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NUVOODOO: Workday Commute Feeling Like Pre-Pandemic, But Don't Overlook Weekends
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– You probably saw the data from Nielsen last week indicating that commuting to work is getting closer to pre-pandemic levels. We’re hearing about companies that paused back-to-workplace plans to deal with the Delta variant now moving forward with employees coming back to the office. In short, the workday commute in a number of markets is feeling a lot like the workday commute was before the pandemic. If you pulled back on traffic reports during the worst of the pandemic, it’s probably time to return to your previous schedule.
We’re putting another NuVoodoo Quick-Turn Study in the field to get numbers to pair up with our observation about the weekday commute. We’ll also be asking about weekend traffic in this inquiry. It seems like there are a lot more cars on the road on weekends these days (and more cars in mall parking lots). We know more cars on the road correlates to more people listening to the radio while they drive. If nothing else, it’s a reminder to check weekend traffic counts in your market. Are there pinch points heading toward malls, other shopping areas, sports arenas, etc.?
If you have the luxury of live weekend talent, they should be checking in on local traffic and including advice on the air In the most extreme cases, you might consider adding a few traffic reports over the weekend. It’s easy to let weekend talent go unchecked, but these fall weekends can be very active for families – and include lots of radio listening while they move about.
Check music schedules carefully to make sure that there aren’t repeats at the same times of day on consecutive weekends. Music logs for Saturdays and Sundays need to be as perfect and pristine as those in the heart of weekday prime. Establishing a sense of community on your station(s) over the weekend can be a powerful tactic. With many stations are voice-tracked on weekends, the sound of a person live in the studio sharing the day with the listener can be lost.
Including shoutouts over the weekend takes planning, but helps convey the idea that your station is engaged with listeners. Shoutouts need to be on-brand for your station, requiring different approaches for different formats – and being sensitive to the weekend activities of your specific audience. It’s about making connections. Dale Carnegie said, “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” If you believe Carnegie, then you’re already sold on the power of getting listener names on the air.
SYNDICATION: Toucher & Rich Kick Off With Four Stations On Debut Of Syndication
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media announced today the debut of Toucher & Rich, the Marconi Award winning morning show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, now in syndication in four (4) of Townsquare’s local media markets in Northern New England. • WCYY-FM, 94.3 FM/ Portland, Maine • WKPQ-FM 103.7 FM/ North Conway, New Hampshire • WJZN AM /FM, AM 1400 / FM 95.9/ Augusta, Maine • WEZQ-FM, 92.9 FM/ Bangor, Maine
“The passion for all things New England sports is palpable throughout New Hampshire and Maine. No one brings more excitement and entertainment to the conversation than Toucher & Rich,” said Townsquare Northern New England Market President/Chief Revenue and Content Officer, Christine Sieks. “We couldn’t be more excited about our new partnership and the opportunity to bring this compelling content to Northern New England listeners.” The duo is the #1 ranked morning show in Boston, featuring Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, along with Jon Wallach.
The program recently celebrated 12 years on 98.5 The Sports Hub as the dominant program for Male and Adult audiences 25-54. “We are thrilled to be able to bring Toucher & Rich’s unique brand of content and humor to sports fans throughout New England through this syndication initiative,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. We look forward to expanding that loyal audience through this new affiliation!”
Audacy Flips WNSH-FM New York To 94.7 The Block With Classic Hip-Hop And Throwbacks
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Audacy on Friday flipped WNSH-FM from country to 94.7 The Block, New York that features classic hip-hop and throwbacks, including favorites from Jay-Z, Fugees, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, LL Cool J, The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige and more.
“94.7 The Block will provide a compelling soundtrack for New York’s biggest music fans, offering songs and artists that are synonymous with New York’s iconic hip-hop culture and that still strongly resonate with listeners today across all generations,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy New York. “This was an opportunity to add a quintessential New York sound to our audio portfolio that has been missing in the area, while at the same time continuing to engage with our New York country audience thru HD and digital platforms.”
94.7 The Block kicked off with 25,000 throwback songs in a row, commercial-free.
Morning Show Boot Camp & 'Radio Fam' Form Alliance
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Jen Richer Named Assistant PD For iHeart Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Washington D.C. has named Jen Richer Assistant Program Director, effective November 1. She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Richer returns to the Washington, D.C. Region from WMAL-FM, where she most recently served as the Executive Producer for “The Vince Coglianese Show.”
Throughout her career she has held several programming roles including stints as Executive Producer for iHeartMedia Washington D.C.’s 104.7 WONK- FM’s “Reaction Zone,” News Director for iHeartMedia Washington D.C., Co-host and Executive Producer of “The Tommy Show” on WIAD-FM; and Host and Executive Producer of “The Fresh Perspective Show” on WIAD-FM. She began her career at WMAL-FM in 2006 and is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jen Richer back to the iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. team in this newly created position,” said Kapugi. “Jen’s passion and dedication to radio and all things Washington, D.C. are an incredible asset – we can’t wait to see her back in action.”
“I am so excited to rejoin the team at iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. for this incredible new opportunity to work with such a talented team of programmers and talent,” said Richer. “There couldn't be a more important time for radio to connect with our listeners as we start transitioning into the 'new normal,' and I am looking forward to helping deliver an awesome experience for the Washington D.C community through these landmark stations.”
Tarik Moody Named PD for Radio Milwaukee’s New Urban Alternative Channel
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Public radio innovator and “Rhythm Lab Radio” creator and host Tarik Moody will lead 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new Urban Alternative channel as its program director, the station announced today. In early 2022, the station will hire additional Urban Alternative staff members and will share the channel’s name and brand identity. The new channel is slated to launch on June 19, which is Juneteenth Day.
“Tarik is an incredible visionary,” Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-88.9FM) Executive Director Kevin Sucher said. “He has been instrumental in Radio Milwaukee’s pursuit of the Urban Alternative channel, and his nationally syndicated program ‘Rhythm Lab Radio’ has pioneered this sound across the country. Tarik’s passion for new technology, music and Milwaukee make him the perfect choice for this important role."
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is providing a $450,000 grant to Radio Milwaukee to help create the new channel. The Urban Alternative channel will offer an eclectic radio experience, celebrating the full spectrum of Black music and the power of public radio. It will have an on-air presence and use a multi-platform digital approach online. Radio Milwaukee’s current programming on 88.9FM will also continue on-air and on its digital platforms. “Our Urban Alternative channel aims to reclaim the word ‘urban’ for the Black community,”
Moody said. “Instead of putting Black artists in a box, our channel will celebrate the beauty and diversity of Black music and creativity.” “We will champion new talent from Milwaukee and pay respect to artists that paved the way,” he said. “We will also share the untold stories of our community in a way that isn’t found in mainstream media. Most importantly, we invite the community to be part of this journey.”
EVENTS: Alicia Keys Returns To The Apollo For SiriusXM/Pandora Special Concert
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– SiriusXM announced that 15-time GRAMMY® Award winning artist Alicia Keys will return to her hometown, New York City, to perform at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem for a special, intimate, and exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners on Thursday, November 11. The special performance in Keys' hometown is a part of SiriusXM and Pandora's Small Stage Series.
"I love the Apollo," Keys said, "The vibe there is magical. There's so many songs I can't wait to play! Everyone has always told me my voice would be perfect to host a radio show, and with my limited SiriusXM Channel, we're gonna have a ball!" The performance will air on SiriusXM's Heart & Soul channel on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00 pm ET. The concert will also air in its entirety on Alicia Keys' exclusive SiriusXM channel Alicia Keys Radio via satellite (channel 48) and on the SXM App on Friday, December 10 at 8:00 pm ET and PT. Streaming access is included for most subscribers. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.
WHO Des Moines' Simon Conway's 7th Annual Puppy Jake Foundation Raises Over $36,000 In 2 Hours
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– WHO-A/DES MOINES afternoon host SIMON CONWAY's seventh annual BBQ sandwich giveaway to benefit the PUPPY JAKE FOUNDATION was held FRIDAY (10/22). CONWAY's annual sandwich giveaway raised over $36,000 in two hours for the foundation, the charity that acquires, raises and professionally trains service dogs for veterans.
The fundraiser raised $4,000 eight years ago, then $6,000 the next year, $23,000 in 2016, $29,000 in 2017, and over $31,000 in two hours in 2018. The meat and buns were donated by a local supermarket and the meat was grilled by a barbecue grilling champion. "I have the best audience in talk radio. They are astonishing! I also have to thank some of my show's sponsors who have taken this charity to their hearts," said CONWAY, adding, "We had our newest recruit there, 10-week old PUPPY DOC who insisted on giving me puppy kisses, and a veteran who has had his life changed in just four months by his dog. Truly amazing.”
Bloomberg Radio Extends With Audacy As Primary Business & Consumer News Provider To Its All-News & News Talk Stations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Key Networks and Bloomberg Radio announced that they and Audacy have renewed their agreement to deliver Bloomberg Radio business and consumer news programming across the majority of Audacy’s 26 all-news and news talk stations. Audacy owns and operates many of the most influential news and news talk stations in America, including 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) in New York, WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) in New York, 1070 News Radio (KNX-AM) in Los Angeles, WBBM Newsradio (WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM) in Chicago, and many more.
Bloomberg Radio has been Audacy’s primary business and consumer news provider for several years. Under the new agreement, Bloomberg Radio will continue to provide Audacy stations with access to its world-class news content, including live, customized reports, Bloomberg Money Minutes, and Bloomberg specialty features including: Bloomberg Business of Sports, Green Report, Small Business Report, Real Estate Report, and more.
Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, remarked: " We look forward to continuing the longstanding partnership with Audacy and look for new growth opportunities to serve these stations, their audience and advertisers with Bloomberg content. For more information and to get Bloomberg Radio for your station, contact Dennis Green at 844.KEY.NETS or email@example.com.
Audacy Looking For Skilled Programming Coordinator For New York City
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021 –– Audacy is looking for a skilled Programming Coordinator to provide project management and administrative support to the core programming leadership group in New York City.
Among the job’s responsibilities, the coordinator will assist in the planning and organizational management tasks around programming, content and creative with a large portfolio of radio stations and digital content platforms; and help develop and implement consumer marketing and advertising campaigns in select markets to drive ratings. For more details, CLICK HERE
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iHeart Outlines Return To New Work Environment; 'Will Never Return To The Office As We Knew It'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– iHeart's Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler shared in a company memo that after initially thinking once the worst of the pandemic was over, they'd all be returning to our offices and using them as a ‘home base’ for their work environment. "Clearly that construct fails to take into consideration everything we’ve learned in the last year and a half," they said. "From new skills and new ways of working to maximizing our technology to enable us to communicate, innovate and work together as a team." So, they concluded, "We will never ‘return to the office’ as we all knew it; instead, we’ll be returning to a ‘New Work Environment.’
They continued, "At iHeart we expect this New Work Environment will enable greater productivity and at the same time be more responsive to how you live your life. It’s an important new approach to reinventing the work environment for our company, and we think it will allow us to continue to better innovate and move more quickly than others can. Although we’ll start as a hybrid of working from home and some use of the office, we know it will evolve as we learn together. We should all think about the office as a productivity tool, vs. that more rigid ‘home base’ we’ve been used to – and the office will always be open for your use.
They added, there are some essential jobs for which employees have been in the office every day, and many of those will continue to be in the office." Some people have not been in the office at all over the last year and a half, and we anticipate that a few of those will continue that way. However, overall we think most people will have a hybrid approach, one in which they’ll spend a period of time in the office every week, depending on what their team’s needs are. And even that schedule may vary week to week, or even month to month, depending on what you are working on." Individual schedules will be developed with their managers, they said. "Built around the needs and timetables of each location and function, and hopefully tailored to everyone’s specific talents and jobs" Bob And Rich
Maddie Reis Joins 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas' The Chet Buchanan Show As Morning Show Producer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy Top 40 KLUC (98.5 KLUC ) /Las Vegas welcomes a new morning show producer for The Chet Buchanan Show. Maddie Reis (top left) previously worked on the TJ Show at 103.3 AMP Radio/ Boston.
“After a thorough nationwide search, Maddie definitely stood out. Her energy and incredible work ethic will add greatly to the Chet Buchanan Show and KLUC.” said KLUC Brand Manager JB King. “I couldn’t be more excited to join The Chet Buchanan Show, such a heritage morning show on an iconic station. I am ready join the fun each morning with Chet and Kayla,” added Maddie. PHOTO/ L to R Maddie Reis , Chet Buchanan, Kayla jo Walker
Carlota Lands Middays On 98 Rock Sacramento
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– Audacy welcomes Carlota as midday show host for 98 Rock (KRXQ-FM) in Sacramento. “Carlota is one of the most passionate and dedicated true rock fans in our business,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Sacramento. “Her love and enthusiasm for both the music and the lifestyle explodes through the radio and makes that special connection with her audience that is increasingly rare these days. I’m so excited to welcome Carlota to our team.”
“After hanging out on the ‘beach’ for the last year working on my tan, I'm super excited to get back to work and back to Northern California where it all began, when I was a baby DJ in Fresno,” said Carlota. “98 Rock is a legendary rock station and I'm thrilled to be joining the Audacy family.”
Prior to joining 98 Rock, Carlota spent over 22 years on-air at KOMP-FM in Las Vegas. Carlota succeeds Pat Martin who, after 33 years in middays on 98 Rock, moved across the hall to host mornings on 96.9 The Eagle (KSEG-FM) this past July.
NETWORKS: The Florida Sports Network Officially Launches With Miller & Moulton On Beasley Ft. Myers and Tampa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group announces the Florida Sports Network featuring Miller and Moulton can now be heard Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. -10 a.m. on ESPN’s Southwest Florida studios (98.1FM and 770am) and 1010am in Tampa. Miller & Moulton, featuring Mark Miller and David Moulton, has produced an entertaining and informative show with national guests since 2006 and have been consistently ranked among top rated sports shows in the history of Southwest Florida radio.
“It’s great to have Miller & Moulton back where they started,” said Beasley Media Group Southwest Florida Vice President and Market Manager AJ Lurie. “Our audience have missed them.” “We have a great relationship with Beasley in Detroit with the Michigan Sports Network and are thrilled to partner with them again in their hometown of Naples and across the state of Florida,” said Florida Sports Network President Marty Booher. “We already know that sports fans love the Miller & Moulton brand and we’re proud to put them back on the air as we expand their show across the state. Listening to the show is like being in your favorite Florida sports bar for four hours in the morning!”
Longtime WFAN NY Host Steve Somers Announces He'll Leave The Air This Fall
THe MOUTH, OCTOBER 22Nd, 2021 –– Steve Somers announced on Thursday his time at that station is coming to an end “more sooner than later.” He’s been with the station for all 34 years of its existence. “Yes, sadly it is true,” Audacy senior vice president Chris Oliviero told The New York Post. “Steve will be wrapping up his full-time run at WFAN sometime this fall.
Somers has connected with a loyal fan base that, says The Post, included Jerry Seinfeld. In many ways, Somers has been the antithesis of the “all-knowing” hot takers. He wants to go out his own way. “One thing I don’t want to do is have a farewell tour,” Somers said on his show. “Francesa had that, and Joe Benigno had that, and I don’t want to go through all of the glad-handing, the hugging and the kisses and all that stuff. That would embarrass me.”
PODCASTS: Armstrong & Getty Reach 100 Million Podcast Downloads In Less Than 3 Years
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– The Armstrong & Getty Show passed the 100 million podcast download mark on October 19, 2021. Tracking of Armstrong & Getty podcasts began in 2019, meaning the show reached this milestone in less than three years. The total includes A & G’s One More Thing, On Demand, and Extra Large podcasts. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty see podcasting as a natural extension of their show: “We love the podcasting era. Now our listeners can come back to the show after dealing with life. They don’t turn off the radio, they just hit pause.” The Armstrong & Getty podcasts average over 3.4 million downloads each month. They are available at armstrongandgetty.com, iHeart.com, Apple, and all major podcast apps. For more information about The Armstrong & Getty Show, contact Eric Weiss at The Weiss Agency: Eric@TheWeissAgency.com or Craig Whetstine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarissa Ward Documents Greatest Power Struggles Of Our Time In 'Tug Of War'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward travels to some of the most volatile corners of the world to document the greatest power struggles of our time. In countries where democracy is in its dying days, Clarissa shares on the ground reports from ordinary citizens who are risking their lives to fight for freedom.
Hear a first-hand account from the streets of Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, meet the daring activist challenging Putin’s political reign in Russia, and learn how organizers in Myanmar use hand gestures to signal solidarity. Tug of War. Stories of resistance from around the world. LISTEN HERE- https://www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/tug-of-war
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On iHeart Radio's Zach Boog
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Zach Boog of WGCI-FM Chicago. His night show also airs in Nashville, Memphis, Milwaukee and Norfolk. In addition to radio, he's a much in demand standup who appears regularly at top clubs in Chicago and Nashville. He tells us, "The Zach Boog story started on YouTube, I was a freshman in College and majored in mass communications and had a college radio show. I started making YouTube videos that became so popular that I got the attention of one of the local DJs at a radio station and he got me an internship (2009).
Zach says he worked his way up the ladder the traditional way. "I interned for a year in Nashville and was then hired as a Promotions Tech. I worked in every department in Nashville I had a digital position, was the courier for the sales department and I would drive the station van to pick up checks from clients, I was still working in promotions and had a show on the weekend. I eventually worked my way to Nights in Nashville and after a few years with top ratings I was promoted to weekends in Chicago and then promoted (in 2017) to the position I currently have which is Nights in Chicago.
JL: And you still do standup at top clubs there in Chicago, Nashville, too. How different is comedy on stage than from behind a mic in a studio? ZB: Comedy on stage is different than from behind the mic in a studio because Comedy on stage you get a instant reaction after you tell your jokes. You know instantly if the joke, or observation was received by the audience. When you are behind the mic on the radio, you’re not sure if your joke landed because you can’t see the reaction. But I will tell you this even though they are different I enjoy them both equally.
JL: I've seen other talent, like Moe on The Bert Show here in Atlanta, who came from stand up. For shows going this route, what would you suggest would be the best way to adapt their talent to radio? ZB: Well, I actually started with radio first then transitioned to stand-up comedy, so that was never a transition I had to make. But my advice would be if you’re a stand up first trying to transition to radio please be faster. You have to learn how to adapt to your team and get your jokes in quick. Being funny alone is one thing but being funny with a group is totally different. It's kind of like basketball you got to know when to shoot and when to pass.
JL: Where would you like to see Zach Boog land in radio's future? ZB: I would like to see myself on a nationally syndicated morning show. I look up to comedians who have their own morning shows like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. I want to be mentioned with those greats one day.
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SNAPS: Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly Perform Stage Show 'Live' In Tampa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– The Miguel & Holly Show with Scotty the Body from Hot 101.5 Tampa held their first Live Show at the Ritz Ybor last night! Months of planning paid off as they performed their most popular bits on stage to an audience of close to 1,000 people. Featured segments included Blown Off, Tampa Bay Secrets, Headphone Karaoke, Morning Show Bootcamp Award-winning "50 Shades of Chicken," and more.
Ticket sales for the event were high, with the entire VIP section selling out in 45 minutes. It really was a dream come true, as Miguel and Holly have wanted to do a live stage show for years.
Many thanks to KRBE's Roula & Ryan, from whom we "borrowed" this idea, and their amazing Producer Eric, who provided much-needed guidance.
EVENTS: The Kid Laroi, Doja Cat, Black Eyed Peas Among Headliners For KMVQ-FM's Poptopia
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– This December, 99.7 NOW is bringing some of music’s biggest stars to the Bay Area to perform at the station’s “POPTOPIA” on Saturday, December 4 a the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. The Kid Laroi, Doja Cat, Black Eyed Peas, Saweetie, 24k Goldn, Tate Mc Rae, And Taiverdes will perform their hits.
99.7 NOW’s afternoon show host St. John shared the news on-air with listeners and fans this afternoon at 5pm PT. “POPTOPIA is all about bringing our Bay Area listeners and Pop Music’s biggest artists together for one night to celebrate family, friendship, and community for the holidays. This year, we will celebrate with everyone December 4th at the SAP Center, San Jose!”, said “Jazzy” Jim Archer, Program Director, 99.7 NOW / KMVQ-FM.
iHeart Teams With GLAAD To Raise Awareness For Spirit Day To Stop Bullying Of LGBTQ Youth
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 –– iHeartRadio – along with millions of people worldwide – joined yesterday to take a stand against the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Along with iHeartRadio, joining GLAAD were artists Chloe x Halle, Hailee Steinfeld, Sterling K. Brown, and Andy Cohen, as well as dozens of corporations, organizations and sports teams. Spirit Day was founded in 2010 in response to the alarming number of young LGBTQ lives lost to suicide—notably, the loss of Tyler Clementi. At the time, Canadian high schooler Brittany McMillan wanted to create a day of awareness, acceptance, and love to prevent such tragedies.
Leading up to Spirit Day on October 21, iHeartRadio ran a PSA campaign voiced by on-air personalities Elvis Duran, and Enrique Santos, across its stations to highlight the impact bullying has on LGBTQ youth worldwide, and encourage listeners to ‘go purple’ and take the Spirit Day pledge to unite against the bullying of LGBTQ youth of all backgrounds. In addition, various iHeartRadio on-air personalities will talk on-air throughout the day about the importance of Spirit Day, especially in 2021.
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Audacy Announces Acquisition Of WideOrbit Digital Audio Streaming Technology And Operations
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– Audacy, Inc. announced the acquisition of an exclusive, perpetual license to WideOrbit’s digital audio streaming technology and the related assets and operations of WO Streaming. This acquisition ggives Audacy control of its product roadmap to deliver enhanced consumer-facing streaming features for its 170 million monthly listeners.
“The WideOrbit digital audio tech business perfectly complements our organic investments to make Audacy’s digital platform the top choice for listeners, clients and partners, said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy.”
Audacy will operate WO Streaming under the name AmperWave. The entire WO Streaming team, led by John Morris, SVP Streaming, has joined Audacy. WO Streaming, now AmperWave, is a leading cloud-based distribution and monetization platform for live and on-demand audio streams.
Alpha Media Names Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– Alpha Media announced the appointment of Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President, effective November 1, 2021. Ms. Burdine-Fly joins Alpha Media’s leadership team from Townsquare Media. In her role with Alpha Media, she will oversee the operations, talent management and the strategic growth of 13 Alpha Media markets, including Amarillo, Bakersfield, Lincoln and Topeka. She will report to Chief Operating Officer Larry Bastida.
“I am pleased to welcome Zoe as the newest member of Alpha Media’s senior leadership team,” said Alpha Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Proffitt. “We conducted a thorough search process, and Zoe stood out as possessing the right leadership experience, sophisticated expertise and deep radio industry knowledge to guide our markets and support our long-term growth strategy. Zoe will help us further expand our digital capabilities across our nationwide platforms so we can continue to deliver excellent results and value in partnership with our advertiser partners. I look forward to all we will accomplish together.”
“Alpha Media continues to deliver incredible programming in all of its communities, and I am thrilled to join the Alpha Media family at a pivotal moment in the Company’s growth,” said Ms. Burdine-Fly. “I am eager to get to work with Alpha Media’s team as together we continue to strengthen our market presence, serve our advertiser partners and honor the Company’s legacy of engaging content and relevant local programming.”
WGN Chicago's Bob Kessler To Anchor Weekday Midday News
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– WGN Radio announced that longtime news reporter Bob Kessler will anchor midday news Tuesdays through Fridays. “Bob’s been an integral part of the WGN family for decades. He’s a great newsman and capably leads the anchor desk,” said WGN Radio news director Ryan Burrow. “A true teammate, he brings a positive energy and personality to the newsroom. I’m glad we’re able to expand his role on the news team.”
A native of Crystal Lake, Bob Kessler joined WGN Radio in 1994 as a producer and became a weekend newsroom anchor in 1997. Kessler’s work has been recognized with an award from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association in 2019. Bob Kessler is also an accomplished harmonica player and ordained Dharma teacher with the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Show Launch Into Syndication Beginning Monday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Beasley Broadcast Group announced that Toucher & Rich, the Marconi Award winning morning show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, will officially debut in syndication beginning on Monday, October 25th. The duo is the #1 ranked morning show in Boston, featuring Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, along with Jon Wallach. The program recently celebrated 12 years on 98.5 The Sports Hub as the dominant program for Male and Adult audiences 25-54.
“Being syndicated has always been a career goal and I am very excited to start this new challenge,” said Toucher. Rich added, “I couldn’t be more excited to launch Toucher & Rich into syndication. Our listeners have always been the most loyal in radio, and I’m thrilled to introduce our show to a whole new audience of potential T&R lifers.” “We are thrilled to be able to bring Toucher & Rich’s unique brand of content and humor to sports fans throughout New England through this syndication initiative,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. “The T&R Team is already a favorite with their passionate audience. We look forward to expanding that loyal audience through this new affiliation!” For more information on syndication, please contact: Kraig Kitchin, Sound Mind, 818-269-7040.
EVENTS: Power 105.1 & Chick-Fil-A Team With Othersl To Refurbish Local Basketball Courts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York’s Power 105.1, New York’s Hip-Hop and R&B, announced today, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mott Haven New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Development in the Bronx, in celebration of the refurbishment of a pair of basketball courts. Power 105.1 and Chick-fil-A Tristate in partnership with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and the Citywide Council Of Presidents (CCOP) teamed up to identify a location in the community and refurbish a set of basketball courts at the Mott Haven NYCHA Development in the Bronx.
“Power 105.1 is proud to partner with Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and Chick-fil-A Tristate to refurbish some of the basketball courts in our community,” said Joe DeAngelis for iHeartMedia New York. “Refurbishing basketball courts was a perfect way to give back to the community and allow those who use the courts to exercise and spend quality time together in a fully functional space.”
“As we strive to survive in a post Covid-19 environment, it’s important that we work with socially responsible companies like iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 and Chick-fil-A Tristate to make a difference in our communities. The basketball court and supported programs will help young citizens hone their athletic skills and achieve their academic and personal goals,” said Charles Fisher, Founder, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council. “The residents of Mott Haven Houses are grateful and honored that Power 105.1, Chick-fil-A Tristate, NYCHA and CCOP chose the Mott Haven Houses Basketball Court for the upgrades.
DJ Will from Power 105.1 will be on site mixing music for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
PODCAST: iHeart Puts Spotlight On 'Frighteningly Good' Collection Of Halloween Podcasts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– In the days leading up to Halloween, iHeart will be sharing a spooky special edition of our weekly Podcast Spotlight, featuring a frighteningly good collection of the best scary podcasts.
First, there’s Season 2 of Aaron Mahnke’s “13 Days of Halloween,” which stars Kathy Najimy — a fan-favorite known for roles in classic movies like Hocus Pocus and Sister Act, as well as the television series Younger — and Bethany Anne Lind, who recently appeared as Grace Young in Netflix’s Ozark. The first episode of season two, titled “The Sea,” premiered this week and introduces listeners to Direbrook, a mysterious coastal town with even more mysterious residents. The series is a joint production of iHeartRadio and Blumhouse Television and was produced in groundbreaking 3-D audio, providing an unparalleled listening experience!
Next, “See You In Your Nightmares” is one of iHeartMedia and Einhorn’s Epic Productions most recent releases and dives into the story of Harper Hart, who seeks experimental treatment for crippling insomnia at the Lutwidge Wellness Center in the wake of her twin sister’s death. The show was in 3-D audio, adding an immersive layer to the listening experience that really amplifies the suspense of the show!
Finally, “Strawberry Spring” is another recent addition to the iHeart horror catalogue. Based on the eponymous Stephen King short story, the series follows a young reporter as he attempts to track down and identify Springheel Jack, a modern-day “Jack the Ripper” figure. Check out the terrifyingly-good tunes and variety of even more podcasts on “Halloween Radio” for the perfect complement to all your frightening and fun Halloween festivities this year. More info is available on our iHeart blog.
Coldplay Airs Concert Live On 13 European Radio Brands; Maddie Jarosz Exits Power FM Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 –– Bauer, one of Europe’s biggest radio station owners has broadcast an exclusive Coldplay concert on 13 of its radio brands around Europe from London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Stations in eight countries took the feed including Absolute Radio and Hits Radio in the UK, plus Today FM in Ireland, with a total potential audience of 40 million.
During the gig, the band was joined on stage by Fleur East, after Chris Martin invited the singer and Hits Radio presenter to perform the track ‘Human Heart’ with them. Stations taking the show included Radio Expres (Slovakia), RMF FM (Poland), Radio Nova (Finland), Radio Norge (Norway), Mix Megapol (Sweden) and NOVA (Denmark).
The UK’s FCC Bullies ANOTHER Non-Profit Radio Station Jorvik Radio which is run by volunteers has been found in breach of its licence for not providing a full copy of its output after a request from Ofcom (The UK’s Stasi-like version of the FCC). Only ONE complaint was received by the regulator from a person saying the community station was not serving its target community. But when Ofcom asked for recordings of the station from 18th June 2021, the licensee could not provide the full day because a small part of a two-hour evening show was missing. The station said it did not know why the software failed to log the entire day, but has taken steps to add a secondary logger and notify its support team in real-time if a show’s recording is not available. Because of this, Ofcom was unable to assess the complaint and found Jorvik Radio Limited in breach.
Maddie Jarosz Leaves Ballarat’s Power FM Breakfast Show In Australia - Power FM in Ballarat is losing its second Breakfast host in as many months, with Maddie Jarosz deciding to move back to be closer to family in Canberra. She is rejoining Canberra FM, which houses Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3. Maddie and co-host Josh Arthur came together in February to front the new show following Kris Kroemer’s departure and Julia ‘Jules’ Zass going on maternity leave. Arthur, however, departed the program in September to instead pursue a career in real estate.
Radio Hall of Fame To Honor WRIF-FM Detroit's Jade Springart With 'One To Watch' Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today that the Radio Hall of Fame has named Detroit Rock radio program director Jade Springart as the recipient of its One to Watch award. The One to Watch award was created in 2018 in honor of radio legend and 2012 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Art Laboe. Each year, the RADIO HALL OF FAME Nominating Committee selects a promising radio personality or team who has demonstrated ratings success, audience growth, and impact on one or more radio stations and their communities.
Springartis Program Director of Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM in Detroit, and recently became the first female Program Director of WRIF in its 50-year history. WRIF is one of the biggest and most successful Rock stations in the U.S. Springart joined WRIF as an intern and worked her way up to Program Director over the past 15 years.
“I could not be prouder of Jade in receiving this coveted honor,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “She is a trailblazer in her own right in leading one of America’s legendary rock stations, WRIF, in the Motor City. Jade is what our ‘Beasley Best’ philosophy is all about!”
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized for this award and by the committee at the Radio Hall of Fame,” said Springart. “I’m so proud to work for a company that is supportive of local radio and creativity. I can’t thank Beasley Media Group enough for giving me an opportunity to continue my radio dreams for an iconic brand like WRIF and am excited to continue to grow and learn from some of the most talented people in the radio industry.” The RADIO HALL OF FAME will hold its 2021 induction ceremony on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in Chicago.
Jim Kovacik Named Director Of Content For Townsquare Victoria, Texas Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media Victoria, TX has named Jim Kovacik its Director of Content of the Company’s Victoria stations (Country KIXS-FM, Top 40 KQVT-FM, Classic Rock KLUB-FM, and Jack FM KTXN-FM). He replaces Wes Adams, who was promoted to Director of Content for the Company’s Grand Junction, CO stations.
Market President Mason Benitez said, "Jim is an energetic, multi-talented, forward-thinking pro. I had the pleasure of working with him in Houston and know firsthand about the impact he can have. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Jim to build on our success in Southeast Texas.”
Kovacik added, “I feel very lucky to be joining Townsquare Media’s local team in Victoria. I love Townsquare’s focus on serving the community with compelling, informative radio and digital content. My goal is to merge my creative broadcasting experience into what I consider one of the best companies that represents the future of radio and digital.” Kovacik has an impressive 30-year track record in Houston, producing four highly successful major market morning shows. His first day with Townsquare was July 21.
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LABF To Honor Its 2021 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Awards At Nov. 9 'Virtual Event'
Hosted by ABC News' 'Nightline' Co-Anchor Juju Chang
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) will recognize nine distinguished industry leaders and celebrities for lifetime achievement Nov. 9 during the LABF's Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts 'Virtual Awards. The annual event, hosted by ABC News' "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang (shown), will be produced for LABF by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTSF).
The Giants of Broadcasting celebration was created by LABF, a charity dedicated to preserving the past, reflecting the present, and informing the future. It was created to honor the remarkable creators, innovators, leaders, performers, and journalists who have brought the electronics arts to the prominence they occupy today. LABF has honored more than 200 leaders in broadcasting since the event's inception in 2003. Proceeds from the luncheon support the work of the LABF, including the Library of American Broadcasting, which is housed at the University of Maryland.
The 2021 LABF honorees are: Emily Barr president and CEO Graham Media Group, Frank Boyle president & CEO Frank Boyle & Co. Bob Costas hall of fame sports broadcaster, Russell Perry Founder & President Perry Publishing & Broadcasting co. Robin Roberts co-anchor "Good Morning America" President Rock'n Robin Productions, Marion Ross Emmy, Golden Globe nominated film and tv actress beloved "Happy Days" cast member "Marion Cunningham", Neal Shapiro president & ceo the WNET group, Sen. Gordon Smith President & CEO NAB and Jordan Wertlieb SVP Hearst Communications, President Hearst Television.
Arrest Warrant Issued For Suspect In Shooting Death Of Utah Radio Host Gaby Ramos
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, better known as Gaby Ramos on KMRI 1550, Taylorsville, Utah, was shot and killed early Sunday morning at her home. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. According to Gebhardtdaily.com, Taylorsville Police have secured a homicide arrest warrant for suspect Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea, wanted in the shooting death of Castilla.
Gaby Ramos, was survived by a 9-year-old daughter and an extended family. Burciaga-Perea, 34, had been Castilla’s boyfriend. Castilla’s sister said at a news conference Monday that the couple had broken up about two weeks prior to Burciaga-Perea’s fatal shooting of Castilla. The sister said she saw her sister drop after being shot, and she rushed to get the children to the back of the residence for safety.
A statement from Taylorsville police says the arrest warrant, sought by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, was issued Tuesday by the Third District Court. “The warrant is a sealed document, and Taylorsville Police are not releasing any other information at this time to allow the U.S. Marshals Office time to chase down any leads,” the statement says.
Major Renovation And Expansion Of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Studios; Adds Café And Eatery
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– The 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-88.9FM) studios will undergo a major $770,000 renovation and expansion for a new café and eatery that will feature a full food and beverage menu and covered outdoor seating. The café and eatery will be operated by Milwaukee chef and restaurateur Chad Meier. Meier said he is excited about the new café and eatery and working with Radio Milwaukee to reactivate its currently empty retail space.
Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Kevin Sucher said these improvements to the station’s studio and office building would further strengthen its ties to the community. “Our latest investment will add to the economic vitality of the growing Walker’s Point neighborhood,” Sucher said. “It will also create new and improved spaces where the community can have a quick bite or camp out for the day to create and collaborate, with food and beverage offerings to help fuel them.”
The renovation will include: ● Building a 333-square-foot addition to the front of the café / eatery area, bringing the café space to a total of 1,650 square feet. ● Adding outdoor seating in front of the building covered by an opaque overhang. ● Installing three garage doors with windows along the sidewalk to allow partial open-air use of the community room and connections to the outdoor seating. ● Creating a kitchen in the back of the café space. ● Complete remodeling of the café area. When complete, the eatery will include 35 seats inside and 30 outdoors. Construction is slated to begin later this year, with the café and eatery opening tentatively scheduled for late February. Funds for the renovation were provided by generous donors who ask to be anonymous.
Jason Bailey Exits Rock 100.5 WNNX Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– After 7 years co-hosting 'The Bailey & Southside Morning Show' on Cumulus' Rock 100.5 Atlanta, Jason Bailey announced on Facebook that he's left the post. Bailey arrived in Atlanta from Orlando in 2013 where he joined 92.9 The Game/WZGC-FM. He then joined Rock 100.5 in 2014.
On Facebook he wrote: "And so is (radio) life.... I just breathed my final breath at Rock 100.5 / Atlanta. It was a good run with a lot of ups and downs. No doubt it was definitely time for me to move on from this part of my life / career. With that said. I wish nothing but the best to the show, station and management in their future endeavors..."
Jason is represented by Heather Cohen of The Weiss Agency - reach her at email@example.com
PRODUCTS: Comrex Introduces New Cloud Service Gagl
Allows between one and five users to send and receive audio from computers and smartphones.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Comrex is announcing a new cloud service called Gagl. Gagl delivers conferenced audio from multiple contributors to Comrex hardware codecs in high quality. It will be available by the end of 2021. Gagl allows between one and five users to send and receive audio from computers and smartphones.
Participants can connect and send audio by simply clicking a link using any common web browser. Their audio is conferenced (if there’s more than one user), and delivered to a Comrex hardware codec such as ACCESS or BRIC-Link II. All participants can hear other participants, and the codec can send audio back to them. Gagl could be used as the hub for a round-robin reporting program or for a “morning zoo” radio show to support multiple simultaneous connections at once. Because it offers low latency, it’s appropriate for call-in talk radio. Gagl could also be used to allow a single contributor to connect back to the studio from a computer or smartphone. A release is attached with more information, along with a diagram. For more info, contact Chris Crump at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS: Smiley 19th Annual Pumpkin Drop is Back With Pumpkins Bigger Than Ever
Will Hoist a 1,459-Pound Pumpkin Hundreds of Feet in the Air Then Drop To Concrete Lot Below
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Cumulus 99.5 WZPL-FM’s “Smiley Morning Show” Will Drop 1,459-Pound Pumpkin From Hundreds of Feet in the Air This Wednesday at FREE Family Halloween Event at The Shops at Perry Crossing . Smiley Pumpkin Drop is back for its 19th spectacular year as one of Indy’s most highly awaited Halloween traditions! Smiley Morning Show on Cumulus Indianapolis’ 99.5 WZPL-FM will hoist a 1,459-pound pumpkin hundreds of feet in the air and then watch as it comes crashing down on the concrete!
In addition, the station will drop a 250-pound pumpkin and a 400-pound pumpkin from the same distance. Also, the smallest pumpkin will be painted with Smiley Morning Show Host Dave Smiley’s face on it. The largest pumpkin will be painted live onsite by artist Gavin Goode. 99.5 WZPL-AM listeners will determine what will be painted on the pumpkin. So far, listeners have been suggesting a COVID-19 molecule.
Smiley Pumpkin Drop is typically attended by thousands of people of all ages – just waiting to see the magnificent SPLAT of the giant pumpkins! it takes place today, October 20, 2021, Smiley Morning Show will broadcast live from the pumpkin drop from 6:00am-10:00am. The first drop will be a 250-pound pumpkin at 8:05am, followed by a second drop of a 500-pound pumpkin at 8:15am. The third drop will be a 1459-pound pumpkin at 8:35am.
Skratch N Sniff Announce Zero-9:36 To Guest Host Commercial-Free Halloween Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– SKRATCH N SNIFF signs on Zero 9:36 to guest host their Halloween Mix airing the weekend of October 30-31. Zero 9:36’s current single “Adrenaline” is #1 in Rock Radio with over 18 million streams and is currently supporting Neck Deep’s Fall US tour. Zero 9:36 new EP features “In My Hands” with Travis Barker and Clever.
Radio's top rock remix show is keeping with their Halloween tradition of having some of rock's biggest artists co-host their Halloween Mix. This 2 hour show features all the best Halloween songs and remixes. This commercial free mix is free to air for any non-competitive stations, interested programmers can get a download link by contacting Doug Ingold at Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8746 or email email@example.com
[WATCH] Bert Weiss Loses Bet With Co-Host Kristin Klingshirn, Has To Drink 'Breast Milk'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021 –– Here's a bit that may be hard to swallow, but check out Bert Weiss of the Westwood One syndicated Bert Weiss Show having to slurp a bowl of co-host Kristin Klingshirn's breast milk. This comes after losing a bet from this past weekend's Georgia /Kentucky college football matchup.While UGA did win, they didn't cover the spread. Kristin, a Kentucky grad who's still nursing her new baby, Jimmy, brought in a bottle freshly pumped milk for Bert to drink.
After a few licks, Bert said, Not bad!" In case you're wondering, had Kristin lost, she would have had to eat a can of wet dog food - as in Bulldog food. WATCH HERE
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EVENTS: Taylor Swift Makes First Return Before A Live Audience Since Grammys At Rock Hall Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has rolled out its first group of presenters and performers for the October 30th induction ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland (shown). Marking her first live performance since the Grammys will be Taylor Swift (right) who will welcome Carole King (top left) into the Hall. Angela Bassett (left center), who played Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, will induct Turner.
Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams will all be on hand to perform Turner songs.
Paul McCartney (below left) will induct the Foo Fighters, Drew Barrymore will induct the Go-Gos, Dr. Dre will do the honors for LL Cool J, and Lionel Richie will present Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Rolling Stone reports that it's unclear if Turner will travel to America from her home in Switzerland to attend the ceremony. Todd Rundgren has a concert in Cincinnati that evening, but he still may find a way to take part in the show.
“My relationship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, quite obviously, it’s not copacetic,” Rundgren told Ultimate Classic Rock in September. “I have offered to do something live for them from my venue. I will stop my show and acknowledge the award and mostly acknowledge my fans, because it’s for them.”
Last year, the Hall of Fame held a virtual ceremony due to the pandemic. It was a combination of remote speeches by the 2020 class along with mini documentaries about their careers. Earlier this year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman John Sykes told Rolling Stone that the HBO broadcast of the show on November 20th will likely incorporate some of those elements.
“I think you’ll see a great live event,” he said, “and maybe a hybrid show on HBO that will be a combination of live music and some of these documentary-style pieces that really told the story of the inductees.”
Fully Vaxxed Conservative Radio Host Says He Might Quit Cumulus Show Over Vax Mandate
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– Dan Bongino, whose syndicated show airs on over 300 station via Cumulus' Westwood One, joined a growing cast of other conservative hosts who oppose vaccine mandates by their company. During Monday’s show, Bongino let his listeners know that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by his show’s syndicator, Cumulus Media, that he might quit if the company doesn’t end the mandate. “I’m not really happy with the company I work with right here. I believe these vaccine mandates are unethical. I believe they’re immoral. I believe they don’t take into account the science of natural immunity due to a prior infection. I believe they’re broad-based and don’t take into account an individual circumstances of why they may or may not want to take a vaccine. And they’re antithetical to everything I believe in.....
Bongino added, "Because it’s really unfortunate that people with a lower profile than me, who don’t have 300-plus stations, have been summarily either shown the door or been put in really untenable circumstances because they simply want to make a medical decision by themselves
According to The Wrap, Whether or not Bongino intends to make good on this threat remains to be seen. After Rush Limbaugh’s death earlier in 2021, Bongino took over his time slot and emerged as one of Limbaugh’s most likely successors in the conservative movement. His show now airs on 300 stations nationwide. Bongino’s representatives clarified on Twitter that he is himself vaccinated, having received the vaccine on doctor’s orders during his battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year. “He is not resisting the vaccine mandate for himself but for other employees who don’t have a platform to fight back as they risk unemployment if they don’t comply,” his representatives said.
Nielsen Unveils New Logo & Brand Campaign
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– Nielsen unveiled a new brand campaign, including a new identity, reflecting the company’s transformation of its culture and a redefined strategy focused solely on the global future of media. Nielsen’s new look and feel represents a commitment to innovation and the company’s role and purpose of powering a better media future for all people. Nielsen is combining and enhancing its industry-leading measurement solutions into a single cross-media measurement solution, Nielsen One.
“While our business has transformed dramatically over the past few years, it became clear that perceptions of the company have not evolved at the same pace,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. “The rebranding marks a new Nielsen both inside the company and out, with a strategy hyper-focused on the global audience and the changing media environment. Nielsen’s core values of inclusion, courage and growth, along with its clear strategy, will power the company’s transformation as we partner with the industry and our clients to help them better understand how evolving audiences consume media and find content.”
The new brand identity will be unveiled at Advertising Week New York, which is being held now through October 21. Signage showcasing the elements of the rebranding will be prominently displayed on the fifth and sixth floors of Hudson Yards. According to a release, the New Brand Colors: The multitude of fresh colors speaks to the diversity and richness in media representing or containing a piece of data, a piece of music, a show, a content creator, or a member of the audience, all working together to move media forward. The green and orange triangles represent movement upwards and downwards, an expression of ratings and the popularity of content across all platforms. The red triangle nods towards the content not seen or heard.
Nielsen's New Brand Purpose Statement: "Powering a Better Media Future for All People."
After 27-Year Run, Mathew Blades Announces 'On His Birthday' He's Leaving Mix 96.9 Phoenix
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– Mathew Blades, Cohost of 'Mathew & Priscilla In The Morning on iHeart's Mix 96.9 Phoenix, revealed on Monday (his birthday) he was giving himself a gift, revealing that he was stepping down from the show. The host announced the news along with co-host Priscilla Ornelas. In a letter posted to the radio station's website, he wrote that he was giving himself a birthday gift. "For 27 years, I've walked into a radio studio and done my absolute best to be your guy," he wrote. "To be the guy you listen to on your way to work. To laugh at my 'outstanding' sense of humor and to cry with me when things got hard."
According to azcentral.com, Blades has been a morning host at Mix 96.9 since 2010. "I will miss parts of my job, my morning conversations with Priscilla, those regular callers who seem like my friends," he wrote. "To the crew behind the scenes here and in the Berkshires, you handled this the highest way possible, and I'm forever grateful. Thanks for getting me."
In his letter, he shared a few plans for the future while admitting that he's not sure what he'll do next. "I'm almost done writing my book," he wrote. "I'll continue my high-paying job as a youth hockey coach, but am also working on a passion project for mental and spiritual health. A movement we'll call #LearnFromPeopleWhoLivedIt." He's also working to fine-tune his speech skills to better deliver that message.
Former MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry Named Permanent Host Of Public Radio's 'The Takeaway'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– Former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has been named host and managing editor of the nationally-syndicated public radio news program, The Takeaway. The show, which will air form WNYC Studios and PRX, will air on more than 300 stations. According to Ad Week, Harris-Perry has been serving as interim host of the program since July, and her appointment to permanent host is effective immediately. “We are thrilled to have someone as passionate, talented, and experienced as Melissa Harris-Perry take the helm at The Takeaway,” New York Public Radio president and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami said in a statement. “Melissa’s north star has always been the impact of world events on the lives of people, often those whose stories have been left out of the media. She is the perfect host for The Takeaway, a show dedicated to voices and perspectives often overlooked in broadcast media, and we’re excited to work together to expand our service to a broader audience.”
Harris-Perry added: “WNYC is an extraordinary institution that produces journalism of unparalleled breadth, diversity, integrity and impact. Hosting The Takeaway is an astonishing and humbling opportunity. The Takeaway enjoys a truly authentic relationship with our listeners, and that community makes this hosting experience especially rich and rewarding. I’m excited to create captivating radio with the dedicated, creative, and professional team of The Takeaway each day. And I must admit, I am nerding out about the chance to call Brian Lehrer my co-worker.”
Harris-Perry hosted an eponymous show on MSNBC from 2012-2016. She left the cable newser after an internal memo became public in February 2016. In the memo, Harris-Perry accused then-NBC News chairman Andy Lack and then-MSNBC president Phil Griffin of taking away her weekend morning discussion program. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.”
Tony Coles Joins the RAB's Board of Directors
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau announced the addition of Tony Coles, division president, iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group and president, Black Information Network, to its Board of Directors. Coles joins the board replacing Darren Davis.
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium.
TRACY JOHNSON: 'Don't Let The Facts Get In The Way Of A Good Story'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– Consultant Tracy Johnson says in his latest blog that telling stories require showmanship and creative liberties. But it’s hard for personalities to learn to exaggerate on the air without feeling inauthentic. The funny thing is most of us already do this on a regular basis. It happens when you share a story with friends over coffee or a drink. You probably do it when telling someone about a meeting you had that day. And everyone does it on social media! It’s not lying. It’s simply turning up the volume on the facts to be more entertaining.
Tracy says there are 3 ways to exaggerate: Focus on Details: Try to avoid exaggerating facts. This often results in a story that’s hard to believe or doesn’t seem feasible. Instead, exaggerate the right details to paint a more vivid picture. For example, if telling a story about something that happened at your high school dance, build the moment.
Exaggerating the scene with details (the songs, the clothes, the haircut, etc.) makes the story come alive. Those details may not be true, but they help build anticipation for the outcome. Biggest/Best/Most: Always move toward the extremes. The most of this, the most of that, the prettiest girl, the richest man. You’re not “feeling like a bad mom”. Instead: My four-year-old daughter looked at me with a pained look of disappointment and I realized right then that “I’m the worst mother on the planet.“
Exaggerating the situation creates more suspense. You Ask What Else? In show prep and brainstorming, challenge your team to dig deeper. Ask: What else could happen? What else should happen? It would be cool if _______ happened. Imagine telling a story about being low on money and having to take a bus to get home instead of calling Uber. Wouldn’t this be more interesting?
Here’s a fun exercise: Challenge each member of the show to apply these tips to the most ordinary, mundane story you can find. Then, in a show prep meeting, share the results. It’s amazing how an ordinary or even boring story can turn into entertainment. Exaggeration is one of the three E’s of storytelling that turns up the volume. The others are to enhance and embellish. Learn to apply each at the right time and your stories will become more alive and memorable.
PODTRAC: True Crime Category Had Strongest Week-Over-Week Growth at +6%
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 –– According to the latest Podrac report for the week of October 11, 2021 shows that downloads were flat over the previous week and up 1% over the corresponding period last year for Podtrac measured shows. The True Crime category had the strongest week-over-week growth at +6%. The Science category showed the weakest growth week-over-week at -8%. U.S.
Weekly Podcast Download Growth Download growth for the 52-week period from October 12, 2020 to October 17, 2021 was +1% across all Podtrac measured podcasts. Week-Over-Week U.S. Podcast Download Growth Week-over-week download growth for the week of October 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021 was 0% across all Podtrac measured podcasts. U.S.
Weekly Podcast Download Growth for Top Categories Download growth for the 52-week period from October 12, 2020 to October 17, 2021 was -5% for Arts, -7% for Business, +21% for Comedy, -23% for Health & Fitness, -11% for History, -13% for News, +5% for Science, -5% for Society & Culture, +31% for Sports, and +46% for True Crime. Week-Over-Week U.S.
Podcast Download Growth for Top Categories Week-over-week download growth for the week of October 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021 was 0% for Arts, -3% for Business, 0% for Comedy, 0% for Health & Fitness, -6% for History, -2% for News, -8% for Science, 0% for Society & Culture, +1% for Sports, and +6% for True Crime.
Carly Pearce Reveals CMA Broadcast Winner
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Carly Pearce surprised radio hosts and stations on last week with calls into each of them to announce they've were chosen by the Country Music Association as recipients of the 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards. The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year category was split into two new categories this year, Weekly National and Daily National. CMA Awards 2021, Country Music’s Biggest Night™, will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.
This years winners include: CMA BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: WEEKLY NATIONAL “Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One DAILY NATIONAL “CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks
MAJOR MARKET “Double-L” (Lois Lewis (shown top right) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
LARGE MARKET “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich - bottom right) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
MEDIUM MARKET “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “StyckMan” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
SMALL MARKET “Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
CMA RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR MAJOR MARKET KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo. --- LARGE MARKET WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio MEDIUM MARKET KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif. SMALL MARKET KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
CMA Awards 2021 will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.
“Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy of KNIX - “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis. Photo Credit: Courtesy of WMIL
Taylor J Named PD For 107.5 KISS-FM Des Moines
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – iHeartMedia announced today that Taylor J has been named Program Director for 107.5 KISS FM, Des Moines. Taylor J will report to Jeff Cage, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Des Moines. “We’re excited to elevate Taylor J to Program Director,” said Cage. “She’s a dedicated hard worker who has a true passion for radio and the listeners she connects with every day on 107.5 KISS FM. Her stewardship of the station will help continue to grow our ratings and find more ways to connect with and support the Des Moines community.”
Taylor J joined 107.5 KISS FM in 2018 and most recently served as Assistant Program Director. In addition, she continues to serve as the midday on-air talent for the station. Prior to arriving at iHeartMedia Des Moines in 2018, she spent 15 years in the St. Louis market, mainly with iHeartMedia St. Louis, where she held several roles including Program Director for 100.3 The Beat and Z107.7, Director of Marketing and Promotions, as well as an On-air personality for many years on both Z107.7 as well as Alternative and Rhythmic CHR stations in the market. She began her career at WBBM-FM in Chicago and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.
“It's an honor to program a legendary CHR station in the Midwest's fastest-growing metro area,” said Taylor J. “I'm very excited to have the opportunity to grow the station at the pace the metro is growing and continue to evolve the relationships I’ve formed with our listeners throughout the past three years. A huge thanks to iHeartMedia Des Moines for the opportunity.”
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Audacy Launches 105.3 Dave-FM San Francisco
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Audacy has launched 105.3 Dave FM, Totally Random Radio (KITS-FM) in San Francisco. “Dave FM is an opportunity for us to provide our audience a station that encompasses a wide array of music genres, full of recognizable hits across multiple decades,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy San Francisco. “We trust this station will be able to offer listener favorites each and every day, no matter their taste.”
KITS 105.3 had been an Alternative-formatted station since 1986, first as Live 105 and then rebranding as Alt 105.3 in 2017 after the Entercom acquisition of CBS Radio.
Listeners can tune in to 105.3 Dave FM (KITS-FM) in San Francisco on air, as well as nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Matt Sheeder Named VP/Sales For iHeart Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – iHeartMedia Minneapolis announced that Matt Sheeder has been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. He will report to Greg Alexander, Market President for iHeartMedia Minneapolis.
“Matt has exemplified true leadership qualities since elevating to the management team,” said Alexander. “His skill set raises the quality of our team.”
Sheeder started in the media industry in 2015 at Comcast Spotlight. He joined the iHeartMedia Minneapolis team as an Account Executive in 2018 and was quickly promoted into a leadership role as Local Sales Manager. Sheeder is a graduate of Winona State University, where he earned a degree in Finance.
“I feel fortunate to be able to help expand and lead this high-performing team,” Sheeder said. “The past three years of my career at iHeartMedia have been incredibly enriching and have only helped me grow both professionally and personally. Thank you to the iHeartMedia Minneapolis team for this exciting new opportunity!”
EVENTS: 'Young In A Million' To Open 8th Annual 'We Can Survive' Event At Hollywood Bowl
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Imagine going from zero to 100 and playing at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and opening up for some of the biggest stars in music. That’s exactly what Young In A Million, a modern rock duo out of Nashville, will do on October 23 as part of Audacy’s eighth annual “We Can Survive.” The band was chosen through a multi-monthlong voting contest – “Opening Act” – that will now have them kicking off a star-studded lineup featuring Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Doja Cat, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, The Kid LAROI and more.
The contest garnered over 23,000 entries. “Winning the Opening Act is the biggest dream that has come true for us yet,” said bandmembers Kody Ternes and Alex Christopher Hayden. “It’s our greatest honor to be able to play our music that stands for dreaming, hope and living life to the fullest at such an awesome event that raises awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. We couldn't have asked to be a part of a better competition and concert! Also, Coldplay is our biggest influence and favorite band of all time, so to open up for them is one of our wildest dreams! We’ve faced some really discouraging hardships in the past year and this opportunity has been an oasis in the desert for us.”
In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “We Can Survive” continues Audacy’s commitment to normalizing the struggles of mental health.
AdLarge Publishes 2021 Podcast Buying Guide Fourth Edition
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – AdLarge has released the highly-anticipated 2021 Podcast Buying Guide V4.0, featuring essential information on the rapid evolution of the marketplace including the latest resources and tools for measurement, analysis, and attribution available today. While similar to the first three guides by remaining simple to follow and understand, the fourth edition goes beyond the basics of buying and delves into the specifics behind content selection, measurement efficacy, and targeted delivery.
“The unprecedented growth we are witnessing today is a true testament to the power of podcasting.“ Cathy Csukas (shown left), AdLarge Co-CEO added, “Working with a broad range of shows and clients has uniquely positioned AdLarge as an authentic resource to buyers. Our spectrum of knowledge has enabled us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace, which we've outlined in this playbook. Our goal is to provide everyone with the tools to make the most informed advertising decisions possible. The substantial increase year-over-year in advertiser spend has proven the audience is attentive, engaged, and ready to take action.”
The 2021 Podcast Buying Guide V4.0 from AdLarge is divided into four sections: Evaluating Evaluating media to form solid content partnerships Effectiveness How to build an effective and measurable campaign Efficiency Level up with efficiency and scale Expertise Experts answer frequently asked questions The 2021 Podcast Buying Guide V4.0 can be downloaded HERE
Futuri To Present 'Reaching Younger Audiences' Webinar This Thursday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Thursday, October 21, at 11a and 4p ET. Futuri will present a special Webinar: Reaching Younger Audiences: How to Make Your Brand Essential. In the recent Futuri x SmithGeiger study on the future of audience and revenue, 85% of media executives said reaching younger audiences was an important challenge facing the industry today, yet only 47% felt confident in the industry’s ability to do so.
This 30-minute webinar, presented by Futuri’s Charlie Maxx and Sabrina Carlo (shown), will cover exclusive research on content preferences and habits of 18-24 and 25-34 audiences, and actionable recommendations for how best to engage these important groups.
Interested parties can register now at futurimedia.com/younger21. Those not able to make the live sessions will receive the webinar on-demand once we've wrapped.
HONORS: Cumulus Kansas City Bags Multiple Media Mix Wins
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Cumulus announces that its Kansas City stations and team were honored with KC Mix Awards on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the Media Mix Banquet held at the Guild in Kansas City, MO. The KC Mix Awards are presented annually by Media Mix, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and supporting the advertising and media community in the Greater Kansas City area.
Kelly Urich, host of Kansas City’s #1 Morning Show on 94.9 KCMO-FM, received the first-ever Media Mix Above and Beyond Award. The criteria for the award included: exceptional initiative, perseverance, accountability and commitment; rallies for the good of the company, co-workers and community; sustained excellence in overall job performance; and consistent demonstration of a cooperative and positive attitude.
Urich has spent much of his legendary 30+ years in radio giving back to the Kansas City community. An avid cyclist, he biked 1,200 miles from Phoenix, AZ, to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital. This year marks his 21st year to ride in the MS 150, generating thousands of dollars in donations in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. When the pandemic hit, Urich took his bike to the road and challenged listeners to re-stock the shelves at Harvester’s and they responded beyond expectations.
Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Kansas City, said: “Cumulus Kansas City is honored to have Kelly in our family. He truly loves Kansas City and leads by example in how to create a treasured community by being involved. .”
Baker added: “I also want to congratulate the entire KCMO-FM team for delivering record ratings performance, leading the market in every daypart. Likewise, we are proud to be the home of the very talented Renee Razook, AE of the Year, and Jared Robb, nominee for SM of the Year. Now everyone knows what we’ve known all along – Our Cumulus KC team is unmatched! Here’s to all of the KC Mix Award winners!”
WFTW Fort Walton Beach, FL To Simulcast On FM Dial At 107.5
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Cumulus has added an FM signal to its heritage News Talk radio station, WFTW. Located at 107.5 FM, the new signal went live at 7:00am. WFTW is also heard on the AM signal at 1260 AM and on multiple streaming platforms. Ashley Allegretto, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Fort Walton Beach-Destin, said: "This is an exciting day for local radio and for the Fort Walton Beach market. We are elated to bring this sought after content and renowned programming lineup to the FM dial."
Chris Kellogg, Operations Manager/Program Director, Cumulus Fort Walton Beach-Destin, said: “The proud tradition of 1260 WFTW continues across multiple streaming platforms and now the addition of 107.5 FM. This deepens our commitment to our conservative community of listeners and businesses and provides multiple access points for news and opinion.”
Mattel And Warner Music Division Team For 24-Hour Digital Barbie Radio - With Barbie As Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – Mattel, Inc. and Warner Music Group’s (NASDAQ: WMG) Arts Music division announced they are partnering with iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) to launch Barbie Radio today exclusively on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service, and iHeartRadio Family, a stand-alone app featuring music, stories and radio stations perfect for kids.
Barbie Radio, the first branded radio channel from Mattel, is a 24-hour digital only iHeartRadio station that stars Barbie as the DJ playing songs from her extensive music catalog, including tracks from her latest album, Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams from the musical special of the same name now streaming on Netflix. DJ Barbie will also share stories with listeners that are designed to remind girls they can be anything.
“iHeartRadio is inviting kids and families to turn up the volume on even more hits from Barbie with the exciting launch of Barbie Radio,” said Kavi Halemane, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Programming for iHeartRadio. “We are excited to team up with Mattel and Warner Music to bring Barbie and her favorite music to millions of iHeartRadio listeners across the U.S.”
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Former WTMX-FM Co-Host Files $10 Million Dollar Defamation Lawsuit Against Hubbard Radio Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 – While WTMX-FM Chicago morning host remains off air until the end of October, media reporter Robert Feder writes that former 101.9 MIX morning co-host Melissa McGurren has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Hubbard Radio Chicago for defending its current morning host Eric Ferguson against her earlier claim that he was a “serial abuser of women” who subjected her to an “unbearable hostile work environment.”
Jeff England, vice president and market manager of Hubbard Radio Chicago, declined to comment on the suit, but earlier the company said it had “thoroughly investigated” McGurren’s charges in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and declared: “We do not agree with Melissa’s characterization of events.”
According to Feder, t he lawsuit claims Hubbard’s investigation “was never conducted or, at a minimum, was a sham investigation.” McGurren, who left The Mix after 22 years in 2020, now co-hosts mornings on Audacy country WUSN 99.5-FM.
NAB To Merge Radio Show Into NAB Show On Ongoing Basis Beginning April 2022 in Las Vegas
Marconi Awards Presented Virtually In November
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– The NAB announced that The presentation of the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and the State of the Industry Address by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith will take place virtually on November 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
The NAB also announced plans to integrate the Radio Show into NAB Show on an ongoing basis beginning April 2022 in Las Vegas. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards will name the winners in each of the 23 categories during the November event, which will be hosted by Angela Yee (right) co-host of the nationally syndicated morning show, "The Breakfast Club."
Prior to the awards presentation, Smith will deliver his final State of the Industry address before stepping down as NAB president and CEO at the end of the year. Smith will reflect on his tenure leading the association and how the broadcast industry can continue to thrive into the future. "It has been my great honor to represent America's broadcasters in Washington D.C. and around the world for the past 12 years," said Smith, who will assume an advisory and advocacy role beginning next year. "While I am disappointed we are not able to gather in person in Las Vegas, I look forward to connecting virtually and seeing everyone in-person at the 2022 NAB Show." NAB's Marconi Radio Awards typically take place as part of the Radio Show.
Beginning in April 2022, the Radio Show will be combined with NAB Show. The integrated event in Las Vegas will feature signature awards, networking events and a comprehensive conference program, including popular sales and marketing sessions presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
"It's important that we continue to bring radio professionals together to network, celebrate audio and engage in meaningful discussions around the future of our industry," said Erica Farber (right) , president and CEO of the RAB. From radio CEOs and general managers to sales managers, program directors and engineers, attendees will benefit from access to the NAB Show Floor with more than 160 radio and audio exhibits, Main Stage events and options for expanded registration packages that include the Broadcast Engineering and IT conference, workshops for creative professionals, special events and more.
Big D & Bubba Show Joins 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM Nashville For Mornings Beginning Monday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– Cumulus 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM has added the Big D & Bubba Show to its weekday morning lineup. Big D & Bubba will debut on 103.3 Country on Monday, October 18th. This marks an on-air homecoming for co-hosts Big D and Bubba, who have both called Nashville home for the past 18 years. Charlie Cook, Programming Operations Manager, Cumulus Nashville, said: “We are lucky that talent this good is right here in our backyard. We’ve heard Big D and Bubba for years and understand how hard they’ll work for WKDF. They are funny, relevant and artists love them.”
“Airing live in mornings on 103.3 Country is the culmination of a ton of hard work,” said Bubba, Co-Host, Big D & Bubba. "Preparation and luck have met, and it's time to cook this chicken!” “This is our home,” said Big D, Co-Host of Big D & Bubba. “We live here. We have each raised our families in this town. Bubba’s a volunteer firefighter. We are the listener, and we’re living the lifestyle. Country is what we are.” “We believe in great content, and we want to bring our unique style to the city we call home,” said Patrick Thomas, President of Silverfish Media, the production company based in Nashville that produces Big D & Bubba. “We are so proud to be part of the team at 103.3 Country.”
HONORS: Country Radio Broadcasters Induct Class of 2021 Into Country Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony last night, October 13, 2021, at The Westin in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and an exceptional performance by Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood. Many of the honorees praised their mentors and reflected on their journeys by sharing some of their most cherished moments throughout their career. Four off-air radio broadcasters and four on-air radio personalities were recognized for making a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to country-specific radio.
The 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of inductees recognized were off-air honorees Bob Call, RJ Curtis, Bill Hagy, and Norm Schrutt. On-air honorees were Heather Froglear, Buzz Jackson, Bob Pickett, and Angie Ward. Due to last-minute unforeseen circumstances, Bob Call was unable to attend and appear at this year’s event; therefore, to fully honor him, his induction will be held at the 2022 Hall of Fame event. CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, presented long-time music industry veteran and member of the Country Radio Broadcasters’ board and executive committee, Beverlee Brannigan, with the 2021 CRB President’s Award.
Country music superstar Garth Brooks presented Keith Urban with the 2021 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award. Brooks capped off the award presentation with a special performance of Urban’s 2004-hit song, “You’ll Think of Me.” Brooks was later joined by Urban and Trisha Yearwood for a special performance of “Fishin’ in The Dark.”
Nominations for the 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame are being accepted through October 29. The Class of 2022 will be revealed at CRS 2022, to be held February 23-25, 2022.
Pictured L to R:
Bill Hagy, Bob Pickett, Angie Ward, Buzz Jackson, RJ Curtis, Heather Froglear
SYNDICATION: Oceanic Tradewinds Teams With Compass Media For Syndication Of The Rick Party Show - For All Dayparts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– Oceanic Tradewinds in Partnership with Compass Media Networks Announces the Syndication of the Rick Party Show for All DaypartsThe first daily affiliate is Audacy’s 104.3 JAMS (WBMX-FM) in Chicago 10 am to 2 pm kicking off on Monday, October 18th. Todd Cavanah, Audacy’s Vice President of Programming and 104.3 JAMS Brand Manager says, “Rick Party is more than just an urban personality. He’s a mass appeal radio host for those who grew up on Top 40 radio, too. We need personalities that can energetically light up our airwaves as well as reach as broad an audience as possible, and that’s Rick Party all day long."
People grew up listening to Rick Party when he was the highly rated night and afternoon radio host on WGCI Chicago. Rick Party was also Kiss FM 103. 5 Chicago’s first hire in afternoon drive when they launched. Rick Party is undoubtedly Chicago radio. Gary Bernstein, President of Oceanic Tradewinds says, “Rick Party is arguably the most diverse air personality in the country. With the Rick Party Show, there will never be an interruption of the music flow. Each short/ tight break will flow seamlessly in and out of music. Stations will be blessed with that very familiar and female friendly voice which stands out besides being warm, entertaining, sexy, fun, and inviting.”
Outside of radio, Rick has voiced promos for Fox, ABC, and BET (as the signature voice for many years) and is now the voice for ESPN’s SportsCenter for weeknights. Rick Party says, “I was born and raised in Chicago, so it’s an absolute dream come true to relaunch my own nationally syndicated show right from my hometown on 104.3 JAMS.” For more information on how to become an affiliate, call Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776.
EVENTS: WGN Chicago To Air 4-Hour, LIVE Halloween Radio Theatre With Carl Amari
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– WGN Radio will broadcast “Halloween Radio Theatre with Carl Amari” live on Sunday, October 31 from 5pm to 9pm. The show will comprise of six half-hour spooky classic radio shows including “Mystery in the Air” starring Peter Lorre, “Lights Out!”, “The Whistler”, and “Mystery House” starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine.
Listeners can also expect shorter scary clips and other fun surprises. “I’m super excited to be on the air live this Halloween evening to bring WGN listeners some of the spookiest shows from the golden age of radio,” says host Carl Amari. “It’s going to be a ‘hair-raising’ four hours, so don’t miss it!” Amari has spent decades licensing and preserving original radio broadcasts, is the curator of the Classic Radio Club and board member of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
97.5 The Fanatic's Anthony Gargano Invites Listeners to Name Restaurant And Sports Bar
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s 97.5 The Fanatic and Midday Show Personality Anthony Gargano have unveiled details for the Name This Philly Restaurant and Sports Bar Contest. The restaurant has re-opened but THEY NEED A NAME. The individual who submits the winning name will receive a $100 monthly tab for a year at the location.
The restaurant location is the official home of the 97.5 The Fanatic’s Football Friday Tailgate with Anthony Gargano Live Broadcast (Fridays from 10am to 2pm) and 97.5 The Fanatic’s Birds Away Game Pre-game Show with Devon Givens and Derrick Gunn.
“Partnering with John Tripodi and his amazing place for our “Name This Restaurant and Sports Bar” promotion was an opportunity we had to jump at,” said station Program Director Chuck Damico.
“If you’re not actually at the game, you’re out with friends and enjoying delicious food (maybe a drink or two) and having a great time! This is the next great spot to be doing it and to have the chance to have one of our listeners decide what it’s called? Wow- How cool is that?” The deadline to register for the contest is November 28, 2021.
Benztown Promotes Thomas Green And Appoints Royce Stevenson As Custom Imaging Manager
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– Benztown announces that it has promoted Thomas Green to Director of Custom Imaging. Concurrently, Benztown announces that it has appointed Royce Stevenson as Custom Imaging Manager, stepping into the role previously held by Thomas Green. Prior to joining Benztown in 2019 as Custom Imaging Manager, Thomas Green was Audio Producer for the #1 morning radio show in Australia, “Fifi, Fev & Byron”. He was also Audio Producer for “Carrie & Tommy” and for multiple Hit Network programs across Australia. Additionally, Green is the Audio Producer for National Geographic’s FYC Podcast “The Making Of”. He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Royce Stevenson heads to Benztown from Audacy’s Power 93.5/KDGS-FM (Rhythmic) in Wichita, KS. During his 13-year tenure with KDGS, Stevenson was the Production Director for the station cluster and did station imaging for KDGS-FM and 103.7 KEYN (Classic Hits). He was most recently Assistant Brand Manager/Music Director for KDGS-FM, and hosted Afternoons on the station.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: "It’s a privilege to work with Tom and Royce. Not only are they both incredibly talented but they’re also born leaders. I’m confident they'll do an incredible job overseeing our fastest growing division.” For more information, visit https://benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
NETWORKS: The History Of Rock 'N Roll & 100 Greatest Christmas Hits Of All Time Now Available Through G Networks
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 ––The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the award-winning two-hour weekly barter series, and The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, both hosted by the legendary Wink Martindale, is now available for syndication in the USA and Canada through G Networks, the company announced jointly with Reserve Productions LLC. Both series are available for international syndication through Radio Express.
The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll is a new production that taps into a massive rock ‘n’ roll archive, providing listeners with great songs and artists from 60’s through the 80’s. “Each episode is built around a theme spotlighting yet another aspect of rock and pop history – from ‘The 60s Greatest Dance Hits’ to ‘Leading Ladies of the 80s’ and everything in between,” said Reserve Productions’ writer/producer Gary Theroux. “Wink not only showcases the most memorable hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s but also reveals the stories behind the songs and the stars – with insightful interviews with the hitmakers themselves. Wink is the perfect host for this show, combining warmth and personality with a command of the topic that few others today could ever match.”
“G Networks is thrilled to offer The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll and The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time for national syndication” said Rich O’Brien, G Networks’ Chief Development Officer. “We are already getting accolades from affiliates and listeners.” For more information send an email to affiliates@goGnetworks.com, or for international distribution contact Jessica D’Agostin at email@example.com.
SPOTIFY: The Most Popular Halloween Songs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2021 –– Undoubtably, you know the most popular Halloween songs played on the radio, but how about a Top 20 for parties, events or even production? Well, Spotify analyzed playlists containing words like ‘Halloween’ and ‘spooky’ to see what people are playing at their Halloween parties. The result, according Digital Music News, was 226 playlists to trawl through, with more than 30,000 songs. At number one, of course the beloved 1962 favorite: The “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett. Among the rest includes:
Thriller - Michael Jackson, 1982 -- “This Is Halloween” – The Citizens of Halloween, 1993 -- “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr., 1984 -- “I Put A Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 1956 -- “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell, 1984 -- “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult, 1976 -- “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” – Andrew Gold, 1996 -- “Disturbia” – Rihanna, 2007 -- “Halloween Theme – Main Title” – John Carpenter, 2018 -- “Season of the Witch” – Donovan, 1966 -- “Time Warp” – Little Nell, 1975 -- “Bury a friend” – Billie Eilish, 2019 -- “Stranger Things” – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, 2016 -- “Zombie” – The Cranberries, 1993 -- “The Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley, 1958 -- “Calling All the Monsters” – China Anne McClain, 2011 -- “Dead Man’s Party” – Oingo Boingo, 1985 “Highway to Hell” and AC/DC, 1979.
DMN adds, "Overall if you’re a fan of rock music, you can’t go wrong throwing a Halloween party," with these tunes.
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NIELSEN: Most Consumers 'Spending About The Same Or More Since Delta Variant Emerged'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– Nielsen released the findings of its latest Nielsen Audio Consumer Sentiment survey, an ongoing study series addressing current American sentiment about the COVID pandemic and how it impacts their lives. The study revealed that Americans have substantial resilience in the face of the pandemic and have found ways to adapt. Nearly nine in ten (86%) said they were spending the same amount or more since the Delta variant emerged. Despite the Delta variant and increasing COVID cases in the summer, more than eight in ten (82%) don’t think their own financial situation will change in the coming months.
Among the findings: Seven in ten working Americans now work outside the home, which is an 80% jump since April 2020. The gain in those who work outside the home is a key statistic for Audio since consumers spend more time with radio when they travel in vehicles to get to work or shop.
There were also big gains in the area of transportation. Overall, nearly a third (31%) are spending more than an hour in their vehicles yesterday compared with 14% in April of last year. That’s a two-fold increase, and heavy radio listeners are far more likely to spend more time in their vehicles. In September, 55% of heavy radio listeners spent more than an hour in their vehicle yesterday. “Americans have become remarkably resilient despite COVID and the Delta variant,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Consumers are returning to more normal weekly activities like returning to work, getting on the road in their cars and trucks, and going out to shop, dine and entertain. As more businesses open for in person and hybrid work, more time will be spent in a vehicle on their daily commute with radio as their driving companion.”
Ninety percent of American consumers say they are willing to shop at stores in person despite the current state of the pandemic. This is a good sign for the coming holiday season and main street retailers who depend on foot traffic. Roughly six in 10 say they are willing to attend outdoor events like sports and concerts, but there is still some hesitation about indoor events with 46% willing to attend. More than half say they are willing to work in an office setting, but that may change in the months ahead with workplace vaccination requirements.
Substantial Travel numbers: (46%) are willing to travel on airplanes now. It is possible that pent-up travel demand will make more consumers open to business and vacation travel in the months ahead. Only 31% say they are willing to use public transportation considering the state of the pandemic which suggests that we may experience more people on the road as they get to work, shop, and drive their kids to school. The study was Conducted April 2020, May 2020, June 2020, October 2020, and March, June, and September 2021. It is a National Online survey of 1,022 persons 18+
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chris Williams Rises To GM/Chief Product Officer For iHeart
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– It was announced yesterday that Chris Williams is being elevated to the role of General Manager & Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio. In a company memo, Conal Byrne, CEO of the iHeart's Digital Audio Group, said,"With Darren Davis leaving us soon, Chris will now report directly to me and help to guide and coordinate operations across our incredible Product, Engineering, Editorial and Social teams, which are driving so much of our growth."
Byrne added, "Chris has risen through the ranks, starting at the local level in our company’s core radio business as a programmer and air talent, and over the past decade he’s flourished in our digital organization, helping to build iHeartRadio into the multiplatform leader that it is today.'
Williams joined iHeart in 2013 and rose from SVP of Programming roles in Atlanta and Cincinnati to Chief Product Officer in 2014.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Added Weeknights At iHeart's KUBE Seattle
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– YEA Networks announces the newest addition to the Tino Cochino Radio family, iHeartMedia’s Rhythmic KUBE in Seattle, Washington. TCR will take over weeknights starting Thursday, 10/14. KUBE’s new weekday lineup includes: 5a-10a: The Wake Up Show with Strawberry and Lizette Love 10a-3p: Besa Gordon 3p-7p: Eric Rosado 7p-12a: Tino Cochino Radio
“KUBE?! Seriously?! These call letters are legendary,” said Tino Cochino. “I can’t thank Eric Rosado, Maynard, and the iHeart team enough for this opportunity. Personality driven radio is our focus at TCR and KUBE has always shared the same vision. I’m beyond excited to welcome the amazing city of Seattle to our TCR familia!”
“I’ve been a fan of TCR for a while and it’s been special seeing their growth from day one to now,” said KUBE PD, Eric Rosado. “Now more than ever to compliment the music there has to be compelling content giving listeners a reason to come radio. TCR does exactly that and fits the lifestyle of this format perfectly. New Hockey team in town and now a new night show, let’s get Kraken, sorry had to say that at least once!” Tino Cochino Radio featuring Tino, Serina, Nicasio and Matt is available on barter for any daypart. Contact Scott Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Harvey Inks Long-Term Extension With Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– Premiere Networks announced a new and extended long-term agreement with Steve Harvey. Under the new agreement, the award-winning multimedia personality will continue his current role as host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show." With more than 15 years in syndication with Premiere, the program reaches millions of listeners on more than 100 stations across the country and is available on iHeartRadio.
Additionally, Harvey will continue to work with Premiere on a variety of projects, including development and creation of new programming and promotions, community and charitable endeavors, events, and more.
“I’m happy to continue my fruitful partnership with Premiere Networks and host ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’ well into the future,” said Steve Harvey. “Entering into this agreement further underscores my commitment to serving the community and the people. Humor is my gift, but it’s ultimately my connection to the people that motivates me to host the #1syndicated morning radio show for the coming years.
“Steve is a multiplatform star and one of the most talented entertainers in the world,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “He has the ability to entertain and engage audiences across any and every platform with fun, humor and heart. We couldn’t be happier to extend our relationship for years to come.” Created by Harvey in September 2000, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005. Harvey is joined by co-hosts (shown left - L/R - Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior and J. Anthony Brown
HONORS: CBS News Radio Earns Four Awards At New York Festivals Radio Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– It was a big night for CBS News Radio after snagging four awards At New York Festivals Radio Awards. Among them, The Debrief With Major Garrett“ which took home the News Podcast Gold Award CBS News Radio and CBS News podcasts earned four honors in the New York Festivals Radio Awards, it was announced tonight during a virtual ceremony.
The awards honor radio content in all lengths and formats on multiple platforms including radio broadcasts, networks, independent producers and podcasts. CBS News Radio’s other honorees 'Mobituaries with Mo Rocca, which earned a Silver Award in the Narrative/Documentary Podcast category. 'My Life Of Crime from 48 HOURS with correspondent Erin Moriarty was a finalist in the Narrative/Documentary Podcast category, and 'Century of Sound,' a finalist in the Best Nonfiction Series category.
EVENTS: H.E.R. To Perform At The Apollo For SiriusXM/Pandora In 'Small Stage' Series
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– SiriusXM and Pandora announced that singer-songwriter H.E.R. will perform at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York in a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners on Tuesday, November 2. Presented in association with the Apollo."All of the greats have performed at the Apollo…. I'm super excited to be performing at such an iconic venue. It's going to feel like I'm a part of History. Thank you for having me as a part of the series SiriusXM and Pandora," said H.E.R. H.E.R.'s performance for SiriusXM and Pandora's Small Stage Series will air live on SiriusXM's The Heat via satellite (channel 46) and on the SXM App on Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 pm ET.
To maintain the highest public health standards and/or requirements, SiriusXM will adhere to health and safety protocols for the venue, and all state and local health mandates to protect attendees, staff, and artists. SiriusXM and Pandora's Small Stage Series features performances with premier artists spanning music genres and styles, and comedy, and held in small iconic venues. SiriusXM and Pandora launched its Small Stage Series in August and to date has announced performances by Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Glass Animals, J Balvin, J. Cole, John Mulaney, Kane Brown, Kenny Chesney, Michael Che, Shaggy and Twenty One Pilots.
PODTRAC: 66.1% Of Monthly Streams/Downloads Come From Apple Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– Podtrac has shared data from more than a billion US downloads for Podtrac measured shows in September 2021, including those of the Top 20 Podtrac Ranked Publishers. Mark McCrery, CEO of Podtrac, says: “Apple is still on top in delivering both the most U.S. audience and streams/downloads for measured publishers. For streams/downloads, and the monetizable ad impressions that go with them, Apple delivers 7x more than the #2 source, consistent with last year. For audience, Spotify has increased its market share year-over year, and there’s a lot of room for them to increase monthly podcast downloads/streams/engagements per listener.”
Two-thirds of US monthly streams/downloads came from Apple Podcasts. Spotify contributed 9%. This will differ from podcast host data since this is only counting streams/downloads from the US; and highlights the part that Apple Podcasts plays in the country in terms of total downloads. Monthly audience share This is a very different graph - showing that in terms of US monthly audience, 28% of US podcast listeners are using Spotify, and Apple Podcasts is slightly ahead, at 30%.
We already know that, in terms of total users, Spotify is market leader in some countries; but this shows that Spotify is close in the US, too. The iHeartRadio app and Chrome have both gained substantially in terms of downloads and audience.
Notes on this data Source: Podtrac, September 2021 - more than a billion podcast downloads/streams from participating publishers 'Apple Podcasts’ on this data includes devices using the AppleCore Media user agent, which may over-estimate Apple Podcast’s data This data does not show exclusive Spotify shows, or paid Apple Podcasts subscriptions
No Kidding? Me Too! With Joe & Dani Pantoliano Launch 2nd Season
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 –– KMG Utopia Studios, TalkShoe, and Mark Krantz Productions announce that award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano and his daughter Daniella Pantoliano will kick off season two of their popular podcast, “No Kidding? Me Too!”, at Advertising Week NY 2021 with a live Q&A on Monday, October 18th at 4:30 pm ET and a virtual session on Tuesday, October 19th at 2:00 pm ET.
“We are thrilled to bring this important conversation to Advertising Week,” said Joe Pantoliano. “It is important for us to collaborate with brands and advertisers on the increasing intensity of brain Dis-Ease, the co-occurring nature of addiction, and how to discover a recovery process. This is a perfect opportunity to raise the volume on recovery.” “This is a great opportunity to bring the essence of ‘No Kidding? Me Too!’ to the advertising community,” remarked Daniella Pantoliano. “We can show them in ‘real time’ how we address the issues surrounding ‘Emotional Dis-ease’ in a uniquely compelling, funny, and entertaining way.” For Info, contact: Gary Krantz 646-573-6800 email@example.com
Jessica Miller Moving To 97.3FM In Brisbane; Majic-FM Host Was Flashed By Killer Cop
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021 ––Jessica Miller (shown) is moving to 97.3FM Brisbane from fellow ARN station KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne to present Afternoons from the end of the month. She is taking over from Georgina Marckwald who is on maternity leave. And mid-morning presenter Daniel Thomas has been promoted to operations manager.
- Magic FM DJ Emma Wilson, known on the radio as Emma B, has waived her right to anonymity and said that Wayne Couzens, a serving police officer exposed himself to her 13 years before he killed Sarah Everard. On 8 June 2021 Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard and on 9 July 2021 pleaded guilty to her murder. Ms Everard had gone missing on 3 March 2021 while walking home in south London. In an interview with The Telegraph, Emma said: 'I really wouldn't say anything out loud if I wasn't very sure, because it's important and it's serious, but as soon as I saw the pictures of him, I said 'That's him'.' Between December 2006 and September 2010, Couzens was working as a Special Constable for Kent Police. Emma ran to a nearby shop and called 999 and it was during her recounting of the incident to police that she was met with laughter from officers.
-- Melbourne Staff In Isolation After COVID-19 Case - Fox 101.9 and Triple M 105.1 Melbourne Australia are broadcasting remotely this week because of a confirmed COVID-19 case within the building. Staff are currently isolating and having COVID-19 tests but its broadcasts continue as normal. On this morning’s Fifi, Fev & Nick Breakfast show on Fox, co-host Fifi Box said she was at home, Brendan Fevola was at his beach house and Nick Cody was in a hotel. All three co-hosts are vaccinated and have avoided getting the virus.
-- BBC Wins Broadcaster Of The Year At New York Festivals Radio Awards - The BBC has won Broadcaster of the Year at the New York Festivals Radio Awards. Most of the Gold Awards went to the BBC or to independent producers working on BBC programmes. Across its radio networks, the BBC collected 14 Gold awards, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze with podcast series’ including I’m Not A Monster, Where Is George Gibney and Fight Of The Century all picking up several each.
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Gabby Diaz Adds Midday Duties At 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ 102.7 KIIS FM announced that Gabby Diaz will officially take over the Midday slot (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on the station, effective immediately. In addition, Diaz will continue to anchor her live Afternoon Drive shift (3 p.m.to 7p.m.) for iHeartMedia San Francisco’s WiLD 94.9, where she has hosted Afternoon Drive since 2015. Diaz will broadcast live on both stations in both cities daily, Mondaythrough Friday.
Diaz is a Southern California native and has made her way up and down the West Coast during the ten-year span of her radio career, including on-air stints at Channel 933 in San Diego and 99.1 KGGI in Riverside. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Diaz credits her parents with her lifelong passion for music. She recently moved back to the Los Angeles after living in the Bay Area for the last six years.
“I'm so excited to be home,” said Diaz. “To be able to be on the legendary KIIS FM is a dream come true. I’ve listened to KIIS since I was a kid, and having the chance to host daily live shows in two amazing cities at these two remarkable iHeartRadio brands seems unreal. I could not be more humbled or excited. Thank you iHeartMedia for this incredible opportunity.”
“Gabby fits KIIS like a glove,” said John Ivey, President of CHR Programming Strategies for iHeartMedia and Program Director for KIIS FM. “She is from L.A. and loves and understands what KIIS is all about. We are extremely lucky to have Gabby join our stellar KIIS family.”
Krystal Pino Shifts To Middays On KIIM/Tucson From Sister Station KSZR/97.5 The Vibe
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– Cumulus country outlet KIIM/Tucson has moved Krystal Pino to its midday slot from its sister station KSZR/95.7 The Vibe where she held the same shift since July. Pino posted on Facebook: "It’s official, I’m the new middays host on the legendary KIIM FM. I’m so honored to be a part of this radio staple in #Tucson. Ya girls gone country!"
Pino has been heard on stations across Arizona and Colorado. She is also a stand-up comic, and has opened for names like Paul Mooney and Felipe Esparza. Pino also hosts a weekly lifestyle and entertainment Vlogcast called Candidly Krystal with Crystal Stark. The Vlogcast supports local and highlighting entertainers who have been grounded due to the pandemic and airs weekly on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live.
Buzz Jackson, Program Director, KiiM FM 99.5, said: “I’m so excited to welcome Krystal to KiiM-FM. She’s already made a terrific impact in the building and I can’t wait to hear her playing Tucson’s Country Favorites every day.” Krystal Pino commented: "KIIM-FM is a legendary station with legendary talent. I feel so incredibly blessed that Buzz and Cumulus have given me this opportunity to bring my show to such an amazing audience. "
Shelly Easton Named PD For 96.9 The Kat Charlotte
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte has named Shelly Easton Program Director for 96.9 The Kat. She will report to A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte. “We are extremely pleased to have Shelly join our remarkable programming family,” said A.J.. “Her vision, passion and commitment to the country music community makes her the perfect fit to lead 96.9 The Kat. Shelly’s wealth of format knowledge and proven track record sets her apart in driving ongoing advancement of this successful brand.”
Easton brings over 25 years of programming expertise to her new role. Her programming career began at WBRT-FM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before she moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania and became Operations Manager, Program Director and Country Format Captain of WCTO-FM and WLEV-FM. Easton then programmed WXTU-FM for almost 10 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and oversaw programming for WBEB-FM, WOGL-FM and WTDY-FM, ultimately becoming Vice President of Music Programming.
“I am so thrilled to be back in the country format. To be able to rejoin the company where I launched my programming career, is a dream come true,” said Easton. “The country battle in Charlotte is long-standing and 96.9 The Kat is primed for continued success. A huge thanks to the entire iHeartMedia senior leadership team for their support and this incredible opportunity.”
BIA: Mobile Advertising Expected To Surpass Direct Mail For First Time In 2022
As Economy Grows and Overall Spending Reaches $161.5B
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– BIA Advisory Services forecasts that for the first time mobile advertising spending will surpass direct mail as the top media advertising platform in 2022. As revealed in BIA’s U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2022, the overall local U.S. advertising market is expected to reach $161.5 billion – a 10.1 percent YOY growth – buoyed by overall strong economic tailwinds coming out of 2021. The forecast says that traditional media revenue will account for $84.6 billion and digital media will be close behind at $76.8. BIA also anticipates $7.5 billion of the sum will come from political advertising during a strong election season.
“For a long time, we’ve been talking about direct mail as the king of the share of wallet in local ad spending,” said Rick Ducey, managing director of BIA Advisory Services. “This coming year, for the first time, we pass the crown over to mobile, as its momentum drives it to be the biggest overall piece of the spending wallet – and we expect that to continue in the foreseeable future.”
BIA puts mobile spending at 21 percent of the 2022 forecast and direct mail at 20.7 percent, but the gap between the two will continue to widen. Overall, digital ad spending will reach $76.8 billion, with Google and Facebook controlling over half of the spending.
Google takes the lion’s share at $26.8 billion, compared with Facebook’s $14.3 billion. Ducey points to four reasons mobile has become the number one advertising medium: (1)COVID’s impact on consumer’s increased time spent with mobile and other digital media making digital the place to find and target consumers; (2) digital’s overall momentum in winning more revenue share of media time from traditional media;(3) the rise of virtual consumer channels like delivery, curbside pickup and e-commerce in top categories like retail, restaurants, CPG where physical channels like retail store visits decline; and (4) greater consumer acceptance and use of virtual and e-commerce channels.
Mark Fratrik, senior vice president and chief economist at BIA, says, that the firm’s U.S. Local Advertising forecast also sees a rise in local radio advertising revenue in 2022 and is expected to generate $12.7 billion split between over-the-air ($11.0 billion) and digital ($1.7 billion). By 2026 radio digital revenues are expected to reach $2.4 billion, while OTA goes up and down with the even political years and ends at $11.7 in 2026. “Radio isn’t faring as well as local broadcast TV, and it doesn’t get the same bump as TV in political years,” said Fratrik. “But it is getting close to its pre-pandemic levels as people continue to return to work commutes and traveling by car.”
“I like to refer to our data on local television as our ‘piano key graphs,’ because during even political years it is very apparent that the advertising revenue will rise and then dip the following year.” As reported in late September, BIA forecasts local television in 2022 will rise to $19.3 billion in OTA advertising, and $1.7 billion in digital; a sign of a strong $21 billion industry that delivers its audience for political campaigners.
Clients can log into BIA ADVantage to view the full forecast report and view their local advertising market forecast by media and verticals.
STUDY: AM/FM Listening Continues To Rise As Covid Concern Drops; Miles Traveled Rises
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– This week’s Cumulus' Westwood One Audio Active Group blog reports that all through September and into October 2021, COVID search volumes have sharply fallen. As of early October 2021, COVID Google searches are down -56% from the peak of consumer interest with a 44 index. Geopath: American September 2021 miles traveled were +5% greater than September 2019: From March 2020 to March 2021, miles traveled lagged behind 2019.
Since April 2021, miles traveled recovered and matched pre-COVID benchmarks. August volumes dipped -5% but in September 2021, miles traveled grew +5% versus September 2019. Apple Maps: Driving search volumes surge past pre-COVID levels and public transit finally recovers: By June 2020, Apple Map driving searches soared past pre-COVID levels into Fall 2020. The massive COVID upsurge of November 2020 through February 2021 reduced driving but still matched pre-COVID norms.
In March 2021, driving search volumes exploded again and have remained elevated through the most recent month. Marketers and agencies dramatically underestimate the number of Americans that are commuting to work each day: Per the U.S. Federal Reserve, 66% of U.S. workers are commuting every day.
Nielsen: AM/FM radio listening recovery continues as September Portable People Meter listening is up +4% over the prior year. Nielsen: Diary market audiences were not impacted by COVID as listening has been rock steady: The just-released June-July-August diary market audience data represents the 17th month of rock steady average quarter-hour listening levels. SEE BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION - Liz Alesse Named Direcctor And Executive Producer Of ABC Podcast Programming
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– ABC Audio Vice President and General Manager Stacia Philips Deshishku announced in a memo that Liz Alesse has been named director and executive producer of Podcast Programming. Deshishku said, "As you all know, Liz has been leading our podcast team since last November. What started as a six-month stretch assignment has turned into a permanent role, and we couldn’t be luckier! Liz has already been able to leverage her understanding of the news division and relationships across the platforms on behalf of ABC Audio, working on recent podcasts including “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson” and “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson.”
Liz began her career at ABC News in 2015. At “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” she managed the team and oversaw production and operations for the show, and even served as interim executive producer. Prior to ABC, Liz got her start in local news, producing in her hometown of Albany, New York, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked at New England Cable News (NECN) and WGBH.
EVENTS: Twenty One Pilots Take Over 101WKQX As Part of Their Takeøver Tour in Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– Cumulus 101WKQX Chicago announces that it is being taken over this week by Rock band Twenty One Pilots, as part of the band’s Takeøver Tour. The station will broadcast all week long as Twenty 101WKQX. Twenty One Pilots launched their global Takeøver Tour last month, where each stop features multiple dates and shows, from intimate venues to large arenas. Chicago’s sold out Takeøver Tour shows kick off tonight at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, followed by shows at House of Blues, Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom and the United Center.
The 101WKQX station takeover includes Twenty One Pilots’ lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun taking over the101WKQX studio every weekday at 12:00pm/Noon with a specially curated playlist of their favorite songs, including deep cuts. They will also be introducing their own songs on the air throughout each day, while sharing special stories from writing, recording and performing. WKQX will also give away tickets to Twenty One Pilots’ sold-out Chicago shows all week long with Brian, Ali & Justin each morning, Jon Manley from 10am-2pm, and Lauren O’Neil from 2-6pm through Friday this week.
PODCASTS: iHeart Announces Live Return of Its Podcast Awards And 2022 Nominees
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced the live return of the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards and the 2022 nominees. The Awards ceremony will take place on January 13, 2022 at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles and will honor the very best in podcasting throughout 2021, celebrating the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the podcast industry saw a record number of podcasts being created and listened to, continuing to push the industry forward with more than 160 million people having listened to a podcast this year alone. Each year, podcast fans themselves decide the winner of the coveted Podcast of the Year award by socially voting on Twitter.
This year’s nominees include “Code Switch,” “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” “Crime Junkie,” “Louder Than a Riot,” “Office Ladies,” “SmartLess,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “The Daily,” “The Midnight Miracle” and “You’re Wrong About.” Voting will begin December 13 and run through January 2, 2022. More information can be found at iHeart.com/podcast-awards.
“We are excited to be back live for year four of the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards to recognize all the amazing content and talent that the podcasting medium has produced this past year,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group. “Podcast listening has continued to soar across the U.S., seeing a nearly 60% increase in monthly listeners since our first awards show was announced in 2018, filling this industry with more diversity and innovation than ever before. We look forward to honoring these major advancements in-person during the 2022 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards this January.” SEE NOMINEES HERE
HONORS: Clay Travis & Buck Sexton's Buck Sexton Honored By Metropolitan Republican Club In New York
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– On Friday, October 8, Premiere Networks personality Buck Sexton, co-host of “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” was honored by The Metropolitan Republican Club, the largest GOP club in New York (est. 1902), at the 118th annual Metropolitan Dinner held at The Union League Club of New York City. Other honorees included Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who received the Teddy Roosevelt Award, and Steve Forbes, chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, who received the Ronald Reagan Award For Individual Liberty.
For more information, please visit www.ClayandBuck.com or PremiereNetworks.com. Fans can also follow @ClayandBuck on social media. Pictured left to right: Red Seat Ventures Partner Chris Balfe, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott and Buck Sexton
SNAPS: Netfiix 'Locke & Key' Star Jackson Robert Scott Plays 'Squid Game With JJR
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2021 –– The Johnjay & Rich Show welcomed actor Jackson Robert Scott for an in-studio appearance to promote the highly-anticipated second season of his Netflix show, Locke & Key, which premieres October 22.
A super fan of Squid Game, which is currently on track to be the biggest show of all time on Netflix, Scott joined Johnjay, Kyle and Payton for a game of red light/green light and he made it all the way down to the cookie challenge.
PHOTO/ Jackson Robert Scott with Johnjay, Kyle and Payton from The Johnjay & Rich Show
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EVENTS: iHeart's ALTer EGO Returns For Live 2022 Event At The Forum; Woody To Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced the lineup for the fifth annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One. The biggest names in Alternative Rock will come together at the historic Forum in Los Angeles on January 15, 2022 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock LIVE in front of music fans. The extraordinary lineup includes All Time Low, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, twenty one pilots, Willow and more. iHeartRadio ALTer EGO will be hosted by Woody of iHeartRadio ALT 98.7’s nationally-syndicated “The Woody Show.”
“I’m psyched!” said Woody. “When the line-up is THIS good, with so much talent on the stage, it takes the pressure off the host. No one will notice and/or remember and/or care if I did a good job or not!” All this week, iHeartRadio is giving Alternative Rock fans across the country the opportunity to win trips to Los Angeles to attend iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One before the tickets even go on sale! The promotion will run across more than 80 Alternative, Rock and Classic Rock 90s iHeartRadio stations. LiveOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVO) (“LiveOne”) will exclusively stream all performances on livexlive.com. Over 75 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations will also broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com.
“We’re beyond excited to be back LIVE at the iconic Forum for our Fifth Annual iHeartRadio ALTer Ego!” said Lisa Worden, Program Director for ALT 98.7 and Vice President of Rock and Alternative for iHeartMedia. “Seeing all of these artists together on one stage?!! We’re beyond grateful to have such an incredible lineup for the fans and what a way to kick off 2022.”
SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning Adds Five More Affiliates; Approaches 60 Markets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– DeDe In The Morning continues to expand with the addition of five new markets. The show is heard nationwide in almost 60 markets. KBPA 102-7 The Vibe Austin, TX KOOC B 106 Killeen-Temple TX WLOA Loud 102.3 Youngstown OH WRVZ 98.7 The Beat Charleston WV WWRQ 107.9 The Beat Valdosta GA “I have been a fan of DeDe since working in Dallas, she is funny, topical and fits perfectly in Austin on The New 102-7 The Vibe, I am so happy to finally work with her.” Jay Michaels Program Director 102-7 The Vibe, Austin We are thrilled to share DeDe with our listeners and make her part of their mornings" Chip Banks General Manager, Loud 102.3 Youngstown
DeDe McGuire adds “Every morning my team and I wake up ready to spread laughter and fun across the country. So excited to have these amazing radio stations join the DeDe in the Morning party. Austin, Killeen, Youngstown, Valdosta and Charleston -- we got you.”
Some of her accolades include Gracie award winner in the Nationally Syndicated host category honoring the most talented women in Radio (2021), Most Influential Women - MIW's Airblazer Award (2021) and International Black Broadcasters (IBBA) Lifetime Achievement Award (2013). PHOTO: L-R - JJ Williamson, DeDe McGuire and Lady Jade. For more info, contact Nancy Abramson at NAbramson@compassmedianetworks.com
Mark Willard Joins 95.7 The Game San Francisco To Co-Host Middays
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– Audacy has named Mark Willard as midday show co-host for 95.7 The Game (KGMZ-FM) in San Francisco. Willard will join Dan Dibley on “Willard and Dibs,” weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT, effective October 11. “I am absolutely thrilled that Mark is joining us,” said Matt Nahigian, Brand Manager, 95.7 The Game. “He is a great talent that understands this fan base as well as anyone in the market. He solidifies a new lineup that I think the Bay Area is going to love.”
“I’m beyond excited to join 95.7 The Game and continue to talk about our home town teams with the fans I love,” said Willard. “I look forward to getting started at such an exciting time in Bay Area sports.” Mark Willard has been on radio and television airwaves throughout California and nationally since 2001. He joins 95.7 The Game after a two and a half year run at KNBR in his native San Francisco. He also currently serves as a studio host for Pac-12 Network and hosts the Inside Giant Moments Podcast. This role follows a successful stint doing weekdays on the “Mark & Rich Show” on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego and nationwide on Fox Sports Radio weekends.
Got A 'Brilliant' Idea? Seth Resler Shows You Ways To Keep It Protected
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– In Jacobs Media's Seth Resler latest blog offers three digital steps to protecting your next brilliant idea - one that you don't have the energy to invest in at the moment, but that you would like to return to when the time is right. Here are the three digital steps to safeguard your ideas:
1 - Register a domain name. First, I log in to a domain registrar such as GoDaddy or Bluehost or HostGator and start looking up domains. If you already own some domains, it's best to use the same registrar. Unregistered domains are pretty cheap, so I look to see what's available and purchase anything I think I might want to use down the road. I avoid purchasing anything that doesn't end in “.com,” I discover variations by looking up synonyms at Theasurus.com.
2. Set up an email address. Next, I select the domain that I am most likely to use for my idea when the time comes and set up an email address for it. I'm going to use this email address to register various social media accounts, so I usually pick a role-based address, such as “firstname.lastname@example.org,” instead of a personal one, such as “email@example.com.” If I think my idea will ultimately be a one-man operation, it doesn't matter much; but if might involve a team, it's easiest to start with a generic email address now.
3. Claim the social media handles. Next, I lock in the social media handles for my idea. On Facebook, I can do this by creating both a page (and claiming its username) and a group through my personal Facebook account, and then claiming a URL that corresponds to one of the domains that I registered. For Twitter, I'll need the email address you just created, and it's best to create an Instagram account using that email address as well. You cannot claim a YouTube URL until 30 days have passed and you have at least 100 subscribers, so I skip that for now. If you think TikTok, SnapChat, or some other social media platforms will be key to your ideas success, set up new accounts for these as well.
Once I have secured the appropriate URLs and social media handles, I can rest assured that I can return to my idea later when I have more time. - READ MORE HERE
SiriusXM And Audio Up Enter Into Agreement to Develop New Scripted Podcasts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– SiriusXM has entered into a new creative programming and strategic agreement with Audio Up, an innovative podcast and audio entertainment production studio. Under the agreement, Audio Up is expected to create new original scripted podcasts for SiriusXM and its owned audio platforms - which include the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher - while also collaborating with SiriusXM to develop new audio entertainment concepts and forge new promotional and distribution synergies across SiriusXM properties.
The agreement gives SiriusXM an exclusive "first-look" co-production option for new Audio Up original podcast concepts, with accompanying options for exclusive distribution across SiriusXM properties, as well as exclusive rights to manage and sell advertising inventory and sponsorship in connection with any podcast produced for SiriusXM through its SXM Media combined sales organization. In addition, Audio Up announced today that it has completed a $12 million Series B funding round led by SiriusXM. Andrew Moss, SiriusXM's Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Programming Operations, has also joined the Board of Directors of Audio Up.
Audio Up, established in 2020 by Jared Gutstadt, creator of the Jingle Punks creative music agency and Adweek's 2020 Podcast Innovator and Producer of the Year, is a podcast content production studio that has built a slate of distinctive, original scripted audio entertainment featuring marquee names across music (Machine Gun Kelly, 24kGoldn, Miranda Lambert, Nelly), Hollywood (Anthony Anderson, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Alexander, Gary Busey), publishing (James Ellroy, Stephen King), and more.
"Podcasts have only scratched the surface of their potential as a powerful driver for discovery, and an entertainment medium with virtually no creative boundaries," said Audio Up CEO and Founder, Jared Gutstadt. "With the vast reach and wide diversity of listeners that SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher together represent, we not only have a massive new multi-platform outlet for our original programming, but in SiriusXM we have a creative ally who shares our ambitions to keep pushing podcasting forward."
PHOTO/Bridger Scott/Source: Audio Up Inc.
Pineapple Street Studios And The Meteor Premiere 'Because of Anita'“
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– The Meteor and Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios announced the premiere of an exclusive first conversation between Professor Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on the third episode of “Because of Anita” Podcast. Also, in a special crossover, this episode will air as the October installment of Pineapple’s The 11th. Hosted by The New York Times’ Dr. Salamishah Tillet and Cindi Leive, co-founder of The Meteor
The four-part series, which premiered October 4th, examines the impact of Professor Anita Hill’s testimony, from 1991 to 2021—looking at how far we’ve come, or haven’t, in making the world and the workplace safer for all. It digs into the aftermath of the hearings and their enduring impact 30 years later on everything from our political systems to our journalism to our ideas about violence, safety, race, and gender. Audible is the presenting sponsor of the podcast series.
The series honors the legacy of Professor Hill’s groundbreaking testimony and brings a fresh perspective to the Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, held across one spellbinding weekend in October 1991. The new series features interviews with witnesses, journalists, legal experts, and real women whose lives were changed by this transformative moment in American history. The release of “Because of Anita” is one piece of The Meteor’s larger slate of multimedia content in development this fall.
PromoSuite Promotes Andrew Smith And Michael Englebrecht To New Posts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– PromoSuite announced they have promoted Andrew Smith into the newly created position of Director, Product Integrity where he will serve as the liaison between sales, client services and the product development teams. Additionally, Michael Englebrecht has been elevated to the position of Director, Client Services & Business Process Automation where he will lead the Client Service team while focusing his efforts on streamlining onboarding, training, and support.
"Andrew and Mike are unique talents who both have displayed extreme passion for delivering quality service to our radio customers," explained PromoSuite CEO, Rocco Macri. "Andrew has excelled in a variety of roles for us, working daily with clients, our product team, sales and the client service team. He's got a great grasp of our client's needs and will be a tremendous asset to our product development team. Meanwhile, Mike's reputation in the industry preceded him. We brought him in as a consultant, and we were immediately impressed by his enthusiasm and leadership. We look forward to watching both flourish in their new positions."
Andrew Smith joined PromoSuite in 2013 serving as Operations Coordinator before being promoted to Director, Client Services. Smith has a radio background, starting his career in 1996 at WECW-FM, a student-run station at Elmira College in New York where he served as Operations Coordinator, General Manager and on-air talent. After an internship with WAXQ-FM/New York (Q104.3), he landed at Citadel/Syracuse, NY as a member of the Street Team, then local producer of the Howard Stern Show on WAQX-FM (95X) as well as on-air on WLTI-FM and WIII-FM. After five years, Smith moved to Binghamton, NY where he served as Promotions Director, evening host on WHWK-FM and afternoon drive on WAAL-FM.
Mike Englebrecht also has a deep radio background that began in 1997 when he joined WKQX-FM/Chicago (Emmis) as an intern. Over the next seven years, he held leadership roles within marketing, sales, and programming. In 2004, he transitioned to Emmis Interactive where he held various positions including Director of Affiliate Relations overseeing client success and technical support. Emmis then moved him to NextRadio (TagStation) where he served as the Director of Product Engagement.
Audacy On The Hunt For The Julia Show Producer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2021 –– Audacy is in the process of hiring a skilled, self-motivated Content & Show Producer for Julia and “The Julia Show,” Audacy’s nationally syndicated talent. This person must able to put out strong work on tight deadlines; have sound audio editing judgment, take pride in their work, and have a high attention to detail.
The ideal candidate should be skilled in background in audio production and/or daily show production. On a daily basis, they will pitch story ideas, edit audio segments, arrange and organize interviews, write scripts, and work closely with the show’s hosts during recordings.
The Producer will help to manage “The Julia Show” social media presence with a music and pop culture focus. In addition, the Producer is someone who is comfortable working in a self-motivated environment, and is interested in all facets of daily show production. Video production is a plus, and a sense of humor is also encouraged!
Duties will also inlcude working with the show’s talent on all aspects of content & production. Research and pitch segments and/or topics on a daily basis. Book/Organize guests interviews for recordings In-Studio or on Zoom. Prep hosts for daily live-to-tape recordings, and pre-taped segments. Help to manage “The Julia Show” social media pages and posts to syndicated radio stations. Manage post show Podcast content & production. Manage & Edit daily show audio content for national distribution to syndicated radio markets.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Cast The Spotlight On iHeart's Shelby Sos
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™, where we put some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on iHeartRadio's Shelby Sos. Sos' radio career began during college in D.C.. While double majoring one of her majors, she needed an internship that aligned with my program. She tells us, "My career counselor mentioned that The Kane Show was hiring interns, so I applied. I saw that they were having interviews but hadn’t e-mailed me for one, so I kept reaching out until finally they asked me to come in. Out of 200+ people they picked me! That was back in August of 2016, and within the year I became an associate producer."
Sos says she stayed with the show for almost three years, and then I got my own night (Sos At Night) in Baltimore on Z104.3. "It was honestly the coolest thing to kick off my solo radio career in my hometown. A year-and-a-half into doing nights, I got offered the job I currently how now which is middays on Power 96.1 Atlanta. I’ve been here almost ten months, and now cover for a lot of different cities like Austin, Tampa, Seattle, Miami, etc."
Sos also does stand-up comedy with Hot 99.5 Wash. D.C.'s Intern John’s comedy tour which raises money for The Fisher House. And then there's her and John's ever growing podcast 'The Thought Shower.' "Almost three-and-a-half years ago I asked Intern John if I could be on an episode of his podcast, and honestly just kept showing up. At the time I worked for The Kane Show as a producer, so I didn’t get much airtime. Intern John suggested that we keep doing it together because it would help us get more experience. 'The Thought Shower' turned into almost an extension of the show in a way.
Sos adds, "When I first started doing the podcast, I had so many listeners message me that they were so happy they had a way to get to know me even more. It sounds silly, because they were following me on social so I thought that was enough. I’ve realized after almost three-and-a-half years of doing the podcast that listeners want to be in your head. That’s why they turn to the podcast after they hear you on air."
And where would Sos like to see her radio journey lead to in the future? "My main goal is to do morning radio, but on air," she says. " I’ve done the whole producing thing, which don’t get me wrong I love it, but I’m ready to be a co-host or maybe even a host one day. I am always excited for What’s Next!"
Baby Huey Picks Up APD Stripes At Cumulus 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM San Francisco
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has promoted Baby Huey (also known as Danny Delmore) to Assistant Program Director for Bay Area Classic Rock station, 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM. A 16-year veteran of station, Baby Huey will continue to be heard on The Bone every Saturday from 3pm-8pm and Sundays from 7pm-10pm. Baby Huey, who was born in Berkeley and grew up in Alameda, has been with 107.7 The Bone since August 2006. During his senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, he began interning for the station and worked on the Lamont and Tonelli Morning Show, where he ultimately became full-time Producer. His role with the station continued to grow over his 16 years with the station, and he now hosts his own show on The Bone on Saturdays and Sundays. He also hosts a pro wrestling podcast called In The Kliq.
Chasta Michaelis, Program Director, 107.7 The Bone, said: "Baby Huey has been a pillar of KSAN for 16 years and it is well past time to promote him and show him how appreciated he is for his hard work and dedication. The Bone would absolutely not be the same without his enthusiasm and devotion and I'm honored to work alongside him as we push this station forward."
Baby Huey remarked: “Since I can remember, I have always known I wanted to work in radio. I love that I can be a positive influence, entertain, connect with listeners, support local musicians and build relationships within the radio industry and community. Over the last 16 years, I have been fortunate enough to work at The Bone and experience so much. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to Chasta for this opportunity, and to Larry Blumhagen for believing in me. Thank you toLamont and Tonelli for letting me work under their wing, for their guidance and for putting up with me for this long, lol.
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Museum of Broadcast Communications In Chicago To Open ‘A Century Of Radio’ Exhibit
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 – Media scribe Robert Feder writes that The Smith-Corona typewriter Larry Lujack used to write his famed “Animal Stories” bits on WLS Radio and Edgar Bergen’s original ventriloquist dummies — Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker — are among items on display in a new exhibit celebrating radio’s centennial. “A Century of Radio” officially opens October 28 at Chicago’s Museum of BroadcastCommunications, 360 North State Street. Admission is free through the end of the year.
“Radio has been fueled by creative genius, whether they worked on air or behind the scenes,” David Plier, chairman of the museum, said in a statement. “Our museum will provide the learning platform to the next generation to explore the past, turn a critical eye on the present, and fuel the change for the future.” Museum of Broadcast Communications Through a series of rotating displays, the yearlong exhibition on the technical, creative and commercial history of the medium will bring to life “the intertwined stories of the business, the science and the culture of an industry that transformed the American experience,” according to the museum.
Other artifacts on display include WGN Radio’s original Studio A, once used by Bob Collins, Roy Leonard, Spike O’Dell and Steve King and Johnnie Putman, among others; a 1912 spark-gap transmitter, the first to generate a frequency of electromagnetic waves; and a rare collection of vintage radio premiums.
The official opening October 28 coincides with the 2021 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Chicago’s Wintrust’s Grand Banking Hall. The Hall of Fame is administered by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. “Radio offers a rich history of creative work and technological innovation,” said Kraig Kitchin (right), co-chair of the Radio Hall of Fame. “It’s important that the museum is showcasing to the public all that radio has given us, encouraging the next generation of talent to our industry.” “A Century of Radio” is scheduled to run through summer 2022. PHOTO/ Museum of Broadcast Communications
SYNDICATION: The Jubal Show Joins The Lineup at Mix 105.1 (WMHX-FM) Madison
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 – Starting today, October 11th, The Jubal Show will air weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT. on Audacy's WHMX/Mix 105.1 Madison, WI. “We have been looking at Jubal for years and watching how he makes game-changing radio, we are very excited to welcome him to host mornings on Mix 105.1," said Andrea Hansen, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Madison. “The Mix listener has been craving a show like Jubal and we’re ecstatic to deliver what they want each weekday.”
“We are psyched to be the new morning show on Mix 105.1,” said Jubal. “Thanks to Chase Daniels and Audacy for giving us the opportunity to partner with them. We can’t wait to make Madison laugh every morning.” The new Mix 105.1 weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Jubal Show” 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Megan 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Chris Michaels 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.: “The Adam Bomb Show”
Puerto Rico To Host First Spanish-Language New Year's Eve Countdown With Ryan Seacrest
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 –– A Spanish-language countdown will be included for the first time in the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” show this year. The segment will be broadcast from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.The segment will air from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where thousands are expected to gather at the island’s main convention center, according to Gov. Pedro Pierluisi.
NBC reports, the countdown will occur an hour ahead of the one in New York because Puerto Rico does not implement daylight saving time. Officials said the event will cost an estimated $3.6 million and will be paid for with federal funds aimed at offsetting the blow of the pandemic. Pierluisi defended the use of those funds, saying it is an economic development event designed to promote Puerto Rico.
Bobby Bones Puts Nashville Penthouse Back On The Market For $2.85 Million
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 –– Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere Syndicated 'The Bobby Bones Show who apparently had it with nearby construction back in 2018 and moved out of his downtowns penthouse, has put it back on the market for $2.85 million. According to Realtor.com, Bones purchased the downtown condo for $1.19 million in 2014 and left the premises four years ago (we're told he's rented it out since then). In 2018 he complained on his show about construction going on next door, with resulting noise and dust from the “stupid neighbor,” according to the Tennessean. Bones first made the home available in June at the same price, the listing came off the market in August. Realtor.com reports Its reappeared within the past week.
The home is located in a brick building from 1890 in a historic district, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom unit offers 3,183 square feet of living space. There’s also a 600-square-foot rooftop deck (shown) in clear sight of Nissan Stadium, Ascend Amphitheater, Printers Alley, and the Batman Building. “Nothing like it in the city,” the listing notes. The large living area features floor-to-ceiling windows, two fireplaces, exposed brick, original beams, and hardwood flooring. A chef’s kitchen is equipped with a gas cooktop, granite counters, bar seating, and stainless-steel appliances. Exposed brick and ceiling pipes lend the space an industrial loft aesthetic.
In addition to “The Bobby Bones Radio Show,” he’s also an “American Idol” mentor and the star of “Breaking Bobby Bones” on Disney+. Bones tied the knot with Caitlin Estell earlier this summer.
WZYP-FM Huntsville Steps Up to Help For Residents Following Deadly Flash Flood
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2021 –– Cumulus Huntsville's 104.3 WZYP stepped up in the wake of August’s deadly flash flood in Waverly, TN, raising national awareness of the devastation caused by the flood and helping flood victims through a successful community relief drive. The flood, which hit the area on Saturday, August 21st, killed 20 Waverly residents and destroyed numerous homes and businesses. WZYP Program Director/Afternoon Host, Steve Smith, an avid storm spotter and chaser, headed to Waverly as soon as he saw that flooding was forecasted for the area. Expecting to find water on roads and routine flooding, Smith was shocked once he got to town and saw the destruction. Smith recounts:
"When I got into town, I couldn't believe what I saw. Buildings were destroyed, cars were flipped over… It looked more like hurricane or tornado damage and it was everywhere. For most of the day, I seemed to be the only media professional around. I pushed out a lot of photos and video on Twitter once I got a cell signal, as the flood and power losses had cut off communications."
Smith's footage was picked up and used by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Weather Channel, AP, Accuweather, and Weather Nation. He also appeared on live interviews with both CNN and The Weather Channel, where he was credited as getting some of the very first images of the destruction in Waverly. Smith noted: "The CNN producer on the phone said that they were sending a crew to Waverly due to what they saw from my footage. Nobody knew how bad it was.” Once Smith returned to Huntsville, he quickly worked to organize a relief drive held at the radio station and at two local Walmart locations.
Three days after the flood, Smith and WZYP morning host Mojo drove all of the relief items collected to Tennessee in the WZYP truck and distributed them directly to flood victims. Smith noted: "The response from our listeners and partners was amazing. We also worked out a deal to take a large supply of Blue Bell Ice Cream cups with us. The WZYP team gave them out at shelters and drove through neighborhoods passing them out. It was just what people needed on the hot days that followed and it brought a lot of smiles!" WZYP received more supplies in the weeks that followed, so the station made a second trip to Waverly with more supplies and more ice cream.
Photo ID's: PHOTO 1: Steve Smith, WZYP Program Director's news coverage on CNN. BOTTOM PHOTO: WZYP Morning Host Mojo distributes relief items to Waverly, TN, residents.
77 WABC Radio Celebrates 100 Years of Broadcasting
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2021 –– 77 WABC Radio is celebrating 100 years of continuous broadcasting. John Catsimatidis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Red Apple Group announced that WABC will celebrate its rich history and the cultural impact that the iconic station has had on the lives of its listeners throughout the next year, kicking off in the month of October. In addition, the celebration will feature guests, interviews, milestones, remembrances, and more.
Superstars of radio emerge from 77 WABC, and listeners are being treated to re-broadcasts of classic programs hosted by some of the larger-than-life on-air personalities who have helped make 77 WABC one of the most beloved, admired, and listened-to radio stations in America. The special retrospective series airs every Sunday in October, from 3 to 4 pm, and launched last weekend, on October 3, with rebroadcasts of shows by Rush Limbaugh - his first show on 77 WABC - and talk radio pioneer Bob Grant.
This Sunday spotlights Dan Ingram, the thinking man’s DJ. Each Sunday tribute will be announced on-air the preceding Wednesday. To hear the 100 Year Celebration promo and last Sunday’s special programming, Listeners are also invited to vote for their favorite WABC air personality from the past into the 77 WABC Hall of Fame, “The Talk Radio Years” and “The Music Radio Years”
77 WABC launched in 1921 as WJZ. On May 1, 1953, the station rebranded as 77 WABC and has continually delivered the top-quality programming that met the market needs at the time, from talk to music.
Audacy Promotes Tim Clarke To SVP/Digital Content; Mike Thomas Named SVP/MM Boston
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2021 –– Audacy has elevated Tim Clarke to Senior Vice President, Digital Audio Content on the company’s central digital team. Clarke will work alongside Pam Russo, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Audacy digital platform; and John Pacino, Executive Vice President of Product. He will also work closely with Executive Vice President and Head of Programming Jeff Sottolano and Audacy’s programming and content teams across the company
“Tim is a rising star in our industry and we’re excited to add his talents and capabilities to our digital business,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy. “He brings rich experience leading content and consumer strategies that we trust will enable him to help us further elevate our mission of delivering dynamic digital audio content through a listener-friendly platform every day.” “I am truly honored to join our industry-leading
Audacy subsequently welcomes Mike Thomas to succeed Clarke as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of its Boston market. In this role, Thomas will oversee the market’s six stations including Big 103 (WBGB-FM), Magic 106.7 (WMJX-FM), Mix 104.1 (WWBX-FM) WEEI (WEEI-FM), WEEI (WEEI-AM) and WVEI (WVEI-AM), effective November 1. “Boston evokes memories of great times and celebrations,” said Thomas.” “When Mark Hannon reached out about coming back and leading such a diverse group of stations, it was exhilarating! I can't wait to reconnect with a lot of talented people, some which I spent over a dozen years working side-by-side with, and celebrating many more victories.” Thomas joins Audacy from Good Karma Brands, where he served as Market Manager of ESPN Chicago 1000 AM since December 2019. Prior to that role, Thomas was the Brand Manager for 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston from 2017 to 2019.
Greg Stocker Rises To Brand Manager For 1210 WPHT Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2021 –– Audacy has promoted Greg Stocker to Brand Manager of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM) in Philadelphia, effective immediately. In this role, Stocker will oversee content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the station. “I’m so pleased to see Greg earn this well-deserved recognition for his hard work and commitment to WPHT,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “Greg brings a passion for talk radio to his role and is the perfect manager to lead WPHT and our newly expanded local lineup along with some of the biggest names on the national stage.”
“It's truly an honor to be leading this legendary radio station,” said Stocker. “I have an amazing team and I'm excited to guide us all into the next phase of WPHT's evolution.” Stocker initially joined the company as an intern in 2003 after obtaining a degree in TV/Radio from Northampton County Community College. From 2005 through 2013, he was producer of “The Michael Smerconish Show” and since 2014, he has been executive producer of “The Rich Zeoli Show.” In 2019, he was named Assistant Brand Manager in addition to his producing role.
PODCASTS: Investigative Journalist M. William Phelps Teams With iHeart For New Slate Of Weekly Podcasts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2021 –– iHeart announced a new slate of true-crime shows in collaboration with acclaimed investigative journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author M. William Phelps. This announcement follows Phelps’ and iHeartMedia’s chart topping podcast “Paper Ghosts,” their first venture together in the true-crime podcasting space. The new slate kicks off with the debut of the weekly podcast “Crossing the line with M. William Phelps.”
“We are thrilled to team up with M. William Phelps again to produce a new slate of true crime podcasts,” said Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer for the iHeartPodcast Network. “We’ve seen incredible success with ‘Paper Ghosts’ and it’s proven that M. William Phelps isn't afraid to ask the hard questions. The new shows on this slate will no doubt continue in that success – investigating unsolved crimes and sharing untold stories that will keep listeners tuning into each episode curious for more answers.”
“Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps” premieres October 12 and will run in 12-week installments, with new episodes available Tuesdays on iHeartRadio and all major platforms. “‘Crossing the Line’ pulls together 20 years of work in true crime television and books- a confluence of access and being on the frontline of investigative journalism,” said Phelps. "You're going to hear the inside story of murder and missing cases from insiders -- including the killers themselves -- with the main focus on victims and their family's stories, including my own.”
1-95/WIXV-FM Savannah's Don Scott Passes Away From Covid-19
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2021 –– Cumulus wrote yesterday: "It is with heavy hearts that we must confirm the death of Don Scott, Program Director and Afternoon On-Air Host for Cumulus Savannah's I-95/WIXV-FM, The Rock of Savannah. Don, 65, passed away Wednesday from COVID-19 in a Savannah hospital. He was a beloved member of the Cumulus Savannah family and joined I-95 in 1985. Originally from Miami, FL, Don started his radio career at legendary stations including WSHE-FM and Power96/WPOW-FM, then moved to Savannah to make I-95 the #1 Rock station.
He was honored by the State of Georgia in October 2020 with the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award for exemplary community service. The award is Georgia’s highest service award and was presented to Don (top left) by Representative Carl Gilliard (D-Savannah) shown top right.
I-95 will air a tribute show for Don Scott on Friday, October 15th in the 5:00pm Eastern hour. The tribute show will replay on I-95 on Saturday, October 16th at 3:00pm Eastern and again on Sunday, October 17th at Noon Eastern. In addition, I-95 is working with Coach's Corner on a tribute/fundraiser event in November with proceeds going to Don's family. Details for that event are forthcoming and will be announced when available at: www.i95savannah.com.
Eric Mastel, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: "Rock and Roll in Savannah has lost an Icon. I met Don 10 years ago when I moved to Savannah. In that time, I learned Don’s passion for his family, friends and career was exceptional. He went above and beyond in so many instances, I couldn’t begin to list them all. Whether he was helping to raise funds for charity, hosting a concert or simply executing a client remote, he left nothing on the bench. All in - all the time. I came to rely heavily on Don’s expertise and advice over that past decade. He will be greatly missed by me, his co-workers and his fans."
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Mike Kasper Named PD For Big 104.7 Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia has named Mike Kasper Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for BIG 104.7 (WPGB-FM), Pittsburgh. He will report to David Edgar, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. In addition, he'll serve as Afternoon Host. “Mike is the ideal person to lead the BIG 104.7 programming department,” said Edgar. “He will bring his creative lifestyle and promotional ideas to the station, as well as host a high energy, fun afternoon show for Pittsburgh.” Kasper most recently severed as an afternoon host at WUSN-FM, in Chicago. He began his radio career in Youngstown, Ohio and has served in several on air and programming positions in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Richmond.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for BIG 104.7,” said Kasper. “To be able to do it in the city that inspired me to get into radio as a kid makes it even more special. Huge thanks to iHeartMedia Pittsburgh for making it possible. Can’t wait to help create some fun, compelling radio for Pittsburgh!”
Lena Moss Glaser Named VP/Executive Producer Of 2400Sports
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Audacy welcomes Lena Moss Glaser as Vice President and Executive Producer of 2400Sports, the newest podcast studio in Audacy’s digital audio portfolio. She'll report to J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy.
“I’m excited to be joining Audacy and to have the opportunity to lead 2400Sports at a time when the way we consume sports and connect with athletes is constantly evolving,” said Glaser. “We will work to deliver fans the content they crave, to tell stories that take them somewhere new, and to champion emerging voices. As a fan of the shows created by Audacy's other podcast studios, I am so excited to be working alongside them as we build this brand, and to get to work making 2400Sports a home for every kind of sports fan.”
A veteran sports studio producer and five-time Sports Emmy Award winner, Glaser began her career with NBC, where she produced network studio shows for four Olympic Games and served as Coordinating Producer of NBC’s Paralympics coverage in Sochi, Rio, and Pyeongchang. She produced the National Dog Show and in 2021 launched the network’s first ever live Olympic studio show on Twitter. Glaser received a 2015 Sports Emmy nomination for feature producing. Her additional remote, studio, and feature credits include work on the US Open, Wimbledon, and Roland Garros; three Super Bowls, and “Football Night in America.”
Deanna Marie Named New Morning Co-host WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group has named Deanna Marie as the new morning show co-host of “The Mix Morning Show with Johnny B and Deanna Marie” on WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware. The show will officially launch at 5:30am on Monday October 11. 2021. The New Jersey native most recently worked at 96.5 KLCA in Reno, Nevada, where she began her radio career.
“We are thrilled to have Deanna joining market veteran Johnny B on “The Mix Morning Show”, said Program Director Eric Johnson. “We found Deanna so engaging from our first phone conversation and we think our listeners will too. Welcome Home Deanna!” “I am so excited to be a part of the Mix Morning Show on WJBR,” said Deanna Marie. “It felt like the right decision from the very beginning and that I’ve known everyone forever- that is a great sign!”
A seasoned vocalist and theater graduate of Montclair State University, she has performed at Atlantic City casinos and other entertainment venues along the East Coast.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tim McCarthy To Succeed Jim Thompson At BFOA At End Of 2022
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Jim Thompson (TR), highly respected television and radio executive and President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America since 2009, has announced his retirement at the end of 2022. In conjunction with that announcement, the Broadcasters Foundation has unveiled a succession plan whereby Thompson and broadcast veteran Tim McCarthy (TL) will serve as Co-Presidents through 2022, at which time Thompson will move into an active consultancy role. The Search Committee unanimously chose McCarthy as the best candidate for the position, and the Board of Directors unanimously endorsed him and the succession plan. The announcement came from Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation, and goes into effect November 1.
“I have known Tim for almost 20 years,” said Herman. “He is an outstanding leader and I look forward to working with him and Jim for a seamless transition. “Jim has done a phenomenal job getting the word out about our mission and increasing the number of broadcasters we help,” continued Herman. “The entire Board and I are delighted that he will remain with the Foundation as Co-President and then as a Consultant.”
McCarthy most recently was with ESPN/Walt Disney Company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Audio Play-By-Play and General Manager of New York and LA Radio. He joined ESPN in 1998 as General Manager and President of WABC/Radio Disney/ESPN. McCarthy began his career in radio at WABC Radio in 1990.
[WATCH] Taylor Swift Thanks Collaborators For 'Folklore' Concert Film At 2021 Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 46th Annual Gracie Award on Tuesday night. Due to the pandemic, the awards were held virtually and streamed on the foundation’s Facebook page. Taylor Swift accepted the grand award for special or variety TV for 'Folklore: the long pond studio session.' Besides thanking her collaborators for their work on the Grammy-winning folklore and the accompanying Disney+ concert film, the superstar expressed her gratitude to the health care professionals on site who ensured the project was COVID-safe during production. - WATCH VIDEO HERE
Highlights from the awards include: Simone Biles presenting Taylor Swift with the Gracies Grand Award, plus, a presentation that featured footage of Swift performing “folklore” with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner in-studio.
This year’s Gracie Awards coincides with the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s (AWM) 70th Anniversary. During a celebratory moment that recognized AWM’s history, featuring archived photos and original documentation from the organization’s founding members, Becky Brooks (President, AWM) and Heather Cohen (AWM Board Member) presented event host Lauren Ash (right) with a special anniversary Legacy Award
The awards also featured musical performances by CeCe Winans and Jewel (shown left). To view the complete list of winners, their work and acceptance speeches, To View All Winners , CLICK HERE PHOTOS/ Getty Images for AWM (Alliance for Women in Media Foundation)
94WIP Philly's Angelo Cataldi Announces He’s Retiring Next Year Following 33-Year Run
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Angelo Cataldi, one of Philadelphia's most iconic sports talk radio figures, say he'll be retiring at the end of 2022away from SportsRadio 94WIP after 33 years with the station.
According to phillyvoice.com beginning in January, Cataldi will scale back his on-air schedule from five days a week to four days — taking Wednesdays off until he leaves WIP at the end of the year.
Cataldi said he planned to retire at the end of 2021 when his current contract with WIP expired, but the longtime host explained that he "will work one additional year as a sense of thanks to the people who have run this radio station and have been so good to me.""Thank you WIP and above all else, thank you to the listeners for keeping me here so much longer than I deserve and so much longer than I ever expected," Cataldi said on Wednesday morning's show. "Thank you for your loyalty."
Cataldi started at WIP in 1989 after previously working as a sports reporter and columnist. Cataldi is joined by co-hosts with Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti where the show remains atop the ratings.
WEEI-FM To Continue As The Boston Red Sox Flagship Station With Contract Extension
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Audacy and the Boston Red Sox have announced a multiyear radio broadcast contract extension amd WEEI (WEEI-FM) will continue to be the Red Sox flagship radio station, as it has since 1995. “Few things embody the city of Boston better than the Red Sox, and we’re delighted to extend our partnership with the team,” said Tim Clarke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Boston. “The team has delivered some of the most memorable moments in baseball over the course of the last two decades and we’re proud to continue giving our audience a front row seat to everything surrounding the team.”
Also part of the partnership, WEEI will continue to air a weekly front office report with as part of “The Greg Hill Show,” featuring a rotation of interviews with Red Sox President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Kennedy, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and General Manager Brian O’Halloran. Additionally, afternoon show “Merloni and Fauria” will welcome manager Alex Cora every week.
NETWORKS: Focus 360 Expands Network With Financially Focused Programming
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2021 –– Focus 360 is showing listeners the money with the addition of two national personal finance shows to its growing roster. Real Money Pros and the Jared Dillian Money Minute both announced today that they have tapped Focus 360 for their network advertising and affiliation sales. The programs join Jelli, SportsMap Radio and Sports Byline. as Focus 360 continues its growth in 2021. The Jared Dillian Money Minute is a 60-second daily feature, inclusive of inventory, available Monday through Friday while the Real Money Pros recaps the week each Sunday from 5p-7p ET.
Phil Brown, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Focus360 commented, “As the country continues its climb out of the employment and economic disasters of last year, we wanted to expand our network to help listeners where they need it most…their bank accounts! Jared Dillian and the Real Money Pros have been helping people through tough money issues for years and I am extremely excited to have them join the Focus 360 Financial lineup!” For more information on how you can get Jared Dillian Money Minute and Real Money Pros on your radio station, email Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENT: HOT 99.5 DC's Intern John Of 'Your Morning Show Raises $50,000 For Fisher House
during the "Intern John What's Next Comedy Tour" show at the Miracle Theatre in Washington, D.C., HOT 99.5 morning show personality, Intern John from "Your Morning Show,” celebrated raising $50,000 for Fisher House on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Fisher House has been the exclusive beneficiary for Intern John's Comedy Tour since he began touring in 2017.
Intern John was joined on stage at The Miracle Theatre by fellow cast members from "Your Morning Show," iHeartRadio, and What's Next Tour to present the $50,000 check to David Coker, President of Fisher House, in front of a sold-out crowd. Pictured (L-R), David Coker, Andrew Oday, Dee Ahmed Intern John, Shelby Sos, Erick Villegas, Riley Couture, Andrew Hood and Kyle Cromer. "Intern John's What's Next Comedy Tour" kicked off in Leesburg, Virginia, in June 2021 and has celebrated sell out crowds at every venue, including The Bowie Baysox Stadium, in Bowie, Maryland. The tour concludes its eight city run with two final shows on October 9 at The Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky and on November 5 at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Daniel ‘Gawndy’ Is Leaving Hit Network’s Breakfast Show In Australia
By Graham Mack
Daniel ‘Gawndy’ Is Leaving Hit Network’s Breakfast Show In Australia - Daniel ‘Gawndy’ Gawned has announced he is leaving radio, taking a year off to go travelling around the world with his wife before settling down to start a family. The departure means SCA’s Hit Network needs a new co-host for its syndicated NSW Breakfast show. Maz Compton joined Gawned permanently in May this year after it was revealed Ash Pollard would not be returning at the end of her parental leave. Maz will return next year alongside a new co-host. Read more and watch the video HERE
UK Ofcom Fails Again - Last week, in this column, I mentioned how Ofcom, the inept British version of the FFC were once again bullying non-profit community radio stations, who are staffed by volunteers. They said the stations were in “serious and fundamental breach of their Ofcom licence” for not submitting their finance reports on time (Ofcom is the same organisation that turned a bind eye when DJ Tiiny on the commercial station, Capital Xtra, was found to be asking for payments of £200 to play songs on his show). Well this week, the management at Bolton FM, one of the non-profit stations currently being picked on by Ofcom, said they were surprised to see on the website RadioToday that the station was in breach of its licence conditions. Ofcom had told Radio Today of the 'breach’ but not the radio station it was hectoring. So far Ofcom has not issued an apology for their latest act of incompetence. In June, Ofcom announced that the commercial Portsmouth FM licence was to be re-advertised as it was about to expire then they discovered that the licence had another FIVE YEARS left on it. Ofcom blamed that cock up on a “clerical error”.
In Australia, ABC Sydney Breakfast Duo Are Stepping Down - Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, ABC Sydney’s breakfast duo announced on air that this year would be their last, after being put together in 2017. They have put together a strong run of results in the Sydney radio ratings surveys in recent times, with a strong 14% market share in their breakfast slot in August’s reporting, just shy of 2GB’s Ben Fordham as lockdowns have proven to continue to be strong for what Australians call “talkback”. ABC Radio is yet to announce its presenter line up for 2022. Robbie is going to take a year out from the ABC, however said that he will be returning in 2023.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Looks At Hot 101.5 Tampa's Scott Tavlin Of The Miguel & Holly Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage, we're casting the spotlight on Scott 'Scotty With The Body' Tavlin, executive producer of CMG's Miguel & Holly Show on HOT 1.1.5. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Scott's story began after his first year in college. He tells us, "I became an Orientation Leader at the University of South Florida and I had my first experience of getting on stage and speaking in front of nearly a thousand people and…. I LOVED IT!!!!! It launched me into truly finding what my passions were in life. So I ended up switching majors to Communication and one day a friend was casually mentioning the radio station on campus and how they thought I should start a show…" He and his best friend started our weekly show called “The Scotty T and Logie Log Show” and it became addicting. Then, one day in his media class, his professor had a quick announcement before class about a Cox Media Group hiring event. Scott emailed CMG right away for an interview and landed a job on the promotions team.
Then he says, this is when the moment happened. "I was working a remote with Miguel Fuller of HOT 101.5 and we started talking and I shared my goals and dreams with him and he connected with all of it. He ended up asking if I wanted to shadow the show and I pretty much never left. I would just show up everyday and I eventually asked if I could do “Street Bits” for the show to get funny audio of bits like “Drunk Trivia”. Eventually sI got bumped up to programmin and then I asked our PD for a chance at on-air time and that’s when the air-checking sessions started, then overnight shifts to practice, then I got the chance to jock weekend shows. Well, a couple years later the moment finally happened where I was offered a FULL TIME position to become the Executive Producer, the Midday Host, and the Evening Host on K92.3."
Scott has three Full Time Jobs with CMG. He's the Executive Producer for Miguel and Holly Mornings on HOT 101.5 then he host middays 10am til 3pm, and also voice tracks 7pm to 12am for K92.3 as the night jock!
As for the future, he says, "My goal and vision is to have my own morning show one day, “The Scott Show” “Scotty in the Morning” (ahhhh that sounds nice). But also to become a motivational speaker to help inspire others to go after what they deserve in life. I got into radio because I wanted to have a place to inspire, entertain, and inform and I’m forever grateful that I get to do that everyday. I want to be able to do it at the highest level to be able to positively impact as many people as possible."
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Amid Accusations, Hubbard Keeps Eric Ferguson Off The Air On 101.9 The Mix Through October
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Addressing the recent accusations made against longtime morning host Eric Ferguson, Jeff England, VP/MM for Hubbard Radio Chicago issued a company memo yesterday posted by media reporter Robert Feder saying 'We take these allegations seriously and we are confident in the results of multiple investigations we have initiated. But we also owe it to ourselves and our listeners to have a deliberate and thoughtful process about our path forward, and candidly we are not there yet. We have made the decision that Eric will not be on the air through October."
This comes on the heels of recent allegations of misconduct from three former co-workers, including Melissa McGurren (L), former morning co-host on WTMX 101.9-FM, who became the third woman to publicly accuse Ferguson of inappropriate behavior at the Hubbard outlet. This follows previous allegations from former Mix staffers, Cynthia DeNicolo, a former associate producer, and Kristen Mori, a former sales executive.
“According to Robert Feder, Jeff England alerted employees to McGurren’s complaint in an email and braced them for “another round of media stories about Eric’s situation.” Ferguson has not been on the air this week.
Attorneys for Ferguson also denied the allegations. Feder writes that Ginny Hubbard Morris, Chairman and CEO of the Minnesota-based privately-owned parent company of The Mix. has been at the station this week meeting with managers and employees. Read More HERE
98.5 The Sports Hub Boston's Hardy Named New Afternoon Host On ROCK 92.9
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group announces “Hardy,” current co-host of Boston’s Zolak & Bertrand Midday Show on 98.5 The Sport Hub, has been named as the new Afternoon Drive Host ROCK 92.9, Boston. He will officially begin his additional duties on Monday, October 11th, 2021.
Hardy has deep roots in Boston Rock Radio, having been a fixture on Boston's legendary rock station, WBCN-FM. In his new role, he will continue to also serve as co-host on the Zolak & Bertrand Midday Show.
"Adding Hardy to ROCK 92.9 is a no-brainer," said ROCK 92.9 Program Director Ken West. "This reunion with his former BCN jock mate, Adam 12, adds even more localism, attitude, and music credibility to Boston's Next Generation of Classic Rock!"
“Hardy is one of the most talented, creative people I have ever worked with,” said 98.5 The Sports Hub Program Director Rick Radzik. “His day-to-day role on Zolak & Bertrand and with 98.5 will remain the same. Expanding his role locally and within the company is a win for everyone.” "It's great to have the opportunity to play music again on Boston radio, especially right down the hall with my buddy Adam 12,” said Hardy. “I love being able to get back to my roots on a great station like ROCK 92.9."
Nandy & Cristy Ink Multiyear Extension With Beasley's 92.5 MAXIMA Tampa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Beasley's WYUU 92.5/MAXIMA’s Morning Show hosts Nandy Davila and Cristy Balderrama have renewed a multiyear deal to continue as the Hosts of the “Nandy & Cristy” morning show weekdays from 6:00am – 10am. Nandy and Cristy have been hosting the popular Morning Show since 2018. Nandy, a native of Puerto Rico and Cristy, originally from Mexico, will continue to bring their Hispanic cultures to the popular Latin station.
“Nandy & Cristy have proven to be a great representation of Tampa Bay’s Hispanic community and moreover, have solidified themselves as part of the area’s Latino culture and lifestyle,” Beasley’s Director of Latin Formats and WYUU Program Director Nio Fernandez remarked. “Their daily success has forged a following consisting of hundreds of thousands and we couldn’t be prouder to have them as 92.5 MAXIMA’s morning show for the next half a decade!”
Conrad Trautmann Rises To Chief Technology Officer For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has elevated Conrad Trautmann to Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. A member of Cumulus’ executive leadership team, Trautmann reports directly to Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as SVP, Technology & Operations for the company. Trautmann joined the company in 2000 as EVP, Technology, and was promoted in February 2016 to SVP, Technology & Operations.
Berner said: “Conrad’s contributions to the company over the past 21 years are countless. Not surprisingly, Conrad has done a particularly commendable job successfully leading the company through the technical challenges presented by COVID-19, and by severe weather events we’ve experienced across the country. He has also been critical to broadening and advancing the technology that drives our growth platforms in digital and podcasting. This promotion recognizes the vital role that he continues to play in our success.”
Traci LaTrelle Named 'Elevating Women in Audio's 2021 Mentee
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, and MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music) announced Howard University Radio Network’s WHUR-FM Music and Assistant Programming Director Traci LaTrelle as the Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & BDS radio Mentorship Program’s 2021 mentee.
LaTrelle has over 20 years of experience encompassing on-air broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and radio station imaging for outlets all over the U.S, Trinidad, and Germany. Her radio career began on the campus of Elizabeth City State University’s WRVS-FM, as an On-Air Personality. From there, she joined companies Beasley Media Group, Cox Media Group, XM Satellite Radio, and currently Howard University Radio Network (WHUR-FM). Her multifaceted experience at stations like WYLD and WHQT prepared her to help launch “The Quiet Storm Station'' on 98.3 FM in Washington, DC and The Quiet Storm Mobile App, a 24/7 all slow jams and love songs format.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff comments, "Traci is incredibly accomplished and still eager to grow further in our business. I am so excited for the opportunities that lie ahead of her and the chance for MIW to play a part in her growth. Congratulations to Traci and, as always, big thanks to Haley Jones, Scott Musgrave, and MRC Data who make this mentorship possible."
“Receiving the call that I was selected among my peers to be the next MIW BDSradio Mentee was truly one of the biggest highlights of my career,” said LaTrelle. “I’m looking forward to gaining more knowledge and elevating my skill set to advance my career with the help of some of the best programming minds in the business. The support of these amazing, influential women is something I’ve longed for and I will continue to give back to other women along this journey.”
PODCASTS: Audacy Teams With Osiris Media For Launch Of 'Breaking Waves'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Audacy, in partnership with Osiris Media, announces BREAKING WAVES, a podcast series that centers around stories and anecdotes revisited by bands, Audacy talent, stations and friends who watched, lived and defined a particular music scene or movement. The series will begin on Tuesday, October 12, everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will be available Sundays exclusively on the Audacy app.
“We are so excited to introduce the ‘Breaking Waves’ podcast series to our audience,” said Dave Richards, Senior Vice President, Programming, Audacy. “This music was such a defining genre in the history book of American culture and set the stage for so many bands that followed. We’re thrilled to bring the genuine storytelling from the people who created and lived the scene – from its start in the 80’s into the groundbreaking 90’s, to now. This is the first of many podcasts that will give our audience the story of a time and place, that went from local to worldwide.”
Listen HERE. For more information, visit www.audacy.com and www.osirispod.com.
EVENTS: iHeart Chicago Announces Its 5th Annual Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– HeartMedia Chicago announced that six of its stations are teaming up to hold the fifth annual Sista Strut Pink Celebration, presented by Your Local Ford Dealers, on Saturday, October 9. The stations include: 107.5 WGCI, Chicago's No. 1 Radio Station for Hip-Hop & R&B; V103, Today's R&B and Throwbacks Radio Station; Inspiration 1390, Music Of Power & Praise Radio Station; 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station; 93.9 LITE FM, Chicago’s Relaxing Favorites; and Rock 95 FIVE, Chicago’s Rock Station. The 3k breast cancer walk will benefit the Sisters Network Chicago, Inc., a Black breast cancer survivorship organization.
“I am so thankful that iHeartMedia Chicago’s stations can champion this important cause,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “Our brands are the foundation of the Chicagoland community and provide a tremendous outlet to create awareness and encourage to support finding a cure for breast cancer.” The 3k breast cancer walk will be hosted by 107.5 WGCI Morning Show Co-Host Kendra G, V103 Midday Host Bioncé Foxx, Inspiration 1390 Morning Show Host Sonya Blakey and ABC7 Chicago Reporter/Anchor Samantha Chatman. ABC7 Chicago is the exclusive TV partner for Sista Strut.
Sista Strut will take place Saturday, October 9 at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center at 1250 West 119th Street on the Southside of Chicago.
[WATCH] John Tesh Talks Overcoming Cancer And First Online Concert On ABC's GMA Live
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– Longtime syndicated host John Tesh made a live appearance this morning on ABC's Good Morning America. He was there to talk about his first online concert.... as well as how he overcame cancer (and is now 100% cancer-free). According to People, before the pandemic canceled his live tour, Tesh would share his cancer journey with fans on stage by emphasizing the power of healing.
"I often talk about the principle of embracing suffering as part of what we have to deal with on this planet," he says. "It's sort of become a ministry for me, which is seeking out people's hearts and helping them understand that God does not create sickness. The promise of the nature of God is healing, he is on your side." Of the latest cancer recurrence, Tesh says, "I went back into the trenches — I was battle ready." While he needed several surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, he felt more prepared to deal with his illness this time. "I felt less like a guy who was sick trying to get well and more like somebody who was healed well resisting sickness. WATCH HERE - READ STORY HERE - Photo courtesy of Connie Selleca - For tickets to his online concert, CLICK HERE
[WATCH] Steve Harvey Surprises Guest With Performance By Fellow Radio Host Chubb Rock
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2021 –– United Stations's radio host Chubb Rock gained attention this week for the use of his music by the viral video star known as the Dancing Trucker. The Trucker (real name John Drury), who hails from Hamilton, Ohio, has generated tremendous social media engagement for his dance routines choreographed to “Treat ‘Em Right”, the 1991 smash hit by Chubb Rock. Stars from Janet Jackson to Shaquille O’Neal reached Chubb on social media and tweeted about or reposted the upbeat and entertaining online videos created by The Dancing Trucker.
With so much buzz surrounding the videos, Steve Harvey spotlighted Drury on a just-released episode of “STEVE on Watch,” During the episode, the comedian and morning radio host surprised his guest by bringing on Chubb Rock himself, who also hosts nationally distributed daily and weekend radio programs.
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Public Radio's Urban Alternative Experiment Draws National Attention
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2021 –– You can add Billboard Magazine to the latest outlets taking notice of Public Radio's growing list of stations switching to the Urban Alternative format. Interviewed recently by Steve Knopper were CPB’s Jacquie Gales Webb, THE DROP Denver’s Nikki Swarn (TR), Radio Milwaukee’s Jordan Lee and Paragon’s Mike Henry (BR). According to Henry, CEO of Paragon Media Strategies, the latest round of CPB grants, issued Sept. 14 and totaling $1.3 million, went to public-radio stations that are, like Radio Milwaukee, building a new format known as “urban alternative” — "It’s like album adult alternative, only focusing on hip-hop, R&B and dance music rather than white rock artists."
The other grant recipients, Jackson State University’s WJSU in Mississippi and Minnesota Public Radio, will also launch such programming on mostly digital and streaming channels.
Knopper writes, "About 10 years ago, longtime radio strategists began talking about a hole they’d discovered on radio dials that even public-radio stations — which are known for eclectic programming — weren’t filling. “Young and diverse audiences,” says Henry, CEO of Paragon Media Strategies, a Denver entertainment consulting and research company working with several stations that have received CPB grants. “It’s really been a blind spot for public radio for its entire existence.”
Stations in the urban-alternative format also emphasize local DJs, as well as community engagement, like voter-registration drives and political activism. In February, earlier grant recipient WNSB, or Blazin’ Hot 91 in Norfolk, Va., worked with PBS to host community discussions about the historical importance of Black churches. “That’s where we’re going to make an impact,” Henry says.
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B96 Chicago On The Hunt For A New Morning Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2021 –– As first tipped by media scribe Robert Feder, Audacy Top 40 WBBM 96.3-FM appears to be on the hunt for a morning show. Feder pointed to a company job posting which offers details and requirements - it states: “Audacy Chicago has a very rare morning show opening at WBBM-FM B96. We are looking for you and your team to create Chicago’s newest and innovative morning show to wake up Chicago.”Feder says station officials declined to comment on their plans for the show. shown HERE.
Nina Hajian who has served as co-host for the last three years with Gabe, has been off the air since August. For now Ramirez is still listed solo on B96’s website. The duo first united in 2018 under morning host Kevin “Drex” Buchar, who left the following year. It’s been “The Gabe and Nina Show” since then.
Stino Joins Active Rocker 95 WIIL ROCK As Its New Morning Show Co-Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 –– Alpha Media Gurnee and Active Rocker 95 WIIL ROCK announced the return of Stino Cirigliano. Stino joins veteran morning show host Tom Kief as co-host of the WIIL ROCK Morning Show. Program Director, John Perry stated, "The station is excited to have Stino back! She is a passionate, talented rocker chick that lives and breathes the rock n roll lifestyle.”
Asked how she feels about her return, Stino had this to say: "I'm stoked to be back and excited to be working on the morning show with Tom this time around!" She will also once again be hosting the WIIL ROCK Studio East performances live inside Gurnee Mills mall, where Alpha Media's Northern Chicago 4 station cluster is located.
NETWORKS: Westwood One TO Launch WKHX-FM'S Atlanta's Kincaid & Dallas Show National
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced the syndication of Kincaid & Dallas, a morning-drive radio show hosted by JJ Kincaid and Dallas McCade, with Producer Amanda, and Garrett. The Country morning show will launch on Monday, October 11, on 25 stations. Kincaid & Dallas will broadcast from Atlanta, where the show currently airs in the morning on WKHX-FM, New Country 101.FIVE. Kincaid & Dallas is available via satellite receiver.
“We are all elated,” said Kincaid. “You can go an entire career and never feel the depth of connection I have with my morning family of Dallas, Producer Amanda, and Garrett. We can’t wait to welcome more listeners into our offbeat world!” Kincaid, originally from Maryland, has worked in Minnesota, New York, and Denver. He now lives in Georgia with his wife and two young sons, and hosts Kincaid & Dallas from WKHX-FM's Atlanta studio. The program airs locally on New Country 101.FIVE and is now syndicated nationally.
Dallas McCade started her radio career at the age of 13 in Alexander City, Alabama. After securing her license at 14, McCade worked at a local radio station throughout high school. She is now based in Atlanta in the New Country 101.FIVE studios and enjoys time on her farm in Paulding County, where she keeps company with two horses, two donkeys, eight dogs, and six cats.
For more information on Kincaid & Dallas, contact Todd Alan at (212) 735-1107 or email@example.com.
Joe Bonadonna Named PD And PM Drive Host At Allentown’s 95.1 ZZO
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 –– 95.1 ZZO, The Valley’s Rock Station, announced that Joe Bonadonna has been named Program Director and Afternoon host for the station, effective immediately. He will report to Craig Stevens, SVPP for iHeartMedia Allentown. In addition, he will continue to work with iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group on many of the company’s classic rock brands.
“There are few names more legendary in rock radio than Joe Bonadonna,” said Jeff Hurley, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. “Pairing Joe’s incredible programming experience with 95.1 ZZO’s 40 plus years of rocking the Lehigh Valley is a match made in heaven.”
Bonadonna is a legendary programmer and on-air talent in Southeast Pennsylvania, best known for his 22 years at WMMR in Philadelphia. He is a media veteran and throughout his career has held various programming roles at several top stations including NewsRadio WHAM 1180, WAIO-FM Radio 95-1, and WKGB-FM, as well as stints at WBGG-FM Miami, Sirius XM and Sandusky Broadcasting. He began his career at WLIR-FM and is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology.
Sean Copeland Rises To Director Of Music Programming For Emmis Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 –– Sean Copeland has been promoted to Director of Music Programming for Emmis Indianapolis. Sean will now directly oversee programming for both B105.7 and Hank FM. Next week Sean will celebrate his 10 year “Emmis-versary”.
VP/Programming David Wood commented in a station memo: "Over the past decade he has brought success each position he has had in the organization. His morning show is consistently ranked number one or two in adults and is almost always a lock for number one in women. As the PD of B, he has directed the stations to new heights in all of our key demographics. I have full confidence that Sean's creativity, strategic thinking and servant leadership will also result in great success with Hank as well. Cheers to Sean on his well-deserved new role. Sean has already taken B105.7 to new heights. I have full confidence that his creativity, strategic thinking and servant leadership make Sean the right person to steer Hank FM to future success."
Copeland added, “With the teams we have in place at Hank and B, saying yes to the opportunity was easy. I’ve already worked alongside most of these all stars for years and am honored to continue doing so in this new role. I’m thankful to David Wood, Taja Graham, and the rest of Emmis leadership for this vote of confidence.”
Industry Vets John Shomby & Dave Paulus Team For Launch of New Consultancy
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 –– Two veteran broadcasters have announced the formation of a radio consultancy start-up. Radio’s Fresh Eyes combines the 70 years of experience John Shomby and Dave Paulus have had in successfully developing cultures, managing profitable operations and mentoring leaders. For over 40 years, Nashville-based Shomby has programmed multiple formats including local and syndicated, CHR, Country, Mainstream Rock, Classic Hits, Sports Talk and Contemporary Gospel. He has overseen station launches in several markets across the U.S.
Paulus is an award-winning, 35-year broadcaster who, along with Shomby, has developed media clusters across the country. A past president of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, he received that organization’s CT Lucy lifetime achievement award. The tandem plans to leverage their extensive careers by providing clients insights that support growth, limit turnover, outlines paths to success and profit, all while enjoying the teambuilding process.
“Emerging out of the COVID economy, we believe that this is an opportunity to create legendary cultures within organizations,” said Paulus. “There’s never been more employment options for industry talent to consider; Radio’s Fresh Eyes will give broadcast (managers/executives) a clean and objective look at how their organization lives and breathes.”
“Over in the past 18 months, our industry has become a very different workplace and the most difficult challenge facing station groups has been growing the culture within while growing revenue numbers,” Shomby explained. “Dave and I have seen it, experienced it and we created Radio’s Fresh Eyes to help stations across every department and touch every employee.” For more information, visit: www.radiosfresheyes.com
Skip Mahaffey: The Biggest Misconceptions About Christian Radio: 'Our Show Is Not A Non-Stop Sermon'
By Skip Mahaffey
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2021 –– Skip Mahaffey is the morning show co-host of The Skip and Amy Show on K-LOVE, the largest Contemporary Christian Radio Network in America. The Show is heard on over 550 stations with, reportedly, a cume of over 15 million. Prior to coming to K-LOVE, Skip spent the majority of his career in Country radio, including stops at KSON San Diego, WQYK Tampa, and 99.5 The Wolf. He also garnered CMA's Air Personality of the Year three times.
In the final part of a 2-part feature, he writes that despite the format's growth it still faces some misconceptions. For instance, Christian Radio Doesn’t Hire Secular Radio Hosts - Again, I am living proof that that is not the case. In 2016, I was brought into K-LOVE by Randy Chase, who has spent decades in secular radio for just about every major broadcast company. My CEO was Mike Novak, a legend in the Bay Area and was afternoon host at KSON when I was co-hosting mornings there. Carmen Brown, who went from third wheel at ‘RBQ in Tampa to being the General Manager and Morning Show co-host for The JOY FM (you remember them, number one in Tampa?!?) And most recently, Chad Mitchell, who after a long career in Phoenix, West Palm and Detroit (where he worked with and STILL works with Mojo in the Morning,) is now hosting afternoons in New York City and Cincinnati.
Another misconception is that our content is a non-stop sermon - While we will always seek to find a way to weave a “spiritual thread” through everything we do, our show is not a non-stop sermon. Like every other show I’ve ever been part of, we talk about life. In the past week, we’ve addressed everything from Mental health to Skittles (they’re getting rid of sour apple) pet peeves about people with bad manners, raising kids, dating and relationships, losing loved ones to Covid, how bad The Angels bull pen is and yes, how God is working in people’s lives. If you want to hear one of the best prepped, executed and compelling morning shows in any format, I suggest The Wally Show on WAY-FM, another former rock-jock turned Jesus Freak.
Mahaffey adds that not all Christian music is the same. Like every other format, Christian radio has variations on a theme. Under the umbrella of “Christian” radio, you’ll find Gospel, Black Gospel, Christian Talk, Christian Teaching, Christian Country, Praise and Worship, Urban Praise, Spanish Christian stations and more. If you only hear “church music” you’re not looking very hard…more like not at all.
Is this the perfect format? No but it has a lot to offer. I love every day I’m in that studio with Amy. With a few exceptions, this is a great audience that’s no different than any other. They want to know you, love and live their faith alongside you. Most important, this format is starving for good talent.
The 46th Annual Gracie Awards Set For Next Tuesday Hosted By Actress And Comedian Lauren Ash
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2021 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation will present the 46th Annual Gracie Awards hosted by actress and comedian Lauren Ash (left), the virtual event will feature can’t miss performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans (below left), and honor the previously announced 46th Gracie Award winners on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 PM ET/PT. CeCe Winans will perform “Never Lost” - Jewel will perform “No More Tears” and "You Were Meant For Me"
Presenters include Adam Rodriguez who will present to Caitriona Baife. ● Angela Yee will present to Selenis Leyva and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan ● Beth Behrs and Tichina Arnold will present to This Is Us ● Candice Patton will present to Sara Sidner ● Charissa Thompson will present to Erin Andrews ● Devery Jacobs will present to SciGirls ● Gabriel Iglesias will present to Gina Brillon ● Hailie Sahar will present to Between the World & Me ● Judge Judith Sheindlin will present to Robin Roberts ● Kandi Burrus will present to Hoda Kotb & Jenna Bush Hager and Morgan Radford ● Kelly Hu will present to Mobituaries: Anna May Wong - Death of a Trailblazer ● Marin Hinkle will present to Eve Lindley and Shannon Thornton ● Marla Gibbs will present to Black-ish ● Medalion Rahimi will present to The Estelle Show and Julie Anne Robinson ● Omose Ighodaro.
The AWM Foundation & Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarship will present to Recipient to Mrs. America ● Paula Madison and Dr. Imani Walker will present to Lindsay Czarniak and DeDe McGuire ● Yvette Nicole Brown will present to Kelly Clarkson, Alexa Mansour and Aliyah Royale
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ALT 92.3 Morning Co-Host Corey B To Box Paulie Malignaggi In 'Official Celebrity Boxing Miami'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2021 –– This Saturday, October 2, Corey will box two-time super lightweight and welterweight world champion and Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi (shown bellow) as part of the “Official Celebrity Boxing Miami” at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.
The10-fight event will also feature two-time world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, two-time NBA world champion/reality TV star Lamar Odom, MMA superstar Kimbo Slice Jr., reality television stars Prince (Love & Hip Hop Miami), Pauly Paul (Siesta Key), and Nat D (Mob Wives), social media superstars Holy God, Strikes, and Sebastian.
Official Celebrity Boxing reigning champions Hazel Roche, James Salvey, and Josh Colon, Women of Celebrity Boxing’s Stefanie Baldassarra and Maria Escobar, Florida’s very own Carlton Washington, Byson Clutch, and John Hickey, and special guest referee Bitcoin Rodney.
“I’ve been in pillow fights that hit harder than Paulie,” said Corey." Yikes! TOP PHOTO/Facebook
Ryan Seacrest Inks New 3-Year Extension With iHeartMedia Through December 31st, 2025
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced today that it has signed a new contract with Ryan Seacrest, the nationally-celebrated media and entertainment entrepreneur, radio/television host and producer. The three-year contract extends through December 31, 2025, during which time Seacrest will celebrate 30 years as one of the most recognized and respected names not just within iHeartMedia, but throughout the entire media and entertainment industry.
Seacrest first started his career as a teenager with iHeartMedia in Atlanta at 94.1 WSTR (FM) before going on to work in Los Angeles at 98.7, which eventually led to other radio and hosting opportunities. Since then, Seacrest has built a reputation as one of media’s most trusted voices, cultivating a genuine connection – and powerful relationships – with consumers, advertisers, and America’s biggest stars, and is a true brand ambassador for iHeartMedia.
Under the agreement, Seacrest will continue in his role as one of the core personalities across all iHeartRadio platforms, hosting and producing his #1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, the nationally-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.” Seacrest will also continue to work closely with both Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler,providing input into the company’s major initiatives and hosting several tentpole events, including the iconic two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival; New York City’s annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball holiday concert with today’s top artists performing their #1 hits; and more.
“Continuing my relationship with iHeartMedia was a no-brainer,” said Seacrest. “Thirty years speed by when you love what you do. I get to live out my dream every day by interacting with our listeners and hearing their stories. Thank you to Bob and Rich and the entire iHeartMedia team for continuing to support us and grow with us. And a special thank you to my on-air crew, the best team in radio, for making the show work seamlessly every day.”
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Sam Riddle, Famed KHJ 'Boss Jock' And ‘Star Search’ Producer, Passes Away At 83
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2021 –– Sam Riddle, popular host on the iconic “Boss Radio” KHJ/LA of the 1960s who went on to produce the Ed McMahon-hosted TV talent show Star Search, has passed away at 83. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Riddle died Monday at his home in Palm Desert after a battle with Lewy body dementia, a publicist announced.
Riddle, a Texas native. started out in L.A. radio on KRLA and jumped to KFWB before landing at KHJ-93, where he became one of the founding jocks behind the “Boss Radio” format, as well as its legendary surveys (left).
Riddle was born on Dec. 12, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas. His stepfather, Sam Hand, who owned a dairy farm and advertised in local radio, helped get Riddle his first job on the radio at age 16. He served in the Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam War and worked as a jock for stations in Arizona and San Diego before coming to Los Angeles.
93 KHJ served as a backdrop throughout the film 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, including the shown billboard. Riddle, shown second from right, aired along fellow radio legends such as Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele and others - PHOTO/screengrab
FEATURE: 'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On Audacy's 'The Julia Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp 33's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature titled, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take Julia Lepidi, host of Audacy's National Top 40 'The Julia Show', which airs from B96 Chicago. She tells Jockline, "I’ve wanted to be on the radio since I was a kid. My mom was a dedicated morning radio listener and it was something I’d look forward to every morning. So, right after high school, I went to Specs Howard, a broadcasting school in Detroit and started interning immediately for WDVD-FM's Blaine Fowler.
Julia added, "When the internship concluded, I went over to Audacy’s then top 40 station “98.7 AMP Radio, Detroit and did promotions for a few years while making it very known of my desire to be on air. So I’d stalk the jocks, make demos, and eventually got to track Sunday mornings 7-10am and it all just very quickly kept evolving. A month later that turned into overnights, 3 months later, I was filling in for the full time jocks, 5 months later I was offered nights which I did for 3 years and loved. That’s where I found my voice, brand, and honed my skill as a lead. I was promoted to host mornings, however the station ended up flipping 5 months later. Then, just 4 days later I was on the phone with Todd Cavanah - PD of B96 - and within a month I moved to Chicago to host nights on B96 beginning in January 2019. In April 2020 I was promoted to afternoon drive. In September of last year I was back in the office, and I was offered to, in addition to B96, do afternoons on KISS in Milwaukee, then it was weekends in LA, then Middays in LA."
This past July, “The Julia Show” was syndicated across 15 of the company’s top 40 stations. As if this weren't enough, she also airs on “The Church of Lazlo" show which originates from Audacy's ALT 96.5 in Kansas City and is syndicated in Las Vegas, Dallas and Detroit.
As for her rise from intern to national host, she gives credit to Tim Rainey (Rayne) and Ian Richards. "Rayne never hesitated on taking a shot on me when I literally had no experience, which is still wild to me. I always think back to some of the air checks I’d have with Ian and how he’s really the person who helped shape me. Of course, Audacy's. Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley, and Brian Kelly are the ones who heard me when I’d loudly daydreamed about the insane heights I wanted my career to go to and never hesitated to help bring it to fruition."
Meanwhile, is there someone you feel will be part of radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
Ringo Starr To Call In To 102.9 WMGK-FM For 1000th Broadcast of Breakfast With the Beatles
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s legendary Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM Philadelphia will broadcast its 1000th episode Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. It will include a special appearance by Ringo Starr. The program, hosted and produced by MGK veteran air talent, Andre Gardner, has been on the air for the past two decades. The two-hour, weekly show does a deep dive into the music and behind the scenes moments of the most influential band in rock history.
This week’s program will be expanded to four hours and air from 7am to 11am, to accommodate additional music, interviews including a call-in from Ringo Starr, and live phone calls from fans. “Here I am, about to feature my 1000th Breakfast with The Beatles Sunday show, and what a ride it’s been,” said Gardner. “I’ve had the honor of interviewing Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Patti Boyd, Olivia Harrison, and a host of people who’ve been a part of The Beatles’ world. I’ve world-premiered tracks from all four Beatles, both individually and collectively and, perhaps best of all, I’ve made so many wonderful friends along the way.” He added, “It’s still such a joy to produce a new Breakfast with The Beatles every week, and I’m so grateful I passed the audition for 102.9 MGK!”
“We call Andre our Baron of the Beatles for his boundless knowledge and passion,” said WMGK Program director Bill Weston. “It’s a joy to hear every week during Breakfast with the Beatles.” Andre Gardner’s Breakfast with the Beatles airs on Sunday mornings at 7am on 102.9 WMGK and worldwide on www.wmgk.com.
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Close Up Look At The Joey & Lauren Show Boise
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021 –– In the spirit of Morning Show Boot Camp's recent 'Talent On The Rise' session, we created a new feature for Jockline, 'Backstage At Boot Camp.' A place, like Boot Camp, that puts some of radio's next generation of stars center stage. While our backstage is figurative, the talent are very real. Take The Joey & Lauren Show - hosted by Joey & Lauren Jenkins, a married couple who host mornings at My 102.7 KZMG in Boise and also heard on The Q106.7/KIRQ, an affiliate in Twin Falls.The show started in a very interesting way. Joey has been in radio for many years, 12 of which he worked exclusively in sports radio. While working for an ESPN affiliate in Boise, ID, the CEO made the decision to flip formats and asked Joey if he would like to make the jump over to the pop station in the radio group and host mornings. So he said yes! Then the GM told him that they wanted to bring on his wife, Lauren to co-host. Lauren tells Jockline, "Joey's jaw literally dropped. That was a complete shock to both of us as I had zero radio experience. Joey was all in and so excited - but it took some convincing for me. After meeting with the PD, CEO, and GM, I made the decision to jump in, and the rest was history! That was 3 1/2 years ago, now with one with one affiliate and more on the way.
Jl: I'm told to succeed as a married team you have to try sounding like two individuals who just happen to be married? Is that your approach? Lauren: yes and no. For us, we don’t “try” to sound one way or another, we truly are just 100% ourselves with everything that we do. Yes, we are married, but we grew up together and have known each other over half our lives, so there is so much natural comfortability and chemistry that shines through. We were friends for years before becoming a couple, and I feel that our relationship has always been fun, honest, and we truly are uniquely ourselves without having to try to showcase that we’re married (And hey, Joey was in the friend-zone for many years, so that was a great start lol!)Joey: Oh I totally agree with that. You have to find the perfect balance. No one wants to listen to the honeymooners, but don’t be afraid to share real life stuff ... Chemistry is everything when it comes to a good show, and a good marriage should have good chemistry, but our show doesn’t revolve around our relationship, which I think is a good thing.
JL: Where do you see the Joey & Lauren Show in the years ahead? J&L - Our hope is to grow the Joey & Lauren family, while also raising our family in Boise. Our show is not hyper-local content but has had great success, which we believe is a recipe to help other stations and markets that don’t have the budget or time to put together a morning show. We know that podcasting and social media is a huge part of the future, and we are just as focused on that as we are a morning show. Oh and a pickleball court in our backyard one day (hey, we can dream, right?!)
Meanwhile, is there someone you feel will be part of radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - A Closer Look At Of Some Of Radio's Next Generation Of Stars
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's up and coming hosts, say hello to Janda, co-host of The Seaver & Janda Show on Hubbard's WDRV-FM/97.1 (shown right). Janda got her start in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She began by answering phones for the Allan Handelman Show on classic rocker WRFX, then worked her way onto a local music specialty show. Her first paid airshift was at WEND in Charlotte, which was launched in 1995 with PD Jack Daniel at the helm. It was Jack that gave her my first shot on the air. After WEND I went to WAVFCharleston, where I worked with Rob Cressman, who is now the PD at WDRV-FM in Chicago. After Charleston she went to KNDD Seattle, then to Soundbreak in LA where she was hired by MTV VJ Mark Goodman, then at KCRW LA. Cressman brought her to The Drive in 2018.
For a closer look, we asked: JL So you're on from 2-7 pm and there's obviously more music. How are you able to blend your own content with the music. J: My co-host Seaver and I do several features on our show that are very local to Chicago, including a trivia game every weeknight. We live in a great city and there is always something going on here that our listeners can get excited about.
JL: How much does Social Media play into your brand beyond the show? J: Social media is important because it gives the ability to add a visual layer to what I'm doing every day on the air, and because it gives our listeners a chance to join the conversation. I like to have fun with it.
JL: Tell us about your podcast. J: My podcast is called Behind The Song. It's a music history podcast about classic rock song lyrics launched in 2018, and a new episode drops every two weeks. It was nominated for a Marconi Award, and is currently sponsored by DuPage Credit Union. It averages around 30,000 downloads per month, with an accompanying Youtube channel with video episodes. It is a labor of love and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.
JL: Where do you see your future taking you? J: I don't have a crystal ball but I'd love to grow as the station grows, while expanding my podcast to live shows and full-scale productions. I like to try new things with storytelling!
Meanwhile, is there someone in your midst that you feel will be part of radio's next generation of stars? Let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
Randy Lane - Complaints Are A Good Thing…Usually
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2021 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog, he points to his recent to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Specifically, the panel 'Managing Content In A PC-Driven World.
Panelist included: Cumulus OM Atlanta and VP of Contemporary Programming, Louie Diaz who shared that he screens many Bert Show complaints by responding to them himself. It was also pointed out that most complainers can be diffused by simply thanking them for their feedback. We are living in a PC-sensitive period where complaints can quickly blow up to the thousands on social media -- just ask Kiss 108 Boston’s Matt Siegel. Lane says, The highly polarized audience today is easily offended. Management often overreacts or flips out over one or two random talent complaints. Air personalities often get reprimanded or cautioned to never let it happen again.
"Conversely, there is truth to the idea that if a show isn’t receiving any complaints, it’s not connecting and creating audience reaction," says Lane. "That may be a bigger issue than complaints. As managers, it’s important to know who the complaints are coming from and which ones to take seriously. Irrelevant Complaints There’s a segment of the population that loves to complain about anything. Their grievances are typically petty, random, and non-specific"
" Most complaints are not coming from fans, they are generally coming from satellite P3 and P4 listeners," says Lane. "Also, be wary of aggressive competitors who launch complaints to get your station to react irrationally. Handling Complaints Always listen to the audio so you can be 100% accurate in your assessment. The complainer may have misheard what was said or heard it on a competing show. Only share legitimate complaints with talent that could hurt their brand, ratings, or station revenue."
In rare situations that blow up to hundreds or thousands of complaints, advise talent to address it on-air. "Air personalities can effectively rally their fans by playing back on-air petty grievances or by reading social media posts. When talent responds to a complaint, the listener is not only appeased, but they are usually thrilled!"
Lane closes by saying, "The internet has sped up awareness and acceptance of many social issues. What was once considered funny is now offensive."
AQ3 - What Talent Said About Life Since Covid - 'Everyone Was Impacted - Especially Women'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021 –– Hundreds joined yesterday for Fred Jacobs AQ3 webinar which tracked input from over 600 air personalities, producers and more on the state of radio their perspective since Covid. In case you missed it, see details below for yet another look. Jacobs blogged recently that the radio business, like most industry sectors doesn't have a “census.” There's no way of knowing how many jobs were lost in 2020 (and 2019) due toCOVID and other “reductions in force” that aren't coming back.
Jacobs said his first conclusion is that at a time when if you asked leadership at the competition – Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc. – to name broadcast radio's “secret sauce,” he bet that personalities would be at or near the top of their checklists. "Yet talent in radio is a shrinking breed at a time when the industry needs to recapture attention and buzz. And respect," he lamented.
Jacobs added, "And of course, everyone on the air is impacted – especially women. This was made clear during his first unveiling of findings from the third annual AQ3, the air talent study during Morning Show Boot Camp held earlier this month in Chicago.
The data also identified that women are losing ground at radio stations all over the U.S. – in all sized markets and companies. The #MeToo movement seems to have lost some momentum, said Jacobs. Similarly, on the question of whether women have as good a chance advancing on the air as men, the degree of agreement is lower than what we saw back in 2019 in AQ2.
If you missed the original presentation, or yesterdays webinar from Jacobs Media, - CLICK HERE For another look.
Fred Jacobs: It's Important For Radio To Showcase 'Its Up And Comers And Rising Stars'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– Fitting nicely with today's first 'Backstage At Boot Camp' feature is Fred Jacob's latest blog: 'Is Radio Ready For the Next Big Thing?" Jacobs asks, "Ever hear of Intern John? How about that hot morning duo, Kelly & Wood? (see story above). Or that nighttime sensation, Greg Beharrell? Unless you're an avid reader of the trades and follow talent very closely, chances are good these names have been flying below your radio radar. But at the recent Morning Show Boot Camp, the very last session on the agenda was “Radio's Rising Stars,” ('Talent on The Rise) moderated by WDRV/Chicago's head of programming, Rob Cressman. They shared their stories and talked about their career paths. It is one of the few panels in all of radio that celebrates new talent. Now to be fair, Joel Denver showcases “Ria's Rising Stars” at his conference, while Conclave salutes up and coming young radio broadcasters. Until it was sidelined by COVID, Dan Vallie's “National Radio Talent System” (now owned by the RAB) offered education to young, fledgling students of radio. And there are other celebrations of young radio personalities. But for the most part, radio is an industry that is more likely to celebrate its past than its future.
Jacobs says, "There's cause for hope, especially if you attended Morning Show Boot Camp. Despite the COVID rollercoaster, several hundred attendees bravely made the trek to Chicago to commune with their tribe. And while I didn't take a census, it's a young, enthusiastic crowd of excited radio practitioners, despite all the negativity that surrounds this industry, from layoffs to increasing responsibilities, often without commensurate compensation."
But it's not just listeners. Our three AQ studies of on-air personalities in 2018, 2019, and this year, show the average age of talent steadily moving northward: 47, 48, and 50 years-old in the three surveys. And as the trades dutifully report – week in and week out – many of radio's best known personalities are hanging up their headphones and moving into their retirement years. Or passing away. READ BLOG HERE
HONORS: DeDe McGuire Honored With MIW Airblazer Award At MSBC33
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2021 –– DeDe McGuire, host of the Compass Media syndicated, "DeDe in the Morning" show was the recipient of this year's 2021 MIW Airblazer Award.
Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, in conjunction with “Morning Show Boot Camp” (MSBC), annually honors an on-air talent for their dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities they serve.
Shown above is MIW Board Member, Lindsay Adams (L), Vice President National Partnerships, Integrated for Audacy, who presented DeDe with the 7th annual MIW Airblazer Award at MSBC on August 12th in Chicago. Prior recipients of the MIW Airblazers award include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, visit www.RadioMIW.com.
Charese Fruge With A Close-Up Look At MSBC33
By Charese Fruge
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2021 –– (Reprinted with permission from AllAccess) - For those of you who have never attended Talentmasters' Annual Morning Show Boot Camp Conference, you should know that it’s one of the best in the business. Most attendees are talent on any level, and they all have a lot in common. They all get up at God awful hours to prep for a show where they basically live their lives on the radio in order to relate to and entertain those who are living normal lives.
There are genuine relationships and networks where talent help and hope for one another’s success. Like most industries, there are some politics, but there isn’t a lot of ass kissing and sucking up to the boss at this convention because most of the bosses aren’t in attendance.
Despite the concerns of the rise of the Covid Variant, the turnout was still really good, and this year, there were a lot of “first time boot campers,” and a lot of new faces. That was a good sign, and a good energy boost for the conference since the radio business continues to struggle with the “old school” mentality and the dominance of the “usual suspects” in positions of power and influence. It’s good to know that despite the massive layoffs, lack of diversity, low pay, and inability to grow unless you fit into a certain mold, are not discouraging Millennials and Gen Zers to work in the radio industry. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE
PHOTO/L-R: Charese Fruge, Hot 99.5 Washington DC’s Riley Couture , nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Phoenix, Rock 95 Chicago’s Angi Taylor, Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s Holly O’Connor, Audacy Chicago’s Julia Lepidi, KOIT’s Joey Fortman - Special thanks to AllAccess' Joel Denver for his continued support and coverage on this year's event.
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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