from Emma Barnett in the new year as host of the mid-morning programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. The well-known television presenter will be on-air Monday to Wednesday from 10am till 1pm after guest-presenting on the station over the summer. Emma Barnett is moving to BBC Radio 4 to be the main host of Woman’s Hour from January 2021, replacing Jane Garvey.
HalloweenFM.ie Returns For 10 Spooky Days.. And Nights - Ireland’s Halloween radio station to broadcast online at halloweenFM.ie from 22nd to 31st October this year. Programmes include the ‘Spooky Brekkie’, the ‘Midday Haunting’, the ‘Drive from Hell’ and ‘Nightmare Nights’. Sponsored by TheCostumeShop.ie, listeners to HalloweenFM.ie will hear upbeat Halloween-inspired hits and a collection of ghostly songs and classics such as ‘Sweet but Pyscho’ – Ava Max, ‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish and Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’. Each show will have special guests, as well as extra content that will help you make this Halloween the most memorable yet, including the ‘Sixty Second Scare’ and the ‘Monster Movie Minute’! The station will broadcast once again from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
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STUDY: Podcasting’s Share of Listening in the U.S. Hits New All-Time High
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– New Data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear shows that for the first time since Edison Research’s Share of Ear® study began tracking audio consumption in 2014, podcasting’s share of all audio listening is now 6% of consumption. This level marks an all-time high for the rapidly-growing on-demand audio medium. This new finding was revealed yesterday by Edison Research SVP Tom Webster.
The latest findings show that the share of time Americans age 13+ spend with podcasts as a percentage of all their audio listening has tripled from just 2% in 2014. According to Webster, “Podcasting has become the greatest companion medium. Not only can you take it with you while you do other things, but we also see people turning to podcasts for a sense of community and connection during a very stressful time.” CLICK HERE for more info.
Cox Media Group Announces Promotions For Houston and San Antonio Radio; Johnny Chiang Adds Country Format Leader Stripes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– Cox Media Group announced several promotions within the CMG Houston and San Antonio Radio team. The appointments are effective immediately and build on the great foundation of the Radio team while accelerating the Company’s drive to entertain, serve and build its local communities. Johnny Chiang (L) will take the helm as Country Format Leader in addition to his role as Director of Operations for CMG Houston. “CMG has some of the greatest brands, led by some of the best program directors in Country radio,” said Chiang. “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work even closer with this distinguished and already-successful group of talented programmers. I am deeply grateful to Tim Clarke and Steve Smith for their belief in me.
Christi Brooks (BL) has been promoted to Director of Branding/Programming for KCYY in San Antonio. Christi started her career as an intern at KKBQ in 1999 before landing a role as weekend on-air talent, then transitioning to nights, mornings and finally middays. Most recently, Brooks served as Assistant Director of Branding/Programming and Midday On-Air Talent of KKBQ in Houston. Brooks will begin working with the Y100 team officially on November 2.
“I had no idea when I walked through the doors 21 years ago at KKBQ that this would be my career path,” said Brooks. “I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some of the best in the business. I have been a fan of the team at Y100 for a long time and can’t wait to join them and see what we can do together."
Caitlin “CJ” Johnson (BR), afternoon drive host for KKBQ, is promoted to the station’s Assistant Director of Branding/Programming role. CJ began her career as a sales assistant at WAPE in Jacksonville, Fla., before landing a weekend show and later holding positions as full-time host and Music Director before relocating to Houston, TX. CJ also currently hosts middays on WAPE.
REPORT: Craig Carton’s Return To WFAN New York 'Imminent'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– While still no comment from station officials, The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports that Evan Roberts is the favorite to partner with Craig Carton as the former morning co-host is expected to sign a contract shortly that will bring him back to WFAN in afternoon drive time. Marchand writes that Carton and WFAN’s hope is to begin his new program next month, according to sources.
The Carton move will result in the retirement of Joe Benigno as a full-time host. Benigno has talked about retiring for years, so it is not being forced upon him.
Carton has not been on FAN in more than three years after being arrested and convicted of a fraud scheme in which he misallocated loans to repay gambling debts. He spent a year in prison and owes his debtors nearly $5 million. FAN is still searching for Carton’s partner for his afternoon ratings battle with the current sports radio leader, ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show.” Marchand says FAN execs discussed former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but it is not going to happen for a variety of reasons.As for Carton, one source said he will sign his contract in the “next 24 hours,” which will begin the next moves.
The report follows yesterday news of Entercom and CBS Sports agreeing to a multiyear extension to continue simulcasting WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM) morning show “Boomer & Gio” on CBS Sports Network. Hosted by Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti, “Boomer & Gio” airs weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET. “Boomer and Gio have become a must listen for New York sports fans to start their day with their unique perspectives, humor and a bit of the unexpected sprinkled in,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “
Former 'Opie & Anthony' Co-Host Anthony Cumia of Selling Long Island Home For $3.1M
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– Former Opie and Anthony co-host Anthony Cumia's home in Roslyn Heights, NY, has been listed for sale with an asking price of $3.1 million. According to Realtor.com, the home was purchased in 2006 for $2.9 million. The home includes an acoustic studio where Cumia has been broadcasting from 2012 until 2015. In the years since, he has moved his studio to New York City.
The listing shows a spacious master suite that opens out to a balcony and includes an en suite bathroom, as well as a sitting area. On the lower level, in addition to the sound studio, full, pub-style bar, wine cellar, and home movie theater. The spread sits on a third of an acre and includes a saltwater pool, hot tub, fire-pit area, pergola, and poolhouse with a half-bathroom. A barbecue area and dining space allow for outdoor entertaining.
Cumia, is best known as the co-host of “The Opie and Anthony Show” with Gregg “Opie” Hughes, which aired from 1995 to 2014 on terrestrial and satellite radio. After he left Sirius XM Radio in 2014, he started his own podcast, which he broadcast from his home studio. The show was offered through his subscription network, Compound Media. The network added more shows and expanded to a New York City studio. The show is now named: “The Anthony Cumia Show,” with Dave Landau as co-host. See more photos and info HERE
HONORS: 98.5 KRZ And Jeff Walker To Celebrate 40th Anniversary This Friday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– This Friday October 23rd not only marks 98.5 KRZ’s 40th anniversary, but also the 40th anniversary of longtime afternoon host and frequent Morning Show Boot Camp attendee, Jumpin’ Jeff Walker. Walker has literally been on KRZ since day As we celebrate this milestone of being NEPA’s (northeast PA) #1 rated radio station for 40 years. Walker tells Jockline, "As a young kid, my father told me I better pick a job where I get to talk a lot because I would never shut up. Good thing I listened because I never imagined a career could be so much fun. And by the way, I am not retiring! haha .This is just a stop along the road.”
Also of note, Jeff wrote new lyrics (as he’s done for decades in his parody band The Wackjobs) to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” - all about the history of Northeast PA and 'KRZ over the last 4 decades. Walker says, "It’ll debut with a picture video on Friday! One of the last lines is just perfect “one thing stays the same, Jumpin’ Jeff won’t go away!”
Walker tells PA LIVE "It's kind of crazy right now... We picked a bad year for a 40th Anniversary," he quipped. On this Friday's show, he and co-host Amanda will go back through the last 40 years and show how much radio has changed.
NETWORKS: Jennifer Keiper Rises To National News Anchor For CBS News Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– Media blogger Robert Feder reports that longtime Chicago radio news veteran Jennifer Keiper, who now works for Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM, has been hired as a national news anchor for CBS News Radio, starting November 9. “She’ll be leaving WBBM, but still kind of be here at the same time,” Ron Gleason, brand manager of WBBM Newsradio, told staffers in an email Tuesday. “The network’s gain is our loss, although I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty from Jennifer at the top of the hour!”
The move marks a return to network radio news for Keiper, who served as the first Midwest correspondent for Fox News Radio from 2008 to 2014. CBS News Radio (formerly known as CBS Radio News) is the legacy of the old CBS Radio Network. Keiper is best known here for her distinguished run in Chicago radio, including two stints with Cumulus Media news/talk WLS 890-AM (including one as news director) and two with WBBM Newsradio. “The opportunity to work for CBS News Radio is an exciting adventure and dream realized,” Keiper told Feder. “I also want to thank WBBM-AM for, again, welcoming me back into the family and now I will be more of a distant relative — one you hear from but don’t quite see as much.”
Nielsen Reaches Agreement With NPR For Podcast Buying Power Service
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– Nielsen announced that NPR is now a subscriber to Nielsen’s Podcast Buying Power service. As a new subscriber, NPR will have access to podcast insights spanning 18 genres that can be cross-referenced against a massive category of consumer purchase behavior patterns and services usage. Currently counting over 12 major podcast companies as subscribers, At last count, Nielsen’s Podcast Buying Power featured over 150 of the largest podcast programs in its database.
“Since 2005, NPR has been a leader in podcasting, and consistently has the largest number of top-ranked podcasts each month,” said Gina Garrubbo, President & CEO of National Public Media, the sponsorship subsidiary of NPR. Only Nielsen, with its extensive Scarborough category database, has this type of advertiser connection with podcasting. Nielsen Podcast Buying Power service has the ability to capture results for specific programs and tie them back with over 2,000 retail/plan-to-buy categories and hundreds of advertisers with specific brand names such as insurance companies, automotive, quick-service restaurants, home improvement retailers, and more.
“NPR is one of the most highly respected media organizations on the planet, and a true pioneer in the use of podcasting to deliver world-class journalism and storytelling,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Nielsen is incredibly proud to expand our long-standing relationship with NPR to include them in our Podcast Buying Power service. The marketplace will be well served with this new added dimension on audio consumption.”
101 WKQX/Chicago To Launch New Podcast And Sunday Feature On 'History of Alternative'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– Cumulus' Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM Chicago has launched a companion podcast and Sunday music feature, both called “The History of Alternative." The new podcast and weekend feature will pick up where 101 WKQX’s successful programming special, also entitled “The History of Alternative”, left off. “The History of Alternative” was an epic programming event that took fans on a five-week anthology of the music, memories and events that have defined Alternative. The special station takeover aired nine hours a day, every day, on 101 WKQX from September 8th through October 7th. With 2,986 songs played over the course of 22 weekdays from 10am-7pm, fans followed along to hear songs of their past and relive the best from the array of alternative eras.
The new weekly feature, “The History of Alternative”, will air Sundays from 8am-12pm. It will take the long-form concept into a weekly four-hour playlist, and will be hosted by Brian Phillips (TR). Continuing the conversation, James VanOsdol (TL) and Jon Manley (C) will dig even deeper into the Alternative vaults, as they host “The History of Alternative” podcast. Each episode will focus on a specific topic, special guest or concept. The first four episodes have been released and include conversations with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, and members of Phoenix, Thomas Mars and Christian Mazzalaiguitar. Also included is a timely Halloween episode, in which VanOsdol and Manley debate the spookiest alternative artists, albums and songs. Check out more here at the website at: https://www.101wkqx.com/history-of-alternative-podcast/.
EVENTS: National Urban League And Entercom Team To Advance Racial Justice And Equity Initiatives
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– The National Urban League and Entercom announced a partnership to advance racial justice and equity in the communities they serve. Entercom will collaborate with the National Urban League and its affiliates to promote Urban League programs in education, job training, entrepreneurship and more. The National Urban League will extend and deepen Entercom’s connection within their shared communities. “The community-based work we deliver alongside our network of 90 affiliates requires us to be a trusted voice that reaches into communities and supports our neighbors,”
National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Entercom’s partnership allows us to amplify our message while also helping bring bold conversations to the fore as we work to empower our communities and change lives.” “We’re committed to helping foster a more just, equitable and inclusive nation,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “This partnership will connect us with diverse voices to further inform the ways we leverage our robust portfolio of digital and broadcast assets to serve our communities.”
77WABC To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Today With All-Day Events
THE MOUTH, OCTOBEr 21ST, 2020 –– 77WABC will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an all-day on-air event today to celebrate the numerous contributions the Hispanic community has made in New York City’s businesses, governmental, political communities, and culture. From 6 am to 6 pm, 77WABC hosts will talk with Hispanic leaders, political figures, celebrities, and more to highlight the rich heritage of the Hispanic and Latino cultures and their contributions to our country. Guests include: Senator Marco Rubio, Tino Martinez of the Yankees, Tony Orlando, Tito Puente, Jr., and more.
The Hispanic population is among the fastest growing demographic in New York City, accounting for nearly 30% of all residents in the five boroughs. In cooperation with Goya, and supermarkets Gristedes and D’Agostino’s, 77WABC will be celebrating and honoring the growing Hispanic influence in New York City and across the nation. “The Hispanic culture in New York City is among the most vibrant and fastest growing,” stated John Catsimatidis, Owner of Red Apple Media and 77WABC. “As an immigrant myself, I understand what it means to take pride in your culture, your heritage, your ethnicity, and the path by which we all became ‘New Yorkers.’
The all-day special programming will be simulcast on WABC’s sister station, WLIR 107.1, Long Island.
WSOU-FM Clothing Drive Sets New Record
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2020 –– WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, set a new record for donations to its annual clothing drive for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 25 large boxes with clothes, footwear, and accessories for all ages and all seasons. The donations, which were brought to the station by current as well as past students, were folded and packed at the radio station. The students that packed followed station-implemented safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure that staff members could safely give back to the community.
The clothing will benefit members of the Oglala Lakota community, as well as others on the reservation. Sister Barbara Bogenschutz, the church’s parish life coordinator, will facilitate distribution when the clothing arrives. WSOU’s relationship with the Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church began in 2014, after a station staff member participated in a university-organized mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Seeing a basic necessity that the station could provide, the student suggested that some WSOU T-shirts be donated to the church for distribution to those in need. Since then, the amount and variety of clothing collected by students has grown steadily.
“I am beyond proud of the way that our staff members, alumni, and university community came together for this effort.” said WSOU Staff Representative Dalton Allison, who helped spearhead the effort. “With all of the negative things happening in the world this year, it just goes to show that human compassion triumphs over everything else.”
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STUDY: In-Car Listening Increasingly On the Rise
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2020 –– Edison Research released the latest update of the Share of Ear® report to clients, based on interviews conducted during October, 2020. The listening location data from Share of Ear sheds some light on which locations U.S. listeners are consuming audio now that quarantine restrictions are being lifted in some areas. Listening shifts from home back to the car as quarantine restrictions lift in Q3.
Prior to COVID-19 restrictions in Q2 2020, 32% of all audio in in the U.S. was consumed in car. When quarantine restrictions went into place in Q2, erasing many Americans’ commutes and greatly reducing travel in general, in-car listening plummeted by 38% so that it accounted for only 20% of all listening. This caused at-home listening in Q2 to soar from 49% of all listening to 70% of all listening, an increase of 43%.
The latest research from Share of Ear, conducted in early September, shows a shift back to the car as quarantine restrictions have been lifted by varying degrees across the country. In-car listening grew from 20% in Q2 to 28% today, not quite equal to the pre-COVID number of 32% of all listening.
An increase of Q3 audio consumption in car means a decrease at home, where we see at-home listening levels fall from 70% in Q2 (the beginning of quarantine) to 59% of all listening today. At-home listening levels still higher than before quarantine At-home listening, although at lower levels since Q2, is still 10 points higher than pre-COVID listening.
With a U.S. workforce that has seen many employees transition to home office environments, future surveys will bear out whether or not this is a permanent shift.
At-work listening sees gains When quarantine restrictions began in Q2, at-work listening fell by almost half from 15% of all listening to 8%. The latest research in Q3 shows that at-work listening has slightly rebounded, growing from 8% to 10% of all audio consumption, an increase of 25%. Click HERE for more info.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE