Louisville Host Reinstated Following Listener Protests
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– Who says those listener protests don't work? Following a brief suspension, popular (WFSR) 107.7 The Eagle Louisville's Carter Mann (L) is returning to the air. According to WHAS11.com, fans flooded the radio station with calls for him to be reinstated. Mann had been suspended on Monday, saying he booked a band without permission and increased the amount of a cash giveaway without authorization. On Thursday, 5.21, the station General Manager released a statement, saying the overwhelming response from listeners helped shape the decision to bring Carter back.
GM Dave Donahue wrote: 'It's been a difficult few days here with the recent suspension of Carter Mann, but there's been an overwhelming response from our Kentuckiana listeners and an outpouring of support for Carter and his show, including a statement from the band Night Ranger. All of this was taken into consideration, and I'm pleased to announce that the Carter Mann program will be returning on Tuesday morning ... Join us in welcoming back Carter, Tuesday, May 26th, from 5 to 9am.' -- Dave Donahue, General Manager 1077 The Eagle (WSFR)
[WATCH] U.S. Rep. John Katko Honors Late WSYR Host Joe Galuski From House Floor
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– U.S. Rep. John Katko (shown below) delivered remarks on the House floor Thursday to honor longtime WSYR host Joe Galuski (inset above) who died last week after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Katko said 'I rise today to pay tribute to the life of Joe Galuski, a beloved Central New York broadcaster who spent more than 25 years on the air on WSYR radio. Known for his ability to discuss, with knowledge, any topic presented to him, Joe faithfully kept our community updated on the latest local stories and provided us with news from around the nation. “A legend in Central New York radio, Joe Galuski is fondly remembered by the thousands of listeners who tuned in religiously on morning commutes and to hear him on SU football’s pre- and post-game talk shows. “Joe was more than a radio host – he had the power to communicate and entertain and became a large part of the lives of his many listeners.'
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Hubbard Appoints Jeremy Sinon To Corporate Digital Post
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– Hubbard Radio EVP/Chief Financial Officer, Dave Bestler, announced that Jeremy Sinon was named Corporate Digital Director for Hubbard Radio. Sinon was most recently the Digital Director for Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis-St. Paul radio stations. Sinon will work closely with Bestler and Hubbard Radio President/COO, Drew Horowitz, to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals.
Prior to the last nine years with Hubbard Radio, Sinon was a Digital Director for the Clear Channel radio group in Minneapolis-St. Paul and worked at the digital agency, Omnera. Sinon will continue his role as Digital Director for the Hubbard Radio properties in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Commented Hubbard Minnesota VP/Regional Manager, Dan Seeman: “Jeremy has demonstrated his knowledge, creativity and passion for growing our digital assets. I’m excited to continue to work with him in Minneapolis-St. Paul and support his growth in the company.”
PROGRAMMING: Johnnie D Named APD For iHeartMedia Chicago Combo
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Johnnie D has been named Assistant Program Director for 107.5 WGCI-FM and V103/WVAZ-FM, beginning Monday, June 1, 2015. Johnnie D most recently served as the Music Director and Executive Morning Show Producer of The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith at WVEE-FM in Atlanta.
Johnnie D. has worked in various programming positions at WPGC 95.5 (Washington, DC), HOT 97 WQHT (New York), Power 92.3 WPWX (Chicago), and 100.3 The Beat WPHI (Philadelphia). "I have spent my career working at great radio stations across the country, but nothing equates to being given the chance to work in my hometown of Chicago,” said Johnnie D. "I would like to thank Matt Scarano, Doc Wynter, Tommy Austin and Derrick Brown for this amazing opportunity with iHeartMedia Chicago."
MOTION: Lauren Michaels Exits KLUC/Vegas Wakeup Crew
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– KLUC/Las Vegas co-host Lauren Michaels (R) is stepping down from the highly popular Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo. On Facebook and Twitter she posted: "I resigned from my position at KLUC today. .. everyone deserves to be in a situation where they are happy. I love all of you and I thank you for being so loving to myself and my family. I'm not leaving Las Vegas and will definitely be on your radio again in the future. I love you, I love you, I love you!." She had earlier posted: 'I have life changing (for me) stuff to tell you very soon.'
The show features Chet (center), Spence (second from right), Lauren (R) and produced by Davey The Show Killer (L). No word yet on her replacement.
FORMATICS: iHeart Greensboro Debuts The Triad's 105.7
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Greensboro/Piedmont Triad debutS 105.7 The Triad’s New Choice for Rock on WVBZ-FM, beginning this morning at 6:00 a.m. "The station will be made up of the best rock of all time, from Soundgarden to Mötley Crüe,” said Keith Allen, Program Director of 105.7 WVBZ-FM. “105.7 will provide Triad listeners the choice to listen to music in the morning and not wait till lunchtime. Plus they won’t have to listen to a station that only plays one or two rock songs every blue moon. Now, is the Triad ready to Man Up?” Fans can listen to 105.7 The Triad’s New Choice for Rock at the station's website, 1057MANUP.comd entertainment content available today. To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.
Sunday Night Slow Jams Crosses 100 Affiliate Mark
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– Benztown’s internationally syndicated Sunday Night Slow Jams and weeknight Slow Jams show announced that following a successful promotion to sign its 100th affiliate—Slow Jams has signed its 102nd affiliate! The three stations that affiliated the show concurrently and tied for the distinction of 100th Slow Jams affiliate are: KKST 98.7 in Alexandria, LA; 104.7 KCLD-FM in Minneapolis, MN; and KAJM Mega 104.3 in Phoenix, AZ.
Dozens of industry executives and Slow Jams artists joined Sunday Night Slow Jams Host and creator, R Dub! at Slow Jams’ headquarters in San Diego last Thursday for a blowout celebration party—complete with a taco truck, a live performance from Al B. Sure, a ribbon-cutting for Slow Jams’ new studio, and champagne toast. R Dub! created Sunday Night Slow Jams in 1994 at the age of 17, at a tiny AM radio station in the middle of the Tucson desert. For more information and to get Sunday Night Slow Jams in your market, visit www.benztown.com/slowjams or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
WWO's Mutual Radio To Air Ali-Liston Fight On 50th Anniv.
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2015 –– Monday’s Memorial Day holiday is also the 50th anniversary of the second Muhammad Ali – Sonny Liston fight, which took place 50 years ago on May 25, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine. This fight was noteworthy for a number of reasons: a first round knockout by Ali with a “phantom punch” to preserve his title; Ali had changed his name from Cassius Clay since the first fight but ring announcers still frequently referred to him as Cassius Clay; Ali was the villain and you can hear him booed by the crowd. There was also much speculation that the fight was fixed and Liston had taken a dive.
Westwood One News will be airing Westwood One’s Mutual Radio exclusive blow-by-blow broadcast of the fight in its entirety, on Monday’s anniversary, on “The Jim Bohannon Show.” Reports and excerpts will also air on “America in the Morning,” in Westwood One newscasts, and will be made available to Westwood One News affiliates. PHOTO/youtube
Letterman Set Taken Apart Hours After Show; Swift's 'Bad Blood' Breaks Vevo Record
Demolition Crew Takes Apart Letterman TV Set Just Hours After Final Broadcast - [NYDN]
Raven Symone & Michelle Collins To Join 'The View' On Permanent Basis? - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Friend And Officiates Wedding - [BLEACHER REPORT]
Mel Brooks To Present Steve Martin With LifetimeS Achievement Award - [THE WRAP]
Paul McCartney & Lady Gaga Team For Film Soundtrack - [THE GUARDIAN]
Dr. Oz Jumps Rail At Mall To Help Woman - [JACKSONVILLE]
Check Out Chris Pratt On This Week's Cover Of EW - [EW]
Taylor Swift Breaks Record With Vevo 'Bad Blood' Release - [TIME]
Identity Revealed Of $180 Million Picasso Buyer - [PAGE SIX]
Geraldo Rivera List Riverfront Compound For $3.75 M. - [VARIETY]
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Spotify Expands Lineup With Podcasts, News Radio And Video
Spotify Chief Noted Hires From Radio During Press Conference
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– Spotify says it is expanding its lineup to include podcasts, news radio and video streaming. According to twcc.com, CEO Daniel Ek (shown) said that the new service launches this week in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden.The extra content, from partners such as Comedy Central, BBC and ESPN, will be available for both free and premium customers.
Paul Verna, senior analyst at research firm eMarketer says Spotify's video addition is a "logical extension of the company's success in digital music streaming, since these are complementary businesses that use much of the same technology infrastructure, marketing expertise, and vendor relationships." Verna said the maneuver suggests that Spotify "sees a business opportunity in digital video advertising, which is a much larger and faster-growing sector than Spotify's core business of digital music."
According to The Guardian, on the heels of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe and other radio colleagues being hired by Apple, during Spotify’s press event this week, Ek made a point of praising some of his company’s hires from the world of radio, too. Spotify says its main focus will continue to be music.
[WATCH] Woman's Call To IRS Accidentally Airs On Stern Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– A Cape Cod, Mass. woman says she hasn't been able to eat or sleep since her call to the IRS to discuss her tax bill accidentally ended up on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show. According to forbes.com, the woman says she called the IRS to talk about her tax bill. At the same time, the IRS rep' was on hold with Howard Stern. When the show took agent's call off hold, she apparently wasn't aware and just kept talking.
That conversation was broadcast on air and woman who had called to dicuss her tax bill began getting slammed with calls and texts. Aside from her most private information bein aired, her personal phone number was broadcast as well. She asked the IRS rep, “Are you speaking to Howard Stern?” The woman replied with something to the effect of ‘I was’ or ‘I was on hold’ or something like that.” Stern tried to get the IRS rep’s attention by shouting his name, but the rep kept talking. Co-host Robin Quivers joked, “If he’s working we can’t interrupt him.” Later, the pair asked the rep if he was a collector and he admitted that he worked “for the government.”
While the woman’s name wasn’t broadcast, she says, “I just feel terribly violated and I feel like I’m in jeopardy that my credit information might be out there and I’m just totally devastated.” According to the report, the IRS rep' has since been placed on administrative leave, according to the woman and the case is under investigation. Forbe's Kelly Phillips reports the IRS did release this statement to the media: We are aware of this troubling situation, and we are currently reviewing the matter. The IRS takes the confidentiality of taxpayer information very seriously, and we have high standards that we expect and require employees to follow. WATCH HERE FROM WBZ TV
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Herndon Hasty Returns To Radio As VP/Sales Cumulus Kansas City
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 36-year Kansas City radio broadcast veteran Herndon Hasty as Vice President of Sales for its eight-station cluster in Kansas City, MO. Hasty was most recently Vice President/Co-Market Manager for Entercom Kansas City, following 11 years with CBS Radio Kansas City, where he was Senior Vice President and Market Manager. Prior to that, Hasty had an 18-year career with Taft Broadcasting’s Kansas City stations, where he started his radio career as an Account Executive at KY102 and ultimately served Taft as President of WDAF-AM and KYYS-FM.
Hasty said: “I’m thrilled to be back in radio in the city I love, working with the best stations in the market to deliver the most creative and effective marketing solutions for our advertisers. Kansas City is a great radio city and Cumulus Kansas City’s programming and citywide presence are unmatched. ”
[LISTEN] Tampa's Orlando Davis Funks Up Playoffs
THE MOUTH, MAY 21T, 2015 –– The entire Tampa Bay area is buzzin’ with excitement as the Tampa Bay Lightning continue their run towards the Stanley Cup in the NHL playoffs. WiLD 94.1’s morning show host and Program Director, Orlando Davis, started feeling extra funky after the Lightning beat the Montreal Canadians to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to play the New York Rangers. His musical mojo started flowing and he created a remix of the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit song Uptown Funk.
Orlando spun it to Uptown Puck creating an anthem for the Lightning playoXff run. “It’s an exciting time, for the Lightning and the Bay. They have an enormous and loyal fan base, and many support WiLD 94.1! So, when one of our team said Uptown Puck would be witty, I started writing with Bruno’s record in mind and 10 minutes later, we were recording!” said Orlando Davis. The song has been added into the music rotation on WiLD 94.1 and posted online at WiLD941.com for fans to enjoy. LISTEN HERE
'Serving Your Country' With Ramblin Ray Added To AFN
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– USRN announced its weekly Country Music program called SERVING YOUR COUNTRY has been added to the Country Programming stream of the American Forces Network. SERVING YOUR COUNTRY is a 2-hour weekly program anchored by the award-winning morning man from WUSN/Chicago (US-99.5), Ray Stevens, also known as “Ramblin’ Ray.” Since its inception in 2013, every major Country recording artist on the charts today has contributed commentary to the program, and listeners can participate in the show via a toll-free number and the show’s online presence at both www.ServingYourCountry.us and the show’s Facebook page. Additionally, singer-songwriter Laura Bryna acts as the military correspondent on the show. Bryna acts as a celebrity spokesperson for the U.S. Air National Guard and The National Guard Youth Foundation. The American Forces Network (AFN), also known as the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), is part of the Department of Defense. For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN firstname.lastname@example.org 212.536.3603
NETWORKS: WWO To Cover NCAA Men's Lacrosse Finals; John And Leah Show Joins WNIR/Akron Line-Up
THE MOUTH, MAY 21T, 2015 –– Westwood One Sports will provide live coverage from the NCAA® Division I Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals and National Championship Game from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. On Saturday, May 23, Westwood One Sports broadcasts from the Semifinals as (1) Notre Dame takes on (4) Denver, followed by (6) Maryland vs. (NR) Johns Hopkins. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, Westwood One Sports will showcase the Championship game, which will feature the winner of Notre Dame/Denver vs. the winner of Maryland/Johns Hopkins. Coverage on both days begins at 12:45 pm ET. Dave Ryan calls the action, Mark Dixon has color commentary, and Jason Horowitz is the sideline reporter and pregame/halftime host.
Envision Networks® welcomes Media-Com’s WNIR-FM/Akron, OH as the newest affiliate of The John and Leah Show. The station joins over 150 affiliates on the Envision Talk Network. “It’s good to have a live weekend program, instead of taped replays of programs earlier in the week,” WNIR-FM station manager Bill Klaus said. “We love having a male and female host anchoring our Sunday nights.” For more info, contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.
ReelWorld Unveils Production Vault Urban AC
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– ReelWorld has unveiled Production Vault Urban AC, designed specifically for the unique sound of Today's R&B and Old School. Commenting on the new service, ReelWorld’s Vice President, Mike Thomas, points out that: “Urban AC is an incredible format with strong personalities and some of thebiggest brands in the industry. But Urban AC stations have been underserved when it comes to imaging products and services, so it was clear that we had to step in and provide them with the same content quality, quantity and creativity as all of the other formats had been receiving from Production Vault”.
Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott stated: “ReelWorld and Premiere Networks have been partners since Production Vault launched in 2006. Together, we’ve grown Production Vault to span 10 unique formats, each one providing producers and programmers with effective production tools needed to image their stations.” - Production Vault Urban AC is now available for barter via Premiere Networks and can be auditioned at reelworld.com/urbanac.
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Celebrates the 40th Annual Gracies Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– The Alliance for Women in Media, presented the 40th Anniversary of The Gracies Awards to a packed house at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. this week. Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the gala, which also celebrated the organization's 40 years of achievements. In honor of that milestone, The Gracies Awards were handed out on stage to honorees (which were previously announced on March 4, 2015) in recognition of their stellar accomplishments over the years. Guests were greeted by the musical talents of DJ Amy Pham. During the Awards ceremony, music icon Linda Perry performed a stripped down version of "What's Up," and a moving rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful."
Kristen Johnston ssaid Gracie Allen was truly a legend, just by being herself, "If she were alive today [Gracie Allen], I think she'd be extremely proud of the women in this room; to know that we, too, stand in our own truths, do the work we love and, hopefully, will leave the industry, and the world, a little better off than when we found it." Hoda Kotb joked during her speech that she "forgot her clutch, and had to use a Ziplock bag as a purse." And, of course, radio was well-represented at this week's event. Among the guests at the Beverly Hilton included super agents, Eric Weiss (C) and Heather Cohen (RC), Cumulus' SVP/Programming and Content, Mike McVay (R) shown with Shelly Wade and Randi Golombeck (L)
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
UK Leads The Way In New York Radio Awards Fest
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2015 –– The finalists for the 2015 New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs have been announced. 77 of this year’s finalists are from the UK, the USA has 57 finalists and Ireland is in third place with 44. This year’s finalists come from twenty-six countries. The awards gala is on Monday evening, June 22, 2015, in Manhattan.
Britain's TeamRock Serve F-word For Breakfast Digital Radio Station - TeamRock Radio has been ruled to be in breach of the Ofcom (The UK’s FCC) broadcast code after airing a song featuring the F-word during its breakfast show. The regulator received a complaint about the offensive language in Rancid’s song Back Where I Belong, which was broadcast at around 7.52am on Monday 16th March 2015. The track contains the lyrics “…and it’s all the *ucking same.”
BBC faces no action over ‘knickers’ comment in Ched Evans debate Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad made a remark that women should ‘keep their knickers on’ during live debate last year about convicted rapist. Conrad’s made the comments during a live debate about the former Sheffield United striker, who provoked an outcry last year after returning to train with the club. Ofcom said the offensive comments, were “not justified by the context in this case”. But it said the BBC had “acted swiftly” by broadcasting an on-air apology following complaints and said BBC management had made clear to Conrad that the comments were “inappropriate”.
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Tributes Continue To Pour In For David Letterman; Streisand Pens Memoir
Stars Pay Tribute To Letterman - [NYDN]
Fans React To Letterman's Last Show - [CNN]
Indy Mayor Declares Wednesday David Letterman Day - [FOX]
Barbara Streisand Pens Memoir - [THR]
Brad Paisley Opens For The Stones In Nashville - [CMT]
Top Stars To Host Red Nose Day For NBC - [THE WRAP]
Amy Winehouse Trailer Released - [SLASH FILM]
[LISTEN] Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder Team With Jason Derulo For Single - [ROLLING STONE]
UH OH: Bill Murray Takes Spill Off Chair During MSNBC Entrance - [MEDIAITE]
UH OH: Janice Dickinson Suing Bill Cosby for Defamation - [ET]
UH OH: Beyonce Ripped For Pouring $20k Of Champagne Into Hot Tub For Video - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
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Letterman Says Goodbye 33 Years, 6,028 Shows Later
Influenced Many Including Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers And Radio, Too
Tonight on CBS, after 33 years, David Letterman, will exit CBS' Late Show following his 6,028th edition. Along with 'Stupid Pet Tricks' and his beloved 'Top 10 list,' he not only influenced many of today's talk hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart and others, he also had a profound effect on top radio shows who discovered how just being 'real' and not taking yourself too seriously was a sure formula for success. According to The New York Times, Howard Stern, who appeared on Letterman’s show 43 times, said he stayed true to himself .. Letterman adjusted the form to make it work for him — not the other way around ... He was a broadcaster,” he said. “When you’re on television and drag people through quarter-hours, which is really the job in a nutshell, how do you make someone sit through commercials? How do you make them feel so compelled to sit in front of a TV when they’re dead tired and have to get up to work the next day? A broadcaster knows how to do it. It’s not about the joke. It’s about being compelling, and it’s about being a leader so people want to follow you and want to hear your every word,” said Stern.
The Late Show's Paul Shaffer who served as its band leader for over three decades, and radio host on Envision's Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock said in an exclusive interview that the people he worked with are part of what he’ll miss most. “And of course, [I will miss] getting to improvise on television and talk extemporaneously to the quickest, fastest, funniest guy on television – Dave Letterman. No one could ask for more.” Though the show is just wrapping up, Shaffer believes Letterman’s legacy is already evident. “I think that we can look around us now to see Dave’s legacy in all the other people that are doing talk shows now on the air." LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Radio Now Indianapolis Becomes Letterman 100.9 For Today
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Radio Now, Indy, hometown of David Letterman, has become Letterman 100.9 today in honor of Dave's final show tonight. PD Mike Klein posted a tribute song on Facebook as well from from Kyle, Rachel & B. Lord for David Letterman! It's called, 'Dave With Me.' #ThanksDave #Letterman1009 - WATCH HERE
WPHT'S Stigall Post Column Recalling Internship With Letterman Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– In honor of David Letterman's last show tonight, WPHT/Philly's Chris Stigall had written the following column regarding his college internship with the Late Show with David Letterman. "Goodbye, Mr. Letterman. And thanks,' he wrote: ".. I’m writing this for me. Selfishly. Right now, all I can think about is how much he mattered to me in the most formative years of my life. Saying goodbye to David Letterman is breaking my heart and I’m having a tough time thinking about much else.
He added that whlle growing up he literally cut out and laminated every magazine article, cover photo, or write up he could find on the man and his show. 'I decorated my room with Letterman pictures the way teen girls decorated with pictures of boy bands and heartthrobs. One of my favorite pull quotes from an article hung on my mirror. “David Letterman has never cried on Oprah, has never posed in the kitchen for People. He has ignored all the rules and he won anyway.” Stigall has quite a scrapbook he's posted on Facebook and Twitter to share the experience. Like the one shown above: He joked: 'Back in high school when I had hair - a fellow student in the art department drew this for me. I regret I don't have his name, but I've always treasured this. READ ENTIRE COLUMN HERE
[LISTEN] Voice Of Letterman Tells Gio & Jones Final Show Will Be A 'Deluge Of Tears'
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Alan Kalter, the voice of the “Late Show With David Letterman” stopped by CBS Sports Radio’s “Gio and Jones” to talk about the final three shows of Letterman with hosts, Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones.
He spoke about his favorite sports guests on the show and his first day on the job at Letterman. He also teased the surprises to come on the final show on Wednesday, airing on CBS at 11:35PM, ET. LISTEN HERE
Johnny Donovan Officially Retires From 77 WABC NYC
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– 77 WABC Radio announces the retirement of radio industry legend Johnny Donovan from daily radio announcing and production directorship. With a voice that has reverberated throughout the industry, Donovan has inspired countless voice-over artists and radio announcers to pursue their goals within the media and entertainment industry. Donovan has been a part of the WABC Radio story since 1972 and served the station in many capacities during his 43-year tenure. He was a music disc jockey during the influential WABC MusicRadio era and a decade later in 1982, WABC moved from Music Radio to Talk Radio and Donovan continued as staff announcer and Production Director. He has held this position for over 30 years.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus Media said: “Johnny Donovan was THE sound of 77 WABC. He joins the ranks of legends like Don Pardo, Ed McMahon and Ernie Anderson. His production and imaging skills are legendary. He will be missed at WABC, but more than that, he will be missed in our industry.” Donovan will continue to be heard in various formats going forward. First, as the show voice for The Rush Limbaugh Show, a position that he has held since 1988, and also within his own successful voice-over business.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Zack Mullins To Atlanta Digital Post
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Zach Mullins Digital Sales Manager. Previously, Mullins was one of CMG Atlanta Radio’s Digital Media Specialists. He joined CMG in 2011 as a Sales Associate and soon was promoted to Digital Media Specialist where he helped shape digital strategy and fulfillment campaigns for some of CMG’s largest accounts, integrating digital media with traditional media to exceed client objectives.
“I’m excited to be leading the Atlanta radio cluster into our next chapter as a digitally integrated radio group,” said Mullins. “We’re building the radio station of the future, setting the standard for integrated sales and marketing, and it’s more exciting than ever to be in the radio business. I’m honored to be joining the ranks of such experienced sales leaders like Jaleigh Long, Kris Hackett and Beth Bowers, and I thank Walt Phillips, Director of Sales, and Donna Hall, VP and General Manager, for believing in me.”
ABC Radio Extends ABC News Agreement with Tribune/WGN Radio
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– ABC Radio announced an extension of their ABC News affiliation agreement with Tribune/WGN Radio to include an expansion of shared editorial resources in the Chicago market. In conjunction with this announcement, WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow will be a contributor to ABC News Radio and report from Chicago and around the country.
“Ryan Burrow is a talented award-winning reporter who understands how to tell stories that capture an audience’s interest,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC News Radio. “Through ABC News Radio’s expanded partnership with Tribune Media’s WGN Radio Chicago, Ryan will cover stories of interest to our national audience from across the Midwest region and around the country.”
Remote News Service Launches 'Remote News Service' Website
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Remote News Service has launched a new feature-rich website, www.remotenewsservice.com, which offers free trending news to website visitors and includes a new blog, “Sorry! Not Sorry! Personal Insights from a Radio News Manager”, written weekly by RNS President Lesley Lotto.
Remote News Service (RNS) is a fully customized and cost-effective news solution that delivers hyper-localized, market-specific professional newscasts that give listeners a feeling of community through a local voice and format-complementary sound. With a staff of experienced major market-trained broadcast journalists, RNS offers stations full-time, part-time and fill-in news. For more information and to get Remote News Service for your stations, visit www.benztown.com/remotenewsservice or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
SiriusXM Honors Memorial Day With 'Taps' Across All Channels
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– SiriusXM will commemorate our nation's fallen service men and women of all generations this Memorial Day by broadcasting "Taps" across every music, sports, talk, and entertainment channel. The one-minute solemn observance will be broadcast at approximately 12:00 pm ET on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, across its entire channel lineup, via satellite and online, in recognition of the national holiday honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country. For more information, please visit www.siriusxm.com.
CONDOLENCES: KLAQ/El Paso's Scott 'Rip' Ronson Passes Following Battle With Lung Cancer
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Longtime El Paso Texas host, Scott 'Rip' Ronson, of KLAQ-FM, died Tuesday evening after battle with lung cancer. Ronson told listeners in July that he was fighting lung cancer but hoped to return to the airwaves. At the station's website, they posted: "The KLAQ Family has lost an unforgettable voice and personality ... The KLAQ Family would like the listeners to know that our co-worker, friend and family member Scott Ronson has lost his battle with lung cancer. Scott has been fighting Stage 4 lung cancer for almost a year, and he passed away earlier this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott's wife, daughters and his grandchildren."
Fallon, Kimmel Pay Tribute To Letterman, The Voice, DWTS' Pick Season Winners
And Last Night's Winner On 'The Voice' - [USA TODAY]
And Last Night's Winner On DWTS? - [ET]
Jimmy Falon Pays Tribute To David Letterman - [VARIETY]
Kimmel Weeps In Sayin Goodbye To Letterman - [E ONLINE]
'Bachelor' Alum, Jesse Palmer Joins GMA As Special Contributor - [THR]
Maks Chermkovskly Says He Won't Return To DWTS - [EW]
Darrell Hammond To Play Colonel Sanders In New KFC Ads - [PEOPLE]
Bruce Springsteen's Beverly Hill's Pad On the Market For $70 Million - [VARIETY]
NBC Tops 2014-2015 Ratings In Key Demos For Second Straight Year - [THE WRAP]
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Pamela Anderson Screams And Shows Skin In Peta Ad - [PETA]
Carrie Underwood To Perform First Post-Baby Performance AT CMT Awards - [ROLLING STONE]
[WATCH] 5-Year Old Feed Homeless Man At Waffle House - [WSFA]
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FCC Fines iHeart $1 Million For Fake EAS Alerts On Bones Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– iHeart Communications, a division of iHeart Meda, has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty, and compliance and reporting plan as a result of airing a false emergency alert. On October 24, 2014, iHeart’s WSIX-FM in Nashville, aired a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show.” According to an FCC release, while commenting on an EAS test that aired during the 2014 World Series, Bone's broadcast an EAS tone from a recording of an earlier nationwide EAS test. The false alert also aired on 70 affiliates and resulted in some of these stations retransmitting the tones , setting off a multi - state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states . As part of the settlement, iHeart admits that its broadcasting of EAS tones during “The Bobby Bones Show” violated the FCC’s EAS laws.The company is now required to pay a civil penalty of $1 million and implement a comprehensive three-year compliance and reporting plan. Additionally, they must remove or delete all simulated or actual EAS tones from the company’s audio production libraries.
In the last six months , the Commission has taken five enforcement actions totaling nearly $ 2.5 million for misuse of EAS tones by broadcasters and cable networks. “The public counts on EAS tones to alert them t o real emergencies,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. “Misuse of the emergency alert system jeopardizes the nation’s public safety, falsely alarms the public, and undermines confidence in the emergency alert system.”
WRKO Boston To Drop Limbaugh Show Following Failed Renewal
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2015 –– Following what both sides are saying was a failed contract renewal, the syndicated Rush Limbaugh show is being dropped by the Boston's WRKO AM. Premiere Networks released a statement stating “We were unable to reach agreeable terms for The Rush Limbaugh Show to continue on WRKO. A final broadcast date will be announced in the near future .. we look forward to announcing exciting news for our Boston listeners soon.”
Limbaugh’s program had previously aired on WRKO, but was then switched to WXKS in 2010. The show returned to WRKO in 2012. And actual end-date for Limbaugh's show on the outlet hasn't been announced.
Portland Show Replaces Burned Flags For Local Families
98.7 The Bull Portland's Chunky, McKinzie and Jake vowed to replace the American flags that were burned down in Vancouver, Washington throughout the weekend. The three of them went to the owners homes and personally presented the new American flags to the families.
Chunky commented, “Hanging an American flag from your front door is a right that many people have fought for us to have in our country. When I heard that some people’s flags on their homes were set on fire on Friday evening /Saturday morning in Vancouver Washington, I was both outraged and hurt at the same time. I thought the LEAST we could do is deliver a brand new American flag to the victims of the vandalizing.” PHOTO/Jake, Chunky & McKinzie
NETWORKS: Big D & Bubba Extend With Compass
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– Big D & Bubba announced the signing of a multi-year extension that will keep the ACM award-winning Country morning show with their syndicator Compass Media Networks through 2020. The show originally signed with Compass Media Networks in January 2014 when Big D & Bubba formed their own production company, Silverfish Media.
Bubba comments “In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales. This extension was a no brainer.” Big D adds “Plus, Peter Kosann is the best at what he does. We don’t know what that is, but he’s great at it. Seriously, we couldn’t be happier.” For info, contact Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742 or email email@example.com
Alpha Media To Acquire Thirty-Six Stations From Morris Comm.
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase thirty-six radio stations from Morris Communication. Larry Wilson , Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Morris markets to the ninety -nine stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio . When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to 135.
Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “ What a wonderful thing it is to combine with such a fine stable of radio properties . They bring heritage radio stations to our platform that will truly enhance our growth opportunities extensively.” This transaction will be filed with the Federal Comm unications Commission shortly and is subject to their approval. Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own 132 radio stations and operate 3 additional stations under LMAs within 28 markets across the United States.
[LISTEN] John Dennis Returns To 93.7 WEEI Boston Following Absence
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– John Dennis (L), of The Dennis And Callahan show on 93.7 WEEI Boston, returned to the show yesterday following 35-days of rehab. Upon his return he said that while he was usually the one to start each day's discussion, for the first time he really didn't know what to say. "I enjoy setting the table I enjoy sort of setting up what we are going to attempt to discuss the next hours and may be always to the broadcast day hoping that what I offer may be a bit relevant ... Today I gotta be honest with you for the first time in seventeen and every eighteen years I'm not exactly sure what to say."
About being away for 35 days, he called the experience 'life-changing ... probably lifesaving, eye-opening and thanked the countless people and expressed gratitude for nearly a 100% positive support and encouragement.' He said his only negativity about being away for 35 days is that he could not have picked out an easier several weeks of talk radio, "You two boobs were like falling off a log to deal with deflategate. Phil Zachary, GM of Entercom Boston told a local paper, “After speaking with his doctor and seeing that glint in his eye, it will be good to have him back in his old routine. “We miss him and I’m excited to have him back,” Zachary said. LISTEN HERE
Balloting Now Open Online For 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– The Country Music Association is now accepting online submissions for the 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station, and National Broadcast Personality of the Year at Broadcast.CMAawards.com. “It is central to CMA’s mission as a trade association to recognize and honor excellence in the format,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We take pride in setting the bar for awards presentation and we constantly strive to maintain the highest standards in balloting and voting for the many honors presented by CMA.”
Broadcast Awards Categories for submission include Broadcast Personality in four different market sizes (major, large, medium, and small) as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. To submit an entry, CMA member radio stations and broadcast personalities in the U.S. and Canada should log on to Broadcast.CMAawards.com, where guidelines and instructions for entries are posted. The site will continue to accept submissions until Saturday, June 27 (6:00 PM/CT). All entries must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.
CMA Broadcast Award winners will be notified in early October and recognized at “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be held later this year in Nashville. The show will air ABC Television Network. For more information about CMA Broadcast Award entries please contact Brandi Simms, CMA Senior Director of Membership and Balloting, at BSimms@CMAworld.com. or CLICK HERE for more details.
Premiere To Provide Distribution For Country QWIPS
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced it will provide exclusive domestic distribution for Country QWIPS, effective immediately. Premiere will now offer the innovative, fully-customized imaging service to Country stations nationwide. Created and produced by Radio Imaging Works. President Peter Jorgenson commented:, “Radio Imaging Works is very excited to be teaming up with Premiere Networks. We’re proud that QWIPS are already trusted by many of the industry’s most successful stations, and we look forward to helping more clients achieve their branding and ratings objectives.”
Premiere Networks EVP of Programming Jennifer Leimgruber said, “Country QWIPS exceeds expectations - it’s fresh, high-quality, and personalized to each station, seamlessly supporting their efforts to engage and connect with the audience. We look forward to offering Country QWIPS to Country stations nationwide.” For more info, visit www.PremiereNetworks.com or www.CountryQwips.com for more information.
SNAPS: Sacramento's Nikki Nite Spoofs 'Bad Blood'; [LISTEN] Miami's Paul & Young Ron Hang With 'Kings Of Chaos'
THE MOUTH, MAY 19TH, 2015 –– Seems that star upon star has graced Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' poster. So why not a radio star? 107.9 The End Sacramento's Nikki Nite's crew decided to join the movement by adding a delightfully cool photo of the longtime programmer and on-air host to the list. Nikki serves as Station Manager/Program Director at 107.9 The End and Station Manager/Program Director at Star 106.5 Sacramento.
HeartMedia morning show Paul and Young Ron Miami spent some time Friday morning with 2015's supergroup Kings Of Chaos band members. Why each would join part time and still remain with their original and the loss of the great B B King were some topics covered. L-R Paul Castronovo, Steve ?tevens, Glen Hughes, Matt Sorum Young Ron Brewer listen to stories about Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, Deep Purple, Deep Purple etc here: Link to interview & pics: LISTEN HERE
Stephanpoulos Crisis Intensifies; Taylor Swift Tops Maxim's 2015 Hot List
SOURCE: 'Stephan Crisis Bigger Than ABC Will Admit - [PAGE SIX]
Seth McFarlane To Receive 'Genius' Award During Critics Choice - [VARIETY]
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Lead BET Awards - [RAP-UP]
Vintage George Harrison Guitar Sells For Nearly Half A Million (U.S.) At Auction - [INDEPENDENT]
Jude Law To Play American Pope In New TV Mini-Series - [TELEGRAPH]
AWKWARD: Kendall & Kylie Booed At Billboard Awards - [US]
Taylor Swift Tops Maxim's 2015 Hot List - [MAXIM]
Chris Pratt - 'Jurassic Pratt' - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] 'Steve Jobs' Trailer With Michael Fassbender - [SLASH FILMS]
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Seattle's BJ Shea Morning Experience Rebrands As BJ & Migs Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Seattle's beloved BJ Shea Morning Experience has changed its name to BJ & Migs. Steve Migs -- until now known as Steve the Producer -- has been with the BJ Shea Morning Experience since its move to KISW in 2005. In that time, Steve Migs has become an integral part of the show, and is now recognized as official co-host. Said Migs of his name change after 17 years, "I am still in shock by all of this. I am honored to have my name alongside BJ's!"
No one is more excited about the change than BJ Shea himself: "I've been thinking about this for years, as I have thought of Steve as an equal contributor. I felt that it is now time to show it. Steve is a huge part of the show, and he deserves to have his name in the title." BJ & Migs. Mornings. airs every Monday through Friday from 6am to 10am. Listen to the show's podcasts (including The Migs Cast) as well as stream The Rock live through kisw.com.
Cumulus Launches Nationwide Artist Talent Search Initiative
Fans Help Find And Choose The Next Superstars of Country radio
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Cumulus has announced the launch of a unique artist development competition called “NASH Next” that will discover and release music from the most promising Country talent. Country fans will help find and choose the next superstars of Country radio through engagement with their favorite artists and bands. For the first time ever, online engagement between fans and artists/bands will be measured and counted in the talent competition. NASH Next features a nationwide talent search through submissions to www.NASHNextCountry.com, which will be promoted on more than 200 Cumulus radio stations – making NASH Next the largest online talent search ever undertaken.
The grand prize winner will be signed to the new NASH Next record label, with the top 10 all participating in a 2016 NASH Next concert tour from coast to coast. Beginning June 15, the NASH Next website will open for registration to artists and bands, as well as the fans who will judge them through a series of challenges that run through November.
“Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through NASH Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the Country lifestyle,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus.
MOTION: Ryan McKiddy Takes Afternoons At Y100/San Antonio; Josh Everett Named PD For Denver Combo; Long Island Welcomes Bill Wise To WHLI Long Island; Barry Fox Exits WRAL/Raleigh
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio has named Ryan McKiddy as its new afternoon personality for Y100, effective May 26. Y100 is San Antonio’s Premiere No. 1 Country Station and is a 2014 Marconi Country Station of the Year award winner. Before joining Y100, McKiddy was part-time weekends on Chicago’s WUSN. Other career highlights include Started intern at iHeartMedia Chicago 103-5 Kiss FM before joining CBS Radio Chicago US99.5.
iHeart announced that Josh Everett has been named program director for KHOW and KKZN. Everett arrives from it's Albany cluster where he’s been serving as its PD/news director for WGY-AM/FM and WOFX. He’ll report to newly named VP News/Talk/Sports programming Greg Foster.
Longtime host, Bill "The Wiseman" Wise has been hired as PD and morning host for WHLI 1100/1370 Long Island. Wise, who has been a part of the WHLI team for years, "We're bringing the fun and the oldies back to Long Island." "It's an exciting time for all of us here at WHLI," said Connoisseur Media Long Island GM/Market Manager Jim Condron.
Following an eight-year run as PD of Capitol Broadcasting WRAL/Mix 101.5 Raleigh, Barry Fox has exited the popular AC outlet and is seeking his next opportunity. GM Katie Phillips wrote in a staff memo on a Friday: "Barry Fox resigned today. Barry joined our team in 2007, and has been a diligent and loyal employee. I appreciate his contributions over the last 8 years, and wish him every success in his future endeavors." Phillips named APD/afternoon drive host Jim Kelly as acting PD. Fox's past stints have included programming posts at Clear Channel Lexington, KY, WLKT & WLAP (later WMXL), WDJX/Louisville.
Townsquare Media To Spread 'Ultimate Classic Rock Nights' Across Twenty-Eight Stations
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media announced on June 29th it will launch a new nationally syndicated show, ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK NIGHTS – based on the popular music brand ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM. The show will feature interviews, performances, and trends related to classic rock and will air 7p – midnight across 28 Townsquare Media radio stations.
The show will also be available to affiliates and national sponsors through COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS. “We are incredibly excited to leverage the Ultimate Classic Rock brand and content into a daily, nationally syndicated program,” said TOWNSQUARE MEDIA SVP/Programming, Kurt Johnson. “We are equally excited to announce that Compass Media Networks will serve as our syndicator and look forward to working with stations across the country.”
NETWORKS: Westwood One Introduces Classic Hip Hop 24/7 Format; Nineball Radio Rolls Out 'The Confession Line'; Envision's Country Oldies Show Adds KKCQ-FM/Fargo
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced the debut of Classic Hip Hop, patterned after Cumulus radio station 93.9 The Beat in Indianapolis. Westwood One’s newest 24/7 format will launch on four affiliated stations on Friday afternoon, May 22, to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. Classic Hip Hop will be hosted by veteran personalities including mornings with Adam Bomb and evening’s with WPLJ/NY personality Ralphie.
As a Westwood One Total format, Classic Hip Hop will provide simple, turn-key operation, with minimum required involvement from the affiliate. Exclusive affiliation opportunities are available by contacting Pat Crocker, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (720) 873-5170.
Nineball Radio has rolled out a brand new service called The Confession Line. It is the newest installment in the popular line-up of voicemail services called Ringers which includes Loser Line and Vent Line. For more information about availability in your market contact Stefan Jones at 651-793-8400 or e-mail email@example.com.
Envision Networks® announced KKCQ-FM/Fargo, MN as the newest affiliate of The Country Oldies Show, the three hour weekly classic country radio show hosted by veteran personality Steve Warren. The station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network.
[WATCH] 10-Year Old Earns $15,000 At Lemonade Stand After Reading Letter On Kane Show Of Family Being Scammed
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– 10-year-old Alyssa De Le Sala's lemonade stand made nearly $15,000 over the weekend with a huge assist from iHeartRadio's Kane Show. According to theblaze.com, Alyssa’s home was badly damaged in a fire two years ago. Issues with a building contractor left her family in a lurch, so Alyssa took it upon herself to do something for her parents. Reportedly, the contractors they hired to build it took most of our money that we got from the insurance people but only finished half our house,” Alyssa wrote in a letter to the Kane Show, asking it to advertise her lemonade stand. They ran with it and as of Saturday, Alyssa’s Lemonade stand had raised nearly $15,000. “We are so amazed. We knew we had a good community, but when you see everyone here, it is overwhelming, incredible,” (Mom) Jenn De La Sala told WFTS TV. WATCH HERE
REPORT: Colorado Marijuana Station Goes Up In Smoke; Continues Online
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– KHIG-AM owner Mike Knar sent an email to say the marijuana awareness format has gone up in smoke, according to gazette.com. He said the station's format is changing to include "lively music, a shopping show and information and news under the new moniker KFCS - Colorado Springs Own." The KHIG format will continue online, he noted.
"I have made the decision tonight to move our marijuana awareness-educational and at times 'stoner' fun from 1580 AM to exclusively the World Wide Web with K-high," he said in the statement. He said the audience largely was listening online and from around the world. Knar said that KHIG's 24/7 staff and lineup would continue at letstalkpot.com.
KHIG began broadcasting April 13 on a range of topics related to medical and recreational marijuana, with some programming on alternative medicine, yoga and related subjects mixed in. But on Friday, the station began broadcasting music and a radio shopping show that plays on other stations owned by KHIG's parent company, Southern Colorado Radio.
Alpha Media Scoops Up Four Stations From Wilks
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced they have closed the purchase of four radio stations in the Lubbock, TX market from Wilks Broadcast Group LLC (“Wilks”). Stations include; KONE (FM ) and KLLL (FM) in Lubbock, TX, KBTE (FM) in Tulia, TX , and KMMX (FM) in Tahoka, TX. Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media commented on the acquisition, “ We are fortunate to be able to follow respected and experienced broadcaster, Jeff Wilks and to have the opportunity to build upon the strong foundation he and his great Lubbock team have built with this outstanding radio cluster.” Michael Bergner of Bergner & Company served as the exclusive broker to Wilks , and Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe served as legal advisor to Wilks in this transaction. Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own 97 radio stations and operate 2 additional stations under LMAs within 20 markets across the United States.
Kiss' Maney Show Raises $34,000 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– Last Wednesday on WNKS Charlotte "Kiss Morning's" annual "Play Anything Day" with Maney, Roy and LauRen they stayed on-air and took requests for 12 straight hours raising 34,000 dollars for the "Kiss Kids" at Levine Children's Hospital. "We had such a great time! We played anything that was requested; from the "Golden Girls" theme, college fight songs, to "Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles!" says Maney "It's amazing when you think about it.... 34,000 dollars was raised strictly through song requests!" said Roy. "Charlotte is an amazing city with an amazing hospital and our listeners showed it by participating on Play Anything Day" added LauRen. "Kiss Mornings" also hosts Secret Santa in November each year, which gives gifts to kids who will spend the holidays in the hospital. Kiss has raised close to 500,000 in the last 4 years.
WWO Crew Pauses For Photo Following Billboard Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 18TH, 2015 –– It was a busy weekend for Westwood One's Red Carpet Radio crew at the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend. After connecting with some of the biggest names in music, the staff took time for a celebratory photo. Among those shown above include Front left, woman in glasses is WWO' Susan Stephens; at right standing next to Cumulus' SVP Programming and Content, Mike McVay, is WWO Senior VP/GM Music & Entertainment Dan Zolo (in glasses). See complete list of BB winners in Popline below.
Taylor Swift Scores Big At Billboard Awards; J-Lo Says 'Idol Not Over Until It's Over
Check Out Full Winners List of Billboard Music Awards - [BILLBOARD]
Bob Dylan To Perform As Letterman's Final Music Guest - [AV CLUB]
Selena Gomez Stars In Taylor Swift 'Bad Blood' Video - [IDOLATOR]
Janet Jackson Announces's New Music And World Tour For 2015 - [DIGITAL SPY]
[WATCH] J-Lo Talks 'Idol's End With Ellen: 'It's Not Over Until It's Over' - [THE WRAP]
Loretta Lynn To Be inducted Into Music City HOF - [TASTE OF COUNTRY]
Melisssa McCarthy In The Checkout This Week On Cover Of EW - [EW]
'Pitch Perfect 2' Soars At The Box Office - [DAILY MAIL]
Katie Holmes' Rep' Throws Water On Jamie Foxx Dating Rumors - [GOSSIP COP]
Bill Cosby Talks About Allegations - [HITFIX]
Rumer Willis Endures Rib Injury During 'DWTS' Rehearsals - [ET]
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MOTION: Kristina Takes Mornings At 93.9 Chicago; Rock 92/Greensboro Bolsters Lineup: Natalie Vacca Rises To Exec. Producer For WOR's Berman/Schnitt Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Kristina will host a new morning show on 93.9 MYfm live in studio from 6am to 10am, beginning Monday, June 1, 2015. Kristina began her broadcast career in Portland, Oregon where she held numerous on - air positions for iHeartMedia, which included hosting Middays at KKRZ - Z100, Afternoons at KKCW - K103 and KFBW - 105.9. Most recently, she hosted Mornings on KXJM - Jam’N 107.5 and served as Music Director. “After working my entire career in the Portland Market, I was waiting for the PERFECT opportunity and finally found it w working in Chi-Town on 93.9 MYfm,” said Kristina. “Words cannot express my thanks to Robert Dove, Dave Hill, Justin Riley, Chris Shebel and my entire family at iHeartMedia Portland for their continuous support.”
WKRR adds two new personalities to the line up. After several in studio appearances on the 2 Guys Named Chris show, promotions Director Lauren McCombs, has been added permanently to the show. There she joins with Chris Kelly, Chris Demm, Biggie and Dave Aiken. Concurrently, Rock 92 adds Chase Myers to middays from 10am-3pm weekdays. Chase previously served in overnights. Dave Aiken will continue to hold down afternoons.
iHeart's WOR/NY has promoted longtime producer Natalie Vacca to Exec. Producer for The Len Berman and Todd Schnitt Show. Over the pat 18 years she's worked with hosts such as John Gambling, Joan Hamburg and Alan Colmes. “I have had the honor to work with some of the best talent in talk radio over my career, and to add Len Berman and Todd Schnitt to the list could not be more exciting,” said Vacca.
Mary Quass & Dan Vallie Named 2015 Rockwell Award Winners; CBS' Marc Rayfield Honored By PAL
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– The Conclave announced NRG Media President / CEO Mary Quass and Dan Vallie Founder of Vallie, Richards, Donovan Consulting, and The National Radio Talent System as this year’s Rockwell Award honorees. Mary Quass is a 30 year broadcaster and formed NRG Media, LLC, in 2001. Her company currently operates 50 station s across the Midwest.
Dan Vallie is the innovator and Founder of the National Radio Talent System and the Radio Talent Institute , an incubator of well - rounded, well - educated college talent with a passion for radio and a determination to get into the b usiness on college campuses all across America, funded by individual broadcasters, broadcast groups, and organizations. Vallie is also the Founder of Vallie Richards Donovan Consulting, a premiere radio programming consulting firm that began in 1988.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) bestowed its highest honor last night to three prominent Philadelphians — including CBS Radio Senior VP and Philadelphia market manager Marc Rayfield (R). Growing up as a poor kid in the Northeast, Rayfield says it was the programs at the Parkwood Youth Organization that helped to keep him out of trouble. So, he says, he has an appreciation for the education and life skills that PAL rec centers provide to disadvantaged kids: “The Police Athletic League is an organization that is closer to my heart than anything else that I’m involved in — and I am involved on many boards in the city, but this is the one that means the most to me. Because I kind of grew up a PAL kid.” Rayfield received his award along with Wendy Hamilton of SugarHouse Casino and Michael Innocenzo of PECO. PHOTO/Mike DeNardo - CBS
NETWORKS: SBG's Takes The Hit List Interactive; Envision Introduces Influence FM Mgt. Software; USRN Expands 'Phantom Producer' With Morning Show Targeted Version
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced what they describe as the first ever, INTERACTIVE country countdown show powered by Shazam for Radio has hit the air. During the nationally syndicated “ The Hit List with Fitz”, listeners can use Shazam to get access to additional content, allowing them to interact with what they are listening to in real time. In addition to the features listeners are instructed to Shazam, the show also includes “hidden” interactive content, including behind the scenes video, exclusive contests and insider information on featured artists. For more information on Shazam for Radio or The Shazamable “Hit List” Countdown contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Envision Networks® announced it is now offering influence FM radio management software to stations on a cash or barter basis. This advanced product suite gives users complete control over every step of the sales process including asset management, spot creation and commercial production. “influence FM revolutionizes the radio sales process by increasing billing while making the sales management process more efficient,” said Danno Wolkoff, President and CEO of Envision Networks®. For more information about influence FM product suite or to schedule a walk-through, visit www.goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc has diversified its radio imaging service called PHANTOM PRODUCER by introducing a version of the service solely for Morning Shows. Prior to this expansion, all Phantom Producer services were geared toward specific music radio formats, but with Phantom Mornings, radio stations can create jingles, sweepers and other imaging just for their morning show. The expansion into morning show imaging is effective immediately, and several “early adapters” including WPLJ/New York are already using the service. For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN firstname.lastname@example.org 212.536.3603
Red Carpet Radio Goes Backstage At Billboard Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– Pop singer/songwriters Rozzi Crane and Tori Kelly will provide exclusive performances during Red Carpet Radio’s Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. Red Carpet Radio’s Backstage at the BMA'S will run on Friday, May 15, 2015 and Saturday, May 16, 2015 from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be beamed live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Red Carpet Radio’s Backstage at the BMA'S Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, hosts, presenters and performers. National shows and partners The Adam Bomb Show, Zach Sang & The Gang, and Music Choice will also be broadcasting from Red Carpet Radio Row.
Actor Gary Sinise To Receive NABEF Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2015 –– Renowned actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise will receive the 2015 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support for veterans. Sinise will receive the award at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Gala on June 16. The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service.
Considered NABEF’s highest individual honor, the award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. “Gary Sinise is a talented actor who has brilliantly portrayed unique characters throughout his career,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “His support for veterans has made a positive impact on America’s service men and woman who sacrifice so much for our country. We are pleased to present him with this distinguished award.”
iHeartMedia Presented Top Honors At Global Awards Event
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia received two awards from the Festival of Media Global Awards 2015, the most influential media industry event in the world, for its work with sales clients in the U.S. The Festival of Media Global Awards took place on May 12 at the Rome Cavalieri in Italy. Festival of Media honored iHeartMedia with the “Best Media Vendor of the Year” award, which recognizes the creative efforts of a media owner to connect advertiser clients with their audiences, for its work with Diet Coke and Taylor Swift. The multi-platform campaign simultaneously launched Diet Coke’s “Get a Taste” advertising campaign and Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. The program generated approximately 500 million press impressions and 200 million on-air, digital and social impressions for Diet Coke. Taylor Swift’s album 1989, predicted to sell 800,000 units before the iHeartMedia campaign, sold nearly 1.3 million albums in just the first week, and became the No. 1 best-selling album of 2014.
iHeartMedia was also named the Silver Winner in the “Best Media Owner Sales Team Initiative” category, which honors a media owner’s local or regional sales teams for their innovative and creative sales packages implemented within the market. In this category iHeartMedia was recognized for its partnership with Bank of America for World AIDS Day. For a full list of winners visit festivalofmedia.com/global/awards.
Alpha Media Drive Helps Texas Tornado Victims
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media East Texas announced the completion of its emergency drive to assist victims of the E3 tornado in Van, Texas. Early morning May 11, the community of Van, Texas, was devastated by an E3 tornado that ripped through the heart of the town. 30% of the town’s structures were damaged or destroyed. 2 citizens lost their lives, dozens were injured, some critically, an d the area was in serious need of emergency assistance. Alpha Media radio stations ; KOYE, KKUS, KYKX, and KOOI in partnership with local TV station CBS19, organized an impromptu drive, urging East Texas residents to donate nonperishable items, cash, and clothing to help in Van’s time of need. Each station broadcast from locations that also served as dropoff points for donations. The studios were also designated as dropoff locations. In less than 24 hours, the stations raised about $5000 in funds, and filled a box truck and 5 other vehicles with approximately $10,000 worth of food, water, clothing, and personal hygiene items, enough to nearly fill a storage building. The items were delivered by staff members on Tuesday, May 12th , directly to the relief agencies at the storm’s ground zero.
Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented: 'I’m proud not only of our East Texas teammates but of the Tyler and Longview communities for opening their arms and generously embracing their own in need.” Donations of cash and gift cards are still being accepted at the Tyler and Longview studios.
Check Out Australia's Hottest Male Radio Hosts
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2015 –– Okay, it's the weekend. So, we're entitled to at least one shameless article on radio hotties. This one takes you down under for a peek at Australia' hottest Radio dudes. Yup, we've all heard the expression 'a face for radio,' we think you'll agree that's definitely not the case here. Meanwhile, not sure what became of our own hottest male and female lists that were so popular in years past, but one thing is for sure - those days of big Hawaiian shirts and hiding behind the mic are long gone.
new.com.au, writes 'Here’s a totally shallow article designed to pay tribute to a collection of the hottest men in radio (as determined after heated arguments among the news.com.au team) - See all their picks HERE
B.B King Passes Away At 89; Melissa Rivers Says Kathy Griffin S*** Over Mom's Legacy
B.B. King Passes Away At 89 - [BUZZFEED]
MELISSA RIVERS: Kathy Griffin Has S*** All Over My Mother's Legacy - [FOX]
David Letterman' Final Show Guest List Announced - [THR]
CNN To Air Letterman Tribute Show Night Before His Final Show - [DEADLINE]
Natalie Portman To Play Jackie Kennedy In New Film - [VARIETY]
SOURCE: Mariah Carey's Vegas Show Was Cancelled Due To Lack Of Rehearsal - [NYDN]
'Playboy' Announces Its Playmate Of The Year - [E ONLINE]
Jane Fonda Reveals She's A Mile-High Club Member - [RUMORFIX]
No, Not Sean Connery, Bellamy Young Dominates 'Celebrity Jeopardy' - [VARIETY]
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban's Daughter Want To Be Competition Show Like Her Dad - [EXTRA TV]
[WATCH] Robert DeNiro Works For Anne Hathaway In 'The Intern' - [COMING SOON]
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Dave Ramsey Teams With Salem Media For Launch Of Christian Radio Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Ramsey Solutions is entering the Christian radio space, and has joined forces with Salem Media Group to initially launch in twenty of its major markets including Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Atlanta. "Creating a Christian radio show, hosted by Chris Brown, allows Ramsey Solutions to help even more Americans take control of their money," said Dave Ramsey, of the nationally syndicated 'The Dave Ramsey Show' and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. "Chris has been speaking to crowds in excess of 10,000 attendees with an incredibly positive response. He is the perfect person to host this new half-hour show!"
"Financial Stewardship and Dave Ramsey are synonymous in the Christian community. Having Chris Brown on our stations providing our listeners with sound biblically based, financial advice that comes from inside the walls of Ramsey Solutions is a huge service to our audience and we are thrilled to have this program in our lineup," said David Santrella, Salem President of Broadcast Media. Ramsey Solutions' radio show, "Chris Brown's True Stewardship," is in the development phase. More information will be available prior to the June debut. Follow Chris Brown on Twitter @TrueStewardship. Follow Salem Media Group on Twitter @SalemMediaGrp.
RAB Cuts Back To Two Annual Revenue Reports
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) revealed it will no longer publish quarterly reports listing ad revenues for publicly traded radio groups. Instead, it will now post two reports; one for the first half of the year published in August, and a second for the next half of the year published sometime early in the new year. According to mediapost.com, the RAB explained the move as bringing in line with other media and marketing trade organizations.
The announcement follows recent quarterly reports showing declining or flat revenues for some companies with the exception of iHeartMedia which posted a 4.1% gain. Last year, the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media stopped reporting quarterly figures for ad pages and rate card revenues for consumer magazines, replacing them with a new monthly report focused on magazine audiences across print and digital channels.
iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Heads To Miami; Airs On Telemundo
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced the return of the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Presented by Sprint on Saturday, November 7, 2015. For the first time, the star-studded event will take place at American Airlines Arena in Miami and will broadcast on TELEMUNDO. "The inaugural iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina was historic and a great addition to our arsenal of live events," said Tom Poleman, iHeartMedia¹s President of National Programming Platforms. Proud partners of the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina include Ford Motor Company, JCPenney, Sprint and State Farm.
In the above photo: (L-R) Radio personality John Musa, radio personality Jenny Castillo, Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya, and TV personality Mario Lopez speak onstage during the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina festival 2014. PHOTO/Courtesy of iHeartMedia - Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America
Rdio Launches 'Rdio Select;' Offers Both Ad-Free Radio & On Demand Music Downloads For $3.99/Month
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– Rdio has introduced Rdio Select – a first-of-its-kind $3.99 subscription tier for mobile users that features a unique combination of ad-free streaming radio and the ability to select up to 25 new songs a day on demand. Subscribers can keep 25 songs at a time for as long as they want, and replace them with up to 25 new songs every day. Rdio Select also includes unlimited access to ad-free streaming radio with unlimited skips and high quality audio at 320 kbps.
Rdio Select works on IOS and Android phones, as well as a range of other connected devices such as Chromecast, Roku, and Sonos. For a limited time, Rdio Select is available for a 60-day free trial. This unique combination of ad-free streaming radio and on demand music downloads is available for less than $50 annually – roughly the same amount consumers spend per year on music. “We’re excited to reach a new group of price sensitive music subscribers with Rdio Select and have designed the service to appeal to a wide audience,” said Rdio CEO Anthony Bay. “Rdio Select joins our free tier of ad-supported Internet radio and our premium Rdio Unlimited package. We remain committed to offering customized streaming options tuned to different listening audiences that includes the free listening experience. We believe in a free tier that is fair to artists, labels, and consumers alike."
Facebook Teams With Nine Media Giants To Distribute News Content
“We’re not trying to position Facebook as a replacement for a newspaper, or a radio show that you love...” - Chris Cox
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– Nine media organizations, including The New York Times, NBC News And Buzzfeed, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles." According to The New York Times, the new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles will run some of their in-depth articles, photos and videos inside Facebook. The program will begin with a few articles but is expected to expand quickly. Users of iPhones will see glossy cover videos and photos tagged with map coordinates.
Facebook' chief product officer Chris Cox (L) explains: "One of the huge issues we see is how long it can take for those articles and news to load." With the new tool, it loads instantly inside the app. The viewer doesn't leave Facebook's platform. He added, “We’re not trying to position Facebook as a replacement for a newspaper, or a radio show that you love, or TV, at all,” Mr. Cox said. “We can be complementary.”
The magazine's editor-in-chief, James Bennet, says things over at Facebook have changed. "They say they have an interest in promoting significant consequential work, and I take them at their word," he says. Perhaps more important, Facebook knows how to make ad money on smartphones. PHOTO/Facebook
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Radio's Nick Grimshaw To Join 'X Factor's' Judging Panel
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, Nick Grimshaw in talks to join The X Factor as a judge according to The Daily Mirror newspaper. Although Nick is no Howard Stern, he could join the ITV Karaoke show’s judging panel this week. The BBC won’t be too happy if their top Breakfast DJ draws viewers away from their Saturday night TV schedule to the rival channel ITV!
Russell Brand is now on Triple M across Australia every Wednesday night at 9pm. He will be joined by co-host and long-term friend Matt Morgan, as well as Greg Sekweyana. The podcast show will also feature regular contributions from English musician and unofficial co-host Noel Gallagher.
Manchester Breakfast Show Celebrates Ten Years On The Air - Key 103’s breakfast duo Mike Toolan and Chelsea Norris are reliving some of their memorable moments on air this week as they mark a decade since teaming up for the show. Chelsea moved to Key 103 to join Mike in 2005 after 4 years across Manchester at Century, where she’d been a newsreader for Tony Horne and Darren Proctor. In ten years, Mike and Chelsea have both gone through divorces. Chelsea announced her split from fellow presenter Matt Spokes live on air.
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[WATCH] 92.3 AMP NYC Crashes Coverage Of Lindsay Lohan's Return For Community Service
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2015 –– Lindsay Lohan was expected back in NYC this week to perform community service in Brooklyn, NY but apparently failed to make it. She had been required to perform 115 hours of community service by May 28. Reportedly, sshe landed in New York Tuesday afternoon, but missed her first day working at a Brooklyn preschool.
One of her fans stationed to meet her arrival was Al Bolivar who carried a sign saying “We Love U, Lindsay!!!” As it turned out, Al is part of 92.3 AMP's morning show with Shoboy. In the linked PIX 11 News video, you'll see Al and his fellow street-team members stirring up the crowd. On the air, Shoboy (inset) can be heard guiding the street team, who are wearing AMP shirts with a large logos on the back. As predicted LiLo finally arrived yesterday, but Shoboy producer Kristen Accardi tells Jockline she was hustled through a side door to avoid all the paparazzi at the front door. WATCH HERE
Carrie Woods Tops CMT Nominee Awards List; Dr. Phil & Steve Harvey Go At It
American Idol Crowns It's 14th Champion - [FOX]
Jennifer Lopez Sets Residence At Planet Hollywood Las Vegas - [NYDN]
Carrie Wood Top CMT Nominee Awards' List - [CMT]
Dr. Phil & Steve Harvey Go At It In 'Clash Of Talk Show Titans's' - [ET]
'The Simpsons' Fire Mr. Burns' - [THE DAILY BEAST]
CBS Fall Preview - [CBS]
Bradley Cooper Headed To TV - [E ONLINE]
Vanessa Williams To Guest On 'Royal Pains' - [THR]
CSI To End - [EW]
Cosby Show Alum, Warner, To Join 'American Crime Story' Cast - [VARIETY]
AT&T To Offer Hulu AT Website And Mobile App - [REUTERS]
Was That Justin Bieber Playing The Drums On 'The Late, Late Show'? - [ZAP TO IT]
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Top 'Letterman Show' Writers Headed To Radio
The Stangel Brothers were executive producers and the longest-running head writers of the "Late Show with David Letterman," beginning in 1997
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– SiriusXM announced that Emmy Award-winning comedic writers Eric and Justin Stangel (L and R shown with Henry Winkler C) are joining the Opie Radio channel as creative contributors to the "Opie and Jim Norton" radio show. The Stangels will also contribute to other SiriusXM shows.
The Stangel Brothers were executive producers and the longest-running head writers of the "Late Show with David Letterman," beginning in 1997. The Stangels were made head writers of the "Late Show" in 1998, and were part of a team that won two Primetime Emmy Awards, and over the years received numerous nominations for Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards. In 2009, Justin and Eric were promoted to executive producers for the "Late Show."
| "It's radio so we don't even need to wear pants." - Justin Stangel
The Stangel brothers are the longest-serving head writers in the history of Letterman's "Late Show." They established themselves as prodigious and influential, garnering awards and recognition as top Tweet writers by CNBC, Time, and Sports Illustrated. Justin Stangel quipped, "It's radio so we don't even need to wear pants."
MOTION: Gary Mertins Tapped As VP/MM For Cumulus Florida Cluster; Genesis Appoints Tom Paleveda VP/Programming Radio; Laura Steele Exits Q95 Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 36-year radio broadcast veteran Gary Mertins as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus’ four-station cluster in Melbourne, FL. Mertins joins Cumulus from West Virginia Radio Corporation, where he served as Market Manager for the company’s four-station group in Morgantown, WV, since 2005. He previously served as General Manager of WCHS and WKWS in Charleston, WV, and as Sales Manager of the West Virginia Metronews Radio Network. He was also General Manager of WPCM-FM and WBBB-AM in Burlington, NC, for Curtis Media Group.
Genesis Communications announced that it has hired Tom Paleveda effective May 26th. Tom is best known for his work with Cox Radio Group from 1987 - 2011. He was AC Format Coordinator for all Cox AC stations and most recently Regional Program Manager for Galaxy Communications located in NY.
“I am very excited about this opportunity. It fits well with my career plans to manage programming in both the radio and digital space. Genesis has built these unique platforms over the years with original content. The digital engagement and social content is the best t from any radio company I have seen thus far." "Tom is the right guy to add to our senior management team. His ability to create awesome content to all of our brands is what we e have been looking for in a leader for some time. The metrics will continue to grow exponentially under Tom’s leadership .” said Bruce Maduri, CEO Genesis Communications.
Longtime Q95 Indy rock host, Laura Steele, decided "to realign some of her career objectives" and will "resign her position," iHeart Media market president Rick Green wrote Monday in an email to staff members. "She has been very active with many charitable events over the years and will continue to volunteer with many," Green wrote. "We appreciate all the dedication and hard work Laura has provided to our company, stations and community." The Indy Star reports WZPL-FM (99.5) provided Steele's first job in Indianapolis radio, and she raised her profile as a classic rock expert at WNAP-FM (93.1), beginning in 1999, and then at Q95, beginning in 2000.
Westwood One Introduces Second Classic Hits Format
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced =the introduction of a second version of its popular Classic Hits format that features rock music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, without the dance, R&B and Motown. “Depending on the musical heritage of a market, we found that affiliates either wanted a version that included just the rock and pop hits, or one that covered the whole spectrum,” commented Kirk Stirland, President of Programming at Westwood One. “Now, with these two recipes, we’ll be able to provide stations with the winning mix, whatever the opportunity in their market.”
Classic Hits will continue to feature a broad mix of rock & roll, pop and soul hits, where the new Classic Hits-Rock will offer the rock and pop, without the rhythmic music from the era. Both are available as complete turn-key Total formats, and Classic Hits can also be fully customized as a Local format. They are fully hosted, with a contemporary presentation. Exclusive affiliation is available by contacting Pat Crocker, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (720) 873-5170.
Salem Media Bringing New Talk Station To Pittsburgh; Rose Tennent Joins The Lineup
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Salem Media Group announced that it will create a new talk station when it completes the acquisition of WDDZ-AM, tentatively scheduled to launch May 13th. The new station, AM 1250 The Answer, will take on the Answer brand that has been popular on 21 other Salem talkers around the country. Salem will also be bringing Rose Tennent back on the air, from the popular Quinn and Rose morning show when it was on WPGB-FM for many years.
"This is a great opportunity for me - a chance to do a talk show that fully reflects who I am and what I care about,” said Rose. "While I may be providing my own version of Talk Radio — I will be strong - not strident - where issues that affect our lives on every level are concerned."
Salem Senior VP of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce said ”We were blessed to have most of the Salem Radio Network talent available to help us, as well as Rose and Mark Levin who are both going to make this station even stronger.
[WATCH] Radio's Alex Jones Responds To Claim He Didn't Show Up For Stephanopoulos Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Radio host Alex Jones is claiming that ABC News lied in order to discredit him after the network made claims that he failed to show up for a live interview, according to digitaljournal.com. You may recall Jones as the guest who almost caused CNN Pier's Morgan head to explode during a heated interview over gun control.
He was recently scheduled to appear on a segment of ABC News' 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos.' However, after Jones did not appear on the show, host Martha Raddatz made the statement that Jones had simply failed to show up and therefore would not be appearing in the segment. Several media outlets claimed that Jones had 'chickened out' and within hours, Jones and his staff released a response and posted on Infowars by writer Paul Joseph Watson claimed that a car service was supposed to pick Jones up had not arrived until twelve minutes before the interview was supposed to take place. Jones later said ABC used "dirty tricks" and that their claims were a "hoax." SEE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
[LISTEN] Philly Media Abuzz Following Josh Groban's Concert Venue Gouging Comment
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– Josh Groban was a guest this week on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT's Chris Stigall show and revealed he wouldn't allow concert venues to gouge his fans. Groban told Stigall one of Philadelphia's premiere concert venues, the Kimmel Center was gouging fans on ticket prices. Groban told Stigall that The Kimmel Center wanted to charge “$20 something” extra for tickets over the rest of the venues that he is performing in. He even expressed his displeasure with the pricing to the venue, to no avail. “We said, ‘If you do that, we’re going to move venues,’ and they said, ‘Well, we’re going to do it.’ So, we said, ‘Okay, here we go’…They tried to gouge the fans in a way that other venues weren’t doing, so we left.” Groban will now be performing at The Tower Theater on September 16th.
Fans reacted, forcing Kimmel to respond saying they were surprised by Groban's comments and that Groban was ill-informed. 'We were surprised by the comments made by Mr. Josh Groban this morning during a radio interview in Philadelphia. The Kimmel Center worked very closely with our co-presenting partner LiveNation on this concert, and they decided to go to the Tower Theater before our negotiations were complete. Unfortunately, Mr. Groban was ill-informed. The Kimmel Center’s ticketing system is on par with other performing arts centers both locally and nationally, providing a valuable patron experience among its campus-wide venues... LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] NASH Night's Co-Host Elaina Smith Sings Live Duet With ABC's Nashville's Charles Esten
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 – Huge props for Elaina Smith, co-host of NASH Nights Live who sang a live duet with Charles Esten (who plays Deacon on ABC's Nashville) at the NASH Campus last week. Minus any special production or equipment aids, Elaina braved the moment and gave a top notch performance. Something tells us this won't be the last time we hear her perform. The season finale of Nashville airs tonight! WATCH HERE
'Sleeping With Sirens' Frontman Kellin Quinn Launches New Podcast
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced that Sleeping With Sirens lead vocalist and co-founder of popular clothing line Anthem Made, Kellin Quinn, is joining the podcast network with his new program 'We Like It Loud with Kellin Quinn.'
With 102 million streams, 83 million music video views and a debut at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200, Quinn is turning up the access even louder, featuring a backstage pass to the band’s same-name summer tour, as well as exclusive interviews with all the hottest bands on the scene.
PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz said, “Kellin and Sleeping with Sirens are in the center of the rock scene and continue churning out hits, while focusing heavily on their fans through social media. It will be very exciting to give music fans an insider look at their favorite bands, while incorporating the unique dynamic of taking fans on the road with Quinn and SWS’ upcoming summer tour.” For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com.
Rolling Stone Sued For $7.5 Million By UVA Dean; Dolly Parton Themed Movies Coming
Rolling Stone Sued For $7.5 Million By UVA Dean Over Rape Story - [THE WRAP]
David Schwimmer Talking To Kris Jenner About Upcoming Role As Late Husband Robert In O.J. Flick - [DAILY MAIL]
NBC Announces First Dolly Parton Themed TV Movies - [AVCLUB]
UH OH: Kenya Moore Shocked To Learn Her 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Boyfriend Is Married - [E ONLINE]
Was Tiger Woods Cheating On Lindsay Vonn The Real Reason For The Split? - [DAILY MAIL]
Rachel Adams Talks 'True Detective' With Marie Claire - [MARIE CLAIRE]
Yup, Rihanna Returns To Cover Vogue's 'Met Gala' Issue - [INQUISITR]
Check Out ABC TV's Schedule - [ABC]
College Dropout Kanye West Receives Honorary Doctorate From Chicago Art Institute - [PAGE SIX]
Check It Out: New App Blocks Any Mention of Kardashian Online - [KEARTH 101]
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Ryan Seacrest Issues Emotional Statement Following 'Idol Release
Remained As Sole Member From The Original Cast
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 20156 –– Following yesterday's announcement that Fox's 'American Idol would be coming to an end, radio's own special connection to the series, Ryan Seacrest, released a statement reflecting on its amazing ride. With news that Seacrest and the current cast of judges will back for next season's close, it should be noted that through all the changes and occasional drama, Seacrest was the sole remaining member of the original cast. Reflecting on 'Idol's journey, he wrote:
CBS Moving Grammy Awards To Monday Night In 2016
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– Between The Super Bowl, Valentine's Day And the Oscars, CBS has decided to move the Grammy Awards to a Monday night for 2016. According to Variety, the annual event will air live from the Staples Center starting at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, February 15.
The 2015 Grammy Awards hosted by LL Cool J, hit a six-year low when it aired on Sunday, February 8. It averaged an 8.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 25.3 million viewers overall.
The TV Academy moved the 2014 Emmy Awards to a Monday, where the Seth Meyers-hosted broadcast drew the second-largest audience in eight years. A host has yet to be named for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Could Radio Be In David Letterman's Future?
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– 'This isn't idle speculation on my part for a change,' says Newsday's Verne Gay. 'Letterman's longtime colleagues have spoken of the possibility too. "We've talked about this" -- a possible radio gig -- "among ourselves," said Jerry Foley, "Late Show's" longtime and esteemed director in an interview Friday. "If you think about it, the show has become more about the desk more than anything else in the past couple of years. What happens at the desk puts him at the height of his powers, when he sits down and talks..."
Letterman began his career on talk radio, WNTS/AM radio in Indianapolis (R), as both anchor and weatherman. Foley adds: "A future post-"Late Show" radio program would probably be a little different .. but also presumably serious. It could also provide the foundation for a 'Letterman Unbound,' a thoughtful guy with well-formed opinions about world affairs, politics and culture.' Read complete article HERE
Howard Stern was a guest on Monday's "Late Show with David Letterman." See appearance in today's POPLINE - PHOTO/ CBS - WFMU
FORECAST: Nearly $2 Billion Coming To Radio From Automotive Ads
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– In its latest vertical industry report, “Insights into Local Advertising – Automotive Vertical,” BIA/Kelsey estimates automotive organizations will spend more than $15.1 billion on local advertising in 2015, representing 11.1 percent of the $137.9 billion total local advertising market. Of this amount, 77 percent is expected to be allocated to traditional media.
“The auto industry and television came of age together as keystones of twentieth-century American culture,” said Dr. Mark Fratrik, SVP and chief economist BIA/Kelsey. “The two industries remain closely tied, with the auto industry being dependent on over-the-air television advertising, and all auto vertical subcategories relying heavily on traditional media to get their message to their audience.” BIA/Kelsey estimates 33.9 percent of local automotive advertising budgets is spent on over-the-air television, and another 1.7 percent on TV online advertising. In addition to the heavy use of television, newspaper (14.7 percent), online (12 percent) and over-the-air radio (11.6 percent) account for meaningful traditional market shares in automotive local ad spending.
“Despite traditional media’s dominance in the current automotive marketing mix, digital advertising is on the rise, and will represent nearly one-third of automotive local ad spending by 2019,” added Dr. Fratrik. Pure online advertising, consisting primarily of search, is the largest digital automotive channel. BIA/Kelsey projects all growth in local advertising for the automotive vertical category will occur on online/digital media, reaching 30 percent of total local advertising by 2019, up from 12 percent in 2015.
MOTION: Colton Bradford Joins Boston's The Bull'; Devin Cole Named PD For iHeart Miss. Combo
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– Colton Bradford! Colton has joined Boston WBWL-FM/Boston - The Bull - to host its 7p-12m show. He arrives from iHeartMedia sister station WKSJ in Mobile, Alabama. In addition to radio, he has done lots of TV work — hosting a handful of entertainment shows and serving as a part-time news anchor and reporter.
Current night jock Scotty K, who has been with the station since right after our Commercial Free Summer of 2014, will remain on the air — hosting weekends and fill-in work for us. Colton begins tracking his show from Mobile this week and will be making the move to Boston in the next few weeks. His first day in the building will be Tuesday, May 26.
iHeartMedia announced that Devin Cole (L) has been named Urban Program Director of 102jkx and Wild 106-3 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Cole most recently served as Assistant Program Director for WZLD-FM and On Air Talent for WJKX-FM.
“To say I'm excited about this new position is an understatement,” said Cole. “I was taught growing up that tough times don't last but tough people do. I'm looking forward to working with the resources of iHeartMedia to take our stations to the top.”
Beasley Media Group Teams With Zipwhip To Aid In Listener Texting
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., has aligned with Zipwhip, Inc., to ease the way in which Beasley radio stations and their listeners interact through texting conversations. The initial rollout incorporated Zipwhip’s technology into 18 Beasley Media radio stations across 5 markets.
Zipwhip’s technology equipped the radio stations with the technology that enables the stations to send and receive text messages using their existing call-in request or studio line telephone numbers. The 18 Beasley Media radio stations -located in Tampa, FL; Fort Myers-Naples, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Charlotte, NC; and Fayetteville, NC - were among the first in the United States to send and receive text messages using existing call-in request or studio lines.
Beasley Vice President of Digital Product Development Kimberly Sonneborn comments, "The biggest selling point for using Zipwhip is that it gives listeners the ability to text directly to the request line, a phone number that is already familiar to them. This eliminates the need to remember a call-in number and a short code ... Personalities love it; the interface is intuitive and mobile friendly so that it can be managed in the studio or off-air, allowing the talent another simple way to connect directly to their listeners.”
BUSINESS: ReelWorld Finds Singers That Hold Their Own Against Top Artists For B96 Chicago Jingle Package
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– “We reinvented our catalog of talent and brought in completely new vocalists that we felt was an accurate representation of the format,' says ReelWorld's Erik Huber of B96's new jingle package. 'What we found were singers that can hold their own against Rihanna and Chris Brown and convey the brand to the listener, capturing the spirit of the brand .. I don’t think we’ve ever had a jingle package that captures the moving target and nailing where CHR is.”
Todd Cavanah and Erik Bradley, B96 Program Director and Assistant Program Director/Music Director, added respectively: "B96's New Jingle Package from ReelWorld is without question the most sonically compatible pop radio jingle collection we've ever heard. We couldn't be more pleased with how it weaves seamlessly in to the fabric of the station and are excited for everyone to hear it for themselves!"
PHOTO OP': Benztown And Sparknet Present Workshop During Canadian Music Week; Kelsea Ballerini Visits Kix Brooks
THE MOUTH, MAY 12TH, 2015 –– Last week's Canadian Music Week in Toronto featured an imaging workshop presented by Benztown and SparkNet. It was part of CMW's Radio Interactive 2015 - In photo at left, pictured from L-R: Benztown's Justin Case, Chris Johansing, President Dave "Chachi" Denes along with Chris Pottage (Regional Creative Director, Rogers Broadcasting, Toronto, Canada); Hillary Hommy, SparkNet); Ronnie Stanton, Corus Entertainment Radio and Howard Cogan HOCO Productions
Meanwhile at right is Kix Brooks who visited with Country singer Kelsea Ballerini last week at NASH Campus in Nashville, where they got up close and personal about her debut album ("The First Time") and more for listeners of NASH's "Kickin' It with Kix".
Howard Stern Attempts David Letterman Goodbye Kiss
[WATCH] Deflated Balls Land Tom Brady Four Game Suspension - [FOX]
Howard Stern Attempts Final Goodbye Kiss On Letterman - [UPROXX]
Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz To Guest On 'Empire' - [DEMANJO]
Selma Blair Cast As Kris Jenner In FX's People vs. O.J. - [DEADLINE]
Johnny Carson Ex, Joanne, Passes Away At 83 - [LA TIMES]
Ozzy Obourne Donates $10 To Louisville 'Leopards' - [COURIER-JOURNAL]
Morgan Freeman Wants Marijuana Legalized Across The Board - [PEOPLE]
[WATCH] The Gam' Surprises Kid With $700 On His Birthday - [TMZ]
'Fantastic Four's' Miles Teller Rescues Pregnant Woman Child From Riptide - [NYDN]
'Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Sizzles On Cover Of 'Harper's Bazaar' - [HARPERS BAZAAR]
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American Idol Comes To An End After Next Season
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– "American Idol will begin its 15th -- and final -- season next January on FOX," the network wrote in a release. According to usmagazine.com, "A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols." READ MORE HERE - PHOTO/FOX
Mike & Mike Headed To Manhattan To Team For GMA Tie-In
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– ESPN is taking its longtime morning duo “Mike & Mike” from its home in Bristol, Conn. to ABC’s studio in New York City, where the two Walt Disney plan to work together on programming tie-ins. According to The Wall Street Journal, beginning next February — the day after the Super Bowl — Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will broadcast from a set directly above ABC’s “Good Morning America.” As part of the move, the two programs will share talent. As such, GMA’s Robin Roberts may appear on “Mike & Mike” to talk sports, ABC analyst Ryan Smith could join to cover legal matters, etc. Greenberg and Golic would also appear on “GMA,” according to ESPN,
The Mike & Mike and“GMA will enable the ABC and ESPN advertising sales teams to sell joint ad deals. “I think the marketplace is interested in the impact possibilities when you bring an ESPN and ABC together,” said Geri Wang, president of ad sales for ABC. The networks hope that the tie-ins could lure in advertisers looking to capture both genders simultaneously, since “GMA” tends to appeal to women while “Mike & Mike” carries a male-skewing audience. The glitz of Times Square will be a noticeable change for those that watch — instead of listen — to the radio show, which is available on ESPN2 in addition to ESPN radio, SiriusXM and other digital platforms. ESPN said. In addition, ESPN on Tuesday will unveil that it is adding two more live hours of sports newscast “SportsCenter” from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., which it also will tie into “Good Morning America” and Mike & Mike. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
[LISTEN] 'I Just Did Not Like It' Says Brandmeier Of WGN Experience; Respects Stern: 'He Never Changed Who He Was'
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– In a rare interview with Chicago's iconic Jonathon Brandmeier, he recently spoke on Larry Gifford's podcast 'Radio Stuff.' Among numerous topics, he spoke candidly about his two years at Tribune's WGN.FM and WGWG-LP/The Game 87.7. "When I was at WGN, the whole experience, I just did not like it. That’s the way it is. It’s just a fact. Anyone who knows me, knows that just wasn’t me.' He also praised Howard Stern, saying 'he never ever changed who he was for anybody! He never did. He stays the course. ..I let people push me around a little bit and I shouldn't have done it. I should've just said, No, I'm not doing it."
As for his recently launched syndicated show on Westwood One, he said 'I'm excited by it ... I couldn't be happier here. This is fun." The Jonathon Brandmeier Show airs weekdays from 9:00am-Noon ct. and originates from WLS-AM. Jonathon Brandmeier will be a a featured guest and this year' Morning Show Boot Camp where he'll be joined in a special one-on-one interview with Cumulus' Mike McVay. LISTEN HERE
Former Dallas Host Lends 'Dee-Jay' Voice To Movie 'Windsor'
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– Former KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan and KTCK-AM 1310's Greg Williams aka Greggo will be heard again on the radio, but this time it will be on the big screen. According to the Dallas News he heard they were making a movie not far from his home so he wandered over to the set where he met Porter Farrell, the movie’s director and scriptwriter. Farrell learned that Williams once had been a “deejay” on a Dallas radio station.
Dallas News' Barry Horn writes that Farrell was in the editing process when he realized his movie, Windsor, needed what he called a "connector to tie scenes together." Farrell thought the best “connector” for the story of six high school seniors yearning for life beyond a small town Texas, might be the folksy voice of a radio disc jockey. “I wanted someone to be the classic small town, hometown disc jockey,” Farrell said. So, he called Williams and invited him to a Fort Worth studio to read newly written lines.
'Windsor' stars veteran actor Barry Corbin. It wass screened in March at New Jersey’s Garden State Film Festival where it was awarded the narrative film prize. Last month it was presented at the USA Film Festival in Dallas.
2015 Mercury Awards Finalists Announced For June 3rd Event
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– 113 radio spots and campaigns have made it to the finals of the 2015 Radio Mercury Awards, which honors outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students. iHeartMedia Creative Services lead this year’s entries throughout multiple categories, with DDB Chicago close behind. The Radio Marketer of the Year will be awarded to SUBWAY at the June 3 awards event. The 2015 finalists incorporate a wide range of small to large advertising agencies and radio stations alike, as well as national and regional advertisers from the automotive, consumer packaged goods, beer, entertainment, fast food, financial services, home repairs, insurance, telecommunications and retail categories. Entries were judged on their creativity, originality and effective communication of a brand’s message.
“Great radio is about compelling, entertaining stories to help cultivate a client’s brand and messaging,” said Jim Elliott, global chief creative officer, Arnold Worldwide and Chief Judge for the 2015 Radio Mercury Awards. “These finalists represent the best creative storytelling that only radio can provide.” “Building brand awareness and driving ROI, is radio’s best attribute no matter the advertiser or marketer,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau. “The bar is always set extremely high for our entrants. This year’s set of finalists have met and exceeded that creative level of excellence we always hope to honor. To listen to this year’s finalists CLICK HERE.
PROGRAMMING: Christine Peters On The Rise At WILD 94.1/Tampa
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media WiLD 94.1/Tampa MD Christine Peters has been promoted to Assistant Program Director. She first joined WILD in 2004 as an intern rising to prog. assistant in 2007 and Music Director in 2009. PD/morning host Orlando added, "This promotion is doubly sweet because it's deserved and because Christine earned these stripes the old-fashioned way, by doing the job before getting the job." Peters added, "I am extremely excited to take on the role of APD. After 11 years, it's great to keep building with people in the industry and my family here at WiLD 94.1. I'm very grateful to continue my adventure with Orlando and Beasley Media Group."
GAB Radio Talent Institute Begins Today
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– The second annual Georgia Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute begins today at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, as the opening Institute this summer from the National Radio Talent System. The GAB sponsors the Institute, now in its second year, with further support from Cox Media Group. Students with a desire and passion for broadcasting apply to be accepted into the Institute . This year, 25 were accepted into the institute, the maximum number allowed.
Today’s opening session is led by Lew Dickey, Chairman a nd CEO of Cumulus Media, followed by Scott Smith, VP and Director of Radio Broadcast Technology for Cox Media. All sessions over the ten days of the GAB adio Talent Institute are taught by broadcasters fro m their specific area of expertise, including Kim Guthrie, EVP of Radio, Cox Media, as the closing speaker on May 20th
The National Radio Talent System is a system of Radio Talent Institutes on college campuses across the country. The Institute builds upon the already quality education the students are receiving at the university. The mission is to create a radio talent farm system ... a talent incubator ... on campuses in every state or region across the country. To date, 65 - 70% of the students completing an Institute begin their career in radio or a related field and have gone to work for CBS, iHeart Media, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, Entercom, Commonwealth Communications, Greater Media, Curtis Media, Forever Communications, CNN, as well as others.
KISS 95.1 Launches 'Play Anything Day' For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– Kiss Mornings with Maney, LauRen and Roy from WNKS KISS 95.1 will host a marathon broadcast this Wednesday , May 13 th from 6a.m. to 6 p.m. taking reque sts in exchange for a donation to Levine Children’s Hospital for the 7 th Annual Play Anything Day . Listeners will not believe their ear s when they hear College Fight songs to Funk songs. Maney, LauRen and Roy will play everything from Sam Smith to Ae rosm ith; from Maroon 5 to the Jackson 5; from Prince to Queen and everything else in between – they will play it all , if the price is right. It will be random, it will be fun , and like no station you have ever heard before. Listeners are e ncouraged to call (7 04) 570 - 9595 or log on to www.kiss951.com between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to make their requests and pledge their donations. No musical genres or decades are off limits , and all donations benefit Levine Chi ldren’s Hospital. Last year Kiss Mornings raised over $4 2 , 000 in 12 hours for Levine Children’s Hospital during Play Anything Day . “ This is our favorite time of the year when we get to throw the format out the window and play any song our listeners want to hear for a donation to the kids at Levine Children’s Hospita l,” said Maney from Ki ss Mornings. “W e also get to celebrate the care givers, the families and the patients at this great facility in our community that help s our kids every day.
America's Morning Show Looking To Add Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, MAY 11TH, 2015 –– America's Morning Show with Blair Garner is looking to add an Executive Producer to the Production team. If you're interested in joining a nationally syndicated show, based in Nashville, and heard from NYC to California, send your resume to email@example.com
Ellen & Steve Harvey Set For New TV Variety Show; Marilyn Manson Has Hots For Madonna
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L.A.'s 'Beloved' Lisa May Joins The Heidi & Frank Show ON 95.5 KLOS
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that longtime Los Angeles host Lisa May joins KLOS' “The Heidi & Frank Show” on 95.5 KLOS. May makes her KLOS debut on Monday, May 11. May has been an L.A. morning radio fixture for 24 years, as part of “The Kevin & Bean Show” on KROQ. She has also been a traffic reporter on various L.A. stations, including ABC7, KLAC, KMPC, KNX, KPCC, KPWR, KHWY, KGIL, KMGX, and KACE. In addition to her radio career, May has done ADR (automated dialogue replacement) for such television shows as Alias, Nip/Tuck, Brothers & Sisters and Mistresses.
Keith Cunningham, Program Director for KLOS said: “Having worked with Kevin & Bean for so long, Lisa May isn’t just a traffic reporter or female sidekick, she’s a radio brand and she’s beloved by Southern California radio listeners. She’ll be doing a lot more than traffic, and we can’t wait to get her in the building.”
WIL St. Louis Welcomes 'Jim & Jeane' To Mornings
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Jim Day (L) and Jeane Garth (R) have been announced as WIL-FM 92.3 St. Louis' new morning show. They follow Cornbread who recently stepped down following a huge going-away pajama party. Starting on Monday, Jim Day (formerly Jim Carey) and Jeane Garth (shown with Jake Owen) will take over mornings.
Day has spent the last six years at CMG's KWEN/Tulsa as half of the popular Cash & Carey Show. Day tells Jockline: ""I've spent 14 incredible years working for one of the best radio companies in America...it takes a lot to leave a place like KWEN, but after meeting Greg Mozingo, John Kilowski and Bo Matthews I'm thrilled to be making this move and can't wait to get to St Louis... Home of the King of Beers, the Kings of Baseball and one of the best shows in America. I'm honored to follow Cornbread and I can't wait to meet his Breadheads. We're going to have a great time." As for Jim Day…yep, I’m bringing back to my original name. It’s what I went by in Dayton and Nashville.
Garth joined WIL two years ago, working weekends and fill-ins. WIL program director Greg Mozingo tells stltoday.com, "the station is pleased to land Day. And we've thought Jeane was such a talent when we first hired her." Hubbard Radio also operates "The Arch" (WARH 106.5 FM) and "101 ESPN" (WXOS 101.1 FM) in St. Louis.
MOTION: Lil Brownie Joins Hot 93.3 Dallas; KFXJ Hires Amber Glaze For Mornings; Chuck Dowd Takes Mornings At Movin 107.7 Norfolk; Chuck Booms Parts Ways With 92.3 The Fan Cleveland; Tori Lynn Takes Afternoons At Nash FM 96.9 Charleston
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announced that Dallas radio host Lil Brownie has joined the New HOT 93.3 air staff in Dallas/Fort Worth. Brownie joins The New HOT 93.3 from Dallas station K104, where she was Morning Show Producer and on-air talent. Prior to that, she co-hosted Nights at Casa 106.7 in Dallas. She was also featured on a popular Dallas-Fort Worth television show called DMX TV.
KFXJ/Wichita has hired Amber Glaze as co-host of the Fox Morning Show where she'll join with Phil Thompson. Glaze most recently served as morning show host and MD at WPHR/Vero Beach.
It was reported yesterday that 92.3 the Fan has parted ways with radio personality Chuck Booms of Kiley & Booms. According to cleveland.com, Booms said "I just want to thank all the great fans of the show, just like with being a stand-up comedian, they're what matter to me the most and I am sad I won't be able to be interacting with them any more," Booms said. " Program director Andy Roth said "I can confirm we parted ways with Chuck. We wish him well and we will be announcing his replacement soon." He also confirmed that Kevin Kiley would be staying on.
Cumulus Media announced that Tori Lynn has been named the new Afternoon Air Host for NASH FM 96.9 (WIWF-FM) in Charleston, SC. Tori Lynn joins NASH FM 96.9 after her most recent stops in Savannah at WIXV and WTOC-TV, as well as WVGS in Statesboro, GA. She will make her on-air debut on NASH FM 96.9 on Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Man With DWI Busted Following Radio Interview
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– A man was charged with driving while intoxicated after going on the radio and saying he had driven with his daughter before his arrest. According to democratandchronicle.com, John W. Barletta, was soon charged on Thursday, for the third time in four days, with DWIand this time charged him under Leandra's Law, which is a felony.
Barletta was arrested Wednesday after a citizen called 911 about 8 a.m. to report a driver tossing beer cans out his window. Police said Barletta's blood-alcohol content was 0.12 percent. He was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and miscellaneous traffic violations. Barletta then rang up the Kimberly and Beck radio show on 95.1 Rochester and discussed his arrest. After investigating, police allege that Barletta drove from his home to an undisclosed location with his daughter, 15, in the car while he was intoxicated.
Police had also arrested and charged him with DWI at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. Police allegedly saw Barletta run a red light at Howard and Spencerport roads. His blood-alcohol content that time was 0.22 percent. He was charged then with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana. PHOTO/Gates police
FORMATICS: Duke FM Debuts In Knoxville
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. announced the debut of Midwest Communications’ WVRX-FM/Knoxville'd DUKE FM®. With WVRX’s recent launch as 95.7 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network. From the creator of HANK FM® and Variety Hits Format BOB FMSM, Kroeger Media’s DUKE FM® is a turnkey, 24/7 country legends format. Similar to his brother HANK, DUKE FM® doesn’t play by the rules. DUKE breaks the mold with a unique mix of tested titles from the 80’s and 90’s and tips his hat to such icons as George, Waylon and Johnny. DUKE FM® offers different levels of programming packages available for both cash and barter. In addition to the license to use the DUKE name and logo, affiliates have access to a constantly updated music library, creative on-air copy and cutting-edge station imaging including voice, sweeper, promos and jingles. DUKE also offers off-air support with promotional ideas, daily music logs and programming guidance.
Stations interested in more information on DUKE FM® can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
Nick Jonas; The Offspring Host Memorial Day Special On WWO
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Westwood One kicks off the summer season with two exclusive Memorial Day Weekend music specials hosted by Nick Jonas and The Offspring. “Summer Jam,” hosted by multi-platinum selling recording artist, Nick Jonas, celebrates the end of the school year and the beginning of summer with four hours of great music, information on the summer music festivals and tours, plus talk about the beach, the lakes, summer parties, and cookouts. “Coming for You,” hosted by rockers The Offspring, ignites the summer season with tour talk, barbecue ideas, summer road trip tips, vacation memories, and more. Stations can air Westwood One’s “Summer Jam” and “Coming for You” Memorial Day Specials any time Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, 2015, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-2811.
Brian Joyce Takes To The Air For Chihuahua Hit By Car
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2015 –– Nothing like a microphone when it comes to a worthy cause. Here's yet another example. Brian Joyce afternoon host on Talk Radio 102.3/Chattanooga tells Jockline he was prepping his show last Tuesday from home when he heard a loud thud outside. 'My neighbor's chihuahua, Elmo, had been hit by a car in the street,' he said. 'The car drove off, leaving Elmo howling in pain in the middle of the road. I ran outside, grabbed an old box, picked him up and took him to the hospital. His owners told me they had no money to pay for his care, so I knew I'd have to turn to my listeners.
I launched a GoFundMe page, promoted it on on Facebook and Talk Radio 102.3, and within a few days, between cash, checks and the GoFundMe page, we've raised $3,825. That covers all his medical care (the final bill was $3,688), plus we have leftover funds for meds, food, treats, etc.
Jimmy Kimmel Won't Air New Show Opposite Letterman's Last Show; Swift Rocks Elle
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