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Russ Martin, Popular Host On KEGL-FM Dallas, Found Dead At His Home

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2021 ––  As we first reported on Saturday, police are investigating the death of long-time Dallas host Russ Martin after his body was found in his home. According to The Dallas News. Martin, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The cause of death had not been determined, but police said foul play was not suspected. Police said a friend had come to check on him and found him unresponsive.

Martin was host of The Russ Martin Show on iHeart's “The Eagle” KEGL-FM (97.1). “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of 97.1 The Eagle’s Russ Martin,” the station said in a written statement. “He will be dearly missed & we send our deepest condolences to his family & friends during this difficult time.”

The station’s regular programming was interrupted Saturday afternoon to give Martin’s colleagues an opportunity to discuss the news as well as Martin’s life and his career. “Our friend is gone,” co-host Dan O’Malley. “We’re all still processing this.” Clo Raborn, who also is part of Martin’s show, said he had hardly slept since learning of Martin's’s death. “I wish there was something we could say to make it better,” Raborn told listeners.

During their impromptu program Saturday, Martin’s colleagues thanked the Grapevine Police Department for its help in finding and notifying Martin’s mother. They also thanked Frisco police for their help. Martin’s colleagues said the station would plan a proper tribute in the coming days. They wrapped up an hour of programming by offering a toast to him. KEGL issued a statement at their website - watch HERE

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Entercom Unveils Enhanced Programming Leadership Structure For Central Team

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Entercom announced a new programming leadership structure for its central programming team. “This enhanced leadership team will supplement our premium content offering throughout our portfolio and ensure we have the premier collection of personalities engaging deeply with our audiences nationwide,” said 7Pat Paxton, Chief Programming Officer. “It will also allow us to best integrate the innovation of new products and content so we are continuously growing the impact and reach of our offering and super serving our 170 million listeners each month.”

Paxton will continue to lead Entercom’s programming department and will focus day-to-day on the management of its portfolio of market-leading brands. He will also continue to oversee Entercom’s brand research and marketing efforts. Jeff Sottolano, Executive Vice President of Programming, will continue to manage Entercom’s industry leading collection of sports, all-news and news/talk brands. He will also be charged with growing Entercom’s content insights and analytics capabilities and overseeing its network and syndicated content development.

7Dave Richards joins Entercom’s central programming leadership team as Senior Vice President of Programming, segueing from a distinguished local brand leadership career, most recently having served as Senior Vice President of Programming of 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle for the last 19 years and having developed programs like “The Men’s Room” (shown right) and concepts like KISW’s annual “Live Day.”

Michael Martin will continue to serve as Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives and oversee Entercom’s relationships with artists, management and record labels and lead its efforts to collaborate with the artist community on event, digital and social opportunities.

Entercom also announces the following members of its executive committee, who will collaborate to develop and oversee programming strategy across the company: Pat Paxton; Jeff Sottolano; Michael Martin; Dave Richards; Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM; Bill Smee, Vice President of News; Matt Volk, Vice President of Sports; Nikki Nite, Vice President of Programming and Brand Manager, Entercom Austin; and Reggie Rouse, Urban Format Captain, Entercom, and Brand Manager, Entercom Atlanta.

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Brian Kilmeade Joins The Lineup For 'News In The Age Of Chaos' Forum At TSBC 12

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– Brian Kilmeade, host of of Fox News Radio's 'Brian Kilmeade Show' and co-host on TV's Fox & Friends, has joined the lineup for this year's 'News In The Age of Chaos' panel during this month's 12th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp. Erica Farber (L) is set to lead this timely forum during the first-ever virtual event set for March 18 & 19. Along with Covid 719's wrath over the last 12 months, civil-unrest, misinformation, plus a volatile presidential election, forced newsrooms to manage in unprecedented ways during the past year.'

The focal point of this session is to find out what news rooms and talent are doing to keep their content on track, stay factual and thrive despite the chaos. It's scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 18th during TSBC12's 'Virtual Adventure'

Panelists now scheduled include (top L-R) Gordon Deal of the Compass Media's syndicated "This Morning, America's First News,' Ron Gleason, Dir. News/Programming, WBBM Chicago, Brian Kilmeade of Fox News Radio and TV's Fox & Friends, Steven Portnoy, CBS White House Correspondent, Wash. DC, Craig Swagler, VP/GM CBS, New York and Jennifer Seelig, Dir. News/Programming KCBS, San Francisco.

The event is presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media and produced by NuVoodoo's Digital. The 'News In The Age of Chaos session is sponsored CBS News. - Register now while Early Bird Rates still apply, but hurry! Just days left to take advantage of special discounted rate - Click HERE to register

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Award Winning Host Jim Bohannon To Serve As 'The Voice' For TSBC 12's Virtual Adventure

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Jim Bohannon, heard over hundreds of stations coast to coast on Westwood One, will now spread his amazing voice over yet another platform by serving as this year's voice for the first-ever Talk Show Boot Camp 12's Virtual Adventure set for March 18 & 19.

Bohannon is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and will be inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame this Summer. He’s the recipient of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize from the International Radio Festival of New York.  

Talk Show Boot Camp 12 is presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media and produced by NuVoodoo's Digital. Register now while Early Bird Rates still apply, but hurry! Just days left to take advantage of special discounted rate - Click HERE to register.

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Scott Tavlin On The Rise At HOT 101.5 Tampa Bay

Scott Will Also Join CMG Orlando's Country Outlet K92.3 As Its Night Host

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Cox Media Group Tampa has promoted Scott “Scotty the Body'' Tavlin full-time Morning Show Producer and Midday On-Air Talent on HOT 101.5 (WPOI), effective immediately. Scott will continue to be heard on Miguel & Holly Mornings, broadcast weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., as well as continue into Middays, weekdays 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Scott replaces long time HOT 101.5 personality Chase Pulido, who was recently promoted to a National Digital Content role within CMG. Scott will also join our CMG Orlando sister station, Country music, K92.3 (Orlando) as their night show host.

Scott started his radio career at CMG Tampa & Hot 101.5 back in April, 2018 as a street teamer where his energetic, outgoing personality and leadership qualities quickly earned the attention of Hot 101.5’s Miguel & Holly – who asked him to sit in and learn the “biz” in June, 2018. From there, Scott continued to grow his skills by becoming a fill-in and weekend on-air talent and eventually, he was asked to host on-air shifts on CMG Orlando sister stations POWER 95.3 (WPYO) and K92.3 (WWKA).

“Scott is a star and is such a natural at rocking a crowd and creating relatable connections with our staff, audience, partners and clients,” said Director of Branding and Programming, Will Calder. “Scott’s story is the perfect example of how talent, hustle and a great attitude can turn dreams into reality!” “It means the world to think back to being an inexperienced college kid telling everyone in my first interview my grand dreams of being in radio and now living those dreams,” said Scott. “Thanks so much to Will Calder, Miguel Fuller, Holly O’Connor, Nate Reed, Steve Stewart, Keith Lawless, Steve Smith, Tim Clarke and everyone who has ever believed in me for presenting me with such an amazing opportunity.”

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NETWORKS: 'Bloomberg Business Of Sports” Debuts Today On Over 100 SportsMap Radio Stations

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Key Networks and Bloomberg Radio announced that sports business show Bloomberg Business of Sports will air on over 100 SportsMap Radio stations across the U.S., debuting across the SportsMap Radio affiliate network beginning today. Bloomberg Business of Sports will air on SportsMap stations in all dayparts Monday through Friday and throughout the weekend. Bloomberg Business of Sports, hosted by Michael Barr, takes listeners inside the business end of the sports world and explains what it means to fans and their pocketbooks. The show follows the money in the world of sports and the decisions that power the multi-billion dollar industry.

David Gow, Chief Executive Officer, Gow Media and SportsMap Radio, commented: "We are excited to collaborate with Bloomberg, an iconic business media organization. We think our affiliates and listeners will enjoy hearing the daily Bloomberg Business of Sports. This move reflects our commitment to providing great content, whether our own or through partnerships."

Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, noted: “In today’s world, sports and business align more than ever. There is no brand better equipped than Bloomberg to report on the news and events that impact the business side of sports. We are delighted to bring this content to the SportsMap network and their affiliates around the country.”

Launched in 2020, SportsMap Radio is the newest national sports radio network. SportsMap Radio provides a comprehensive sports talk platform that connects listeners to their favorite content no matter where or how they listen. Based in Houston, Texas, SportsMap Radio is owned and operated by Gow Broadcasting LLC, a Gow Media company. For more info, contact Dennis Green at 844.KEY.NETS or dennis@keynetworks.com.

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Shawn Skramstad Announces Retirement From Midwest Communications Duluth

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Duluth Vice President & Market Manager, Shawn Skramstad has announced his retirement after a terrific 47-year Radio broadcasting career. Shawn began his career on the programming side before shifting to sales. Shawn spent time in Minneapolis working for KDWB, WCCO and KEEY before transitioning to Red Rock radio in 1999 where he became the company President and oversaw their Duluth/Superior market.

Shawn joined Midwest when Red Rock sold their properties to Midwest Communications in 2017. The Midwest Communications Duluth/Superior cluster consists of Classic Rock KQDS, Classic Country KDKE, AC KDAL-FM, Country KTCO, News Talk KDAL AM, Talk Radio WDSM and Sports WDUL. Shawn stated,

“I appreciate finishing out my career with Midwest Communications. I’ve done everything that I wanted to do in this business and it’s been a great ride”. Midwest President and C.E.O. Duke Wright offered his thanks and congratulations to Shawn, “Shawn was instrumental in ensuring Midwest is the leading broadcasting operator in northern Minnesota with great facilities and the best people in the business.” Director of Sales, Scott Christensen will oversee the sales and day to day operation until an official statement is made on Shawn’s successor.

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HONORS: Harry Lyles Inducted Into 2021 Class of The National Black Radio Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– The National Black Radio Hall of Fame in St. Louis had their 2020-2021 celebration on Saturday and announced the names of thirty-five outstanding inductees recognized for their exception work, including Urban radio specialist and Lyles Media president, Harry Lyles. In Mr. Lyles’ Certificate of Induction, it states “The St. Louis and Atlanta Chapter of the National black Radio Hall of Fame thank you for your many years of outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of radio programming and service to the listener." Due to the pandemic and last year’s celebration being forced to cancel, last night’s Zoom virtual event was a night of reconnection and heartfelt emotions.

Harry Lyles is the foremost expert in all forms of Hip Hop, R&B, Rhythmic and Gospel. As president of Lyles Media, Harry has been the programming partner for some of the most prominent broadcasting and media companies in the business.

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MIX 106.5 Baltimore's Kramer Show Delivers $1.3 Million Dollars For John Hopkins Children's Center

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– Mix 106.5 Baltimore's Steve Kramer says he "can’t even believe it! In the middle of a pandemic, ONE radio station, ONE city, TWO DAYS was able to raise over $1.3 million dollars to help the kids at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center." Kramer says the two-day event held last week makes it one the of the largest totals in radiothon history anywhere in the country. And we did it in one of the hardest years to do so".

Kramer says this is the 32nd year the station has done it. Second biggest In the country.

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WDRV Chicago's Sherman & Tingle Show Raises $90,000 + For Six Veterans With Service Dogs

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– WDRV-FM’s Sherman & Tingle Show launched the fourth annual installment of their “Give a Vet a Pet” campaign. In partnership with the American Veterans Service Dog Academy charitable organization, The Sherman & Tingle Show challenged Chicagoland to contribute enough money in one week (February 22nd – 26th) to provide five service dogs to local veterans suffering from PTSD. The costs associated with providing each service dog total $15,000.

The Sherman & Tingle Show raised a total of over $90,000.00 – enough to pair six separate service dogs with veterans who are in desperate need of the positive effects, emotional support and loving companionship these dogs provide. Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle commented, “We approached this year’s event with optimism, despite the many challenges associated with the pandemic. We are gratified to know that, in the face of adversity, The Drive’s loyal fans found a way to help our veterans in need. We know that we have a unique responsibility to the Chicago area community. Any part we can play in providing better lives for Chicago-area veterans is always an honor.”

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ALT 104.5 Philadelphia Announces The Offspring Will Join the Brewery Tour Winners

THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2021 –– iHeart Philadelphia’s ALT 104.5 will be joined virtually by the band The Offspring at the latest stop on the ALT 104.5 Brewery Tour and custom beer collaboration series. The tour will stop at Evil Genius Beer Company (1727 N. Front St. Philadelphia, PA 19122) on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 7 – 9 p.m. Preselected winners will be chosen to sample the custom “Come ALT & Play IPA” during a live broadcast with Jammin’ Jessie featuring The Offspring and Evil Genius’ Head Brewer.

Listeners can tune in to ALT 104.5 today through Friday, March 5 with The Woody Show for a chance to win. In addition, the first 20 people at the event will receive a custom ALT 104.5 pint glass. Listeners can enjoy a socially distanced pint at Evil Genius Beer Company’s tasting room or grab a brew to go, like the “Come ALT & Play IPA” created specifically for the ALT 104.5 Brewery Tour. The next stop on the tour will be Third State Brewing (Burlington, NC)

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7Complete List Of Golden Globe Winners

 

Winners Of 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards

... All The Best Moments

... The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

... Chadwick Boseman's wife tearfully accepts his Golden Globe with powerful speech

... 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, co-host Tina Fey Declares She's "Coming to You From the Beautiful Rainbow Room in New York City, Where Indoor Dining and Outdoor Muggings Are Back!"

... Kept More Viewers Than Oscars, Emmys and Grammys

Lady Gaga’s Dogs Recovered Unharmed at L.A. Police Station

‘The Bachelor’ Announces Chris Harrison’s Replacement For ‘After The Final Rose’ Special

Taylor Swift Officially Cancels Lover Fest Tour Over 'Unprecedented Pandemic'

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Just Added: 'Crossing Over To Talk' Forum At TSBC 12 Led By David G. Hall

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– Consultant David G. Hall (TR) is set to lead the latest addition to Talk Show Boot Camp 12's growing agenda: 'Crossing Over To Talk"* which tracks the success of five highly popular talk hosts whose careers were rooted music radio. As talk radio keeps a close eye out for its next era of talent, the answer, as demonstrated by these panelists, may be as close as down the hall.

Joining David Hall will be (top left to right) Chad Benson, host of the Radio America's syndicated Chad Benson Show - Eric Von Haessler, host of WSB A/F Atlanta's Von Haessler Doctrine - Mark Kaye, who just crossed over from CHR sister station WAPE-FM to talker WOKV-FM Jacksonville - Jaime Markley and David Van Camp, co-hosts on Compass Media's syndicated Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Show. Each of these panelists experienced huge success on music radio, but made the move to and haven't missed a beat.

For anyone who ever considered making the switch to spoken-word radio, this panel will offer a unique glimpse into the do's, don'ts, or even myths often associated with talk radio. It will also reveal how your music radio skills could prove highly beneficial in this transistion. Sponsored by Compass Media

COMING ATTRACTIONS: "In Pod We Must" - "Exclusive NuVoodoo Study On Talk Content" And much, much more.. Special EARLY BIRD RATE now in effect through March 8th, REGISTER HERE AND SAVE! *Sessions/Speakers Subject to Change

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BUSINESS: iHeart Announces New Business Operating Structure; Splits Digital From Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced a new operating structure under which its Digital Audio Group business will now publicly report its financials separately from its Multiplatform Group business, which includes 7its broadcast radio assets. Each group will now operate as a separate reportable segment with dedicated management. Both segments will continue to report to Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO, and Rich Bressler, iHeartMediaPresident, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s podcasting business as well as its digital service; the company’s digital sites. The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group will be led as a team by Conal Byrne as Chief Executive Officer and Darren Davis as Chief Operating Officer, with Carter Brokaw serving as the President of Digital Revenue and Jessica Jerrick as Executive Vice President of Digital Distribution and Platform Partnerships.

7The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group represents almost 75% of iHeartMedia’s revenue and remains the foundation business that has been at the heart of the company’s success, playing an important role in building its successful digital and podcasting businesses. The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group includes the iHeartMedia Markets Group, with its 860+ radio stations in 160 markets; the company’s live and virtual events business; and its National Sales organization, as well as using all of the products from the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group.

The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group will be led by Greg Ashlock as Chief Executive Officer and Tim Castelli as Chief Revenue Officer. In addition, Julie Talbott (R) joins this group in her role as President, Premiere Networks; Hartley Adkins will become President of the Markets Group; Jeff Howard remains President of National Sales and Tony Coles as President of BIN: Black Information Network.

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– Consultant David G. Hall (TR) is set to lead the latest addition to Talk Show Boot Camp 12's growing agenda: 'Crossing Over To Talk"* which tracks the success of five highly popular talk hosts whose careers were rooted music radio. As talk radio keeps a close eye out for its next era of talent, the answer, as demonstrated by these panelists, may be as close as down the hall.

Joining David Hall will be (top left to right) Chad Benson, host of the Radio America's syndicated Chad Benson Show - Eric Von Haessler, host of WSB A/F Atlanta's Von Haessler Doctrine - Mark Kaye, who just crossed over from CHR sister station WAPE-FM to talker WOKV-FM Jacksonville - Jaime Markley and David Van Camp, co-hosts on Compass Media's syndicated Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Show. Each of these panelists experienced huge success on music radio, but made the move to and haven't missed a beat.

For anyone who ever considered making the switch to spoken-word radio, this panel will offer a unique glimpse into the do's, don'ts, or even myths often associated with talk radio. It will also reveal how your music radio skills could prove highly beneficial in this transistion. Sponsored by Compass Media

COMING ATTRACTIONS: "In Pod We Must" - "Exclusive NuVoodoo Study On Talk Content" And much, much more.. Special EARLY BIRD RATE now in effect through March 8th, REGISTER HERE AND SAVE! *Sessions/Speakers Subject to Change

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Entercom Launches Scott Shannon's 'True Oldies Channel' On WCBS-FM HD 3 New York

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 –– Entercom announced the launch of Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” on WCBS-FM HD3 in New York. The program, hosted by WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) on-air veteran and radio Hall of Famer Scott Shannon, is dedicated to honoring the greatest rock and roll music of all time, highlighting the best tracks from the 60s, 70s and 80s. CBS Sports Radio, which previously occupied the digital signal, will move to WNSH-FM HD3 in New York. “For years, Scott Shannon has spotlighted thousands of classic hits from some of the most recognizable names in rock music,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “We’re excited to introduce this homage to the rock music industry to a new audience on our HD3 channel, and continue celebrating the format’s rich history with Scott.

“There are so many people who grew up with the original CBS-FM and they miss the music from their childhood,” said Shannon. “I think it is important for rock and roll to be kept alive. I have always been a fan and student of the history of rock and roll, and I’m very excited to at this opportunity to share the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s with our listeners.”

Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel is distributed by United Stations Networks.

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Vince Richards, JT Springer Draw Promotions At Entercom Dallas

PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 25, 2021 – Entercom Dallas announced that Vince Richards (L) has been promoted to Rock Operations Manager of 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM) and ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM). Additionally, JT Springer (R) has been elevated to Brand Manager of 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM). Both moves are effective immediately. 

Richards has served as the Brand Manager of 100.3 JACK FM since December 2020. Prior to that role, he served as Operations Manager for Entercom Sacramento since 2018. He joined the company in 1996 under the same role for Kansas City sister station 98.9 The Rock (KQRC-FM). Other roles include National Operations Manager for Townsquare Media and Operations Manager for iHeart Houston/Dallas. 

Since 2015, Springer has hosted morning drive on 100.3 JACK FM and has served as the stations Assistant Brand Manager. A DFW native, he started in the music business at age 17 as a musician in the local Deep Ellum scene. Following college, he launched his radio career with sister stations 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) and Newsradio 1080 KRLD (KRLD-AM) working directly with the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. 

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Entercom’s Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios Name Brian Swarth Head of Marketing, Podcasts​

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 – Entercom has named Brian Swarth to the newly created position of Head of Marketing, Podcasts. In this role, Swarth will lead and oversee all marketing and PR for Entercom’s premium podcast division consisting of industry leading Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios. Swarth will report directly to Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. In this newly created role, Swarth will lead all strategy and execution around marketing, PR, audience development, brand identity, and awareness across individual podcast franchises and each respective studio brand for the podcast division’s Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios.

“With the best-in-class content and partnerships we continue to develop at a strategic and aggressive pace across our podcast divisions, we’re going to be investing heavily on the marketing side of the business, starting with Brian’s hire and leadership,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. “His expertise, creative marketing vision and experience with premium-level shows is deep and aligns perfectly with our ambitious goals and high quality of content.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios teams to amplify their brand stories and content marketing to help accelerate growth at such a pivotal moment in the evolution of the podcast industry,” said Brian Swarth. “Getting the chance to work alongside some of the best storytellers and content makers in the industry, while leveraging Entercom’s massive scale and reach, is a marketer’s dream come true.” Swarth joins Entercom from SHOWTIME Networks, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Digital Media & Marketing.

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SYNDICATION: Westwood One's The Dan Bongino Show Hits 100th Affiliate Mark

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 –– Westwood One’s The Dan Bongino Show can now be heard on more than 100 radio stations across the United States, including KABC-AM (Los Angeles), KSFO-AM (San Francisco), KSEV-AM (Houston), and WGKA-AM (Atlanta). The Dan Bongino Show launched on radio in March 2020. In the weeks following Election Day in November, The Dan Bongino Show podcast ranked either #1 or #2 among ALL podcasts on Apple. From Election Day to February 22, the podcast boasted more than 51 million downloads on Apple, Spotify and other major platforms, rising 27% during that period.

“Growing up a fan of conservative talk radio makes this moment extra special for me. To be able to reach people across the country with a strong pro-liberty, pro-freedom message is the honor of a lifetime,” said Bongino. “Special thanks as well to the affiliates partnering with us in this venture.” Bongino was formerly a Secret Service Agent from 2006 – 2011, serving in the Obama and Bush administrations. He served as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer from 1995 to 1999.

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Splat! Launches 'Game Plan' For Sports Radio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2021 –– SPLAT! has launched GAME PLAN, syndicated by Sun Broadcast Group. GAME PLAN is a new kind of sports radio imaging service, designed specifically to sharpen the competitive edge of local stations, while simultaneously complementing the power of network sports brands. Michael Carrell, Production Director for ESPN 97.5 Houston is an early fan of GAME PLAN’s power and flexibility.

“Sports programmers and producers asked us for an imaging solution that will help make their local production sound bigger, faster, and stronger. GAME PLAN is our answer,” said Dave Marsh, President, and Founder of SPLAT!. “The only thing more competitive than sports is radio,” Marsh added. “With more players and platforms in the sports content field, local radio stations need to stand out even more to win listeners’ attention.

GAME PLAN is available right now, exclusively through Sun Broadcast Group. Contact Rich O’Brien robrien@sunbgi.com or call 212-380-9338. Stations can sign up for a free trial of GAME PLAN at www.splatonline.com

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Mike McVay To Lead All-New 'Titans Of Talk Series' At Talk Show Boot Camp

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– Mike McVay (R) is set to lead an all new 'Titans of Talk'* series at the12th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp 'Virtual Adventure' set for March 18th & 19. Great talent have long served as the driving force of great radio - and whether it’s local or syndicated, standing out from the rest is ultimately what sets top-7talent, as well as radio stations, apart from each other. In this

In this session, panelists will share insight on a number of issues including how they maintained their show's top level of performance throughout the pandemic, election year shenanigans and more. Plus, they'll share their secrets to longterm success, and offer advice to current or up and coming talent on how to develop their own style and brand.

Joining McVay are scheduled panelists: (shown L-R:) Armstrong & Getty of the syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show based in Sacramento, Mike Calta, morning host on 102.5 The Bone, Tampa, Tim Conway Jr. who airs nights on 640 KFI Los Angeles, Tom Griswold of syndicated Bob & Tom Show based in Indianapolis and Chris Plante of the syndicated Chris Plante Show based in Wash. DC.

* The session is titled 'Titans of Talk' in memory of the late Al Peterson, former talk editor of Radio & Records, who, along with Erica Farber, produced its highly acclaimed Talk Radio Seminars. After launching NTS Media Online, he hosted a number of NAB's talk sessions titled 'Titans of Talk. We chose to name this series In his honor. During this session, The RAB's Erica Farber (his former boss at Radio & Records) will present a special tribute in him memory.

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Shot, Two of Her French Bulldogs Stolen

Nominations Announced For “56TH ACM Awards

Billie Eilish, 'The World's A Little Blurry' Doc, Reviewed

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak Announce New Album as Silk Sonic

LISTEN - Alice Cooper 'Detroit Stories' Is Out: Says 'It Was Time to do a Really Fun Rock 'n' Roll Album"

Oscars: 366 Films Eligible for Best Picture, Most in 50 Years

Mr. Potato Head Getting Gender-Neutral Rebrand to Promote 'Equality and Inclusion,' Hasbro Says

Mike Tyson Calls for Hulu Boycott Over Upcoming Biopic of His Life

Kanye West Spent Over $12 Million Of His Own Money On Failed Presidential Campaign

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STUDY: The Podcast Audience Is Growing, But Advertiser Focus Should Grow Sharper

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– The Podcast Audience is Growing, But Advertiser Focus Should be Sharpening Given consumers’ budding on-demand lifestyles, it’s not surprising that podcasts have become the darlings of the audio realm—for consumers, content creators, and now, advertisers. This is good news for everyone, but as the podcast landscape broadens, content creators and advertisers will be increasingly tasked with ensuring that their programs and messages align with who’s listening. And when we look at audience trends, creators and advertisers should be focused on where the growth is. Importantly, 41% of U.S. podcast listeners are non-White, which makes the podcast audience more diverse than the country’s total population. And the depth of non-White podcast listeners is the result of annual growth rates that notably outpaced the growth of White listeners over the past decade. Across ethnic groups, Hispanics have gravitated to podcasts more than any other, as its reach increased from 1.1 million in 2010 to 6.8 million in 2019. That represents a growth rate of 6x, which is well above the 4x rate of growth among Whites.

Not only is the growth of the Hispanic audience noteworthy, but it’s important for content creators and advertisers to understand that the podcast genres that Hispanics engage with are notably different from what other groups listen to. For example, kids and family podcasts rank highest among Hispanic consumers, a genre that doesn’t even rank in the top five genres among Whites or Asian Americans. For those familiar with Hispanic consumers, the preference isn’t that surprising, given their strong family ties and abundance of multigenerational households. In fact, Hispanics are the youngest ethnic group and are 40% more likely to live in a multigenerational household, and these households are the nexus of the Hispanic community.

In looking at how Hispanic and Black consumers react to retail advertising they hear in podcasts, Black audiences are notably more likely to take action, including visiting a store to make a purchase. At the start of this year, consumers had more than 1.7 million podcasts to choose from. That depth of content is a boon for consumers, but it can present a spending dilemma for brands looking to add podcasts to their marketing plans. Yet with broadening appeal and strong listener engagement, brands should be looking to podcasts as a more personalized way to connect with audiences who are maxed out on visual inputs. And as the base of podcast listeners rapidly expands, those well-tailored messages depend on having a full understanding of who’s listening and to what.

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BUSINESS: Alpha Inks Group-Wide Deal With vCreative

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– vCreative announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Alpha Media. This agreement will have the company extending its vPPO service as well as adding the fast-growing vTrade service across all Alpha Media stations nationwide. vTrade is the industry’s first software solution developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. A recently 7released feature in vTrade helps manage the creation and sales tracking for on-air auctions, coupons and/or vouchers.

“After using vPPO for nearly three years and knowing how it has improved our workflow, I was excited to see vTrade had been added to the family,” said Stephanie Ross, Regional Business Manager at Alpha Media. “The team at vCreative also added an entirely new component to vTrade that will make managing our auctions even better than before. From entering consignments, tracking sales, and printing vouchers with unique IDs, we can now easily and efficiently manage this complex area of our business.”

"We are thrilled to be continuing and expanding upon our partnership with Alpha Media,” commented Mary DelGrande (R), SVP of Sales at vCreative. “vCreative's main objective is to continue to innovate and evolve. The adoption of vTrade and Alpha’s renewed commitment to vPPO is proof that we are succeeding. Learn more at vcreativeinc.com.

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The Bert Show Launches Free Promotional Program To Help Small Businesses Struggling From Covid

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 ––The Bert Show shared details of the newly launched “Save My Small Business Line,” the show’s impactful initiative to aid small businesses that have been pummeled by the pandemic. The program provides struggling small businesses the opportunity to promote their brand on the nationally syndicated radio show with a one-minute commercial. With three in four small business owners exceedingly concerned about the economic impact of COVID-19, show host Bert Weiss felt compelled to help, and he came to the epiphany that equipping the businesses with air time is the best way for the show to offer support.

“Whether it is a new small business or a business that has been around for decades, companies across the country are struggling, and The Bert Show is in a position to offer a special kind of relief,” said Weiss. “Our goal is to leverage what the show has – listeners around the country – to lift up these businesses.” State-certified, in-home bakery Heavenly Bakes out of Buford, Georgia was the first company promoted through the Save My Small Business Line. Additional featured businesses include Ft. Wayne, Indiana-based Gladiator Care, The Good Sport Gallery in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Braselton, Georgia’s Countryside Antiques & Home Décor, presenter of The Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival.

“Small businesses across the country are struggling. That’s why we are committed to helping every city The Bert Show is syndicated in,” said Co-host Kristin Klingshirn. “We want to help ease the burden of trying to function during a global pandemic. The Bert Show family is in this together and we are going to get through this together.” For more information, please visit thebertshow.com/articles/smallbusiness.

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BFOA Comes To The Aid Of Qualifying Broadcasters Hit By Recent Extreme Weather

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America is providing emergency aid to broadcast colleagues, who have been hit hard by the recent extreme weather conditions in Texas and the surrounding states. More than 20 requests have come in over the past 5 days from employees of TEGNA, Nexstar, Radio One, Entercom, Fox, and more, with the first of those checks going out to qualifying individuals today. “Broken pipes, power outages, displacement, and more have brought devastation to many of our colleagues,” said Peter Doyle, Vice President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “The Foundation’s Emergency Grant Program is set up with a streamlined vetting process that allows us to move quickly and get checks to those in desperate need. We’re asking every broadcaster in affected areas to help us get the word out to those who may need our assistance.”

Broadcasters interested in applying for aid may visit the Apply for Aid section of the Broadcasters Foundation website (https://broadcastersfoundation.org/apply-for-help/) and select Emergency Grants on the right, which will take them to the Emergency Grant & Disaster Information Request Form. The Broadcasters Foundation has disbursed over $1 million to qualifying broadcasters through its Emergency Grant Program. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Without fail, the last 12 months has been more challenging and difficult than at any time in our industry's history. Aside from the obvious hurdles brought on by Covid-19, it's fair to say our 7business has, and will continue to experience changes that will be with us for awhile to come. The focal point of 'Talk From The Top' is what our industry, specifically Talk Radio, can likely expect in the coming year and beyond.

Panelists will offer a realistic forecast of both good and difficult challenges we'll face over the next several months and what management, programmers and talent should be doing now to prepare. Joining Gabe Hobbs are scheduled panelists: Drew Anderssen (CMG Atlanta), Robin Bertolucci (KFI/LA), Chris Oliviero (Entercom New York), Kraig Kitchen (Sound Mind LA). Julie Talbot (Premiere Network) and David Wood (WIBC Indianapolis) - Sponsored by Premiere Networks -

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NETWORKS: WWO And Sony Nashville Team To Raise Awareness For 2022 Special Olympics

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One and Sony Music Nashville announced a multi-faceted program to build support for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games to be held June 5-12, 2022, in Orlando. Kane Brown helped launch the collaboration this month; Luke Combs, Adam Doleac, Old Dominion, Ryan Hurd, LANCO, Kameron Marlowe, Maren Morris, Jameson Rodgers, Matt Stell, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Chris Young, are among other participating Sony Music Nashville Artists who will also join the campaign to support the athletes and spread the word about the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games through Westwood One’s broadcast channels.

In the months leading up to the USA Games, Westwood One Nashville hosts Paul Koffy from Morning Koffy, Lia Knight from The Lia Show and Later with Lia, and Elaina Smith from Nights with Elaina will feature interviews with the participating Sony artists on their programs and showcase the music videos on their programs’ websites.

“Sony Music Nashville is thrilled to announce our partnership with Westwood One to help spread the word about the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,” said Steve Hodges, Executive Vice President, Promotion & Artist Development at Sony Music Nashville. “Our roster of world-leading artists have a unique platform to help those in need through positive messages and calls to action. With such an important event in 2022, we’re proud to use our voices to put a spotlight on those who need it the most.”

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Australian Host Back On Dancing With The Stars

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– Melbourne’s Fox FM Breakfast host Fifi Box (shown) will be back on TV screens this year as part of Channel 7’s rebooted Dancing With The Starts lineup. The show has recently been running on Channel 10, and was hosted by Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer. Channel 7 picked the show up for 2021, and will be running it as an All-Stars format, bringing back previous contestants. Fifi who is part of the Fifi, Fev & Nick lineup on Fox FM alongside Brendan Fevola and Nick Cody, came second alongside dance partner Paul Green in the 2007 series which was taken out by Kate Ceberano and John-Paul Collins.

Australian Duo, Nova’s Ben & Liam In A Helicopter
Nova Entertainment’s Adelaide breakfast radio show, Ben & Liam, will broadcast from a helicopter. After recently broadcasting their Breakfast Show while suspended from a billboard, the boys will now take their show to new heights after securing their own station helicopter! When COVID first struck last year and swarms of Adelaideans were asked to “stay home”, Nova’s Ben & Liam sprang into action, purchasing a clapped-out old Limousine (the Ben & Liam-o) to drop essential items to listeners around Adelaide. Fast forward to 2021, Ben & Liam will be taking to the sky. The Nova 919 Ben & Liam Chopper is open for business to transport listeners to school, uni, work or wherever they need to go.

Scott Mills and Chris Stark bring back the LOLathon In The UK - Scott Mills and Chris Stark are hosting another 24 hour LOLathon on BBC Radio 1 for Red Nose Day 2021. The afternoon presenters have done it twice before, with the first one in 2017 causing a few complaints to Ofcom (The British FCC) for the middle of the night sex hour and non-innuendo bingo. This year, Radio 1’s LOLathon kicks off on Friday 5th March at 8am and continues until Friday 12 March culminating in the 24-hour marathon show hosted by Scott Mills and Chris Stark. The marathon will start at 9am on Thursday 11 March and will continue until 9am the following day. All the Radio 1 DJs will be taking part in the marathon preparations throughout the week while carrying out some challenges of their own. Among them will be Radio 1 Breakfast host Greg James, who will be calling on some famous friends to help him find Radio 1’s funniest listener, and Clara Amfo, who will be attempting to break the official world record for the most Beyoncé songs named in one minute. Nick Grimshaw will be carrying out his own nationwide talent search to launch brand new band The Drag Dads, while Matt Edmondson will be taking it upon himself to throw Mollie King the most extravagant on-air hen do possible.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905 - @GrahamMack
Web: www.Grahammack.com   Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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SNAPS: WYCD-FM Detroit Host Steve Grunwald Braves The Cold For Ronald McDonald House

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2021 –– Entercom WYCD Detroit's Steve Grunwald has been braving freezing temperatures while spending the night outside in a tent for a good cause. He's been sleeping outside the Ronald McDonald house in downtown Detroit since Tuesday night in an attempt to raise $50,000 for the facility which provides comfort and support for families with a hospitalized child.

The only way he’ll leave is by raising enough money to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Detroit. ! The sooner we raise the $50,000 the sooner Grunwald can leave. If you want him to stay longer in the garden donate below to Team Szott! Every dollar you give goes to support families who have a hospitalized child. You're helping kids who are critically ill or injured have their family by their side while they heal.

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NAB'S Gordon Smith Tackles Misinformation Calling For ' Focus On Facts' In The Hill Op-ed

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– As a fitting following up to today's announcment of TSBC's upcoming 'News In An Age of Chaos' session, ' NAB's Gordon Smith penned an op-ed for The Hill on how broadcasters can combat misinformation with a focus on the facts. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” This quotation — often misattributed to Mark Twain, ironically — about the never-ending struggle to distinguish between fact and fiction is perhaps more relevant today than at any other time in human history. In today’s world, we are blessed with more sources of news and information than ever before — all at the touch of our fingers. Yet, this same blessing allows a lie to travel around the world in the blink of an eye, even as the truth is unfolding, with the potential for wide-ranging consequences.

Smith continues saying, " A single lie can shape elections and governments or influence financial markets and spark social movements. This week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is continuing its series of hearings on how misinformation and disinformation — the lies of the 21st century — have impacted recent events in our nation. As lawmakers explore this issue, they should be mindful of the vital role radio and television broadcasters play in our communities by exposing lies, uncovering the truth and reporting the facts. Read Article HERE

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Angela Yee To Keynote Intercollegiate Event

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021 –– The 81st Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) conference is going virtual this year (of course!) and will be held over Zoom from Tuesday, March 2nd through Saturday, March 6th, ending with the announcement of the winners of the annual IBS College Radio Awards. This conference, named IBS@HOME, features professionals from across the industry giving their career journeys, and passing along advice to students who are currently working at student radio stations at high schools, colleges and universities from across the country (and beyond!) This year, the conference welcomes Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club as the keynote speaker, Friday at 12 noon Eastern. Angela will be interviewed by Koiya, on air host at 104.5 The Beat in Orlando. Other confirmed speakers include: Sean Ross (Ross On Radio), Mike McVay (McVay Media), Valerie Gellar (Geller Media), Lee Harris & Marc Ernay (1010 WINS New York) among others.

If any industry professionals would like to join existing panels, please email IBS Board Member and WHPC (Garden City, NY) Station Director Shawn Novatt at shawn.novatt@ncc.edu. The full schedule and tickets can be found at www.mediaconferences.org.

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2nd Annual Radio Cares 'Feeding America' Event Grows In Support

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– The 2nd Annual Radio Cares -- Feeding America® is off to a great start with new and returning partners signing on in support of the nationwide radio event that raises money to provide meals for individuals and families facing hunger in America. Radio Cares is presented by Feeding America and the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) and will take place on April 14 on radio stations across the country. Last year, in its inaugural event, Radio Cares raised enough money to purchase 5 million meals! This year already looks to surpass that amount. Returning partners includes voice talent Steve Kamer who will once again be the Voice of Radio Cares. Kamer also kicked off this year’s drive with the first donation of 2021.

Returning partners include Motor Racing Network, Sun Broadcast Group, HRN Media Networks and YEA Networks. “YEA Networks is proud to support the cause again by using our talented video and design departments to help participating stations look great online and on social media,” stated Shawn Nunn, President, YEA Networks. New this year: AdLarge Media will support the cause via their network. Gary Schonfeld, Co-CEO of AdLarge commented,. “We are pleased to lend our support to this event. We have all watched the faces on the news of people at food banks…food banks that are stretched to the max. This is a cause that every organization and person can get behind.”

Ron Stone, President of the IBA, said, “There are so many ways that radio can support this great event. If you own independent stations, or If you are a network, help us promote the event to your listeners and raise awareness for the need of donations. If you are a lendor or investor in the radio broadcast industry, let me know what assets you can bring to bear on this. Literally everyone can help by sharing the news of the event on social media or making an early contribution. You don’t have to be an IAB member to participate. Immediate contributions may be made at: www.radiocares.org.

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Futuri & SummitMedia Form Sales And Content Partnership

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Futuri and SummitMedia announced an enterprise-wide partnership that will bring Futuri’s growth solutions, including TopLine, TopicPulse, Futuri Streaming, and Futuri Mobile, to its stations. Recognizing the need to harness technology to compete in this rapidly changing landscape, SummitMedia vetted multiple companies to find a best-in-class partner. Having seen success using Futuri’s all-in-one podcasting, logger, and audio management system, POST, across its stations, SummitMedia decided to expand the partnership to add: ● TopLine ● TopicPulse ● Futuri Mobile and ● Futuri Streaming, high-quality streaming with superior sound quality, support, and uptime to its stations.

“Broadcasters that want to grow their content, grow their audience, and grow their revenue are at a huge disadvantage if they don’t harness technology to compete. SummitMedia knows this and acted on it to revolutionize their go-to-market strategy with listeners and advertisers,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig. “The SummitMedia leadership team is among the best in the business, and we’re honored to partner with them.”

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HONORS: Clark Howard To Receive The 2021 ‘Andrew Ashwood Award’

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 –– The radio industry’s Talk Show Boot Camp™ returns for its 12th consecutive year, naming Clark Howard recipient of this year’s Andrew Ashwood award. Clark is known to most of us as a consumer guru and radio legend. He announced he is ending his syndicated show at the end of this year which caps 7off an amazing 23-year run on national radio.

The award is named in honor of Andrew Ashwood, who was the former head of programming at Fox Sports Radio. We lost Andrew in 2008 at the age of 51 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Andrew was an inspiration to anyone who crossed his path or worked under his substantial shadow. A bigger-than-life personality and one of the most positive people you could ever meet are just a couple of his lasting attributes that continue to inspire this award. In that light, Talk Show Boot Camp™ recognizes an industry leader each year who has personified those traits with a positive impact across the radio business.

7Traditionally, each year's recipient is charged with selecting the following year's honoree. In selecting Howard for this year's coveted award, last year's recipient Greg Moceri said, "When I was given the privilege of selecting someone who exemplified the positivity that Andrew did for our industry, it took me two seconds to say Clark Howard. Having worked and associated with him for 30 years, he was an instant selection on how many ways he has demonstrated that positivity and has helped millions through the years. "In Clark we trust” impacted his knowledge and authenticity in our industry for decades and it continues today. Clark was an instant choice to carry on this great tradition of honoring Andrew.“

“The Clark Howard Show” is syndicated on more than 250 stations nationwide by Westwood One. His show originates from WSB radio in Atlanta. Among other things Clark is also a contributing columnist to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and appears daily on WSB-TV’s Action News. He also sponsors important charities such as his annual Clark’s Kids Toy Drive. Howard was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.

Past winners of the Andrew Ashwood Award include: Gabe Hobbs, Rick Scott, Bruce Gilbert, Jim Farley, Kraig Kitchen, Glenn Beck, Chris Oliviero, Julie Talbot, Harvey Nagler, Randy Michaels and last year’s recipient, Greg Moceri. Talk Show Boot Camp Twelve will be virtual this year and held on March 18 and 19 and presented by by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media. Registration is open at www.talkshowbootcamp.com.

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Mike Hsu Debuts In Mornings On Cumulus' 100 FM WWFX-FM Worcester

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Cumulus has tapped Mike Hsu for Mornings, for Worcester, MA, Classic Rock radio station The Pike 100 FM/WWFX-FM. Hsu joined The Pike part-time in August 2020, and was most recently heard on The Pike Monday through Friday from 6:00pm-8:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturdays. A 30-year radio broadcasting veteran and Worcester native, Hsu joins The Pike full-time in Mornings after a successful career at Rock radio station WAAF-FM, where he was heard in Mornings, Afternoons and Middays during his two decades there. WAAF-FM was sold to EMF and took over its operations from previous owner Entercom on February 21, 2020, at Midnight, Hsu’s last day on WAAF airwaves.

Hsu started his radio career in Richmond, VA, where he worked at WVGO and 106.5 The Buzz. He debuted on WAAF-AM in 1999 and has lived in Worcester for 22 years. Bob Goodell, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Boston/Worcester/New London, said: “Pike Program Director Chuck Perks and I are both very excited to have Mike hosting The Pike’s morning show. He’s a part of the rock fabric of Central Massachusetts and one of the most well known personalities from his time served at WAAF.”

Hsu commented: “Worcester has a lot to offer and I’m glad I can let people know that and be more a part of the community by broadcasting on Worcester’s Rock Station.” For more information, visit: https://www.pikefm.com/.

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Rock Radio Vet John Lassman Joins Rockin' 101 WHMH St. Cloud For Mornings And OM Posts

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Rock radio vet, John Lassman has joined Tri-County Broadcasting to take over mornings and serve as Operations Director, starting Monday, March 1st 2021. John’s long and storied career in radio started in grade school in his hometown of S.E. Minneapolis, eventually leading to the #1 radio market on earth, New York City. It was there, as Promotion Director and producing an album of unsigned bands for WAPP-FM, that he met an unknown New Jersey musician named Jon Bongiovi. Fast forward 35 years and Lassman is being thanked on stage by Jon Bon Jovi at the 2018 Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, then reunited backstage.

Locally, ‘Johnny Rock’ is probably best known for his 2 tours of duty at 92 KQRS. Lassman also served as Marketing Director for WRIF/Detroit as well as Operations/Program Director at 93.7 The EDGE, 104.1 JACK FM and 93X, Minneapolis/St. Paul. John has also programmed XL-102/Richmond, Virginia, WYRK/WJYE/JACK FM, Buffalo, New York and VP of East Coast Programing/Townsquare Media. Lassman most recently served as On-Air Executive Producer for The Tom Barnard Morning Show. John added,

“I’ve admired Tri-County Broadcasting, Rockin 101 and it’s talented team for many years. Joining Owner and ‘TCB’ Gary Hoppe, long time Program Director, Tim Ryan, both who can be found working late into the evenings, plus, the talented staff, both on and off air, and the chance to join this wonderful community, added up to a no brainer. I’m looking forward to building ‘The Johnny Rock Show’ into a local and self-deprecating morning radio institution for St. Cloud and the surrounding areas. “It’s also a reunion for myself and station consultant Lee Arnold, as we worked together in the late 1980’s. At least, that’s what people say. We have no memory of it, but we’ll take their word for it"

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SYNDICATION: The Jubal Show Comes To Mornings On Power 96.1 Atlanta

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Power 96.1, Atlanta announced that “The Jubal Show” will join the station’s morning drive lineup, effective immediately. The nationally syndicated show is co-hosted by Jubal's wife Alex Fresh and English Evan. “Today we completed the puzzle on the roll out of our new on-air team here at Power 96.1,” said Dan Hunt, Program Director for iHeartMedia Atlanta. “The addition of ‘The Jubal Show’ to morning drive will provide Atlanta with a fresh sound, hitting all the hot topics and providing the entertainment that listeners crave like relationship drama, prank calls and fun games. These fresh faces along with the addition our other new on-air talent that was added in January.

“Myself, Alex, English Evan and the entire Jubal show crew are beyond excited to be given the opportunity to entertain Atlanta in the morning,” said Jubal. “It’s not only a huge market but has always been one of my favorite places. Hootie-Hoo!”

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Robert Feder: Broadcast Museum To Celebrate 100 Years Of Radio’s ‘Power and Impact’

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder writes that Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications has been closed to the public due to the pandemic, but behind the scenes they’re working on a major new exhibit to open later this year. "Starting in March the museum will kick off a yearlong celebration marking the 100th anniversary of radio in the United States," says Feder. "It will start with a series of panel discussions and related content online to be followed with a full-scale public display planned to open at the end of May, according to Susy Schultz, executive director of the museum. "What we want to do is look at this as not just who are the celebrities, which is very important, but that’s often where people stop,” Schultz told Hannah Stanley and Fred Weintraub on “The Hannah and Fred Show” Sunday. “We want to look at the business of radio and the science of radio, and its power and impact.”

By most accounts commercial broadcasting in the U.S. began the night of November 2, 1920, when Pittsburgh’s KDKA Radio carried results of the presidential election between Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox. Within two years there were more than 500 licensed stations across the country (including Zenith Radio Corporation’s WJAZ in Chicago). By 1954, there were more radio receivers in the world than printed daily newspapers, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The Museum of Broadcast Communications, founded in 1987, is located at 360 North State Street. It also houses the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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EVENTS: Entercom Teams With Detroit Sports Teams To 'Vaccinate Michigan'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Entercom has teamed up with Detroit sports partners Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons to launch a new community initiative “Vaccinate Michigan.” As part of the campaign, 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM), 104.3 WOMC (WOMC-FM), ALT 98.7 (WDZH-FM), and WWJ Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) are airing state-approved public service announcements about the COVID-19 vaccination and its availability for Michigan residents. Aimed to support the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccination and helping Michiganders feel comfortable with the vaccination process, “Vaccinate Michigan” announcements will be voiced by varioius Entercom Detroit on-air personalities, show hosts and news anchors, as well as some of the city’s key sports figures.

“Our company and sports partners understand the importance of getting Michigan businesses open, as well as the need of our listeners and fans to get back to work and feel some sense of normalcy,” Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Radio serves as a crucial lifeline for the communities it serves and we’re proud to lend our influencial voice in the community and our citywide footprint to deliver the important message of COVID-19 vaccinations to our listeners and fans.” In addition to the on-air announcements, listeners can participate in the campaign on social media using #vaccinatemichigan and #gettheshot.

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Register For RAB Live Presentation: What Happened At “Virtual” CES 2021

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Fred Jacobs says, As most of you are aware, last month, we created our own version of the Consumer Electronics Show, hosting a “virtual tour” for broadcasters. We also took the time to visit CES itself, and it’s time to review what we learned, and where there are implications and opportunities for radio. Once again, we’ve teamed up with futurist and trendwatcher Shawn DuBravac and our partners at the RAB to create a free webinar: "What Happened At ‘Virtual’ CES 2021 – And What It Means To Radio"

Jacobs say they will review what we learned this year, focusing on areas like advances in the connected car, voice, in-home technology, the future of content, and more. The webinar is free and open to the entire industry. It’s on Thursday, February 25th at 1pm ET. You can register below: Click HERE to Register.

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'Will & Grace's' Leslie Jordan Will Soon Host His Own Radio Show On Apple

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2021 –– Actor and writer Leslie Jordan will soon be hosting his own weekly show on Apple Music reports 9to5Mac. Known for his role on Will & Grace and more recently for posting funny videos on Instagram, Jordan will star in “Hunker Down Radio” on the Apple Music Country radio station. As first reported by People, “Hunker Down Radio with Leslie Jordan” will air weekly on Sundays at 2 p.m. ET beginning Sunday, February 28. The show will be available for free on-demand on Apple Music Country, one of the live radio stations offered by Apple.

Song writer Travis will join Jordan as co-host of the show that will mostly feature country music. Jordan began his career in 1986 and has been working in the movie and television industry ever since. “I’ve done Broadway. I was in The Help. I’ve done feature films. I’ve done so much television. I’ve done every god-awful sitcom known to man, forever, for 30 or 40 years. I’ve never done a radio show,” he says in Hunker Down Radio’s debut episode. “Hunker Down Radio with Leslie Jordan will air on Apple Music Country next Sunday.

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Q104.3 NYC Extends Agreement with Legendary Morning Show Host Jim Kerr

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22Nd, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York’s Q104.3, New York’s Classic Rock, announced today a five-year broadcast agreement extension for legendary on-air personality Jim Kerr, beginning today through 2026. The Radio Hall of Famer began his tenure at Q104.3 in January 2002 and was later joined by Shelli Sonstein in October 2003.

“Getting to work every day with one of the true legends like Jim is a joy and a privilege,” said Eric Wellman, Program Director for Q104.3. “Knowing he will be with Q104.3 entertaining our audience every morning along with Shelli lets me sleep better at night. Here’s to another five years with Jim Kerr!”

Kerr is the longest-running morning radio personality in New York City history. He has been the morning show host on six New York City stations, most notably 18 years at Q104.3 and 15 years at WPLJ-FM, where he became New York’s youngest morning show host at 21 years old. Before that, Kerr served as an on-air personality at WDAI-FM and WLS-FM in Chicago and at WKNR-FM in Detroit, Michigan, after serving as an on-air personality at WORJ-FM in Orlando, Florida. His relationship with radio started on a second-grade field trip to WWJ-FM in Detroit. Kerr began his career at age 14 in Ypsilanti, Michigan and has been on the air ever since.

“When I joined Q104.3, my biggest hope was that it would be the second-best job I ever had,” said Kerr. “As things worked out, it has turned out to be the best.” Active for decades in civic and charitable affairs, Kerr is a 35-year board member of HeartShare Human Services of New York and a member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation board. He’s also a Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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Rachel Ryan Debuts On DFW’s New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Rachel Ryan as On-Air Personality, Middays, for New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM in Dallas, TX. Ryan joins New Country 96.3 from Cumulus sister station WWWQ Q99.7 in Atlanta, GA, where she was Midday Host, while also serving as Midday talent on Cumulus Dallas’ Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM. Prior to joining Cumulus Atlanta, Ryan was Co-Host, Mornings, at Alpha Media’s KTFM-FM in San Antonio, TX, and was Morning and Midday Host at Cumulus station WABD-FM in her hometown of Mobile, AL. She started her radio career at the legendary WABB-FM in Mobile.

Mike Preston, Program Director, KSCS-FM and KPLX-FM, said: “We are thrilled to promote from within Cumulus and have Rachel joining our team on New Country 96.3. Her energy and passion for connecting to the community is the key to her past success and we can’t wait to have her on KSCS!” Ryan commented: "I am beyond excited to be a part of the team at KSCS! This decision was an easy one, and I'm eager to hit the ground running in Dallas! Thank you, Mike Preston and Dan Bennett, for having confidence in me... I can't wait to get to work!" For more information, visit: https://www.newcountry963.com/.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Ink Multi-Year Extension With Townsquare Media

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22Nd 2021 – Townsquare Media announced the extension of Free Beer & Hot Wings across seventeen existing stations and the addition of the top-rated morning show on WAAL in Binghamton, NY, WBUF in Buffalo, NY and KLUB in Victoria, TX. “Free Beer & Hot Wings have demonstrated time and again that they can win in our markets, and we are proud to announce that we have extended our agreement with them so that we can keep winning,” said Erik Hellum, Townsquare Chief Operating Officer-Local Media.

“This is a labor of love,” said Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels. “Townsquare Media has been a tremendous friend and partner to us.” Added “Hot Wings” Chris Michels, “In many of these markets, we have celebrated years of ratings success and these communities feel like home to us.” “We are excited to win in Buffalo, Binghamton, and Victoria,” said Co-Host Joe Gassman. “We were made for Buffalo – the home of the original hot wing.” Townsquare now broadcasts Free Beer & Hot Wings in the following markets: Albany NY, Atlantic City NJ, Augusta ME, Battle Creek MI, Binghamton NY, Bismarck ND, Buffalo NY, Casper WY, Duluth MN, Evansville IN, Flint MI, Grand Rapids MI, Grand Junction CO, Monmouth-Ocean NJ, Missoula MT, Utica NY, Rochester MN, Victoria TX, Yakima WA, and Wichita Falls TX.

“Compelling, relatable, timely, and entertaining content wins,” said Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Senior Vice President of Programming. “We could not be happier to have Free Beer & Hot Wings continue as a key part of our success on these rock stations for years to come.” Free Beer & Hot Wings is syndicated nationally by Compass Media Networks in 50+ markets. Visit freebeerandhotwings.com or compassmedianetworks.com for more information.

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Mike Klein Fills Afternoons On iHeart's Z104.3 Baltimore

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 –– Z104.3, Baltimore has named Mike Klein as its new Afternoon Drive host effective immediately. Klein returns to iHeartMedia from his position as operations manager at Summit Media in Greenville, South Carolina. He also brings a wealth of experience to Z104.3, having served as an on-air host at Hot 99.5 and 98.7 WMZQ in Washington, D.C. from 2015 – 2016 and at Z100 in New York from 2007-2011. In addition, he also worked as program director at WNOW-FM in Indianapolis, Indiana; WNVZ-FM in Norfolk, Virginia; and Kiss 95.1 in Melbourne, Florida. He began his career as an afternoon and night host at WNVZ-FM in Norfolk, Virginia.

“Mike is Maryland through and through having grown up in the Baltimore area,” said Rob Kruz, Program Director for Z104.3. “His deep passion for music as well as extensive CHR experience makes Mike the perfect choice to drive Baltimore home! I’m excited to welcome him to the Z104.3 family.”

“Joining the incredible on-air team at Z104.3, led by ‘Your Morning Show,’ is a dream come true,” said Klein. “I’m so excited to return to Baltimore, the city where I grew up, and host an afternoon show that combines a passion for pop music with a focus on the Baltimore lifestyle.”

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[WATCH] Official Trailer To Breaking Bobby Bones

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 –– that will air on Nat Geo and Disney +.  The show is 16 episodes and starts on Memorial Day on both platforms. WATCH HERE

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EVENTS: iHeartMedia Celebrated “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!”

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 –– iHeartMedia celebrated “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!,” a special event spotlighting the power of Black culture yesterday, today and tomorrow throughout Black History Month with performances by Roddy Ricch, 21 Savage, Jhené Aiko and Kirk Franklin from local Black-owned business locations nationwide on February 20. The event, hosted by Donnell Rawlings, streamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages; iHeartMedia Hip-Hop, Gospel and R&B stations; the iHeartRadio app; and Venues on Oculus Quest.

In addition, the month-long “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” celebration highlighted hundreds of Black artists, influencers and thought leaders through audio vignettes and tributes on 660 iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations in every format. Produced by Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer Rikki Hughes of Magic Lemonade, “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” paid homage to the culture that sets the trends, creates the moments and moves the world. The show weaved once-in-a-lifetime performances into a powerful audio and visual celebration of the Black experience featuring artists, actors, creators and Black leaders who have shaped culture.

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Lori Lewis Media & Rob Wagman Form Partnership

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 – Lori Lewis Media And and Rob Wagman have integrated strengths to form a robust partnership. Starting March 1st, Wagman taps Lori Lewis' digital and social media engagement skills to help his current client roster, which includes radio networks, stations, clusters, morning shows, syndicated shows, podcasts and several businesses/sectors outside of the audio industry. The relationship between Wagman and Lewis started as a dual exchange of resources and has turned into weekly marketing and brainstorming sessions with fruitful results beneficial to both consultancies.

"We are like-minded in our passion for the art of genuine engagement." said Rob Wagman, "Lori Lewis is the best digital media brain in or out of our industry, and as technologies change, she's ahead of them, because she is ever learning, reading and researching patterns, trends and algorithms. She doesn't offer tricks or shortcuts, but instead long-lasting insights that lay down strong organic foundations for the growth of trustworthy and consistent brands."

"Simply put, Rob Wagman has vision." said Lori Lewis, "His custom chart services (“Moneyball Charts”), getting entrenched in the podcast space early, and his marketing savvy, are a testament to his consultancy thriving in trying times." Reach out to Lori: lori@lorilewismedia.com Reach out to Rob: straightpathmande@gmail.com

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CONDOLENCES: Longtime Broadcaster George Francis Passes Away

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND 2021 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of longtime broadcaster and radio executive, George Francis. He once sold for the legendary Big Ways in Charlotte. Sold jingles for TM Studio. Managed WAKY/WVEZ, Louisville, WTAM/WDOK Cleveland, WMAG/Greensboro. He owned KRMD/KEEL Shreveport and WMYI/Greenville, SC.

McVay Media's Mike McVay tells Jockline, "George Francis would be in the Top-3 of people who helped me advance my career. Worked for him in Louisville and Cleveland. Consulted him when he managed WMAG/Greensboro and when he owned KRMD/Shreveport and WMYI/Greenville. One of the most creative people I ever met. A true radio advocate. God broke the mold when he made George. He will be missed". -Mike

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Nick Cannon Returns To The Air On Power 106 LA; Inks New Agreement Skyview Networks  

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– Mereulo Media announced that Nick Cannon is returning to mornings at Power 106 (KPWR-FM) “Los Angeles, I am back and ready to lift you up in the mornings and bring joy at the crack of dawn with original comedy and candid conversation!” said Nick Cannon. “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do – and I am grateful for my supporters, friends and loved ones who have guided me through this journey these past few months. We grow through challenges and lessons together, but emerge better on the other side.”   

“Nick Cannon is the consummate entertainer and more demanding on himself than on anyone else! His newly revamped and creatively turbo-charged local morning show will bring much needed comedic entertainment to LA mornings like only Nick can. Reunited with Teddy, Melissa and DJ Carisma, Nick will deliver a uniquely Los Angeles centric morning show fitting of our iconic Power 106 flagship!” said Otto Padron, President & CEO of Meruelo Media. 

“Nick Cannon is a unique influencer who has driven radio ratings success through his hard work and complete audience focus,” said Steve Jones, President & COO of Skyview Networks. “Nick is familiar to every 18–49-year-old listener and advertiser in America through his platforms on social media, TV, movies and music. Urban and rhythmic-CHR radio stations can have the amazing power of Nick Cannon in their programming and sales portfolio, giving them a strong, competitive advantage in ratings and revenue.”

Today’s announcement includes multi-year renewals between Nick Cannon and Skyview Networks and Nick Cannon and Meruelo Media.

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Craig Carton In Talks For MLB Network Morning Show; Would Continue On WFAN

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports that WFAN host Craig Carton is in talks with the MLB Network to host a daily morning TV show, The Post has learned. Whether or not a deal goes through, Carton, would continue to do his afternoon drive-time show on WFAN with Evan Roberts. The potential Carton MLBN show would be a one-hour program, a source said. MLB Network has had success in early afternoons with SiriusXM and former WFAN host Christopher (Mad Dog) Russo. In addition to his afternoon show, Carton also host a solo show, “Hello, my name is Craig” on Saturday mornings that is designed to help those with gambling addiction issues.

If Carton ends up on MLB Network in the morning, Marchand says SiriusXM would have the right to simulcast the program on its baseball channel. As part of MLB’s overall layoffs, the network let go 17 people last week, which included Bruce Schein, who served as Russo’s contributor on “High Heat.” Earlier, the network had let go of Chris Rose and Eric Byrnes. If the Carton show happens, it may begin at 7 or 8 a.m., preceding “MLB Central” with Lauren Shehadi, Robert Flores and Mark DeRosa, which starts at 10 a.m. MLB Network declined comment.

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The Rush Limbaugh Show Will Continue To Air With Archived Segments And Clips

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 – Following Rush Limbaugh's passing on Wednesdy, Premiere Networks wrote in a memo to its affiliates that they will continue to air his show, using archived segments and clips, primarily airing Mr. Limbaugh’s voice “until his audience is prepared to say goodbye.” “No one can replace Rush Limbaugh,” said HoseaBelcher, senior vice president of affiliate marketing for 7iHeartMedia. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Steele writes: "Mr. Limbaugh’s passing leaves a void in the world of talk radio. Millions of loyal listeners are left wondering how they will spend the three hours in the middle of every weekday they devoted to listening to his takes on political, social and economic issues."

His show was the most listened to in the U.S., according to Nielsen Audio, reaching more than 20 million monthly listeners on more than 650 affiliates as of the end of 2020. Mr. Limbaugh’s 30 years of audio has been archived and cataloged by subject, topic and opinion, Premiere said in its memo. The show, from now on, will address the day’s news using relevant clips. Guest hosts such as Mark Steyn, Todd Herman (L) and Ken Matthews (R), who helped fill in while Mr. Limbaugh underwent cancer treatment, will help guide the show from segment to segment, the network said READ ARTICLE HERE

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Dave 'Kane-O' Kane To Celebrate 40-Years At Entercom's 96.5 WCMF Rochester

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– 96.5 WCMF (WCMF-FM, Rochester) midday host Dave Kane a.k.a. “Kane-O” joins a distinguished group of broadcast professionals across the country as he reaches 40 years with one radio station. Kane-O and WCMF will celebrate his 40th year with the station on Monday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.

“I've always said that I am blessed to have found, a job that I love to do in a place where I love to do it,” said Kane. “My longevity in Rochester is a testament to the quality of life here, and certainly most of all, to the dedicated rockers who have not only supported WCMF for over a half century, but who have fostered and sustained a vibrant rock and roll scene in Rochester for decades.” “I still marvel at the amount of incredible experiences I've had, the places I've been, the musicians and shows I've had access to, and the people I've met,” added Kane. “I'm extremely fortunate to have worked with so many amazing, talented people over the many years, and most of all, the connection...this incredible bond that has been forged with the audience and the local community that is the most satisfying and humbling to me.”

“Forty years on the air at one radio station is unprecedented in Rochester radio and hard to come by anywhere else in the country,” said Susan Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Rochester. “So many Rochesterians have grown up with WCMF and Dave Kane and to have him still rockin’ on WCMF 40 years later makes people feel very connected to the station and to him.” Kane launched his career with WCMF on middays in 1981. Later that same year, he was named Music Director and Assistant Program Director and eventually went on to program the station from 2008-2010.

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Mo Quick Joins The Lineup At Atlanta’s HOT 107.9

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– Atlanta native Mo Quick joins HOT 107.9, as they celebrate 25 years as the premiere mainstream Hip Hop station in the country. As a former intern, Mo Quick is no stranger to Radio One Atlanta. She left the market to accept a position with Radio One’s WZAK in Cleveland. In her new role with HOT 7107.9, Mo will serve as an on air personality and the Local Content Producer for HOT 107.9’s new nationally syndicated morning show, The Morning Hustle. She will also be responsible for interviewing Atlanta’s local dignitaries, politicians, activists and influencers.

Mo Quick will be curating special social media projects on HOT 107.9’s social media platforms and web. Urban One Atlanta Operations Director, Derek Harper said, “Anytime we have someone who has come through our internship program come back to us to make an impact for our listeners… it’s a great thing for Radio One and the Atlanta community!”

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Derrick Martin Named Market President For iHeart Norfolk

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Norfolk announced today that Derrick Martin has been named Market President, effective immediately. Martin joins iHeartMedia Norfolk from the iHeartMedia St. Louis market, where he most recently served as the Region President, overseeing the St. Louis, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa; and Springfield, Missouri markets. Prior to serving as the Region President for St. Louis, from 2013 to 2017, he served as the Market President for the Norfolk market and is now making his return. Martin began his career at iHeartMedia Memphis and is a graduate of Tennessee State University. 

“I am excited to bring such a strong performer back to iHeartMedia Norfolk,” said Chuck Peterson, Area President for iHeartMedia Virginia. “The market performed exceptionally during Derrick’s previous tenure from 2013-2017, and I see a very bright future again with his return. He earned the trust and respect of our team and the Norfolk community, and I know they will give him a warm welcome back.” 

“I am extremely excited to return to Norfolk to lead a great staff of employees and work with advertisers to grow their business while utilizing our company assets,” said Martin. “iHeartMedia Norfolk has a cluster of stations that are a fabric in the community, and I can’t wait to reconnect again.” 

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SYNDICATION: The Jubal Show Scores Three New Markets 

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 ––  One of the fastest-growing morning shows in radio continues to spread throughout the country. Three markets have been added since February 1, making it a total of six new markets for The Jubal Show since New Year’s Day.

Brew Michaels is the Operations Manager for Rose Communications in Kalispell. Brew added THE JUBAL SHOW to 103.1 The River: “The Jubal Show is highly-prepared, organized, and targeted to 18-49 year-olds.”

These stations have added THE JUBAL SHOW this month: 107.3 KFFM – Yakima’s #1 Hit Music Station 1063NowFM – KLEN/Cheyenne 103.1 The River – KRVO/Kalispell KHFI/Austin, KTPZ/Twin Falls and KRFN/Reno added THE JUBAL SHOW in January.

The Jubal Show is hosted by Marconi-award winning Jubal Fresh. Alex Fresh is co-hosting the show along withEnglish Evan. For more information contact: Eric Weiss at eric@theweissagency.com or Craig Whetstine at craig@theweissagency.com or text or phone 503.975.6153.

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Cherry Creek AddsArmstrong & Getty 

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– Cherry Creek Radio has added The Armstrong & Getty Show in two of its Washington markets. Newsradio 610 KONA debuted Armstrong & Getty in the Richland-Kennewick-Pasco area on February 16. KONA serves the mid-Columbia region in Washington, with coverage in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Robb Francis is KONA’s Program Director. Talk 106.7 KKWN and 1340 AM KWNC will bring Armstrong & Getty to the Wenatchee market starting on February 22Robb Reel is the PD for KWNC and KKWN. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty like the fit with the Cherry Creek stations:

“The Cherry Creek stations and Central Washington are a great match for our show. We’re not beltway pundits. We’re Middle-American guys with families who are just trying to bring a little perspective, honesty, and humor to the day’s events. We’re patriots more than we’re partisans." The Cherry Creek stations join a large number of stations who have signed on with Armstrong & Getty in the past year, including KABC/Los Angeles, KSFO/San Francisco, KNSS/Wichita, KWAM/Memphis, and KFOR/Lincoln. Cherry Creek Media is the country’s premiere small market radio, events and digital marketing company. It has 53 radio stations located in ten markets.

For more information about The Armstrong & Getty Show, contact Eric Weiss at The Weiss Agency: Eric@TheWeissAgency.com or Craig Whetstine at craig@armstrongandgetty.com.

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The IBA Partners With Feeding America For 2nd Annual 'Radio Cares – Feeding America'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 – The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) and Feeding America® have announced the dates for the second annual “Radio Cares – Feeding America” to raise money for individuals and families that are facing hunger in America. The 2021 event will be held on April 14 and produced by Benztown, with assistance from McVay Media and the team at Vipology.  Early major sponsors of this year event include GenMedia Partners and Sun Broadcast Group.

“The Radio Cares drive this year promises to be an event every independent station will want to participate in,” said Ron Stone, Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group and President of the IBA. “Who would have imagined that 14 months after we first heard the word COVID, we would still be dealing with it. So many people have lost so much and for many the end is nowhere in sight. Every family deserves to have sufficient resources for food for their family and no one should be going hungry in America.”

Dave Denes, President of Benztown noted, “Independent owners of radio stations of every format came together in 2020 to speak with one voice for a cause that all of us embrace -- eliminating hunger!” Mike McVay, President of McVay Media, noted, “With stations back to operating in studios, the Radio Cares event will be substantially enhanced with live interviews in every market with people that provide help and people that have needed it.”

At the end of the event, local independent radio will all be able to promote the total amount raised by sharing with listeners and advertisers the power of local radio. Stations are welcome to include local sponsors to support the event. For more info, visit www.radiocares.org

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Conservative Radio Pioneer Rush Limbaugh Passes Away At 70 Following Battle With Cancer

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 –– Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, passed away yesterday at 70 following his battle with Stage IV lung cancer. Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn made the announcement Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced. Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn(shown above),made the announcement on his radio show saying, "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time." (See posted comment above left)

7After learning he had Stage IV lung cancer last year he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. Melania Trump presented the award (shown above)

The Rush Limbaugh Show began in 1988 and spent over three decades as one of the most listened to and influential host. According to Fox News, the show went into national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations with up to 27 million people tuned in on a weekly basis

In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis. "I wasn't expected to be alive today," he said. "I wasn't expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I'm feeling pretty good today."

Limbaugh, born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1951, began his radio career in 1967 as a 'helper' when he was only 16 years old. Fox reports he eventually graduated to disk jockey and worked at a small station roughly 100 miles south of St. Louis while attending high school. "I was totally consumed," Limbaugh told the New York Times in 1990, noting that his idol was a Chicago radio host named Larry Lujack (R). After stints in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Sacramento, 7Limbaugh landed at WABC in New York shortly after the Fairness Doctrine was repealed. It was there that he changed talk radio forever when "The Rush Limbaugh Show" became a cultural phenomenon for both the message and the way it was delivered. Limbaugh is survived by his wife.

7Amid an enormous outpouring of tributes and memories circulating on social media and news outlets, Tom Tradup V.P./News & Talk Programming Salem Radio Network expressed the sentiments of many saying, : "His death is a deep, blow to the talk radio industry…which literally would not exist today if Rush Hudson Limbaugh hadn’t turned the moribund AM band around and electrified American conservatives from coast-to-coast."

TRIBUTES FOR USE - The Mix Group and Benztown have produced special audio tributes that are free for use. For The Mix Tribute, CLICK HERE - passwork 'rush' -- For the Benztown Audio Tribute, CLICK HERE

For a look at Rush's career and industry appearances, Art Vuolo prepared this special video which includes both station and industry events he filmed over the past several years - WATCH HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Monique Nelson Named To Entercom's Board Of Directors

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2021 – Entercom announced the appointment of Monique Nelson to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Nelson currently serves as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of UWG, the country’s longest-standing multicultural advertising and marketing agency. With this addition, Entercom’s Board has expanded to eleven directors.

“During this transformative time for our company, we’re excited to welcome Monique to Entercom’s Board of Directors,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “Her extensive career in advertising and marketing leadership make her an outstanding addition to our board.”

“Entercom is in an exciting and pivotal moment and I’m delighted to be joining the Board,” said Nelson. “It’s clear Entercom is truly committed to moving the needle significantly in the audio space.”

Nelson has served as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of UWG since 2012. In this role, she has expanded the agency’s client list and has led her team in the development of several award-winning campaigns. Prior to joining UWG, Nelson was the Global Lead for Entertainment Marketing at Motorola. She currently sits on the Advertising Week Global Board, AdWeek Diversity & Inclusion Council, The Brandeis Board of Trustees, The Eagle Academy Board, as well as the New York Advisory Board for The Posse Foundation, of which she is an alumna, and is a participant in the ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing.

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Shannon Holly To Join Townsquare's WJLK-FM On The Jersey Shore To Co-Host Mornings

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2021 – Townsquare Media welcomes Shannon Holly (TL) to 94.3 The Point (WJLK-FM), the Jersey Shore. Earlier this month, 18-year station veteran Lou Russo (TR) announced live from the stage at the Basie Center’s historic Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre that Shannon would be his new morning co-host. Shannon was born and raised in the Garden State and has been in the radio business for over 20 years. Her career highlights include winning the prestigious Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year in 2014 and hosting morning shows at KSTP-FM Minneapolis and WSTR-FM Atlanta.

Lou Russo is thrilled to partner up with Shannon: “She is funny, she is real and she’s a true pro. I am looking forward to working with her and learning from her. We can’t wait to give the Jersey Shore the morning show they deserve. I couldn’t be more excited about having Shannon on the team!” Holly added, "When something is a perfect fit you just know it. This Jersey Girl is beyond excited to be back home doing what I love most, morning radio. My co-host Lou and I have big plans for a big show. We're ready to entertain, comfort, and energize our community. I'm thankful to Townsquare Media management for believing in us and fueling us with positivity. We're about to take the Jersey Shore by storm in the best possible way...let's go!”

The new team is currently accepting suggestions for the new show’s name on our 94.3 The Point APP and can be heard live weekdays from 5:30 am to 9 am on 94.3 FM, 943ThePoint.com, or the free 94.3 The Point APP.

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SYNDICATION: B-Dub Radio Added At Six SummitMedia Stations

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2021 – B-Dub Radio, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, announces the addition of six SummitMedia stations to its growing roster of affiliates. The program recently expanded from a Saturday night-only show to weeknights in new a version that offers program directors the ability to choose their own music lineup.

With the SummitMedia station additions, the B-Dub party can be heard in Birmingham, Alabama on WZZK-FM; Knoxville, Tennessee on WCYQ-FM; Louisville, Kentucky on WQNU-FM; Springfield, Missouri on KTTS-FM; Richmond, Virginia on WKHK-FM; and Wichita, Kansas on KFDI-FM.

“We are excited to have B-Dub Radio on six nights a week on all SummitMedia country stations nationally,” said Randy Chase, Executive Vice President of Programming for SummitMedia. “He brings unparalleled energy and incredible content night after night.” Host, Bryan “B-Dub” Washington, added, “We are thrilled to partner with SummitMedia and join this family of amazing heritage country stations. We strive to provide a truly customized sound, and A-level content in each market the show airs. The added flexibility of stations programming their own music allows for B-Dub Radio to deliver customized content in near real time, no matter the daypart. If a Program Director is looking for a content-driven afternoon show or a “more music” morning show, we can easily fill that void.”

For affiliation information of B-Dub Radio and B-Dub Radio Saturday Night, visit skyviewcountry.com or email affiliation@skyviewsat.com.

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PODCASTS: Calm Down With Erin & Charissa Launched On iHeart

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2021 – iHeartMedia announced the launch of “Calm Down with Erin and Charissa,” a talk show style podcast hosted by sportscasters and longtime friends Erin Andrews and Charissa Thompson.

“I couldn’t be more excited to finally share this project with listeners,” said Andrews. “Most people know Charissa and I as sports analysts and broadcasters but this podcast really shows a different side of us. These are our real conversations about what we find to be most interesting and important today.”

“Erin and I have so many interests outside of sports, and—prior to this podcast—we hadn’t really had the opportunity to explore those topics in our professional lives,” said Thompson. “This podcast is an opportunity for us to dive into all of our interests in a genuinely candid and fun way.”

“We’re beyond thrilled to be working with Erin and Charissa on this show,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “They have this wonderfully sincere and hilarious rapport. This podcast is very much a conversation between two best friends and we’re looking forward to introducing it into the iHeartPodcast Network.” Fans can also follow the show on Instagram @calmdownpodcast.

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PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade

THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.

Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.

vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”

“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE

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