Bonnie-Jill Laflin Takes Afternoon Drive On 98.7 The Spot In Dallas

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– Audacy welcomes Bonnie-Jill Laflin as afternoon drive host for 98.7 The Spot (KSPF-FM) in Dallas. Laflin will be heard weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT beginning October 9. “We are thrilled to welcome Bonnie-Jill to The Spot to take over afternoons,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Audacy Dallas. “Her energy, charisma, and passion for our industry will undoubtedly resonate with our listeners, and we can't wait to see her shine in her new role.”

“I'm excited and honored to be on the airwaves with 98.7 The Spot,” said Laflin. “Even more, to be home in the great state of Texas where you can feel the music in the air and excitement of Dallas Cowboys football and Texas Rangers playoff baseball!”

Laflin is a trailblazing sports broadcaster, philanthropist, and TV personality. The first and only female NBA scout holding the front office executive position with the Los Angeles Lakers, Laflin has many “firsts” throughout her career. She’s the first woman to dance professionally for three teams in two sports, starting with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and moving to the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. She is the first female to be awarded six championship rings in two professional sports, earning a Super Bowl ring while cheering for the 49ers and five NBA championship rings as an executive for the Lakers. Most recently, she co-hosted the brand-new “Women’s Western Sports Roundup” on the Cowgirl Channel.






Terry Foxx Named PD For iHeart News Radio 1200 WOAI, Ticket 760 & AM 1300 The Zone San Antonio

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– iHeartMedia announced that Terry Foxx has been named Director of Talk Programming for San Antonio & Austin, effective immediately. iHe will report to Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio & Austin.

“In Terry Foxx, we've found more than an expert; we've embraced a true team player who values respect as deeply as we do. His commitment to bettering our processes is evident, but it's his unique blend of diplomacy, empathy, and patience in every interaction that truly sets him apart. With Terry, it's not just about work; it's about building lasting relationships.” said McCollim. Terry Foxx joins the San Antonio & Austin markets from KUT-FM, University of Texas, where he most recently served as the Director of Programming & Audience. He also served as Program Director for WLNK-FM & SportRadio WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C.; Program Director for SportsRadio 92-9 The Game, CBS Radio in Atlanta, G.A.; and Program Director for KDKA-FM, SportsRadio 93-7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, P.A. He began his career at KZFM 95.5 Corpus Christi, T.X. and is a graduate of Del Mar College.

“I'm very excited to work with iHeartMedia and its group of stations in Austin and San Antonio, along with the great people that help make it successful. As a native Texan, I grew up listening to WOAI. I'd like to thank Jason McCollim, Chris Berry, Brian Gann and Brad Hardin for this incredible opportunity,” said Foxx.





John Mayer To Launch Exclusive, Year-Roung SiriusXM Channel 'Life With John Mayer'

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– SiriusXM announced today that seven-time GRAMMY® Award winning singer, songwriter, John Mayer, will launch an exclusive year-round SiriusXM channel, Life With John Mayer, in November. Mayer is creating a channel defined not by genre, but by the time of day, as well as the day of the week. Life with John Mayer will be a musical experience hand-selected by the guitarist and songwriter and an ever-evolving world of music built from Mayer’s classics, collaborations and never-before-heard material blended in with the music he loves.

Life With John Mayer, will be curated and presented by Mayer. SiriusXM's newest 24/7 channel will be available to subscribers across North America in their cars on channel 14 or anywhere they go with the SiriusXM app. The exclusive year-round channel joins SiriusXM’s artist channel lineup which includes The Beatles Channel, The Grateful Dead Channel, Pearl Jam Radio, Drake’s Sound 42, and more.

 “I’ve had a dream over the last several years to create a dynamic, real-time music channel that focuses less on genre and more on our changing emotional states throughout the days and weeks,” said John Mayer. “It’s a highly ambitious project, and SiriusXM is the perfect partner to build this experience with. I look forward to creating and fostering a sense of community through this channel, and shining a light on what music does best - providing the soundtrack to our lives.”

To have a musician as brilliant as John creating and curating a daily soundtrack for all of us is very special, and we’re honored and proud that John has chosen SiriusXM as the place where his fans can share this musical experience with him,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.






The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Podcast Network Launches 'The Karol Markowicz Show' On Monday, October 9

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– Premiere Networks announced the addition of “The Karol Markowicz Show” to The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Podcast Network, effective Monday, October 9. Hosted by New York Post and Fox News columnist, and co-author of the best-selling book, “Stolen Youth,” the new podcast expands on the topics that drive Markowicz’ most-popular columns, namely, the cultural and social issues that affect us all.

“Karol is one of the most talented writers in all of America, and she’s also an incredible guest,” said Travis. “We’ve loved having her on ‘The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.’ I know she is going to absolutely kill it as a voice of common sense as part of our new podcast network. We cannot wait for her to get started.” “Karol’s columns are must-reads,” added Sexton. “She’s a warrior for the truth, while maintaining a warmth and likability that has helped her rapidly build a loyal audience. We’re honored to have a phenomenal new colleague on the podcast network - one who also happens to be a great friend. Our audience is going to love her show.”

“I'm thrilled to join The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Podcast Network on iHeartRadio,” said Markowicz. “I've been approached, over the years, to do a podcast but it never felt like the right fit. Joining Clay and Buck is a dream. I'm such a big fan of both of these men and can't wait to join the team.” The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Podcast Network is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.






Gemini XIII & Emerald Audio Announce Release Of ‘Bad Influencer' Series Featuring Deuxmoi, Kristen Doute, Perez Hilton And Christy Carlson Romano

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– Gemini XIII and Emerald Audio announce the release of Bad Influencer, a new immersive fiction podcast packed with star power, including Deuxmoi, Kristen Doute, Perez Hilton and Christy Carlson Romano. Bad Influencer is a nine-episode romantic comedy that takes listeners on an entertaining ride through the eyes of Sarah Sawyer, a 20-something wannabe living in New York City who makes a wish and wakes up a famous influencer, only to find that the glitzy, glamourous, and sometimes downright scandalous world of social media influencers is not always what it seems.

Bad Influencer was co-created by 18 Time New York Times Bestselling Author Jane Green and the author of Twenty Guys You Date in Your Twenties, Gabi Conti. It was written by Gabi Conti.“We’re thrilled to release this fun, binge-able series as Emerald Audio’s third original scripted podcast. Bad Influencer is a story of ambition, obsession and the high price of fame. The entire cast and crew did an exceptional job bringing the script to life and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”, said co-founder of Emerald Audio, Jane Green.

The series marks the third original production to come out of emerging female network, Emerald Audio. Its parent company, Gemini XIII, has also seen success this year with its studio, Diversion Audio, which published runaway fiction hit The Royals of Malibu, now in its second season. Bad Influencer is available now to binge-listen on all major streaming platforms.





Chicago’s Q101 Announce Four Nights of Concerts With Annual 'Twisted Christmas'

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– Cumulus Chicago Alternative Rock station Q101 announces its annual Twisted XMAS Christmas live concert series with an all-star lineup, to be held at the historic Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom on December 5-8, 2023. The shows will feature live musical performances on Dec. 5th from The Black Keys, Local H, ALEXSUCKS Wednesday, December 6th – Lovejoy, White Reaper, Brigitte Calls Me Baby Thursday, December 7th – Bleachers, MisterWives, Sincere Engineer Friday, December 8th – Young the Giant, The Gaslight Anthem.

James Kurdziel, VP Modern/Classic Rock, Cumulus Media, and Program Director, Q101, commented: “Our incredible team has put together a unique lineup of established superstars along with the next generation of modern rock staples. It’s a series worthy of Chicago. There’s really nothing like Twisted XMAS and we couldn’t be more excited to throw the best Christmas party in Chicagoland!”





iHeart Chicago Announces Seventh Annual “Sista Strut Pink Celebration”

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that its stations are teaming up to hold the seventh annual “Sista Strut Pink Celebration,” presented on Saturday, October 7. The stations include: 107.5 WGCI, Chicago’s No. 1 for Hip-Hop & R&B; V103, Today’s R&B and Throwbacks; Inspiration 1390, Music Of Power & Praise; 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station; 93.9 LITE FM, Chicago’s Relaxing Favorites; Rock 95 FIVE, Chicago’s Rock Station; and Chicago’s BIN 640 AM.

The 3k breast cancer walk will benefit the Sisters Network Chicago, Inc., a Black breast cancer survivorship organization. “iHeartMedia Chicago is committed to supporting breast cancer awareness with our annual Sista Strut to benefit the Sisters Network Chicago, Inc.,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “Through partnerships with our advertisers and the Chicagoland community, we are able to continue this important effort to find a cure for breast cancer and save lives.”

The 3k breast cancer walk will be hosted by The Steve Harvey Morning Show Co-Host Carla Ferrell; V103 Midday Host Bioncé Foxx; Inspiration 1390 Morning Show Host and V103’s Get Your Praise On Host Sonya Blakey; 103.5 KISS Morning Show Contributor and 107.5 WGCI Weekend Show Host KeKe Hampton; and ABC7 Chicago Eyewitness News Anchor and Windy City Weekend Co-Host Val Warner.

Sista Strut will take place Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m.






JOY-FM And Boost Radio St. Louis With Double Opportunities

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2023 –– JOY FM & BOOST Radio in St. Louis, MO's growing team has two opportunities open for consideration: 1. An imaging director for both of our brands. 2. A full time live on-air personality for BOOST.

BOOST is a Rhythmic Christian station (as in Christian Hip Hop) based in STL and simulcast in five additional markets. JOY FM is a live and local Contemporary Christian station for St. Louis Learn more about each position, and apply, by visiting




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Earth-FM Greenville's Bill Love Celebrates 50 Years On The Air While Saying 'Goodbye'

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– Friends and colleagues filled the studio at Earth-FM Greenville last week as venerable morning host Bill Love celebrated 50 years in radio while saying "goodbye." He and co-host Heidi Aiken did their final show on the station. WYFF4 TV says, "Fifty years in radio has brought much laughter to many listeners from the man whose Greenville High School Geometry teacher told him, "You can't make a living from being the class clown."

Bill grew up in Greenville and started his career there but it took him to several other larger radio markets before coming back to the Greenville area. That, he says, is super special. "There's something special about being in your local market, in your hometown," he said. "I'm so lucky to have come along and the age of FM, music, radio it is one of the golden ages of radio really."

One of Bill's sign-off songs was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans' "Happy Trails," which concludes, "Happy Trails to you, till we meet again," and we feel quite sure that we will be hearing from the iconic funny man again, somewhere on the air. If you'd like to enjoy the final hour of Bill and Heidi's final hour, CLICK HERE




Milestones: Jacobs Media Celebrates 40th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– Four decades ago, Fred Jacobs headed to the NAB Radio Show to announce the launch of a new research and consulting firm, following a successful five-year stint with ABC Radio. Still-wet business cards in hand, Fred flew to San Francisco, camped out on the floor of Tom Bender’s spacious hotel room in the St. Francis, and proceeded to network his new venture. And Jacobs Media (then known as Media Strategies) was off and running.

Since those humble beginnings, Jacobs Media has developed innovative formats, strategies, and products for radio broadcasters: The creation of the Classic Rock format (1983) with Tom Bender The launch of the Edge™ Alternative format (1988) with a push from Max Tolkoff The first all-industry email database-driven research study, Techsurvey, is the largest radio research undertaking in the world (2004).

" We are especially grateful to the many broadcasters who believed in us early on,” notes Fred Jacobs. The company’s blog – JacoBLOG – has been a must-read for radio and media professional for years. The blog was launched in 2005 at the urging of Tim Davis. In the early years, Fred caved to the pressures of nepotism, hiring brother Bill in 1986, and Paul in 1991. Over the years, some outstanding consultants and specialists have spent significant amount of their careers with Jacobs Media, helping the company grow and excel. Paul and Fred Jacobs have co-operated the company since the mid-'90s, with the goal of providing thought leadership and innovation. Jacobs Media has been especially active in helping traditional broadcasters make the leap to digital.

In 2024, Jacobs Media will launch a new industry initiative that will be announced soon. As Paul Jacobs explains, “We’ve got something in the works we anticipate will become a go-to event for media pros in both the broadcast and digital realms. Fred and I plan to continue our quest to rack up even more Delta miles as we pursue the next phase of the company’s development.”




Cressy Walton Named VP/Sales For iHeart Phoenix Region

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Cressy Walton joins iHeartMedia as VP of Sales for the Phoenix Region, effective October 9. She will report to Nancie Sullivan, SVP of Sales for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Cressy join our team here in Phoenix. With her knowledge of the market and her extensive experience, she will be an integral part of the leadership team who will continue to strengthen our position in the market and in the Phoenix ad community,” said Nancie Sullivan.

Cressy was hired from Alpha Media Portland, where she served as the Director of Sales for the past four and a half years, and as General Sales Manager for eight years prior to that. She began her career in sports marketing and found her passion for broadcast radio here in Phoenix. She is a graduate of University of Arizona and University of Nevada.

"I'm thrilled to be back where my media journey began many years ago and to join the talent-rich sales team at iHeart Phoenix. My goal is to help us grow and create opportunities by bringing together the expertise of the Phoenix team to our advertisers, all while tapping into the incredible reach of iHeart's iconic brands and massive audience," said Cressy Walton.




New Weekday Lineup Announced For The Fan In Upstate Greenville

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– Audacy has announced new weekday programming for The Fan Upstate (97.7 FM / 97.1 FM) in Greenville. The current midday show, “The Rob Brown Show,” will move to morning drive and be heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The station will also begin airing CBS Sports Radio’s “Reiter Than You” with Bill Reiter from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. Both changes are effective October 2.

'The Rob Brown Show’ has been a winner in middays for The Fan Upstate and will be even better in morning drive,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Greenville-Spartanburg. “Rob and Lonzo deliver an engaging, fast-paced sports talk show and are fresh off winning the best sports show in South Carolina for the second time. We’re equally as excited to debut Bill Reiter and his highly popular program to middays to carry listeners through their day. Upstate sports fans will love this new lineup and the quality sports radio content it will deliver.”

“It has been an incredible honor to be a voice in what I consider one of America's best sports markets. To be allowed to move our show to the morning drive and reach even more sports fans across The Upstate is something I don't take for granted, said Brown. “We have always had one goal: to keep listeners entertained and up-to-date on the sports stories they care about from our community, region and country. We will give everything we have to ensure Upstate sports fans start their morning with some audio caffeine and tremendous discussions about the topics they're passionate about.”




Senate 'Unanimously' Re-Ups Carr & Starks For FCC

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Commissioners Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks to the FCC on Friday. Following the announcement, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated, “I want to congratulate Commissioners Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks on their unanimous confirmation by the Senate. "Brendan has been a dedicated public servant during his time at the FCC. I look forward to continuing working together to find common ground, including on efforts to improve network resiliency and on critical national security matters." She added, "With a complete Senate-confirmed Commission, the FCC is now ready to take on our full slate of work and fulfill our commitment to ensuring Americans everywhere have access to the best, most reliable communication services in the world.”

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt added, "NAB congratulates Commissioners Starks and Carr on their Senate reconfirmations. Broadcasters value their commitment and leadership, and thank them for their work to ensure our ability to grow our life-line service to the benefit of viewers and listeners across the country. We are eager to continue working with Commissioners Starks and Carr, and the full Commission, to modernize policies that allow local broadcasters to best serve our communities."




Mix 94.1Las Vegas Raises Over $73,000 For Three Square Food Bank

THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 –– Audacy Las Vegas’ Mix 94.1is all smiles after raising over $73,000 for Three Square Food Bank! Mix 94.1 staff aired live from four different Albertson’s locations across the Las Vegas Valley for their annual 4 Corners Food Drive.

According to Feeding America’s 2023 Map the Meal Gap study, one in eight Southern Nevadans struggles with hunger. That’s more than 274,000 the Las Vegas Valley who are food insecure, which includes nearly 94,000 children. Thanks to the power of Three Square Food Bank, Mix 94.1 was able to turn $73,000 of donations into over 221,000 meals!!

Shown: KMXB’s Mercedes in the Morning Show L-R: Steph Sidela, J.C. Fernandez, and Mercedes Martinez




Jaxon Named Morning Host For Big 100 Wash. DC

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– iHeart Washington, D.C. has named Jaxon Morning Show Host for BIG 100, Washington’s Classic Rock & Home of the Washington Commanders, effective Friday, October 6th, 2023. Jaxon will report to Dustin Matthews, Director of Rock Programming for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. “I’ve been a Jaxon fan for years, so I’m thrilled to welcome him to the iHeartMedia D.C. team!” said Dustin Matthews, Director of Rock Programming. “And as an avid football fan, he’s the perfect match to join forces with the Washington Commanders. Jaxon brings a unique ability to engage our audience with storytelling and expert analysis about music and sports. I can’t wait for him to rock the Nation’s Capital with us every morning on the mighty BIG 100!”

Jaxon joins the Washington, D.C. market from Philadelphia, P.A., where he most recently served as the afternoon host on WMMR-FM. He has been in the radio industry for three decades and previously hosted morning shows in Boston, Denver, and Salt Lake City.

“I’m beyond thrilled to join the BIG 100 family!” said Jaxon. “Huge thanks to Brad Hardin, James Howard, Dustin Matthews and Jeff Kapugi for helping me find the perfect spot on iHeart's roster of stellar talent. I look forward to waking up DC every morning, and I’m super excited about our relationship with the Washington Commanders. This is going to be fun, BIG fun!"




Audio 1 Dallas Inks The Jason Lee & Kluck Show Family for National Distribution

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Audio 1 announced the signing of Indiana Morning Show “Jason Lee & Kluck” for national distribution. The show owned by Federated Media originated in 2010 in South Bend on the rock station 103.9 The Bear (WRBR-FM) and is now also heard on 98.9 The Bear in Fort Wayne (WBYR-FM) as well. Warren Kluck is especially excited for the show’s new opportunity saying, “We’re beyond thrilled that a company as well-regarded as Audio 1 would show such a glaring lack of judgement in believing that our lunacy should be foisted upon a larger public.”

Beginning Monday October 2nd, Audio 1 will take on the rights to distribute the show to all markets across the country. Based in Dallas, TX, Audio 1 already represents several talk and music products, but Director of Programming, Mike Ragz says JL&K bring unique talents to their platform. “We are energized to find a show with irreverence and fun for everyone that not only plays on a rock format in the mid-west, but that can play on ANY format in any market.”

The show will continue to air from 6am to 10am (Eastern) daily. Jason Lee & Kluck also produce a very successful and growing weekly podcast, “Here’s Your Freakin’ Podcast” that Audio 1 will also begin to distribute globally. For more about Jason Lee & Kluck:



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ABC Inks Multi-Year Agreement As Exclusive TV Partner For iHeart's Jingle Ball 2023


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Z100 New York today unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual Z100 Jingle Ball 2023 Presented by Capital One, taking place on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. 

diHeartRadio Z100’s Jingle Ball 2023 marks the 27th time the event has been at Madison Square Garden, taking place at the iconic venue every year the event has been held since its inception in 1996. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2023 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One, the season’s biggest annual holiday music event that captures the music and holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app with performances by this year’s biggest artists in Tampa; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; New York; Boston; dWashington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. 

iHeartMedia and ABC also announced today a new multi-year agreement for ABC to become the exclusive television broadcast partner for the iconic event. iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour stops will be part of the exclusive network special, airing Dec. 21 at (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST/PST). The special will be available on demand and on Hulu the following day.  

“Z100’s Jingle Ball is a huge part of New York City’s holiday magic,” said Mark Medina, Top 40 Brand Coordinator and Program Director for Z100. “We are excited for another iconic night celebrating 2023’s top artists with all our listeners at Madison Square Garden.” Every year, Z100’s Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season.  This year’s official charity is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives. 





Cumulus Launches Power 105.1/KCJK-FM, Kansas City’s New Home for Hip Hop and R&B


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Cumulus has launched Power 105.1/KCJK-FM, the new destination radio station for Kansas City’s Hip Hop and R&B fans. The all-new Power 105.1 replaces Cumulus Kansas City’s 107.3/KMJK-FM, a Hip Hop and R&B station that evolved from its Urban Adult Contemporary format after Cumulus Media acquired the station in 2004. KCJK-FM was previously programmed as Rock-formatted 105.1 The X. Concurrently, Power 105.1 launched its new website today at

Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media, said: “The opportunity to best serve the entire KC community with our dominant cluster of stations is now in place. This change combines the incredible reach of the KCJK 100,000-watt signal with the biggest genre in modern popular music--Hip Hop and R&B. Congratulations to Operations Manager Jim Fox and Program Director Boogie D, along with our incredible lineup of beloved local personalities.”

Jowcol “Boogie D” Dolby, PD of Power 105.1, commented: "I'm very excited for Kansas City! Power 105.1 is designed to represent the culture of Hip Hop and R&B and this great Kansas City community. We are KCMO AND KCK. We are here for the community we serve, and we are here to win! Thank you to the Cumulus leadership team for making this dream a reality. KC, Let's Go!" Kenny Smoov, Vice President, Urban Formats, Cumulus Media, added: “Our Kansas City team is excited to bring championship level Hip Hop and R&B content on-air, online, and in these KC streets. Let's Power UP!!!”




Fred Jacobs: How Talent Can Stand Out From The Rest When Nailing Down That Next Opportunity


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– What an odd time in our business for air talent,' say's Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs.  In his blog today, he says coming off our recent AQ5 study of commercial radio personalities, and then presenting the study at Don Anthony's “Morning Show Boot Camp” in Dallas, I have a much better feel for the emotional state of our folks who make their living behind a mic". "It is," Jacobs says,"A contradiction.  On the one hand, many on-air hosts are concerned about job security, given the lethargy in advertising and impending concerns about the coming of AI.  Yet, talk to programmers who are actually looking to make a hire and you'd think given all those people “on the beach,” they'd have a lot to pick from.  But, as Jacobs points out, most programmers will tell you, radio jobs aren't all that in-demand. And that makes filling an open position less than optimal.

So how do you decide who to consider? And how can a somewhat newer show get on the PD radar screen and stand out in the crowd. That's the challenge KLOS' LA's Greg Beharrell faces everyday. His show is syndicated by YEA Networks, but if you know Greg, you know he does a lot of his own legwork, phone calling, conventioneering, and schmoozing on his own. He's looking at markets and strategically thinking about where he could make a positive impact. He has an interesting background, and a fascinating, quirky personality. And on many of the 60 or so stations he's on, “The Greg Beharrell Show” airs at night.

Jacobs points to a recent video that made its way into my Internet orbit, as well as many of yours. And the method to Greg Beharrell's madness became clear. It's a mock press conference where Greg's consultant “reporters” ask him embarrassing questions and they respond to him with a dash of snark. All all the way, Greg plays the indignant, self-deprecating victim. It's pure Beharrell.And by securing a group of consultants and talent coaches and taking US out of context, Greg has a nice piece of video people happily play and share. Read Blog Here

PHOTO -L-R: Dave Ryan (KDWB), me, Chris Ebbott (Audacy LA), Brooke Summers (NRG/Lincoln), Anna Zap (Connoisseur/Connecticut). Bottom: Greg Beharrell on stage at Morning Show Boot Camp 35 in Dallas.




The Music Saved Me Podcast from Buzz Knight Media is #1 on the Chartable Global-Music Trending Chart

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Buzz Knight Media Productions, the creator of the hit podcast Takin A Walk-Music History on foot is proud to announce that the new Music Saved Me Podcast is ranked Number One on Chartable’ s Global -Music Trending Chart for the week of 9/18-9/24. In addition, Music Saved Me ranks Number One on the US Music Trending Chart for the same week.

Chartable provides podcast analytics and attribution for publishers and advertisers and is an IAB certified service and every week they release various trending charts across twenty different countries, based on weekly changes in audience among the 5000 podcasts using their proprietary feed integration. Hosted by the esteemed radio and television personality, Lynn Hoffman, celebrated for her exceptional voice over talents, 'Music Saved Me' delves deep into the lives of musicians who have experienced the therapeutic and transformative powers of music.

Music Saved Me is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.




Audacy Inks Two Content Distribution Agreements To Bolster Reach Of BetQl's 'You Better You Bet'

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Audacy has announced a series of content distribution partnerships to bolster the reach of "You Better You Bet," the No. 1 sports betting live show and podcast in the U.S. The show, starring co-hosts Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley, is heard on BetQL Network, Audacy’s network of sports betting content heard across its broadcast portfolio and digital platforms. Audacy has also announced a deal with SiriusXM to air You Better You Bet on Sirius channel 217, XM channel 205 and on the SiriusXM app. The show will be heard weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET beginning October 2.

“We're thrilled to announce these strategic agreements with Stadium and SiriusXM, which will significantly expand the reach of 'You Better You Bet,' solidifying its position as the No. 1 sports betting podcast in the U.S.,” said Mitch Rosen, Vice President, BetQL Network. “Our commitment to delivering top-tier sports betting entertainment to a wider audience has never been stronger, and we look forward to introducing Nick and Ken to new audiences across multiple touchpoints nationwide.” The BetQL Network is available nationwide via the Audacy mobile app and website, over 10,000 home and auto-connected devices and





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Latest Iteration Of 'The BOSS And SWIFT Act' Being Mulled In The US Senate

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– First introduced in May, The BOSS and SWIFT Act which requires transparent, all-in ticket pricing has now gotten the support of US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-MA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), who, according to Digiital Music News, introduced the latest iteration of the BOSS and SWIFT Act. Named after Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, the legislation is designed to protect consumers from deceptive practices in the primary and secondary ticket marketplaces, calling for transparent, all-in ticket pricing.

“This measure will be a major step toward stopping all the hidden fees and exorbitant prices that have plagued concertgoers for far too long,” said Blumenthal. “Ticket buyers now face sky-high junk charges or shut-outs by scalpers and secondary sellers. These standards bring fairness and transparency to fans, artists, and venues who power this industry.” “For too long, ticket sellers have employed deceptive fees and practices to maximize profits at consumers’ expense. It’s time to crack down on this anti-hero behavior, which is exactly what the BOSS and SWIFT Act will do,” added Hirono.

“Concert-goers know the story all too well — for decades, tickets have continued to skyrocket at the hands of greedy corporations,” said Markey with another Swift song reference. “The BOSS and SWIFT Act will make sure that music fans, including Swifties, can access tickets at affordable prices — all while holding corporations accountable for pinching their pockets. I thank Senator Blumenthal for making sure that Ticketmaster and the rest of the ticket industry have stopped fans from seeing their favorite artists for the last time.”

The BOSS and SWIFT Act was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ). The legislation is endorsed by the National Consumers League, Sports Fan Coalition, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, FanFreedom Project, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.





Maggie & Perloff Move To Morning Drive For CBS Sports Radio To Be Heard On Over 100 Stations Nationwide


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Audacy has announced a new morning show for CBS Sports Radio. The current afternoon show “Maggie & Perloff,” with Maggie Gray and Andrew Perloff, will move to morning drive. The show will be heard on over 100 stations across the country, weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET beginning October 2. “Maggie and Perloff are going to be awesome in the morning,” said Spike Eskin, Sports Format Vice President, Audacy; Brand Manager, CBS Sports Radio and WFAN. “The way the show has grown and evolved over the last couple of years is so exciting, and we're really looking forward to bringing their special mix of opinions, interviews and fun to the morning.”

“We are so honored to be taking over this prestigious time slot,” said Gray. “I truly believe the connection with listeners in the morning is the deepest. We’re excited to be part of their morning routine, and getting the day off to a great start!” Gray returned to CBS Sports Radio in 2021 after co-hosting a Saturday morning show from 2013 to 2018. From 2018 to 2021, she was a midday show co-host for WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM in New York. Gray is also an analyst for SNY, appearing on “Baseball Night in New York.”

“One of the keys to our show is that we fundamentally disagree on major sports topics and still have fun,” said Perloff. “Maggie and I have been friends since we were colleagues at Sports Illustrated and nothing is going to change that. Unless her Buffalo Bills beat my Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. Then she’s dead to me.”

Perloff joined Audacy in 2022 after serving as an on-air personality for the television and radio sports talk program “The Dan Patrick Show” since 2009. Before joining “The Dan Patrick Show,” Perloff was an editor and contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and He has also written magazine stories, books and television shows and co-hosted his own weekend show at NBC Sports Radio from 2016 to 2019.




Damon Amendolara Joins SiriusXM’s Mike Babchik For New Morning Show On Mad Dog Sports Channel

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– SiriusXM announced it has signed popular national sports radio personality Damon Amendolara to be the new morning host on its exclusive 24/7 all-sports channel, Mad Dog Sports Radio. Starting Monday, October 2, Amendolara will host The D.A. Show with Babchik, alongside longtime SiriusXM personality Mike Babchik, every weekday morning from 6-9 am ET. Mad Dog Sports Radio is available to SiriusXM listeners nationwide in their cars (channel 82) and on the SiriusXM app here:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to join SiriusXM and Mad Dog Sports Radio,” said Amendolara. “This is such an incredibly talented team to be part of. I can't wait for the ‘D.A.-liens’ and Mad Dog listeners to unite as I join Babs in the mornings. Let's get the laughs and energy rolling!”

Since 2017, Amendolara has been the lead host of The D.A. Show, the morning show on the CBS Sports Radio Network, heard on over 150 radio stations across North America. Prior to CBS he hosted shows on local stations in Boston, Miami, Kansas City and Fort Myers, FL. He also served as the sideline reporter for Major League Soccer telecasts of the New England Revolution and he has been a contributor to the NFL Network, MLB Network, NFL Films, SNY and NBC Sports Boston.

Babchik has been with SiriusXM since 2008 and has been a co-host on the channel’s previous morning show, Morning Men, since 2011. The debut of The D.A. Show with Babchik follows the recent launch of another new show on Mad Dog Sports Radio – Beadle & Decker, with Michelle Beadle and Cody Decker – and is the latest addition to an all-star weekday lineup on the channel: 6 – 9 am ET:




Susquehanna Radio Reaches Resolution With Former Hosts Dan McDowell & Jake Kemp

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– According to The Dallas News, the parent company of The Ticket has reached a resolution on a lawsuit filed last month against Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp, former co-hosts of the Dallas station’s The Hang Zone. Susquehanna Radio filed the suit last month in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas. The suit claimed McDowell and Kemp were in violation of noncompete agreements they signed in 2018, which is the start date of their last contract with The Ticket.

The Ticket released the following statement: “Susquehanna Radio LLC, parent company of KTCK 96.7 FM/1310 AM The Ticket, along with Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp, are pleased to announce a mutually agreed resolution of their litigation. They each appreciate one another’s sincere efforts to resolve their differences so that everyone involved can move forward. The parties wish each other well.” Kemp read the same statement on The Dumb Zone, a podcast he co-hosts with McDowell.

According to the suit, McDowell and Kemp resigned from the station on July 14 after contract negotiations fell through. Susquehanna Radio, the parent company of Cumulus Radio, alleged that McDowell and Kemp created their podcast while still employed by The Ticket. McDowell and Kemp agreed to pause their podcast late last month as they started a mediation to try and settle the lawsuit.




Nancie Sullivan Named SVP/Sales For iHeart's Phoenix Region

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia has named Nancie Sullivan SVP of Sales for the Phoenix Region, effective immediately. She will report to Linda Little, Region President for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “I am thrilled to have Nancie step into this role and lead our Phoenix sales team to the next level,” said Little. “I know Nancie will bring her passion, creativity and leadership talents to help us further grow our business and partnerships.”

Nancie is promoted to SVP of Sales in the Phoenix Region where she most recently served as the VP of Sales. She also served as the VP of Agency, Multi-Market partnerships and as brand manager of 99.9 KEZ and Mix 96.9. She began her career on the advertising agency side of the business and is a graduate of Arizona State University.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized and trusted by the company I have dedicated my time and efforts. I am thrilled to continue my journey within iHeartMedia, leveraging my deep understanding of the organization, its culture and its values to drive sales excellence,” said Nancie Sullivan.




Chris Bryan Anderson Named PD Of WXLK-FM/K92 Roanoke

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Brett Sharp, General Manager of the Mel Wheeler Inc. cluster of radio stations (WSLC, WSLQ, WXLK, WVBE/WVBB, WFIR, WPLY/WPLI, WZZU) in Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, is pleased to announce that Chris Ryan Anderson has accepted the position of Program Director of WXLK- FM 92.3 - K92. He will also be the acting Promotions Director for K92.

Chris Anderson has programmed and/or worked in Bismarck, Des Moines, Bloomington, Erie, Decatur, and Memphis. Chris Anderson will begin in his new role as PD on 10/09/23.




NETWORKS: Red Apple Audio Networks Signs Lou Dobbs Business Reports for Syndication And Ad Sales

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Red Apple Audio Networks has signed the Lou Dobbs Business Reports for exclusive network syndication and advertising sales. Dobbs, who is highly respected for his financial expertise, has a broadcasting career that spans more than 40 years, including 20 in radio.

The Lou Dobbs Business Reports delivers two-minute reports twice a day, Monday through Friday. The morning report previews the upcoming market open, and the afternoon report is a market wrap-up. The features currently air on 77WABC in New York, with more stations to be announced soon.

“I’m excited about partnering with the Red Apple Audio Networks,” said Dobbs. “Their contacts and reputation for customer service will increase our affiliate base across America.” “Lou has a remarkable understanding of market trends and fluctuations,” said John Catsimatidis, Owner of Red Apple Media and Red Apple Audio Networks. “He has the rare ability to be able to cut through the data and present insightful analysis in a concise manner. He’s a terrific addition to our line-up of big-name personalities.”

To find out more about Red Audio Networks, stations may contact Glen Tacinelli, Vice President, Sales at, 212-613-3835, or Jim Jones at




SNAPS: FM99's 'Rumble In The Morning' Gets Its '15 Minutes Of Fame' With Nod From Ranker.Com

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Saga Norfolk's morning show mainstay 'Rumble in The Morning' led by the eponymous Rick Rumble, writes they're happy to have their 15 minutes of fame courtesy of Ranker .com. The popular site list them as the Funniest Radio Morning Show currently on air.

Rumble says, "When we started the show, we were in 30th place and happy to be part of the conversation. When we went off the air, we were in first place, up against many syndicated, multi-stationed, and International shows. Just checked, still number 1! Clearly they mean Funny/Peculiar or Funny/Odd...

Photo of current crew is attached. Photo in the story is old. Our current team: from left to right Mike Alexander (traffic), Rick Rumble (radio stud), Rina Rizzo (producer), Sean Hood (news) FRONT: Rod Fitzwell (sports, and confusion)

See Ranker Here



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Liberty Media Proposes Merger With SiriusXM


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– John Malone’s Liberty Media is looking to combine its stake in SiriusXM with the rest of the radio company, reports CNBC. The proposal aims to spin off Liberty SiriusXM Group or LSXM, the group through which it owns a 83% stake in SiriusXM, into a new unit that would merge with the radio company.

“SiriusXM minority shareholders will also benefit from enhanced trading dynamics, including increased liquidity and likelihood of future index inclusion,” Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said. SiriusXM said it was evaluating the offer. After the proposed merger, minority investors of SiriusXM would own about 16% of the new company, while Liberty Media would own the rest.

A shares of Liberty Media’s tracking group for the radio company’s stock, rose about 10.4%. Liberty Media also has publicly listed tracking groups for its interest in Formula One and event ticketing firm LiveNation.




Jenn Lopez Returns To Mornings On WOMX-FM Orlando For Mix 'Mornings With Danny & Jenn'

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Jenn Lopez is moving back mornings from middays on Audacy's WOMX/Mix 105.1 Orlando where she'll join Danny Serrano for 'Mix Mornings with Danny & Jenn." She had co-hosted mornings on Mix earlier this year with Dana Taylor before moving to middays.

She shared the news on social media by posting: "Exciting news to share: I'm embarking on a fresh adventure as a host of a brand new morning show on Orlando's legendary heritage radio station, Mix 105.1. ️ This station has seen some absolute legends walk the halls. It's truly a humbling experience to be a part of this legacy and to continue this incredible journey alongside a new generation of talented individuals. Together, we've reimagined, created, shared countless laughs, and forged deep connections based on mutual respect, purpose, and unwavering support. So, welcome to the all-new MIX MORNINGS!

Prior to joining Mix in February, 2021, Lopez spent over three years in mornings at crosstown JVC Media Country WOTW/103.1 The Wolf.





AdLarge Partners With Barometer to Uphold Brand Safety & Suitability

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– AdLarge announced they have partnered with Barometer to enforce brand suitability and safety guidelines across the AdLarge Podcast portfolio. Barometer is an AI company that provides brand suitability and contextual targeting offerings in the podcast space.

In their partnership, Barometer analyzes AdLarge’s podcasts and reports on potentially harmful and sensitive content categories such as violence, hate speech, and suggestive content. Brands and buyers are now able to review scores immediately on a show they’re interested in buying based on the content within the episode to ensure they’re meeting their brand’s own safety and suitability standards. Brands are also able to monitor their ad-buys during and after the campaign to ensure their standards are being upheld.

“As podcasting continues to scale, brand suitability and safety are more important than ever before,” added Cathy Csukas (shown), AdLarge CEO. “It’s imperative we provide this level of transparency and accountability to brands as an industry. We’re proud to partner with Barometer and look forward to continuing to bring innovative services to our partners.” If you’d like to learn more about buying safe and suitable content, please reach out to




Audacy Houston Raises Over $100,000 for Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– More Than 3,500 Underserved Houston Children with Personal Home Library Audacy Houston raised over $100,000 for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (Foundation) during the 4th annual Giving Week campaign. The campaign, in support of one of the Foundation’s signature programs, My Home Library, raises funds to provide home libraries to economically disadvantaged children in Houston. Audacy Houston, the Foundation and Audacy Houston stations Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM), 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM), Sports Radio 610 (KILT-AM) and Mega 101 FM (KLOL-FM) led the campaign from September 18 to September 22

“Through the power of community and compassion, we’re delighted to help provide a brighter future for underserved children,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Houston. “We are proud to support the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation in their critical mission once again.”

“Empowering children with books in their home is one of the most powerful and proven strategies to increasing childhood literacy rates and fostering a lifelong love of reading,” said Julie Finck, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to Audacy Houston and its stations for the incredible commitment of airtime and talent to raise visibility for our important cause and much-needed funds for us to serve even more children across greater Houston.” With support from the Houston community and corporate sponsors, this year’s campaign will provide home libraries of six new books each to more than 3,500 underserved children.




KMJ Fresno Raises $620,000 For California Food Bank In 10th Annual Feeding Families Fund Drive

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Fresno News/Talk station KMJ 580AM/105.9FM raised $620,000 for the Central California Food Bank during KMJ’s 10th Annual Feeding Families Fund Drive, a one-day community collection drive on Friday, September 22, 2023. The drive-through event was held at The Market on Herndon and West in Fresno from 9:00am-6:00pm. In the last decade, KMJ’s Feeding Families Fund Drive has raised a total of over $4.4 Million to help feed area families in need through the Central California Food Bank.

The fundraiser is conducted every year in partnership with the Musson family at Gar Bennett, which very generously matches 50% of the total funds raised through the drive. This year’s “Gar match” continues through the end of September, and KMJ is still collecting donations that will accrue to the total raised this year.

PHOTO ID's (Left to Right) Photo 1: Kym Dildine, CEO, Central California Food Bank, is pictured to the immediate left of the big check presented to the Central California Food Bank. Flanking Kym Dildine are unidentified volunteers for the 10th Annual Feeding Families Fund Drive.




Cumulus Savannah Stations Team For Diaper Drive During National Diaper Need Awareness Week

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Cumulus announces that its Savannah stations I-95/WIXV-FM (Rock), KIX96/WJCL-FM (Country), Magic 103.9/WTYB-FM (Urban AC), and E93/WEAS-FM (Urban) hosted a successful Diaper Drive for Savannah families in need on Saturday, September 23rd during National Diaper Need Awareness Week. The community drive benefited local charities Shelter From the Rain and Over The Moon Diaper Bank with event sponsor, CareSource. Together, they collected 1,914 diapers, 1,458 baby wipes, and $117 in monetary donations.

The event was held from Noon-8:00pm at Walmart on 1955 E. Montgomery Cross Road in Savannah. Please see the release below and attached for details. Also attached are photos for your use, taken at the Diaper Drive. Photo/Billie Marshall, Program Director, I-95/WIXV-FM




'Real Talk, Real Women Event' To Empower Voices & Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are thrilled to announce an inspiring and informative virtual conversation featuring Gemma Serenity, Founder and CEO of the Global Network of Success, Domestic Violence Advocate, and Host of the Real Talk, Real Women Podcast.

This one-hour event explores Gemma's compelling journey, advocacy, and the critical importance of breaking the silence surrounding abusive and toxic relationships. The event, titled "Empowering Voices: Real Talk, Real Women" serves as a powerful catalyst for raising awareness and educating the public about domestic violence. Gemma Serenity, a distinguished award-winning entrepreneur and lifelong advocate for survivors of abuse, will lead a thought-provoking discussion on recognizing abuse, finding one's voice, and seeking help. The event will also feature Gemma’s story of how she empowers survivors’ resilience and transformation, offering hope and inspiration to all attendees.

"At Podbean, we understand that speaking up against domestic violence isn't just important; it's a fundamental act of courage.” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “This event underscores our commitment to amplifying these voices, breaking the silence, and igniting a profound change in our society. Each voice matters, and together, we empower survivors to speak their truth and, in doing so, inspire a world where silence no longer prevails." Register for free, here




WATCH: Guy Who Took The Kelce/ Swift Viral Video Shares All With US 99 Chicago's Scotty Kay

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– If you're among the one or two people on the planet who didn't see Travis Kelse/Taylor Swift video of them walking through the locker room following Sunday's game at Arrowhead stadium, listen to how it actually came down from the guy who took the video. He took to Instagram with US 99 Chicago's Scotty Kay and explained how it all came down.

Scotty tells us, 'He's from Chicago, His name is Jarrett Payton, son of the legendary Walter Payton and sports reporter on WGN-TV Chicago. I called him yesterday to get the scoop on how it all went down." Payton shared that security almost stopped it from happening - Watch Here



7Live Nations Says It's Giving Up 'Merch Cuts'


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Edison: AM/FM Radio 'A Great Place' To Promote Podcasts

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– In this week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog it points to a case study recently done with Cumulus Podcast Network podcasts that reveals why AM/FM radio is a great place to promote podcasts. A majority of the podcast audience also listens to AM/FM radio and vice versa: Edison’s “Infinite Dial” study reveals of the weekly AM/FM radio audience 45% listen to podcasts weekly, 55% listen to podcasts monthly, and 77% have ever listened to podcasts.

Edison’s “Share of Ear” study finds in a typical day, two-thirds of podcast listeners also listen to AM/FM radio. As podcast reach soars, promoting podcasts on AM/FM radio becomes a stronger marketing platform: According to Edison’s just released Q2 2023 “Share of Ear” study, the 25-54 daily reach of podcasts has exploded over the last three years. Currently, nearly one out of three American 25-54s listen to podcasts each day. The greater the time spent with AM/FM radio, the greater the awareness for the promoted podcasts: Overall, 54% of the Cumulus radio audience was aware of the eight Cumulus Podcast Network podcasts.

A much larger promotion of heavy AM/FM radio listeners (67%) were aware of the podcast titles. Podcast advertising recall: Heavy AM/FM radio listeners (over the air and streaming) are more likely to be aware of ads for podcasts on AM/FM radio. Specific podcast promo awareness: Among heavy AM/FM radio listeners, there is 3X more awareness for specific podcasts promoted on AM/FM radio versus light AM/FM radio listeners. Podcast tune-in consideration: One out of four heavy AM/FM radio listeners and 29% of heavy AM/FM radio streaming listeners said they were likely to try listening to the promoted podcasts. Read Blog Here




2023 iHeart Music Festival Back In 'Vegas As Hulu Serves As Official Streaming Destination


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest concluded on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances over the span of two days by Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Lenny Kravitz, Miguel, Public Enemy, Sheryl Crow, Travis Scott, Tim McGraw, TLC and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

The weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music across all genres on the main stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 22 and September 23. The all-new House of Music mixed-reality immersive experience inspired by the artists who performed that weekend at the festival main stage. This free event was open to the public and invited guests to explore over 15 interactive rooms, immersing themselves in the lives, music, and passions of their favorite artists and brands.

For the first time this year, Hulu serves as the Official Streaming Destination of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, adding to its already robust slate of live event content. Performances will be livestreamed exclusively to Hulu subscribers at no additional cost, and highlights will be available on-demand on Hulu October 10 – 31. The 2023 iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia; and Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit Photos/Brian Friedman Getty Images for iHeartRadio




U.S. Black Chambers Acquires NABOB

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– In a groundbreaking move, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) has solidified its status as a pioneering trailblazer, announcing the acquisition of the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), now seamlessly integrated into the newly established USBC Media Network. USBC Media Network, the latest addition to the USBC family, will oversee the USBC Radio Network, NABOB, USBC Events, and USBC Media programs and initiatives.

Ron Busby, President and CEO of USBC, embraced this transformative milestone with unwavering enthusiasm. He stressed, “USBC Media Network is steadfast in its mission to empower, educate, and deeply engage through a vibrant tapestry of high-quality content spanning lifestyle, travel, urban pop culture, sports, business, entertainment, and political news—each delivered with a dedicated focus on enhancing the art of Black storytelling. This evolution opens up new horizons, presenting invaluable opportunities to the more than 257 Black-Owned Media and Broadcast Stations within the USBC-NABOB membership.”

“Our mission remains unequivocal,” affirmed Ron Busby Sr., “We are unwaveringly committed to creating a media platform that fosters engagement and education, cultivating a profound understanding and appreciation for Black entrepreneurship, advocacy, culture, lifestyle, and experiences. Through our content, our objective is to spark meaningful dialogue, foster unity, and kindle transformative change.” The acquisition of NABOB by USBC stands as a pivotal moment in the annals of Black-owned media."

USBC's first offering of 'The Good News' with Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. is being syndicated through KMG Networks.




Ridder Back On The Air In Milwaukee On 92.1 WVTY & 92.5 WMBZ

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– Milwaukee host Shaun “Ridder” Ridderbush is back on the radio. Ridder is on “92.1 VTY Country” from 8A–12P and “92.5 Buzz Country” from 10A–2P. Magnum Media’s WVTY broadcasts from Racine which covers the southern to central part of the Milwaukee Market and 92.5 Buzz Country from West Bend which covers the northern to central portion.

“Ridder” said, “Between VTY and Buzz we cover a lot of territory. I’m excited to be back on the air connecting with people. I’d done it for seven years, so I really missed it. The great people of the Milwaukee area are my life. My life is here, and I never want to leave. So, this fit feels sooo good.”

Dave Magnum stated, “We found out during Ridder’s first week with us how dedicated he is. One of the days he wasn’t able to work from a studio, so he did his shows from his truck. We knew about his CMA recognition, that he’s fast paced, topical, and engaging, but that made us smile even more.”




SNAPS: The Bert Show Dons Diapers After Listeners Raise 52,304 Diapers For Baby Supply Bank

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– Bert Weiss, host of the syndicated The Bert Show, says, "We promised our listeners that if they donated over 50,000 diapers to Helping Mammas we'd do a group Bert Show photo in diapers.

Helping Mammas is THE baby supply bank in Georgia. Sure enough, they came through. As they always do! 52,304 diapers later, here we are!!!!!!




WJBR-FM’s 2023 'Help Our Kids Radiothon' Raises $323,278 For Children’s Hospital

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– Beasley announced that WJBR-FM’s 2023 Help Our Kids Radiothon raised $323,278 to benefit Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. The 13th annual event took place from Thursday, September 21st through Friday, September 22ndin the Anthony R. Fusco Atrium.

Mix 99.5 featured live broadcasts throughout the two days with Deanna & Justin in the Morning, Mike Rossi, Eric Johnson, Donna Cavender, Lora Lewis, Michael Waite and more!

“Another successful Help Our Kids Radiothon on Mix 99.5 FM WJBR Wilmington Delaware for Nemours Children’s Hospital,” said station Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality Eric Jonhson. “Over the past three years our team, loyal clients and listeners have raised over $1,000,000 for the kids.” For more information, please visit . Photo caption: L-R: WJBR-FM PD Eric Johnson, Midday Host Mike Rossi, Public Affairs Director Lora Lewis and station Alumni Michael Waite in the Atrium at Nemours Children’s Hospital




Chris Janson Returns To Guest Host In Middays On Go Country 105 LA In October

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023 –– Big Machine Label Group artist Chris Janson returns to the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO) as guest host throughout the month of October. He'll air weekdays from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday, October 2nd through Friday October 27 2023. This will be Janson’s third time guest hosting on the station.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing talent for the month of October. Chris has such a huge following in Southern California, and I know they will be thrilled to hear him on the station,” stated Go Country 105 Station Manager, Michael Levine. “I love Los Angeles and I love Go Country,” says Janson. “It’s gonna be a great time guest hosting again, and I’m really looking forward to being on-air with the fans!” Fans around the world will be able to hear Chris Janson each day at and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.




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Beasley To Launch Podcast Radio U.S. In Four Markets

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023 –– Beasley Media Group has partnered with Podcast Radio and KMG Networks to unveil a new podcast multiplatform radio format in four regions across the company. It will air via broadcast in multiple regions on Beasley stations, including: Detroit: 93.5 FM and WCSX-94.7 HD2 Tampa: 1010 WJBR-AM (formerly WHFS-AM) Charlotte: 94.7 FM and WSOC-HD3 Ft. Myers / Naples: 96.5 FM/101.5 FM & 105.1 FM and WXKB-HD2 In addition, fans of spoken word content will also be able to stream the first four custom stations and discover new podcasts via the website.

The stations and digital channels will be branded as Podcast Radio Carolinas, Podcast Radio Southwest Florida, Podcast Radio Detroit and Podcast Radio Tampa Bay. Each region’s podcast content will be supported with localized imaging, promos, and ID’s. The initiative with Beasley is the first of its kind for the company in the United States. The format will be offered to radio stations and groups on a network/barter basis via KMG Networks. AdLarge Media has been selected to facilitate the network advertising sales.

“Podcast Radio is an idea that Caroline Beasley and our team have been thinking about and researching for years and we’re excited to be the first to launch this format in the United States,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “This concept has been highly successful for Gerry and his team in the United Kingdom, and we believe our audience will fall in love with the Podcast Radio U.S. version we present on our stations.” "We are beyond excited to be working with Beasley as a forward-thinking and innovative company,” said Gerry Edwards, Founder & CEO of Podcast Radio. "KMG and Podcast Radio is excited to partner with Beasley Media Group to be the first to bring this proven and innovative idea to the U.S,” said Gary Krantz, Founder & CEO of KMG/KMG Networks. “When we evaluated the business opportunity in America, it was their forward-looking team that shared our vision immediately and stepped up to work collaboratively to execute this across key regions within the Beasley Media Group platform.”

“This collaboration underscores AdLarge’s commitment to delivering exceptional advertising solutions to our clients,” commented Cathy Csukas, AdLarge CEO. “We are poised to unlock new opportunities for advertisers, enabling them to reach their target audiences through premium content.”



Fred Jacobs: Radio 'In Need Of A Coach Prime'

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs blogs today on the big story in football is the maximum swagger of new Colorado Buffaloes head coach, Deion Sanders. And given his storied career as a star football player, a star baseball player, and on TV as a personality/commentator, Jacobs asks, "Is there nothing this guy cannot do at the highest level?" Jacobs says, "His team is all-in. So is the entire state of Colorado. For that matter, so are millions around the world, looking for something to believe in. Sanders believes…and you should, too."

" A different but similar transformation is taking place here in Detroit, another haven for football frustration and mediocrity. After decades of abject failure and ridicule, head coach Dan Campbell has let his passion and pride do the talking. From the laughing stock of the NFL, the Lions are strangely becoming a very different of “America's Team.” Many of you got to know Campbell thanks to the amazing HBO series “Hard Knocks” that aired before the 2022 season. America learned the lowly Lions were being led by a man possessed by an intense drive to win.

"And that brings us to the “sport” of radio programming," adds Jacobs.. There was a day when PDs were often similar to swashbucklers like Sanders and Campbell. Sure, some were smarter or more successful than others. But many shared a certain swagger than made their staffs – salespeople and all – want to follow them ... The reality is that radio is sorely in need of a Coach Prime or MCDC – someone willing to shake up the norm with a vision that may not sound like “the way we've always done it.” ... There's something happening on football fields that the air studios of America could use some of. Continue reading here.



HONORS: Urban One's Dominique Da Diva Named To HBCU First Look 100 'I Aspire' List

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023 –– Veteran national media personality, Dominique Da Diva, host of The Dominique Da Dave Radio Show, was named to the inaugural HBCU First Look 100 "I Aspire" List. The list salutes significant content creators in the film, television, and broadcast industries and includes such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Nick Cannon, Spike Lee, Common, Michael Strahan, Arsenio Hall, and Taraji P. Henson. Kashon Powell, Urban One's vice president of programming, says, “I’ve been with Diva right from the beginning 10 years ago when I hired her for her first radio position in Norfolk. I'm thrilled to see he get the recognition she deserves as one of the top 100 recognized HBCU alums who are shining such a positive light in preparing the next generation of content creators."

“Being named to the Inaugural HBCU 100 is a dream come true,” says Dominique. “This is truly an honor so early in my career to be on the same list with my media icons and moguls like Oprah. I have to thank my Urban One family for giving me this great platform for growth and self-development. I'm so proud we are the Number One urban radio show in DC, Baltimore, and Richmond. ".

Dominique currently hosts The Dominique Da Diva Radio show, which airs simultaneously on Urban One’s WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C., and WERQ-FM in Baltimore, MD, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. as well as middays on WCDX in her hometown of Richmond. Dominique also co-hosts the widely popular podcast Divas Unfiltered, now in its fourth season, with her best friend and fellow WKYS and 92Q media personality Chey Parker (92.3 Baltimore).



The Black Keys And Jelly Roll To Headline Audacy's Riptide Music Festival In Fort Lauderdale

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023 –– Good vibes are on the horizon as Audacy announces The Black Keys and Jelly Roll will headline this year’s Riptide Music Festival. They'll be joined by Bleachers, Lovejoy, Cannons, Silversun Pickups, Flo Rida, Misterwives, Beach Weather, Little Image, The Beaches, Jack Kays and more to be announced for the end-of-year beach party. Riptide Music Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park on December 2 and 3.

“Riptide Music Festival is the premier beachfront event and we can’t wait to bring two days of amazing music, food and fun to the sunny sands of Fort Lauderdale,” said Claudia Menegus, Regional President, Audacy. “What’s especially exciting about this year’s lineup is that we’ve included some of the hottest crossover stars in music today, giving our devoted attendees the acts they love and welcoming new festival goers with the chance to experience a wide variety of performers. Don't miss out on two days of live music on two stages and this epic celebration of sound and sensation!” The LowTide pre-sale for two-day tickets begins Tuesday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. ET.




Corey Deitz Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023 –– Veteran host Corey Deitz of 100.3 The Edge in central Arkansas annoounced via Facebook that he would be retiring from radio at the end of the year. "Today I announced on-the-air I'm going to retire from radio in December. Here's a transcript: I have some personal news that I'd like to share with you. It's a bittersweet moment for me, but I've made a big decision and I want to tell you personally. After much contemplation and reflection with my wife and family, I have decided to retire at the end of December. This decision was not easy, and it's one that I've thought about for some time. But, I believe it's the right time for me to do this."

Dietz added, "I've been doing morning radio in Central Arkansas for the past 25 years and it's been a great run. For most of the past 43 years, I've been getting up at about 3 a.m. to do a morning show. Actually, in total, including college, I've been doing radio for the past 50 years. The good news is: I finally think I've got it down! "

Dietz announced that he was going to release a book about the history of the show within the next couple of weeks. It will be available on Kindle and in paperback. It will also be free on Kindle for a short time when it's released.Corey Deitz, 100.3 The Edge




Jim Costa & Jon Jansen To Host New Weekday Show On 97.1 The Ticket Detroit

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22TH, 2023 –– Audacy's 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), flagship station of the Detroit Lions, has elevated Jim Costa to new morning show host alongside current morning show co-host Jon Jansen. “Costa & Jansen” will be heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET beginning in February 2024, following the conclusion of the Lions season.

“I'm thrilled that Jim Costa will be the next co-host of the 97.1 The Ticket morning show,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “Jim has spent the last few years building a great relationship with his listeners. We look forward to the talents of Jim Costa and Jon Jansen entertaining and informing the Detroit sports audience and can't wait to see how the show evolves in 2024.”

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Costa. “My whole career, I've chased the chance to build a show on 97.1 The Ticket. I grew up listening to this station and rooting for these teams. To start the conversation in Detroit every morning is special. Jon Jansen and I are a good contrast; we play off each other well, and I'm excited for the show we will create along with Heather and the entire morning show crew.”

Costa joined 97.1 The Ticket in February 2021. Most recently, Costa hosted nights, weekends, and primetime fill-ins. Additionally, he served as the studio host for the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers. Costa also co-hosts the popular sports betting podcast “Cash The Ticket” with afternoon drive host Mike Valenti.



The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show Gives $100,000 Playground To School In Need

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– YEA Networks’ The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’s “Recess Redo” promotion resulted in the show’s single biggest giveaway: A $100,000+ playground which was awarded to Frank Madla Elementary in San Antonio, TX. After hundreds of entries from around the country and online voting through May and June, Play and Park Structures built and installed the state-of-the-art playground for the elementary school that’s only previous play area was a concrete courtyard.

Hosts J-Si Chavez and Kellie Rasberry (shown) were on-hand for the ribbon cutting which included dancers, mariachi music, bubbles and much more. J-Si said, “I felt nostalgia. I saw a lot of kids who reminded me of me… in a school similar to the one I attended when I first moved to this country. The smiles, the handwritten notes, the “thank you” from each kid, and the hugs were everything. Their school has a playground now. This will be a core memory, where they can build even more memories. You could truly tell they were thankful and proud to have won, and they should be proud. The staff at Frank Madla is doing such a great job with these kids!”



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'The Drive With Zach Bye And Denver's Own Phillip Lindsay' Headline New 104.3 Lineup

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– Bonneville Denver announced a new lineup on Denver’s Sports Station 104.3 The Fan (KKFN-FM) that will go into effect today, Sept. 19. “The Drive with Zach Bye and Denver, Colorado’s own Phillip Lindsay” begins a new era for the station’s flagship program airing weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Denver native raised in the Mile High City, Lindsay gained notoriety locally as a star running back at Denver South High School. He then attended the University of Colorado where he became a team captain and the school’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and yards from scrimmage. Lindsay then joined the Denver Broncos where he was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and posted consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

“I can’t put into words how thrilled I am to team up with Zach and begin my new career in this city that means absolutely everything to me,” said Lindsay. “I know what it means to be from Denver, I’ve lived here my entire life. This is my city. This is my home. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got, just like I did every time I stepped on the field here.” Lindsay will team with Zach Bye, who has spent the past seven years hosting middays at 104.3 The Fan as well as’s “Mile High Hoops” podcast. “It remains incredibly humbling to be a part of this community and 104.3 The Fan,” said Bye. “I’m honored to join Phil, as we carry on the incredible legacy of ‘The Drive’ while making the show our own.”

Replacing Bye as Brandon Stokley’s partner will be Josh Dover on the new program “Stokley and Josh,” airing weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dover joins the station after spending the past seven years in Denver with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KKSE-FM) where he hosted middays. 104.3 The Fan will extend their popular morning show “Schlereth and Evans” by an additional hour. Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans will broadcast from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. weekday mornings.




Drew Anderssen Rises To To Format VP Of News/Talk Formats For Audacy

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– Audacy has elevated Drew Anderssen to Format Vice President to lead brand and format strategy and execution for the company’s News/Talk portfolio. He will continue to serve as Brand Manager of Newsradio 1080 KRLD (KRLD-AM) in Dallas. “Drew is an experienced leader with bold ideas for the future of the News/Talk format,” Jeff Sottolano, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, Audacy. “With his proven expertise, we are confident that Drew will lead the way in shaping our brand and format strategy, delivering exceptional content and driving continued success for our local brands and our digital platforms.”

“I'm so thankful for the incredible opportunity to be a greater part of the best spoken word portfolio of brands in America,” said Anderssen. “Thank you, David Field, Susan Larkin, Jeff Sottolano, Dave Richards, Brian Purdy and the entire Audacy Leadership team.”

Anderssen is a veteran news, talk, and sports radio programmer with a track record of performance successes. He joined the Audacy Dallas team in May 2022 as NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and Texas State Networks Brand Manager. Before joining Audacy, Anderssen spent 24 years working with Cox Media Group in multiple formats and locations, most recently serving as the national News/Talk and Sports Format Leader and Brand Manager of 95.5 WSB in Atlanta. He also previously served as Operations Manager in Orlando for multiple stations and as Brand Manager for News 96.5 WDBO and ESPN 580.




David Krulewich (DK) Joins Audiohook As Chief Revenue Officer

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– Audiohook has named David Krulewich (DK) its new Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Most recently, DK served as Executive Vice President of Programmatic, Podcasting, Data and Product at Katz Digital, a division of iHeartMedia. He joined Katz via their acquisition Audiology, a company which he co-founded in 2017. Prior to Audiology, DK worked for Connexity, Inc. DK also spent several years at Yahoo! Inc. He started his career at Warner Media working for TBS, TNT and truTV.

“We are excited to welcome DK to the Audiohook team as our Chief Revenue Officer,” commented Jordan Bently, CEO and Founder of Audiohook. “DK’s extensive experience marked by the exceptional ability to drive revenue and a visionary approach to digital audio, has forged a distinguished path within the industry. He’s a perfect fit to lead our commercial efforts and I look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow and innovate.”

“I have been watching Audiohook and Jordan’s impressive trajectory for a while and I’m pumped to join the team,” added DK. “Audiohook’s commitment to delivering value to advertisers and publishers as well as their dedication to creating cutting-edge solutions aligns with my passion for delivering successful customer outcomes. I’m eager to work with the talented team at Audiohook and shape the future of audio technology.”



iHeart's Inside Sales SVP Chuck Deskins Announces Retirement After 32 Years

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia’s Chuck Deskins, Senior Vice President, Inside Sales Division, has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2023. Deskins has been with iHeartMedia for more than 32 years, beginning his career in Cincinnati as an Account Executive at 700 WLW in 1987 when the company was known as Jacor Communications. Following Jacor’s purchase by Clear Channel, Deskins served in his first management role as Local Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and Director of Sales in Tampa. He then served as Market President in Atlanta in 2006, Vice President of Sales in Miami in 2008 and Vice President of Sales in Tampa from 2009 to 2014.

After moving to roles as the owner/publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine and as a partner at Advantage Marketing advertising agency, Deskins returned to iHeart and joined the Inside Sales Division in 2018, where he was promoted to lead the Inside Sales Team in 2019. Deskins’ final role at iHeartMedia was SVP of the Inside Sales Division, a team of nearly 100 full-time employees and over 75 Account Executives that offer iHeart’s suite of broadcast, events, digital and podcast products to advertisers across all markets. In the role,

“Chuck has been the very example of what iHeart is all about – hardworking, innovative, creative and, above all, a great teammate at each of his impressive career stops in our company. We’re honored he spent so much of his career here, and will miss his expertise and leadership,” said Hartley Adkins, President of Market Groups for iHeartMedia. “I’m really going to miss my Inside Sales Family and all my iHeart friends across the country. What an awesome group. Thanks to everyone for making this an awesome ride,” said Deskins.




MIX 96.5 Houston On The Hunt For Morning Executive Producer Post

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– KHMX-FM Audacy Houston has a rare opportunity for a multimedia superstar to join our local morning team at the legendary Mix 96.5! They are looking for a Driver/Executive Producer who can confidently lead relatable, entertaining and engaging conversations. You are joining two established local co-hosts (Sarah Pepper & Jessie Watt) and while everyone on the show will contribute to content, you will work as the chief strategist.You should be a great storyteller, understand the concept of forward momentum in a PPM world and be immersed in pop-culture.

Individuals applying for this position must possess a strong work ethic, be detail oriented in off-air planning/execution and understand how to maximize ratings and revenue success. Must thrive in creating connections on air /online / on site and relate to the lifestyle that is Houston.

This is a full time, local position. More about this position and link to apply: Melissa Chase




Cheryl Burke Is Back With An All-New iHeartPodcast, “Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans”

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– iHeartPodcasts together with Cheryl Burke announce “Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans”, a new weekly podcast with its debut episodes now available. Professional dancer Cheryl Burke has been a part of Dancing with the Stars since the very beginning. 25 Seasons of the samba, the rumba, and the cha-cha. 24 Partners, 6 finals, and 2 mirror ball trophies. She knows all the secrets, the behind-the-scenes arguments, the flings, the flirting and the fighting.

"Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans” debuts with two episodes with special guests including Bachelor OG and fan-favorite Trista Sutter, who was on the very first season of Dancing with the Stars, and Heather Morris from Glee who graced the ballroom dancefloor on Season 24. Listeners can tune in now for the first two episodes. Follow @sexliesandspraytans and @cherylburke on Instagram for updates. “Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts. Listen now on the iHeartRadio app and anywhere podcasts are heard.




SNAPS: Shotgun Tom, Wink Martindale Among Honorees At California Music Hall of Fame 2023

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023 –– The California Music Hall of Fame is set for September 23rd and joining among the honored recording artists are radio's Shotgun Tom and Wink Martindale (who'll also serve as emcee). The California Music Hall Of Fame presented in honor of Bobby Kimball of 'Cannifnal and the headhunters', will also honor Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Laurence Juber, Dennis Tufano (Buckinghams), Ron Whitaker, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Mike Pinera (Blues Image), Gary Puckett, Leon Hughes (The Coasters), Sanford Townsend Band, Ron Dante (The Archies), Rick Derringer, Carol Kaye, Merrilee Rush, Larry Tamblyn (The Standells), Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Catz in the Hatz, and many surprise guests.

The California Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony marks the continuation of the journey to accomplish the establishment of the California Music Hall Of Fame Music Center, which will pay tribute to and preserve America’s musical legacy and foster the continued growth of America’s music. ​ ​ Get more info here



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After 4-Decades In AM-Drive, Brother Wease Moves To Late Mornings At WAIO-FM Rochester

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Beginning today, Sept. 18th, beloved Rochester morning host Brother Wease will be heard in middays at WAIO-FM/95.1 from 9:00 to noon. He'll be joined by his wife Doreen, JohndDiTullio and Dale Budziszewski, aka Dale Buda. Wease said he requested the change for a lot of reasons. “I’ve been getting up at 4:30 in the morning for work for 38 years,” he said after Friday’s broadcast. So, he was ready for something new — but he suspects dthat others are, too. According to the Rochester Democrat, this is one of a number of changes the iHeart outlet is making.

The 6 to 9 a.m. time slot will be filled by the nationally syndicated “Rover’s Morning Glory,” which previously aired on the station from 2 to 7 p.m. The noon to 2 p.m. slot will be hosted by two other iHeart hosts: Jeremy Newman, who airs on WDVI-FM (100.5), or Country 100.5, and longtime WHAM-AM (1180) talk show host Bob Lonsberry. (Previously, DiTullio and Budziszewski had a show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And in early 2022, Newman briefly hosted a 9 to 11 a.m. show with Pete Kennedy.)

DiTullio and Deanna King, Wease’s former morning show partner, will be on from 2 to 6 p.m., and “News Junkie,” another nationally syndicated program, will air from 6 to 10 p.m. Since his start there in 1983 as a sales rep, a number of personalities who got their start on the show went on to become huge stars in other markets, including Greg “Opie” Hughes, BJ Shea and Stephanie Miller, who was known to Rochester listeners as “Sister Sleaze.”

(Wease) said he feels “very badly that people who have woken up with me for many, many years. But at the same time, I have many friends and acquaintances that used to listen to my show after 9 a.m., because I used to go to 11. So, I feel bad for the morning people, but at least I didn’t retire.” 'It’s really huge to me.'

Wease was awarded the prestigious Kidd Kraddick Award at Morning Show Boot Camp in 2019 followed by The Radio Hall of Fame in 2021and the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in March of this year.



Rolling Stone Founder Jann Wenner Removed From Rock Hall Leadership After Controversial Comments

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Founder ofRolling Stone magazine and a co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jann Wenner, has been removed from the hall’s board of directors after making comments that were seen as denigrating Black and female musicians. “Jann Wenner has been removed from the Board of Directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation,” the hall said Saturday, a day after Wenner’s comments were published in a New York Times interview.

Wenner, while doing publicity for his new book “The Masters,” which features interviews with musicians Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend and U2’s Bono — all white and male, was asked why he didn’t interview women or Black musicians, Wenner responded: “It’s not that they’re inarticulate, although, go have a deep conversation with Grace Slick or Janis Joplin. Please, be my guest. You know, Joni (Mitchell) was not a philosopher of rock ’n’ roll. She didn’t, in my mind, meet that test,” he told the Times. “Of Black artists — you know, Stevie Wonder, genius, right? I suppose when you use a word as broad as ‘masters,’ the fault is using that word. Maybe Marvin Gaye, or Curtis Mayfield? I mean, they just didn’t articulate at that level,” Wenner said.

In the interview, Wenner seemed to acknowledge he would face a backlash reported Huffpost. “Just for public relations sake, maybe I should have gone and found one Black and one woman artist to include here that didn’t measure up to that same historical standard, just to avert this kind of criticism.”

Wenner later Apologized, “In my interview with The New York Times, I made comments that diminished the contributions, genius, and impact of Black and women artists and I apologize wholeheartedly for those remarks,” he said in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter

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Adam Sprenger Named Operations Manager Of 102.9 The Wolf And 104.1 Jack FM Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Audacy has named Adam Sprenger Operations Manager of 102.9 The Wolf (KMNB-FM) and 104.1 Jack FM (KZJK-FM) in Minneapolis. He will continue to serve as Brand Manager for 104.1 Jack FM. “I’m delighted to elevate Adam to Operations Manager of these two local favorites,” said Jeff Gonsales, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Minneapolis. “He has shown us his competitive drive to win through his outstanding leadership at Jack FM, and we have full confidence that, under his leadership, both brands will continue to thrive and provide exceptional entertainment to our listeners.”

“I'm really excited to work with and learn from Tim Roberts, Marci Braun and the crew at 102.9 The Wolf,” said Sprenger. “I would like to thank Jeff Sottolano, Dave Richards, Rachel Williamson and Jeff Gonsales for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Sprenger started his radio career in December 2003 as an overnight/weekend jock at Mix 104.1 (WXPT-FM) in Minneapolis. After the station flipped formats to 104.1 Jack FM in April 2005, he became the Assistant Program Director and Imaging Director of the station before being elevated to Program Director in October 2014. He also previously served as a weekend on-air host on KCLD in St. Cloud in 2005 and as Assistant Program Director of 102.9 LITE FM in Minneapolis from 2005 to 2011.




Audacy Chicago Names Doug Levy As General Sales Manager

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Audacy Chicago has named Doug Levy GSM. Doug is a radio veteran with deep ties to the market. He started his career at Katz Media and later became the DOS of Univision. Doug went on to lead both the television and radio divisions as President and General Manager of Televisaunivision, a Spanish-language multimedia company.

He was also previously a weekend personality on 93XRT (WXRT-FM) for over a decade. Thank you for your consideration.




Jacobs Media And Mark Ramsey Research Unveil 'Next Adjacent Audience' Research For Public Media

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Today, research and consulting firms Jacobs Media and Mark Ramsey Research announced the launch of a research initiative for public radio stations to help identify the next generation of listeners. As Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs describes, “We speak with a wide variety of public radio stations constantly, and while they all talk about audience expansion and diversification, there’s too much guesswork without research to help guide their decisions."

Jacobs says, " We have been able to unlock the mystery behind audience expansion through this innovative research and backed up by the findings and recommendations from the ‘Playbook,’ we are confident we will be able to identify the next adjacent audiences and develop approaches to grow audiences.” The companies have provided a white paper that details this research approach at This research process was utilized by Maine Public in 2022. Since that time, Maine Public has been initiating the findings of the work, with great success.

Mark Ramsey provides additional insight into the value of this work for public radio: “There’s power in understanding the surprising and unique needs, habits, and tastes of audiences new to public media whose interests and values align with those of today’s core public media audiences. Mapping the media habits and content preferences of potential new audiences to the tastes of today’s fans and our own commitment to public service creates an abundance of opportunities for public media.” For more information, contact: Fred Jacobs –
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KYW To Presents Live 'Fixing The Schools' Town Hall

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– A recent Pennsylvania court ruling is turning up the pressure for increasing funding after it found state support for schools is unconstitutional. This year’s state budget saw a historic boost to school money that advocates say will make a big difference in giving students the necessary resources. But decades of mounting issues continue to plague city schools. Too many buildings have issues with lead, asbestos and faulty HVAC systems. Far too many students are below grade level in reading and math – a reality that worsened during the pandemic. And the trauma of the city’s gun violence crisis continues to take a toll on children in their formative years.

As the 2023-24 school year begins, KYW Newsradio (103.9 FM / 1060 AM) is hosting a special live broadcast event on September 18 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET with key stakeholders to discuss the state of public education in Philadelphia. Broadcast live from Audacy’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, the event will be moderated by KYW Newsradio Morning Anchor Ian Bush with questions from KYW Newsradio Education Reporter Mike DeNardo and others.

“We stand at a pivotal moment for public education in Philadelphia. While the recent court decision is poised to be a gamechanger for schools, the systemic challenges that have plagued our schools for decades won’t be easily solved,” said Kevin McCorry, News Director, KYW Newsradio. “We’re proud to leverage our platform to bring together a panel with diverse viewpoints to discuss critical issues including deteriorating infrastructure, academic disparities, and gun violence. The future of our city depends on the quality of education we provide to our students and conversations like these can kick start action.”




Buzz Knight Media Announces Release Of Episode Two of The Music Saved Me Podcast with Jelly Roll

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Buzz Knight Media Productions, the creator of the hit podcast Takin A Walk-Music History on foot is proud to release episode two of the new Music Saved Me Podcast with multi-genre BMG Nashville Singer/Songwriter Jelly Roll. Hosted by the esteemed radio and television personality, Lynn Hoffman, celebrated for her exceptional voice over talents, 'Music Saved Me' delves deep into the lives of musicians who have experienced the therapeutic and transformative powers of music.

"As we began thinking about the Music Saved Me Podcast, we set our sites on getting Jelly Roll on as a guest to tell his powerful and inspiring story and we’re so glad we did. His spirit embodies the mission of our podcast.” according to Producer Buzz Knight. The episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Music Saved Me | Jelly Roll - Music Saved Me | Podcast on Spotify Music Saved Me is a proud supporter of Musicians on Call.




Podbean Presents, Kids Podcast Deep-Dive With Hero Complex

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2023 –– Brace yourselves for an enchanting rendezvous with the world of children's podcasts, as Rob Tinkler, the imaginative genius behind "Imagination Meditation" and the esteemed Hero Complex network, invites you to a captivating hour of discovery. "This event showcases the inner workings of children's podcasting and we’re excited to share Rob’s valuable insights into captivating young audiences with immersive audio experiences.” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “Podcasters will glean techniques to create engaging content, fostering a new level of storytelling that resonates with kids and parents alike."

Reserve your spot today and embark on a captivating voyage into the heart of podcasting for kids. It's set for Tuesday, September 19th, 2023, 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST Online event (Livestreamed on Youtube and Linkedin) Plus, it's FREE Register to join HERE



7Russell Brand Allegations; Management Company Drops Him


Comedian Russell Brand Accused Of Rape, Abuse, And Assault By Four Women

.. Management Company Cuts Ties

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Beasley Unveils Programming Changes In Philadelphia; Bill Weston To Retire At End Of Year

Bill Weston Announces Retirement - Eric Johnson Named WMGK-FM PD & Midday Personality - Chuck Damico Ascends to PD Role at WMMR-FM

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Beasley announced the following changes taking place within the company’s Philadelphia radio cluster: “The Matt Cord Show with Steve Vassalotti” has officially replaced retired Radio Hall of Famer John DeBella mornings on WMGK-FM as of Tuesday, September 5th, 2023. The show is followed on the air by Eric Johnson (Middays 10-2 p.m. beginning on September 25th), Andre Gardner (2-7 p.m.) and Tony Harris (7 p.m.- Midnight). Current 97.5 The Fanatic Program Director and longtime WMMR-FM Assistant PD Chuck Damico will ascend as the new PD at Beasley’s legendary rock station, WMMR-FM when Bill Weston departs at the end of the year.

Legendary Beasley Media Group Vice President of Talent Development and WMMR-FM/WMGK-FM Program Director Bill Weston has announced that he will be officially retiring following a successful 45-year radio career at the end of 2023. Weston launched his highly respected radio programming career serving as the Music Director at WGRQ-FM in Buffalo. He subsequently went on to work at WIXV-FM in Savannah, WKLR-FM and WDYL-FM in Richmond, VA, WHJY-FM in Providence, and WAXQ-FM in New York City, before eventually landing at WMMR-FM and WMGK-FM in Philadelphia.

“Over the past 45 years in radio, I’ve felt lucky to go to ‘work’ and help create, inform, and entertain our listeners,” said Weston. “I’m equally fortunate to have done so working alongside so many talented and passionate people. It’s been a privilege and I thank each and every one for their part in my success.”




WATCH - Jacobs Unveils AQ5 Results In Webinar

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Titled 'AQ5: Radio Talent in the AI Era', Jacobs Media chief Fred Jacobs unveiled the first public offering of this year's AQ5 via a webinar. He says beyond the myriad of challenges our industry has faced these past few years, AI has now quickly emerged and is starting to make an impact.

Jacobs tells Jockline, "​​​​​I am really thankful for the participation in this study AND the webinar. The turnout was great. But the gap between management and talent isn't narrowing. Talent feel taken for granted and in many cases, overworked. Given their importance to the health of the medium, I'd sure hope these findings would spur conversations in corporate headquarters. There's an opportunity for companies to make themselves destinations for talent, but it will require a commitment. Hubbard has stepped up at Boot Camp the last three years, starting a trend that's spreading to other companies. Being able to hang out with the CEO and corporate team in a relaxed setting helps." "

"The data on AI was an eye opener for lots of people. I expected personalities to be (mostly) fearful of AI, but I'd hope greater numbers of them would grasp the need to learn more about this technology. Many are pursuing serious "side hustles" as Corey Dylan's panel talked about back in 2022. Overall, that's a healthy trend for these personalities who are becoming more entrepreneurial with each passing year."

"I think the continuing trend that talent is wearing too many "hats" is an ongoing issue, impacting a lot of personalities. In spite of it all, it's hard not to be impressed by the passion so many bring to the air studio day in and day out. Despite the advertising recession and job cuts, most members of the talent community are stoked about their careers in radio. That lifts my spirits."

In collaboration with Don Anthony and Morning Show Boot Camp, Jacobs Media interviewed more than 500 current and former on-air personalities, hosts, and producers in the U.S. for AQ5 – the industry's only all-air talent survey (and the fifth in our series). Catch Webinar Here




Nava And Reyes Take Over Mornings Of 'Levántate' On K-LOVE 107.5 FM LA

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Univision Los Angeles announced the comeback of its morning radio show, “Levántate” (Get Up) on K-LOVE 107.5 FM. Starting September 14, Nava and Reyes will take over mornings “Levántate” airs Monday through Friday on K-LOVE 107.5 FM from 5am to 10am and is syndicated in the San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Phoenix and Fresno markets, with Austin and Houston airing in Midday, as well as nationally via the Uforia App.

“It’s not often that you have two hosts that have cross-over appeal and consumer engagement across radio, television and digital platforms, as well as the music industry, that credits K-LOVE 107.5 for their success.” Tweet this "This exciting announcement with a new talent lineup that joins our K-Love 107.5 FM in Los Angeles is a testament to our efforts to continue serving the audience and create a destination for listeners to enjoy music and entertainment and access the latest news," commented Ismar Santa Cruz, Senior Vice President, Radio Content and Programming.

Host, Maria Elena Nava is joining K-LOVE from sister station Recuerdo 103.9 / 98.3 FM. She is a pioneer in the radio industry, helping open doors for women as on-air talent, as well as many of the beloved and core artists found on K-Love 107.5 and beyond. Denise Reyes, co-host, has hosted on K-LOVE in Los Angeles Monday through Friday 7pm to 12am. In an additional change to the K-LOVE, Erica Reyna has joined Luis Sandoval on Buena Vibra (Good Vibes) from 3pm to 7pm.




Search For Taylor Swift And Beyoncé Reporters By Newspaper Chain Draws Backlash

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– First it was Taylor Swift, then Gannett announced the search for a dedicated Beyoncé reporter to add coverage of the mega-stars latest news. But soon the largest newspaper chain in the United States struck a nerve with some in the media. This follows a time where newsrooms have continued to shrink across the U.S., prompting mixed reaction to the job postings.

Deadline reports Some journalists pointed out that Gannett cut its workforce last year with 400 employees laid off in August 2022, and a further 6% of the company’s U.S. media division in December. I know everyone is dunking on this, but I’m going to add on. Last year @Gannett laid off at least 600 ppl and stopped filling 400 jobs. People had to wait almost 2 months for their severance, which btw was capped at 26 years. Local this, local that. Where are the priorities?

Kristin Roberts, Gannett’s Chief Content Officer, said in a statement to CBS News that USA Today Network is “committed to serving our communities across America with journalism that is essential to millions of readers, viewers and listeners. And that includes providing our audience with content they crave.” She also said that Gannett has hired 225 journalists since March and now has more than 100 open posts, per The New York Times. See story Here




Reminder: Join Three Morning Show Boot Camp 'Airblazers' For MIW's First 'Behind the Mic' Webinar


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) will present the first in the Tools of the Trade webinar series: “Behind the Mic.” Featuring three of broadcast’s most dynamic and prominent on-air personalities; Angela Yee, Dana Cortez and Patty Steele, this informative and fun conversation will take place next week, Wednesday, September 20th at 2:00 PM Eastern time.

Don't miss this 45 minute discussion as three Morning Show Boot Camp Airblazers: Angela Yee, former co-host of “The Breakfast Club” who just launched her own nationally-syndicated radio show, “Way Up with Angela Yee,” Dana Cortez, nationally syndicated morning show host heard on several major market stations including Phoenix, Houston, and San Antonio, and Patty Steele, legendary veteran New York broadcast figure who has worked for decades along side acclaimed talent like Scott Shannon, Elvis Duran and Danny Bonaduce and recently launched her own podcast, “The Backstory with Patty Steele,” share their captivating stories about their own unique journeys coming up in the business, how they recognized obstacles and the steps they took to address and overcome them, and their advice for branding yourself in this industry in 2023. CLICK HERE to register.



7Aaron Rodgers Has Surgery; Disney Pushes Back On ABC Sale


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EDISON: What Is It About The Car That Makes The Linear Audio Experience So Appealing?

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– Two weeks ago, Edison's Weekly Insights talked about how the percent of daily audio time Americans spend with linear audio just was passed by the time spent with on-demand audio. But what about listening in various locations? In the graphic below, you can see that for listening in locations except for in-car, the majority of daily audio time is spent with on-demand platforms (60%) compared with 40% to linear platforms. This would include listening at home, at work, and other places such as taking walks, or when at the grocery store or gym.

There is a very different proportion of linear to on-demand listening in the car, however. In the car, 76% of the time spent with audio by Americans age 13+ is with linear platforms, which include AM/FM radio, radio streams, SiriusXM Radio, and other radio services. On-demand platforms, such as paid streaming services, podcasts, or owned music such as CDs, garner 24% of the total in-car listening time. Clearly, a very different picture than what is seen in other listening locations.

What is it about the car that makes the linear audio experience that much more appealing? Listening to on-demand audio means more time navigating phone menus and making choices, when the road demands one’s attention. Linear audio is, for many people, just easier in-car. The hardware is simple and making an audio choice requires fewer decisions. AM/FM and SiriusXM offer listening experiences where there is no pausing or rewinding, and the content choices are made by program directors – all positives in a linear environment.

As for AM/FM, there may be the added element in some cases of actual, live people, speaking to listeners in real time, which could provide companionship while driving. As in-car audio systems make on-demand listening more streamlined and accessible, we are likely to continue to see on-demand listening grow in cars. For now, though, linear audio takes the lion’s share of audio time among those age 13+ in the car.




Snaps: Charlotte Host And Longtime Friend Pete Davidson Photo Draws The Attention Of Tabloid

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– What's that old expression: 'All Press, Is Good Press.' Well, this one may have rose to a new level as 96.9 the Kat Charlotte morning co-host Sarah Lee's recent pose with her longtime friend Pete Davidson got the rumor mill going after a recent snap caught the eye of a tabloid.

Lee tells us, "Pete Davidson came to Charlotte on Aug 20th - He’s an old friend from NYC… they first met in there when he was 16." Lee says, "He’s literally like a little brother to me so I fell outta the chair when a listener sent this tabloid from the US edition of The Sun' that called Lee 'stunning brunette' that Davidson 'cozies up to' amid split from his girlfriend, Chase Sui Wonders (top right)

Lee adds that Pete is family … and I am a happily married woman. Although I’m thankful they were kind, they are so wrong on this one." Lee handles mornings on 96.9 the Kat in Charlotte with Paul Schadt.




Mike Kaplan Comes Home To Philly As Program Director for iHeart's ALT 104.5–

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia has named Mike Kaplan Program Director of ALT 104.5, Philly’s Alternative Rock station, effective immediately. He will report to Derrick Corbett, Senior dVice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. Amber Miller stays on board as ALT 104.5’s Assistant Program/Music Director and will continue to hold down the 7:00 p.m. to Midnight air shift. “We’re excited to add a programmer like Mike with a proven track record of excellence to the Philadelphia cluster, said Derrick Corbett, SVP of Programming. “We're happy to have him back in the company and can’t wait to watch him grow the ALT 104.5 brand.”

Kaplan is an accomplished multi-formatted Content Director with Programming stops in New Orleans, Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles, where he led iHeart's KYSR, rebranding as "ALT" and teaming with the now nationally-syndicated THE WOODY SHOW, which rose to the #1 position in morning drive.

"I can’t thank Thea Mitchem, Tom Poleman, Brad Hardin, and Derrick Corbett enough for supporting my return to the iHeart family in my beloved hometown of Philadelphia,” said Kaplan. “It feels like coming home in more ways than one, especially collaborating again with The Woody Show. Here's to leading the dynamic ALT 104.5 team and creating more unforgettable moments!"




Ashley Wilson Named PD/Midday Host At iHeart's 96.9 The KAT Charlotte

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2023 –– iHeart Charlotte has named Ashley Wilson Program Director and Midday Host for 96.9 The Kat, Charlotte’s #1 For New Country, effective Monday, October 16. She will report to A.J., iHeartMedia Region Senior Vice President of Programming for the Carolina Metro. “Ashley holds a winning track record and I’m excited for her to join and lead our team at 96.9 The Kat,” said A.J. “Her unique vision, creativity and innovative style of thinking will ensure that the station continues to do great things in Charlotte.”

Wilson joins the Charlotte market from iHeartMedia's Kentucky/West Virginia Region where she served as Director of Country Programming, with oversight of 97.5 WAMZ in Louisville and 98.1 The Bull in Lexington, amongst several other brands. She joined iHeartMedia in 2017 as the program director of 101.1 WNOE-FM in New Orleans. Wilson has served as on-air talent and in various programming and operations roles for over 15 years. A North Carolina native, she is a graduate of the National Radio Talent Institute and Appalachian State University.

“Country music has never been bigger, and Charlotte is a very exciting place to be. 96.9 The Kat reflects both,” said Wilson. “I could not be more excited to lead it to the forefront of a very fierce competitive country battle. I am also thrilled to return to my home state of North Carolina and build upon the success of this iconic brand with the iHeartMedia Charlotte team!”




Hannah Joins 'The Bret Mega Show' On Y98 St. Louis


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2023 –– Exciting news from St. Louis as Hannah Gibbs (shown below) has been named co-host of the newly rebranded The Bret Mega Show on Hot AC KYKY (Y98). Hannah has been filling in dsince JulieTristan moved over to sister-station 102.5 KEZK earlier this month. Gibbs most recently served as a producer for Audacy's 97.1 KFTK-FM.

OM/Brand Manager JR Ammons commented in a staff memo: " I wanted to let everyone know that, officially, Hannah Gibbs has accepted the co-host position and will join Bret and Kevin on the newly revamped and renamed Bret Mega Show on Y98."Over the next couple of weeks, I think you'll see what I've already seen - Hannah is extremely fearless, talented, funny and wise beyond her years. With this move, the line-ups on KYKY & KEZK are final and both are now positioned for long term success."

Top Photo/L-R: Hannah Gibbs (top left), Bret Mega (bottom left), Kevin Berghoff (top center), Alex Rich and Anna Bohlmann.





CMG Tampa Flips Hot 101.5 To Urban AC 'The Vibe'


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2023 –– CMG Radio launched Tampa’s only Urban Adult Contemporary (“UAC”) format. Hot 101.5 FM, formerly a Contemporary Hits Radio station, will now be “101.5 The Vibe – Tampa Bay’s Only R&B.” 101.5 The Vibe will play artists such as Usher, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige. With this move, CMG Radio is investing in an Urban AC radio station that is custom-built to entertain, inspire, and inform the Tampa community. “We’re excited to launch 101.5 The Vibe and satisfy a significant format need in Tampa’s rapidly growing market,” said Rob Babin, EVP of CMG Radio.

“We program our radio stations with local research and audience feedback, so they are tailored to each market. Launching this exciting brand will create a new opportunity for advertisers to connect with highly engaged consumers.” With a similar mindset of growing audiences and engaging the community, CMG Radio recently switched the frequency of Urban AC Hot 99.5 FM Jacksonville to 106.5 FM. This move extends the station’s signal, allowing it to reach and positively impact a larger audience in the Jacksonville market. “This Tampa launch and Jacksonville frequency change demonstrate our commitment to the Urban AC format,” said Chris Eagan, VP of Audience & Operations for CMG Radio. Leading off the on-air lineup is the syndicated 'Rickey Smiley Morning Show'.



Top Women Hosts Join For First-Ever MIW 'Tools Of The Trade' Webinar Series


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2023 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. announces the first in the Tools of the Trade webinar series: “Behind the Mic.” The special features three of broadcast’s most dynamic and prominent on-air personalities; Angela Yee, Dana Cortez and Patty Steele and takes place on Wednesday, September 20th at 2:00 PM. Of note, all three are recipients of MIW's Airblazer Awards, presented in concert with Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp.

Angela Yee, former co-host of “The Breakfast Club” who just launched her own nationally-syndicated radio show, “Way Up with Angela Yee,” Dana Cortez, nationally syndicated morning show host heard on several major market stations including Phoenix, Houston, and San Antonio, and Patty Steele, legendary veteran New York broadcast figure who has worked for decades along side acclaimed talent like Scott Shannon, Elvis Duran and Danny Bonaduce and recently launched her own podcast, “The Backstory with Patty Steele,” share their captivating stories about their own unique journeys coming up in the business, how they recognized obstacles and the steps they took to address and overcome them, and their advice for branding yourself in this industry in 2023.

“MIW is proud to announce this free Tools of the Trade: Behind the Mic webinar focused on the women who have blazed trails as on-air personalities and are integral members of their communities,” commented Ruth Presslaff, MIW Board President. “We hope that you will join us for this unique and compelling event!” You can register for the webinar here or to learn more about Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc., visit



50 Cent Hurls Microphone Into Audience Allegedly Striking Power 106 LA Host Bryhana Monegain

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 ––50 Cent is now a suspect in a criminal felony investigation after hurling a microphone into the audience during a concert Wednesday night. It took place at the Arena in Los Angeles as part of his "Final Lap" tour 2023. According to TMZ, following frustration with mics not working, 50 Cent hurled a mic into the audience which allegedly struck an audience member. The victim turned out to be Power 106 midday host, Bryhana Monegain (inset), who was struck in forehead and filed a police report Wednesday night according to law enforcement.

Police believe 50 threw the mic at his crew in the production area and hit the victim. The victim told police 50 looked directly at her before throwing the mic, so at least, according to her, 50 knew she was there. Bryhana went to hospital and was treated for a laceration on her head. A source told TMZ the woman wasn't supposed to be in the restricted area - Photos of the victim surfaced on Instagram, showing a gash in her forehead and bloody towels wrapped around her neck.

50 Cent attorney, Scott Leemon, tells TMZ ... "Let's be very clear, as I told LAPD this afternoon, my client Curtis (AKA 50 Cent) would never intentionally strike anyone with a microphone. Anyone saying something different doesn’t have all the facts and is misinformed." Photos/Instagram





Fox Sports Radio Launches New Women-Led Weekend Show With Alex Curry And Monse


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network announced the launch of a new women-led weekend program hosted by FOX Sports personality Alex Curry and FOX Sports Radio anchor Monse Bolaños. Debuting September 2, 2023. Airing in the 4 - 6 p.m. ET/1 - 3 p.m. PT timeslot, the program will air on more than 400 stations nationwide, in addition to FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio, which is available via and the iHeartRadio app.

“This is a dream come true to have my own show on FOX Sports Radio and continue to grow with my FOX Sports family,” said Curry. “So, if you love sports and wanna have a fun time, come hang out with us Saturday afternoons!” “This is so wild,” said Bolaños. “I still cannot believe it, but I feel honored, lucky and beyond excited to work with the one and only Alex Curry! I’m incredibly thankful to the team at FOX Sports Radio for this opportunity.”



Power 105.1 New York Announces Lineup For 'Powerhouse 2023' At Prudential Center On October 28


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 –– iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1, Home of The Breakfast Club and Angie Martinez, New York’s Hip Hop and R&B, today announced the star-studded lineup for its annual live music event, Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2023 produced by Live Nation, taking place Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m. ET at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Power 105.1’s on-air personalities DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God of “The Breakfast Club,” officially announced the all-star performers on-air for Powerhouse 2023

“We're thrilled to bring back Power 105.1’s Powerhouse again this year with performances by some of today’s hottest artists,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive VP of Programming/Program Director for iHeartMedia New York’s Power 105.1. “We love giving our listeners the rare opportunity to see some of their favorite artists all on one stage. With this lineup, it is sure to be an amazing show that’s full of surprises.”




FRED JACOBS: 'The Pursuit of Happiness' Is Still The Ultimate Goal of Air Talent

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 –– As we head into another of our much desired 3-day weekends, Fred Jacob's latest blog served as the perfect setup for Jacobs Media's upcoming reveal of this year's AQ5 results (see how to sign up below). Jacob's chief Fred Jacobs says, "After spending the last several weeks reviewing the results of AQ5, our fifth survey dedicated to on-air talent, I feel a sense of empathy and thankfulness for what you air talent does. Many feel taken for granted – the data makes that clear. My hope this holiday season, including the ones that come up in November and December, is for those of you in management/corporate/ownership take the opportunity to thank your frontline workers – the folks on the air – for all they do for your station, your company, and your community.

Radio may not be what it used to be in many ways. But nothing is. Things change. That's our collective reality. But one thing that's still pretty much the same as it was decades ago is how similar stations function today compared to those from yesteryear. People talk into a mic, they play music, they talk about what's going on in the world or in their town, they run contests, they support local charities, they provide key information. Yes, the technology is different. Commercials aren't played from plastic boxes containing magnetic tape. They don't edit audio by physically splicing tape with a razor blade. The ratings don't arrive by mail. But at its heart, radio is still radio.

Jacobs adds, "While the conditions and regulations may have changed, the pursuit of happiness is still very much a goal. That's what more than 500 air personalities told us early this summer. And that gives us food for thought this weekend as we suck down a favorite beverage and a hot dog while hanging with friends and family. True, radio isn't what it used to be. But what is? Hopefully over these three days (more if you've worked your schedule wisely), you'll take a moment to think about what it is about radio you love, even if it seems like a bit of a labor at times. In reality, it's a labor of love that makes us happy. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE





Lil Wayne, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini And TOMORROW X TOGETHER Take The Stage At VMAs

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 –– Lil Wayne The 5x GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum global music icon returns to the “VMAs” stage for the first time in more than a decade where he will perform his new single dropping on 9/1, “Kat Food”, live for the very first time.

Global sensation Anitta sets her return to the storied MTV stage. Multi-platinum country superstar Kelsea Ballerini is slated for a show-stopping “VMAs” debut performance

Doja Cat The 4x “VMAs” and GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar, is set to make her MTV return following her memorable hosting and mesmerizing gravity-defying performance of “Been Like This” and “You Right” in 2021, where she also took home two awards including “Best Collaboration.”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER (“TXT”) featuring Anitta The global Gen Z icons and former MTV PUSH artists will premiere a brand new single and make history with their “VMAs” debut as the first K-Pop band to cross-genre for an international performance




PODCASTS: iHeart And Aliza Rozen’s AYR Media Present 'The Murder Years,'A Scripted Drama Hosted by '90210' star Gabrielle Carteris

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023 –– iHeartMedia has partnered with Aliza Rosen’s AYR Media to launch “The Murder Years,” a new scripted drama series inspired by true events. In the eight-part series, hosted by actress Gabrielle Carteris (playing the role of “Nancy Clark”), a woman reinvestigates the murders that defined her high school years in the 1980s.

Some claimed these killings were a streak of bad luck, while others said they were tied to an ancient curse. Forty years later, as the students who lived through these terrifying years revisit their past—the music, the clothes, the gossip, the murders—it seems the “curse” might be returning to this sleepy town via a new round of unexplainable, bizarre and violent deaths.

“The Murder Years” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts. Listen on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.





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'Personalities Belong On Social:' Latest Social Media Strategy Trends For Radio From Paragon

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– In part 1, of a 2 part series titled 'The Latest Social Media Strategy Trends For Radio,' Paragon's Michelle Conrad (shown right) says that "Authenticity continues to be the key to successful social media efforts. Be genuine in your interactions, share real-life moments, and let your station’s personality shine through in your content. Next she points to Video Content: "Video content continues to dominate social media. Radio stations can create short video clips of interviews, live performances, or behind-the-scenes moments. Platforms like Instagram Reels, TikTok, and YouTube Shorts are great for this purpose." Conrad also suggests that Live streaming is key. "Livestreaming on Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and other streaming outlets such as NPR Live Sessions, allows radio stations to connect with their audience in real-time."

Conrad also says you should consider hosting live Q&A sessions, exclusive performances, or discussions on trending topics. This is a great way to serve your audience more personal content, bringing them into the lives and stories of hosts. Live streaming the studio (as boring as that seems) on your mobile app actually garners significant views and Nielsen data shows that higher station ratings can be linked to hours being streamed.

Interactive Stories are recommeded, too. " Utilize Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, and Snapchat to share quick updates, polls, quizzes, and interactive content. These features create a sense of urgency and encourage user engagement. Closing the gap by resharing answers also provides validation to those who participated, further solidifying your loyal community.:

One other key is for stations to allow their personalities to shine on social. "Personalities Belong on Social. Stations should encourage their hosts to lean into what feels organic to them in terms of content topics and bring people to social by on-air mentions. Continue reading here


WAMO celebrates 75 years of broadcasting Black Pittsburgh By Jordan Snowden WAMO celebrates 75 years of broadcasting Black Pittsburgh CP Photo: Mars Johnson WAMO 107.3 celebrates their 75th anniversary this month. For KiKi Brown, WAMO 107.3’s afternoon DJ and Assistant Brand Manager, the urban radio station’s approaching 75th anniversary is more than a celebration: it's about legacy. “No matter what changes — we changed addresses, we changed outfits — we’re still the same WAMO,” Brown tells Pittsburgh City Paper. “We’re still here. We’re consistent. We went away for a little bit, but we came back, and we came back stronger.” Over the years, the Pittsburgh radio station has undergone numerous transitions, from shifting ownership — first the Black-owned Sheridan Broadcasting Corp., then Martz Communications Group, and now Audacy Pittsburgh — to different channels, hosts, and even names: WHOD, WAMO 106 Jamz, WAMO 100, and simply WAMO. But through it all, the station has continued to function as a voice for both Black Pittsburghers and the local urban community. “We are the only urban station, and have been the only urban station, in the city of Pittsburgh for 75 years, with hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz, and gospel, and that means a lot to the Black community,” Brown says. “Because being Black, not just in this city but in this country, we’re looking for something that can represent us, be our voice, be our connection.” WAMO has done that through community engagement, concerts, events, music festivals, on-air programming like "Stop the Music, Stop the Violence" segments, and featuring important figures on the radio, whether they be a favorite celebrity or sports star. “Connecting with the people and letting them know what’s going on, WAMO has had that position for a very long time,” says Brown. “As far as Pittsburgh with the Black community, we were the first, and that’s a very important position to have.” Brown speaks from experience; she’s seen the evolution of WAMO over the last few decades firsthand. The station is a family legacy in its own right. Besides working her way up from an intern in the ’90s to her current on-air position, Brown’s father, Clifford “Sly Jock” Charlton, was a DJ for WAMO for over two decades beginning in the ’80s and was most recognized for playing rap and hip-hop on the radio at a time when that was unheard of in Pittsburgh. Thanks to Charlton’s work at the then 105.9 FM, WAMO was the first commercial station to regularly play the genre in the City of Bridges. WAMO celebrates 75 years of broadcasting Black Pittsburgh CP Photo: Mars Johnson Kiki Brown, afternoon DJ and Assistant Brand Manager, goes live on the air at WAMO studios on Sept. 20, 2023. “It makes me proud to know that I've seen WAMO go from one end to the other,” says Brown. “I see where it came from, with Porky Chedwick and Sir Walter Raleigh, even with my dad, from local morning show to syndication … And it's keeping up with the times. I only know one station that's been around that long, and that’s KDKA radio, and they’ve been around much longer.” WAMO’s anniversary celebrations have been ongoing for the past month and culminate with a concert at Rivers Casino Fri., Sept. 29. The show features R&B singer Ginuwine alongside Lah Pat, of the 2023 viral hit “Rodeo” that remixes Ginuwine’s most famous song “Pony;” and Pittsburgh’s CRAVE. Brown hopes the event will be a callback to the days when Pittsburgh’s nightlife scene was pulsating with clubs like the now-defunct Whiskey Dick’s, Chauncy’s, and Rosebud populating the Strip District, Station Square, and even Monroeville. The music curation and atmosphere of the party is meant to transport older attendees to their heyday, while allowing younger WAMO fans to get a taste of those experiences for the first, if only, time. “We may not be able to fit the same jeans, we may be a little bigger, we got kids, we got married, we’ve lost, we’ve changed, we’ve gained,” says Brown, “but for those few hours, we just want to take you back to those good times.” WAMO celebrates 75 years of broadcasting Black Pittsburgh CP Photo: Mars Johnson Kiki Brown, afternoon DJ and Assistant Brand Manager, poses for a portrait at WAMO studios on Sept. 20, 2023. WAMO’s reputation for being a reliant community station took a bit of a hit after going off-air from 2009 to 2011. Then, during the late 2010s, the station’s signal could be pretty spotty, even in the middle of the city. However, with Audacy’s acquisition of WAMO, tools like their app allow listeners to stream broadcasts no matter where they are in the United States. The station is ready to reclaim its crown as Pittsburgh’s urban community engagement platform. Brown urges listeners to “let WAMO back in," saying, “some people still don’t know that we’re back, that WAMO is here to stay,” she says. “We’re going to get back to the station that we were when we were 106 Jams, being more involved in the community, having that great content, great music, and just want people to remember that and embrace it … I'm praying that we can stay around for another 75 years.”



Audacy Announces Premier Holiday Tour Featuring Jelly Roll, Alanis Morissette And More


THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Audacy has announced the return of its premier holiday concert tour to San Jose, Houston, Boston, Denver, Baltimore, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Hartford this December. “Alice in Winterland” and “Deck The Hall Ball” events, featuring performances from Jelly Roll, Alanis Morissette, Matchbox Twenty, ONEREPUBLIC, Train, Parmalee, The Band Camino, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Benson Boone, Phillip Phillips, JP Saxe and more, are sure to spread holiday cheer across the country.

All show pre-sale tickets begin Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. On-sale begins Friday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Alice 97.3’s “Alice in Winterland” Date: Friday, December 1, 2023 Venue: SAP Center, San Jose, CA Lineup: Alanis Morissette, Jelly Roll, Train and Benson Boone. Alice 105.9’s “Alice in Winterland” Date: Friday, December 1, 2023 Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO Lineup: Acoustic performances by Matchbox Twenty, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and JP Saxe - 96.5 FM TIC’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023 Venue: Oakdale Theatre, Hartford, CT

Mix 96.5’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023 Venue: 713 Music Hall, Houston, TX Lineup: Acoustic performances by Train, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and Benson Boone Tickets: Mix 106.5’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Friday, December 8, 2023 Venue: Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena, Baltimore, MD Lineup: Acoustic performances by Matchbox Twenty, The Band Camino and Benson Boone Tickets: 99.1 The Mix’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Friday, December 8, 2023 Venue: Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee, WI Lineup: Acoustic performances by Train, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips Tickets: Y98.1 FM’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 Venue: The Factory, St. Louis, MO Lineup: Acoustic performances by Train, Phillip Phillips and JP Saxe Tickets: Mix 104.1’s “Deck The Hall Ball” Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 Venue: Agganis Arena, Boston, MA Lineup: Jelly Roll, Parmalee and Benson Boone Tickets:





Listen to win tickets to a private KROQ Show with The 1975 at The Roxy The 1975 Photo credit Dirty Hit

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Listen all week for your chance to win a pair of tickets to a private KROQ show with The 1975 at the Roxy! Get an additional chance to win access HERE. CONTEST DATES: September 25, 2023 at 9:00am PT through September 29, 2023 at 6:30pm PT For the On Air Contest: The 1975, listen to KROQ on weekdays starting at approximately 9:00 am (PT) on Monday, September 25, 2023 and ending at approximately 6:30pm (PT) on Friday, September 29, 2023 for the cue to call. The correct caller at (800) 520-1067 (as announced by the on-air personality prior to the cue to call) will, upon verification of eligibility, receive two (2) tickets to The 1975 at the Roxy, date TBD. Exact date to be shared with winners upon verification of eligibility. *An individual may enter this Contest as often as they desire, but any one (1) individual may only be a verified Winner and receive the announced prize one (1) time in this Contest, and there may only be one (1) verified Winner per household (i.e., at the same address), whether related or not, in this Contest. Approximate retail value (ARV) of the prize is $0.00, courtesy of KROQ. There will be up to fifty (50) winners in this contest. Otherwise, KROQ general contest rules apply and are available by clicking HERE. * The winner(s) and any guest(s), if applicable, must comply with any and all COVID-19 vaccination, screening, testing, safety and related requirements imposed or required by (if applicable) the Station, the venue, event promoter, sponsors, travel providers, hotels, governmental authorities or others in connection with the receipt, use, and redemption of the prize. Refusal to comply with all applicable COVID-19 requirements will result in forfeiture of the prize and no replacement or alternate prize will be provided. All cancellations are deemed beyond the control of the Station and its sponsors. This includes, but is not limited to, event cancellations due to any pandemic or epidemic constituting a public health emergency, including those subject to government mandated quara





IHEARTMEDIA MINNEAPOLIS ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE MULTIDIMENSIONAL BROADCAST AND STREAMING PARTNERSHIP WITH MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES AND MINNESOTA LYNX First-of-its-Kind Content and Entertainment Deal Centers on Growth and Diversification of Teams’ Fan Bases Across iHeartMedia Minneapolis’s Nine Local Stations Including New Flagship Radio Home KFAN 100.3 and a Timberwolves Channel on the iHeartRadio App Minneapolis, MN — September 27, 2023 –

THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Minneapolis today announced it has signed an exclusive, multi-year streaming and radio partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx to bring fans throughout the upper Midwest exclusive basketball coverage beginning with the upcoming 2023-24 season. As part of this multi-faceted partnership, every Timberwolves game will be available on the newly created Minnesota Timberwolves channel on the iHeartRadio app. The Timberwolves become the first NBA team with an exclusive streaming channel on the iHeartRadio platform. In addition, KFAN 100.3, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Sports Leader, will become the basketball organization’s new flagship radio station for select Timberwolves games and the majority of Lynx games. Regular appearances from coaches, players, and executives on all the KFAN 100.3 shows will round out the coverage. “We are excited about this partnership and honored to be the broadcast and streaming home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “We are thrilled to deliver innovative Timberwolves and Lynx coverage, programming and integrations to millions of their fans across the state and beyond!” “The new broadcast partnership is the first-of-its-kind in Minnesota sports,” said Greg Alexander, Market President of iHeartMedia. “With massive reach across the iHeartRadio platform and KFAN 100.3, we are thrilled to bring exclusive Timberwolves and Lynx basketball coverage to their loyal fan base.” “This is an exciting time for our organization as we launch a multi-faceted distribution partnership with one of the largest media platforms in the country,” said Timberwolves and Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “Welcoming KFAN 100.3 as our new flagship radio station, creating a 24/7/365 Timberwolves streaming channel on iHeartRadio, and producing cross-promotional opportunities with the entire portfolio of local iHeartMedia stations will strategically grow our Timberwolves and Lynx fan base.” Keep up to date on all things Minnesota Timberwolves via the Wolves Radio Network featuring the voice of the Wolves, Alan Horton, and studio host, Cal Soderquist. Details of the Lynx radio, content and promotional plans featuring Lynx players, coaches and front office will be released ahead of the 2024 WNBA Season.


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. interviewed by WAMO's Charles Gordon during WAMO's broadcast of "Freedom Jubilee" at Forbes Field on July 9, 1961. Credit: Audacy/WAMO