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State Theatre New Jersey & Beasley Announce The Naming Of Its Beasley Media Group Green Room
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– State Theatre New Jersey announced the naming of its Green Room to the “Beasley Media Group Green Room” as part of the theater’s Next Stage Campaign. This naming commemorates Beasley Media Group’s commitment to the arts community and longtime support of State Theatre New Jersey, which is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Season.
State Theatre’s Next Stage Campaign, which began in August 2020, included extensive renovations to help preserve the theater’s rich history while continuing to serve the community as a state-of-the-art cultural center far into the future. The renovations, which were completed in October 2021, included newly renovated lobbies, all new restrooms, upgraded HVAC systems, a new elevator for access to all levels, brand-new theater seats, and renovations to the backstage area, including the green room.
The green room is traditionally a lounge space in theaters for artists to relax before, during, and after their performances, as well as greet guests. The green room has hosted countless stars of theater, music, dance, and movies over the course of State Theatre’s 100 years.
“We are delighted to honor our partnership with Beasley Media Group with this Green Room naming,” said Sarah Chaplin, State Theatre New Jersey President & CEO. “The Beasley Media Group Green Room will serve as the theater’s premiere backstage lounge for artists and performers for many years to come.”
“We are honored and thrilled with the naming of the Beasley Media Group Green Room in the historic and beautiful State Theatre New Jersey,” said Dan Finn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “Congratulations to the State Theatre on the success of the Next Campaign and for celebrating the recent milestone of 100 years of live entertainment.” Photos/State Theatre New Jersey
Former WPLJ-FM Morning Show Producer Joe Pardavila Shares Bevy Of Celebrity Tales In New Book
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– Former WPLJ-FM Producer of The Scott & Todd Show, Joe Pardavila has penned a new book: 'Good Listen' - The Secrets Behind Creating Compelling Conversation and Powerful Podcasts. According to Page 6, among the many highlights includes how actress Jennifer Aniston once went out of her way to make him look good by taking pity on 'the lowly radio worker' and granted him an interview after he was shut down by her bodyguard, Joe Pardavila recalls in his new book.
He shared that back in 1997, he was sent to track her down on the set of “Picture Perfect” for an exclusive interview. However, as he approached her trailer in Midtown Manhattan, her bodyguard immediately stopped him. “He saw me and sensed what I was about to do. He made a beeline straight for me,” he claims in his book. “Holding up my radio mic, I said in my most soothing and innocent tone, ‘Hey, I only want to ask Jennifer a couple of questions, that’s all.’ The guard let me know that wasn’t going to happen. His tone was neither soothing nor innocent.”
Joe Pardavila recalled the moment she later called the station and told him they could talk in the morning. Aniston had her assistant call the front desk at PLJ to say Jennifer felt badly about what happened. Better yet, she’d be happy to do an interview with the morning show.”
She “talked for twenty minutes with us about the movie she was making, her time on ‘Friends,’ everything you’d want to talk about with Jennifer Aniston,” he wrote.
“Friends” shot Aniston to stardom after it premiered in 1994. The show aired its last episode 10 years later. Pardavila’s book includes a number of celebs’ tales, including ones about Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and John Mayer.
Mark Hamilton Adds Brand Manager Duties At 103.5 Dave-FM San Francisco And 94/7 Alternative Portland
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– Audacy has named Mark Hamilton brand manager of 105.3 Dave FM (KITS-FM) in San Francisco and 94.7 Alternative Portland (KNRK-FM), effective immediately. He will continue to serve as Operations Manager of Audacy Portland.
“Since Dave FM launched in October, Mark has successfully led the station’s initial programming charge, and we’re thrilled to officially expand his role as brand manager,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy San Francisco and Sacramento.
“We’re equally as excited to have him return to 94/7 as Brand Manager in Portland and have him implement his leadership and expertise to bolster KNRK,” added Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “I’m so excited for this opportunity in both markets,” said Hamilton. “Let’s go!”
Hamilton joined the company in November 1988 as midday personality and assistant program director of Live 105 in San Francisco. In 1995, Hamilton transitioned to Portland to program KNRK, a position he held until September 2020. He picked up additional programming duties in 2010, taking the reins of sister station 97.1 Charlie (KYCH-FM).
Danny Marang Takes Middays On 1080 The Fan Portland
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 ––Audacy announced the addition of Danny Marang as midday show co-host for 1080 The Fan (KFXX-AM) in Portland. Marang will join longtime station host Dusty Harrah on “Danny and Dusty,” weekdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT effective immediately.
“Danny brings a rich breadth of experience covering this area’s sports scene, and we’re pleased to team him up with Dusty Harrah for the launch of a brand-new midday show,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “Together, Danny and Dusty will deliver fresh, entertaining and informative content to carry our listeners through their workdays.”
“To be able to work at 1080 The Fan is the culmination of over a decade of blood, sweat and tears,” said Marang. “That I get this opportunity isn’t lost on me – but that I get this opportunity with Dusty and a host of others that I’ve known and worked with or alongside for so long really is something I never thought possible. I can’t wait to see what we can build together.”
Marang is a 10-year Portland media veteran who also hosts Jacked Ramsays, a Portland Trail Blazers-focused podcast alongside 1080 The Fan morning show host Brandon Sprague. Marang previously served as host of Trail Blazers pregame and postgame shows on NBC Sports Northwest and a writer for SB Nation website “Blazers Edge.” He also served as an operations intelligence officer in the United States Air Force.
Nick Jordan Lands Afternoons And APD Posts At B93.9 Raleigh
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– iHeart Raleigh has named Nick Jordan as its new Afternoon Show Host and Assistant Program Director for B93.9. Jordan will report to Trevor Morini, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh and A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte and Raleigh.
“From the first time I spoke to Nick about this position, I knew we found someone special,” said Morini. “His passion for community-driven radio and eagerness to get out in front of our listeners and clients is going to take B93.9 to new heights!”
“We are extremely pleased to have Nick join the iHeartMedia Raleigh programming team,” said A.J. “His passion for music and entertainment is like no other and I am thrilled about what he will bring to the Raleigh community as we build the next chapter of B93.9.”
Jordan brings over six years of experience to his new role. He most recently served as Afternoon Show Host and Digital Content Assistant for Q92 in Canton, OH. In addition, he previously served as an On-Air Talent for Candy 95 in College Station, TX.
“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to work for such an amazing company,” said Jordan. “I can’t wait to be part of the continued growth of B93.9, while working alongside some of the most talented people in the business. Thanks to the entire iHeartMedia senior leadership team for this opportunity. I am excited for what we have in store.”
Ken Charles Announces He's Stepping Down As Brand Manager For KNX LA And Format VP For Audacy
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– As we scrolled our Facebook page yesterday, this post from our longtime friend Ken Charles quickly grabbed our attention, and surely many, many others.
Charles posted: "So I did this today………. This is one of the hardest emails I have ever written. I've made the difficult professional and personal decision not to renew my contract and am stepping down as Brand Manager for KNX and Format VP for Audacy."
He continued, "It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the 102 year history of KNX and to lead this amazing group of professionals. I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together. We've covered every type of story imaginable, fires, earthquakes, a global pandemic, protests in the streets, two of the most intense elections ever, a Dodgers World Series victory, a Lakers NBA championship, the Rams first LA Super Bowl title (sorry Kings) and so many more."
"We celebrated KNX's 100th anniversary and won the first two national Edward R. Murrow awards in the station's 54 year all-news history. We've evolved the station’s sound, grown our ratings, expanded our digital footprint and become a leader in the company. Finally, we moved KNX to the FM dial and became KNX News 97.1 FM."
He thanked KNX News Director, Julie Chin, who he says, "none of the above happens without Julie's help, counsel, insight, friendship and hard work. Charles says, "I can assure you there are more great things ahead for KNX. My last day will be 7/22 so we’re not done yet!!"
Danie And Kevin Launch Podcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– Former Power 95.3 Orlando morning radio hosts Danie and Kevin are back and they are doing it on their own terms. “Their popular radio show recently ended abruptly in Orlando as a result of a station sale. As a result, Danie and Kevin are launching their own podcast which is debuting (July 5th) on YouTube in video form and available July 13th on Apple, Google, iHeart, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are heard.
Danie and Kevin will release fresh podcast episodes every Wednesday and Friday. Will Calder, former Power 95.3 Program Director says, “Our job is to make people feel something, and Danie and Kevin make people feel something special every day. They will be huge in the podcast space as their daily content is sorely missed.”
Since their departure from radio, Danie and Kevin have seen an outpouring of love from the local Orlando community whereby even morning show competitor, Johnny Magic, offered a shout-out to them the day after they signed off. Speaking of former competitors, Danie and Kevin just hosted their very own Fourth of July holiday mix airing on iHeartRadio’s 104.5 the Beat in Orlando. iHeartRadio’s Program Director D. Strong says, “I’ve had my eyes on them for a while and when I found out they were available, I knew I had to get them on the Beat! They represent the culture, and the chemistry between them is a match made perfect for the airwaves!”
For more info, contact Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776 or email@example.com.
PODTRAC: For Week Of June 27 - July 3rd, Downloads Up 71% YOY; 'Science' Showed Strongest Growth
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– In the latest Podtrac tracking for the week of June 27, 2022 to July 3, 2022 downloads were down 1% over the previous week, but up 71% over the corresponding period last year
The Science category showed the strongest week-over-week growth at +4%. The True Crime category showed the weakest week-over-week growth at -12%. The category with strongest growth year-over-year was Health & Fitness at +159%.
U.S. Weekly Podcast Download Growth Download growth for the 52-week period from June 28, 2021 to July 03, 2022 was +71% across all Podtrac measured podcasts. Week-Over-Week U.S. Podcast Download Growth Week-over-week download growth for the week of June 27, 2022 to July 03, 2022 was -1% across all Podtrac measured podcasts.
U.S. Weekly Podcast Download Growth for Top Categories Download growth for the 52-week period from June 28, 2021 to July 03, 2022 was +6% for Arts, +74% for Business, +117% for Comedy, +159% for Health & Fitness, +45% for History, +71% for News, +73% for Science, +59% for Society & Culture, +77% for Sports, and +67% for True Crime. Week-Over-Week U.S. Podcast Download Growth for Top Categories Week-over-week download growth for the week of June 27, 2022 to July 03, 2022 was -5% for Arts, 0% for Business, -1% for Comedy, 0% for Health & Fitness, +1% for History, +1% for News, +4% for Science, -3% for Society & Culture, -6% for Sports, and -12% for True Crime.
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BLOG: The Number Of Times Podcast Listeners Hear An Ad Campaign Is Soaring
THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2022 –– According to Podsights, the average podcast ad frequency has doubled in the past year, reducing podcast conversions. This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group© blog outlines three solutions to the podcast ad frequency problem and explains why brands need to remind the many, not lecture the few.
Podsights reports podcast ad campaign frequency is soaring, causing the proportion of site visits (conversions) and purchase rate to fall. The solution is to grow reach at the expense of frequency Podcasts have audience scale; Podcasts' reach has tripled since 2016 as one-fourth of American persons 18–49 is reached daily.
Three strategies to optimize reach include: Buy more shows and genres than the “obvious” fit; Consult Nielsen’s Scarborough Podcast Buying Power study to find additional shows and genres to purchase; 2) Purchase podcast genres and shows based on reach among category buyers, not index; 3) Spread impressions further down the ranker and buy more than just top shows Take the advice of Erwin Ephron, the father of modern media planning: “Remind the many, don’t lecture the few” Read Blog HERE
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HONORS: The 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame Inductees Announced At Virgin Hotel In Nashville
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony last night, June 30, 2022, at the Virgin Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and an exceptional performance by Lauren Alaina. Many of the honorees praised their mentors and reflected on their journeys by sharing some of their most cherished moments throughout their career. Honored during the event were three off-air radio broadcasters and four on-air radio personalities.
The off-air honorees were Becky Brenner and Barry Mardit, along with 2021 honoree Bob Call, who was unable to attend last year’s event. The on-air honorees were Whitney Allen, Debbie Conner, Cathy Martindale, and Rachael & Grunwald. CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, presented Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito, with the 2022 CRB President’s Award, and CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis presented multi-award-winning artist Trisha Yearwood with the 2022 CRB Artist Achievement Award. A musical tribute featuring Lauren Alaina was held during the evening in honor of Yearwood.
The evening also paid tribute to honorees lost over the past year, who were Ralph Emery (Class of 1989), Eddie Edwards (Class of 2013), and Bob Robbins (Class of 2008). The Country Radio Hall of Fame was made available for viewing worldwide through the PickleJar app and Facebook Livestream.
PHOTO/L to R: Front - Barry Mardit, Steve Grunwald, CRB/CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis, Bob Call. Back - Cathy Martindale, Rachael Hunter, Debbie Conner, Whitney Allen, Becky Brenner Download Here | Photo Credit: Caitlin Harris
Hubbard To Host 2nd Annual 'Welcome Back Boot Camp To Chicago' Event - Here's How To Attend*
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– Hubbard Radio is inviting Morning Show Boot Camp attendees* to our Opening Night Reception on Wednesday, August 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This completely complimentary event will be held at the Hubbard Radio Chicago offices approximately 1 ½ blocks from the Swissotel - Home of the Morning Show Boot Camp 2022. *But you have act fast, attendance is limited & offered on a first-serve-basis.
As you may recall, last year's inaugural event was packed and served as a perfect setup before Thursday morning's kickoff of MSBC 34.
Come try a taste of Chicago featuring deep dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, local bakery items and other local delicacies. Of course, beverages (adult and non-adult alike) will also flow freely. We welcome you to come check out our state-of-the-art studios while mingling with other attendees and meeting Hubbard Brand/Content Directors from our markets, along with senior Hubbard Radio leadership.
As mention, attendance is limited and offered on a first come first serve basis and available to registered Morning Show Boot Camp attendees only so please sign-up ASAP! We do hope to see you there! If you would like to attend the Hubbard Radio Chicago Event, please respond to this message with your RSVP HERE
Rob Anthony Named PD For 100.7 FM WMMS +106.5 The Lake Cleveland
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– iHeart has named Rob Anthony Program Director for 100.7 FM WMMS and 106.5 The Lake Cleveland, effective immediately. He will report to Keith Kennedy, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Cleveland.
“It’s incredible to add Rob’s knowledge and experience to our cluster,” said Kennedy. “Rob has programmed some incredible stations over his career, and we know that the legendary Buzzard (WMMS) and The Lake (WHLK) will be in great hands.”
Anthony joins the Cleveland Metro Region from the iHeartMedia Classic Rock Format Center, where he most recently served as the Executive Producer. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia in Providence, Rhode Island, where he oversaw WHJY, WSNE, WWBB, and WHJJ. Prior to that, he was the Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s clusters in Springfield, Worcester, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts as well as Portsmouth and Manchester, New Hampshire.
“I want to thank the leadership team at iHeartMedia for giving me such an amazing opportunity to program these two amazing stations,” said Anthony. “I mean WMMS; it’s tough to think of a more legendary station! I can’t wait to get to work.”
Seth Resler: Digital Stats PD's Should Know
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THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– In Seth Resler's latest blog he writes that Most Radio Program Directors can tell you what their station's ratings are without batting an eye. But there are a few digital performance metrics that they should also be able to rattle off the top of their head at any given moment. Here they are:
How many visitors does the website get every month? Radio stations should focus on driving traffic to their websites because once listeners are there, you can steer them towards an action that will have an impact on the station's bottom line, such as streaming the station or signing up for the email newsletter.
You will find the number of website visitors in your Google Analytics dashboard (assuming that you've installed Google Analytics). Watch this number over a significant period of time, such as a year, to see if there are any trends. You may notice a seasonality to the number of visitors. You may also find that certain events, such as a big signature concert or promotion, cause a spike in the number of visitors. In general, however, you want this number to trend up.
While you're in Google Analytics, you can find a whole host of other important data points, such as where your website traffic is coming from and what percentage of your visitors are using mobile devices. But the number of monthly visitors is something you should know off the top of your head.
-- How many subscribers in the email database? At Jacobs Media, we often talk about the assets that you own and the assets that you rent. Social media is a rented asset; your email database is one that you own. Rented assets are subject to the whims of a “landlord.” In the case of Facebook, the landlord is the algorithm that controls how many people see posts made by your radio station's Facebook page. The landlord can jack up the rent (change the algorithm) at any time and there's nothing you can do about it.
We saw this a few years ago when Facebook made changes to its algorithm in the wake of Congressional criticism. Suddenly, radio stations were complaining that their Facebook pages were seeing up to a 50% decline in engagement. What could they do? Unfortunately, not much. On the other had, once you capture somebody's email address, you can always reach them again without worrying about the intervention of a “landlord.” That's why we prioritize the growth of your station's email list. Sure, email databases aren't as sexy as Instagram or TikTok, but email is still a reliable marketing workhorse. You should always know how many people have signed up for your email list. You'll find this number by logging into the backend of your email service provider (Mail-chimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, etc.). Your email service provider may offer a mobile app that you can install on your smartphone so this number is available at your fingertips.
-- How much is my radio station being streamed? One of the most important digital actions you can encourage people to take is to stream the station. After all, this number affects the ratings which, in turn, affects revenue. Just like terrestrial listening, there are really two important numbers here: cume and time spent listening. In other words: How many people started the stream? And how long did they listen? You will get these numbers from your streaming service provider.
–– How many people are using my radio station's mobile app? Mobile AppGetting listeners to download and use your station's mobile app should be another tier one goal of your digital strategy. Time and time again, we find that the more stations promote their apps on the air, the more they are used by the audience. The key metric here, however, is not the number of times the app has been downloaded — after all, how many apps do you have on your phone that you never use? — but how many “session starts” your app gets. You will find this number in your Google Analytics/Firebase backend. A few short decades ago, radio stations had only two metrics they could measure: the ratings and the revenue. Now, we have dozens of data points, from retweets to podcast downloads to Instagram comments. It's easy to think that just because we can quantify something, it's important; but some of the data points have a much bigger impact on the success of a station's digital strategy than others. The four above are arguably the most important, and every PD should know them off the top of their head. Author Recent Posts Seth Resler Digital Dot Connector at Jacobs Media Strategies
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Steve Goldstein: Visualizing Your Podcast Audience
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– Steve Goldstein writes in today's 'Blogstein,' If you work in podcasting, it can be difficult to visualize how big your audience is. Sitting in a recording studio, or these days in the laundry room or closet, it can be easy to lose track of the size and value of the audience. In my previous life as co-founder of a publicly traded broadcast company, the name of the game was rating points, which over time became more valuable and harder to come by. We worked with our air personalities on several growth-related initiatives. At the top of list was ensuring that we were maximizing every talk break with valuable, funny, interesting and compelling content.
If you have ever stood in front of a crowd of 3,000, you can feel the adrenaline flowing and the nerves pulsing wanting to make things just right. Our goal was make the stakes clear, minus the nerves. What made this more real for many air staff members was showing audiences of various sizes. What does a group of 2,000, 10,000, or 50,000 listeners look like? When you see how big your following is and think about them right in front of you, it changes how you prep In podcasting, there is a tension between colloquial informality and the need to be efficient with people’s time.
Goldstein says, Visualizing the audience makes a big difference. When you see how big your following is and think about them right in front of you, it changes how you prep and present. It forces you to be more relevant, more interesting, and more engaged. It sets you up to be better and earn what matters most - your listener’s limited time. If someone passed this blog on to you, get your very own. READ ENTIRE POST HERE
SYNDICATION: Life With Lindsay Moves To 7PM-Midnight Slot On 98.3 WCCQ-FM In Chicago Area
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– United Stations Media Networks announced that Lindsay Cochrane and her daily daypart program known as “Life With Lindsay” has earned an upgrade in the on-air lineup of Alpha Media’s 98.3 WCCQ, covering the Chicago area. Lindsay had been airing overnights since joining the staff of that radio in September of 2020, and now she moves to evenings effective today, July 5th.
Lindsay Cochrane is a nationally known radio personality, television actress and broadcast entrepreneur, whose lifestyle entertainment Radio program, “Life With Lindsay” airs coast to coast in the U.S. as well as in Alaska. Her material, which is designed primarily for Country Music radio stations, is provided to radio affiliates as voice track segments allowing affiliates to schedule their own music and to create their own format structure for the show. Find her on social media: @Lindsayyonair.
Lindsay Cochrane added, “I’m so excited and grateful to Todd Boss and the whole Alpha Media Team for believing in Life with Lindsay and giving me the opportunity to be heard each night as part of a strong radio brand like WCCQ. I can’t wait to connect to the night audience in the WCCQ listening area… 2022, let’s go!”
HRN Media Brings MLB Player Carlos Baerga to Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2022 –– HRN Media Networks announced a new daily feature hosted by former major league baseball player, Carlos Baerga. The 90-second feature, Are You Ready to Play Ball with Carlos Baerga and Legends from Yesterday and Today, includes baseball analytics and interviews with elite players. Baerga has played for several major league baseball teams and is best-known for his eight seasons as shortstop for the Cleveland Indians. He was named to the All-Star team three times and awarded two Silver Slugger awards during his tenure with the Indians.
“Carlos is an energetic and dynamic sports figure, who will entertain listeners,” stated Clark Logan, President of HRN Media Networks. “Baseball is the most popular American sport among Hispanics, and Carlos’s insights about the game and the top-name players that will join him will engage sports fans.”
“I am excited to launch my Hispanic radio career with the HRN Network and talk about my favorite topic… baseball,” commented Baerga. “Listeners will get behind-the-scenes stories from the elite players we’re going to have on as guests. I can’t wait to get started.”
For more information on Are You Ready to Play Ball with Carlos Baerga and Legends from Yesterday and Today, stations may contact Jimmy Perez at (786) 282-8472 or jimmy.perez
Joey Tack Takes Mornings On WIVK-FM 107.7 in Knoxville
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus has named Joey Tack for Mornings on WIVK-FM 107.7 in Knoxville, TN. The appointment is effective July 11, 2022, and represents a homecoming for Tack, who spent 15 years with Knoxville Rhythmic Top 40 station WKHT-FM/Hot 104.5 in on-air and Program Director positions. A search is currently underway for a co-host for the new morning show.
Tack was most recently Assistant Program Director and Morning Show Host at Country station WLHK-FM/97.1 Hank FM in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to that, he was Program Director and Midday Host of Country-formatted KNCI-FM in Sacramento, CA, He was also on-air at Quad Cities, IA-IL, Country station WLLR-FM and the former WHTS-FM in Quad Cities.
Tack currently serves the Country radio industry as Chairman of the CRS Agenda Committee for the 2023 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Ken Salyer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Knoxville, said: “Joey Tack will bring a fresh and innovative sound to WIVK’s morning show that carries the WIVK legend forward and into the future. We think listeners will love what they hear.”
Tack remarked: “I couldn’t be more excited to return home to East Tennessee to join the legendary WIVK and create great Country radio for WIVK’s passionate morning audience. Summer is getting hotter on WIVK, starting July 11th – I can’t wait to get started.”
Jason Carr Named SVP/Prog. For iHeart West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– iHeartMedia West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast has named Jason Carr Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. Additionally, he will serve as Program Director for 98.7 The Gater and Real Radio 92.1. He will report to Mark McCauley, Market President for iHeartMedia West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast.
“We’re excited to bring Jason back home,” said McCauley. “Jason’s market experience in Cleveland and his experience and familiarity of the West Palm Beach and Treasure Coast markets make him a great fit to grow our heritage brands and take them to new heights.”
Carr is being elevated from his previous role at iHeartMedia Cleveland, OH where he served as Program Director of 100.7 WMMS and 106.5 The Lake. He has been employed by iHeartMedia for over 15 years.
“I’m pumped to get in the trenches with this outstanding programming team,” said Carr. “Managing a heritage rock brand like 98.7 The Gater will be a treat. Working alongside world class talent like WOLL’s Mo & Sally will be a treasure. My wild ride of a career started at Real Radio 92.1 and all these year later it is bringing me back to the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. To say I’m excited is an understatement!”
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After 36 Years, KQRS Minneapolis' Tom Barnard To Air Final Show On December 23rd
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– On yesterday's show, KQRS Minneapolis venerable morning show host and Radio Hall of Famer Tom Barnard announced that he will end his run on the Cumulus outlet with his final morning broadcast on Friday, December 23, 2022. Barnard has been a fixture on KQRS since 1986.
Barnard, a Minneapolis native, is one of the most popular morning show hosts in America, known for his wry humor and disarming candor. He was recognized for broadcasting excellence in 2006 with a Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year.
Barnard began his radio career in 1971 and has also enjoyed a successful voiceover career. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2018 entered the Pavek Museum, honoring Minnesota Broadcasters.
Brian Philips, Chief Content Officer for Cumulus said: “Hometown hero Tom Barnard has defined morning radio stardom for the better part of many Minnesotans’ lifetimes. He is the mastermind behind tens of thousands of hours of laughter, irreverence and thought-provoking conversation. We thank Tom for the glory he has brought KQRS during his remarkable run.”
After his show, he talked about his decision further on The Tom Barnard Podcast. "I'm leaving, I'm not retiring," Barnard made clear, though he didn't say what will come after his final show two days before Christmas.
Send your best to Tom HERE and listen to his on-air announcement. While Barnard has largely shied away from interviews, WCCO/CBS' Frank Vascellaro did manage to talk with Barnard on a few occasions including this interview when eyed Tom's approach to mornings from his co-host Michelle Tafoya - WATCH HERE
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DJ Bulletproof Draws Night Shift & APD Stripes At iHeart's 103.5 The Beat Miami
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Miami’s 103.5 The Beat has named Keith “DJ Bulletproof” Springer Assistant Program Director and Night Show Personality, effective now. DJ Bulletproof will host “Bulletproof Radio” and broadcast weekday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, beginning July 5. Springer will report to Abdul ‘DJ A-OH’ Hashem, Vice President Hip Hop and R&B Programming Strategy & 103.5 The Beat Miami.
“I’m excited for my brother, DJ Bulletproof, as he takes on his new and well-deserved roles at 103.5 The Beat,” said Hashem. “Bulletproof joined me almost 10 years ago when we relaunched 103.5 The Beat and has truly worked his way up through the ranks.
Bulletproof added, “I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help ‘DJ A-OH’ grow our Miami hip-hop brand. I thank him for bringing me into the fold and being an outstanding team leader. I also want to thank the leadership team at iHeartMedia for believing in my talents and allowing me to bring my local show and energy to nights on 103.5 The Beat.”
“DJ Bulletproof’s promotion is long overdue and much deserved,” said Shari Gonzalez, iHeartMedia Miami Market President. “His connections and deep roots within the South Florida community and entertainment industry makes him an invaluable member of our team. We are very fortunate to have DJ Bulletproof as APD for us in addition to hosting, what I’m sure will be, the best hip hop night show in South Florida.”
STUDY: Canadians Now Outpace Americans & Australians In Podcast Listening
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– Podcast listening among Canadians hits a new high for weekly and monthly habits, according to The Infinite Dial 2022® Canada from Edison Research and Triton Digital®. Forty-three percent of Canadians 18+ listen to podcasts monthly, up five percentage points from 2021, which means that Canadians now outpace Americans (38%) and Australians (40%) for monthly podcast listening.
--- AM/FM radio is still used by most Canadians as an audio source in-car, but has ceded some ground to digital audio sources. Seventy percent of Canadians 18+ who have driven or ridden in a car in the last month have used AM/FM radio in-car, down from 79% in 2021. Nineteen percent of those who have driven or ridden in a car in the last month have used SiriusXM in car, up from 16% last year, and 19% have used online radio in car, up from 17% last year.
--- Podcast consumption in-car remained steady at 20% of those 18+. ----- Twenty-six percent of Canadians who have driven or ridden in a car in the last month have an in-dash entertainment system. -----
--- Seventy-three percent of Canadians age 18+ are monthly online audio listeners, up from 71% last year, and 64% are weekly online audio listeners, up from 61% last year. Twenty-five percent of Canadians listen to AM/FM radio online monthly, up from 21% in 2021
Smart speaker ownership reaches 30% of the Canadian 18+ population, up from 27% in the 2021 study. Those who already own smart speakers are continuing to acquire multiple devices. Twenty-four percent of smart speaker owners own three or more of the devices, up from 16% in 2021, and smart speaker owners in general own an average of two of the devices.
Spotify is the online audio brand Canadians choose most often, but YouTube is gaining ground. Forty percent of Canadians have listened to audio on Spotify in the last month, while 33% have listened to audio on YouTube. The next closest online audio brand is Amazon at 14%.
“Podcast listening has seen some significant growth in Canada this year.” noted Nicole Beniamini, VP at Edison Research. “It seems the new podcast listeners Canada gained during the pandemic not only stayed with the medium, but have become consistent and more frequent listeners.”
Tenderfoot TV And iHeart Debut First Joint Weekly Talk-Format Podcast Series 'Facing Evil' From Sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– When sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile revealed the true story of their dark family history in the hit podcast “Root of Evil” in 2019, the world became invested in their journey for truth. In that series, the sisters traced their family lineage to George Hodel, the prime suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder case. Three years later, Pecoraro and Gentile are back with “Facing Evil,” a new, weekly true-crime show that focuses on different, but equally resonant stories.
From Tenderfoot TV, the creators of “Atlanta Monster'' and “Up and Vanished,” the new series “Facing Evil'' is the first weekly talk-format podcast collaboration with iHeartRadio. Facing Evil” is produced by Tenderfoot TV and iHeartMedia, and distributed by The iHeartPodcast Network. WATCH TRAILER HERE
HITS 96.1 Charlotte Announces Partnership With Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 ––iHeartMedia Charlotte’s HITS 96.1 announced a multi-year partnership with Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. The largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., Levine Children’s Hospital has been named a best children’s hospital by US News & World Report for 15 consecutive years.
Morning show hosts Miguel and Holly will lead the partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital by hosting an annual Radiothon, set for its inaugural event in December. In addition to hosting this fundraiser, HITS 96.1 will also partner on other community driven awareness and fundraising events to benefit children in the community.
“Radio serves as a lifeline for local communities and brings them together for great causes like this,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte. “The Charlotte community always comes together, and this will be no exception. On behalf of Miguel and Holly, HITS 96.1 and everyone at iHeartMedia Charlotte, we are excited to partner with Children’s Hospital later this year. We will be honored to leverage our platform to unite our listeners with this selfless organization to raise money for local kids and make a difference in our community.”
“At Levine Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to supporting 'happily ever after' for all our children,” said Kellie McGregor, Assistant Vice President of Atrium Health Foundation. “We are excited to share their stories of hope through our new partnership with HITS 96.1 and iHeartMedia Charlotte, as we inspire others to give from the heart."
100.3 The Bull Houston Honors Military For July 4th With Over 32,000 Thank You Cards
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– Audacy Houston’s 100.3 The Bull morning show “The Morning Bullpen,” starring George, Mo and Erik, collected 32,793 thank you cards as part of their annual “10k for the Troops” project. Since June 6, the trio has been asking listeners to purchase a thank you card, write a note in it and mail it to the station to deliver to the troops.
“People have lives and we were asking them to do something completely out of their daily routine and that’s hard,” said co-host George Lindsey (shown top right), “but what our service members do for us is even harder.” Throughout the month of June, the team talked to businesses big and small and families local and afar about their efforts to pitch in. “I got to chat with a green beret who told me about a card his platoon received from a young girl,” said co-host Erik Smith. “The girl’s unicorn drawing became the platoon’s mascot. These little things have a big impact.”
In the end, Bull Nation did not disappoint. On Thursday, June 30, “The Morning Bullpen” presented the thank you cards to two local organizations who will assist in the distribution: The Lone Survivor Foundation, an organization founded by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell that honors the warriors that gave their lives in service to our country, and Grammy’s Cookie Convoy, a non-profit that since 2002 have shipped over 313k chocolate chips cookies and notes to service members overseas.
[WATCH] Big 98.7’s Jesse & Amanda Celebrate July 4th With 'Lick It For Tickets' Bit
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2022 –– Jesse James, PD/ MD/ Morning Show Host for Big 98.7 KLTA Fargo says, "We celebrated America the only way we knew how! We waxed Kidney Stone Pat- and turned him into a human Bomb Pop! Yep, Blue legs, we left his big belly alone, it was white enough, and red from the nipples up” -- even his bald head! I did make him wear his Daisy Dukes though…it’s a family show.
Jesse made Amanda and Gordo play 4th of July Fact or Fiction, and each time someone was wrong, they had to lick the Human Bomb Pop! (That’s why I had him waxed, I’m not an animal). Amanda got the worst of that, clocking in with 4 licks! We also took him out to construction zones, clients and even into our own sales meeting…offering tickets to various shows with…wait for it…”Lick it for Tickets”! Big 98.7’s Facebook page…God Bless America! WATCH HERE
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Nielsen: 99% Of The Population Can Be Reached By Audio As We Emerge From Pandemic-Altered Routines
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– The June Audio Today report shows consumption at an all-time high as we emerge from two years of pandemic-altered routines. Audio users are more willing to shop in stores, attend events, work in offices, travel and take on major purchases in the next year.
Among the highlights include the Audio Universe showing 99% of the population can be reached by AUDIO each month (broadcast radio, podcasts, streaming and satellite radio) while broadcast radio alone reaches 93% of adults.
Radio - the original ad-supported audio platform - generates 55% more incremental reach than streaming music, podcasting and satellite radio. It needs to be a centerpiece of any audio marketing campaign looking to build a brand and reach consumers at scale.
A growing percentage of radio's audience is listening via encoded streams, with 12% of all the total radio audience among Adults 25-54 currently coming from streaming outlets. Radio use spans the bulk of the day, reaching consumers on the path to purchase while they're away from home and in the car.
70% of all radio use happens out of home, and most of that takes place in the car.
At the same time, podcast audiences continue to grow, with half of today's daily users having taken up the habit in the past two years. All genres have seen significant growth over that time, with Music, Leisure and True Crime growing the most. Comedy and News continue to be the most popular genres overall.
These insights, plus a detailed appendix with key buying demographics and radio reach figures, as well as a profile of the top 20 AM/FM formats are available. See Report HERE
Trip Reeb Expands Management Duties At Hubbard; Will Serve As VP/MM Phoenix And Seattle
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– Hubbard Radio CEO Ginny Morris announced that Trip Reeb (shown right) has been named VP/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio Seattle. Hubbard Radio operates five radio stations in Seattle: KQMV 92.5 FM (Movin’ 92.5), KNUC 98.9 FM (The Bull), KRWM 106.9 FM (Warm 106.9), KIXI 880 AM and KKNW 1150 AM. In addition, Hubbard Radio operates a 2060 Digital office in Seattle. Reeb will continue to lead the Hubbard Radio group in Phoenix, where he has served as VP/Market Manager since 2014.
Reeb is replacing the exiting VP/Market Manager, Wheeler Morris, who announced that he has accepted a position with Townsquare Media as their Market President for Fort Collins, CO. “We have such amazing properties in Seattle, this is going to be a real treat for me,” commented Reeb. I love the stations, and the people there who I already know.”
Reeb is a broadcasting veteran who currently is the VP/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio in Phoenix. In his nearly 50 year radio career, Reeb has managed radio stations in Phoenix, San Diego, Honolulu, and was the long-time manager of the historic KROQ in Los Angeles.
“Hubbard Radio is so fortunate to have Trip Reeb in our leadership ranks, “commented Ginny Morris. “He has raised his hand for this assignment in the past and now is the right time to take him up on his willingness to share his unique and varied talents with not one Hubbard market but two. Trip has built a solid team in Phoenix and that gives us every confidence that the great success that team is having there will continue as Trip quickly adds his knowledge and talents to our Seattle market to build on the momentum that the Seattle team has been building in recent years.“ Reeb will begin his expanded duties on July 18, 2022.
Shown: Trib Reeb (R) surprising Brother Wease at Morning Show Boot Camp while receiving The Kraddick Award in 2019. Reeb is credited with launching Wease's career in Radio - Photo Radio 95.1 Rochester - Facebook
Trey Morgan Joins The Lineup At BIG 98.1 Philly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– Audacy revealed the full weekday lineup for newly launched BIG 98.1/WOGL-FM in Philadelphia, effective July 1. Among the cast will include Radio and TV Host Trey Morgan who will join as as afternoon drive. The lineup will also feature Sybil Summers in its midday time slot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET and Renee Taylor from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET. “The Coop Show” featuring Sean “Coop” Tabler )will continue to air in morning drive.
“We’re pleased to introduce BIG 98.1’s inaugural full weekday lineup to our fans and round out the programming slate for this new local favorite,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “Trey’s big-market experience will anchor our listeners’ afternoons, while the addition of Sybil and Renee’s shows will complement our live and local programming.”
“I'm thrilled to join BIG 98.1 and the Audacy Philadelphia team,” said Morgan. “Merging my passion for all genres of music with my experience in CHR, alternative, rock, rhythm, hot AC and even country, BIG 98.1 is the next natural step. I can't thank David Yadgaroff and Tim Herbster enough for this incredible opportunity to connect and engage with listeners in an exciting and dynamic market like Philly.”
Morgan is a major market radio and television personality with experience in five of America’s ten biggest markets: New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Washington DC. Morgan found his calling in Florida, where he started interning at 95.1 The Beat. While working in Florida, he gained experience as both a producer and programmer before emerging as on-air talent. Over the next few years, Morgan worked at several highly respected radio stations around the country, including Kiss 108 in Boston, DC101 in Washington D.C., 98.9 Kiss-FM in Louisville, and KC101 in Connecticut.
Joe Madison Inks New Multi-Year Deal With SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– SiriusXM announced that veteran broadcaster Joe Madison has signed a new multi-year deal to continue hosting Joe Madison 'The Black Eagle' exclusively on SiriusXM.
In addition to being a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, Madison is a civil rights activist, former national political director of the NAACP, and author. He regularly uses his SiriusXM program to raise the voices of oppressed people and to challenge himself and his listeners to do something about injustices in the world.
“Joe’s legacy of work speaks for itself,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Joe is a leader and a motivator who inspires his audience to raise their voices and get involved. I’m thrilled that Urban View listeners will continue to start their day with Joe for many more years.”
PODCASTS: 'Choosing Sides: F1,' And 'Pod Meets World,'Among Podcasts In The Spotlight At iHeart'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– “Clown Parade: An Anthological Character Piece Carefully Curated by Las Culturistas,” from iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network; “Choosing Sides: F1,” a co-production with Sports Illustrated Studios; and “Pod Meets World,” an iHeartRadio Original. are in the spotlight this week at iHeart.
“Clown Parade” - a new comedy podcast series presented by Will Ferrell and Matt Rogers & Bowen Yang of the “Las Culturistas'' podcast. The new show will feature four episodes by a different up-and-coming comedic talent, creating a brand new podcast format hosted by an original character of their own creation.
Up-and-coming talent that will be featured on the podcast include: Greta Titelman (“Los Espookys,” “Search Party”), Martin Urbano (“National Lampoon Radio Hour”), Sarah Smallwood Parsons (UCB’s “Characters Welcome”), Steve Han (“The Big Leap”) Sudi Green (“SNL,” “Shrill) and more!
“Choosing Sides: F1” is hosted by Lily Herman, a writer, editor, and cultural commentator whose work has spanned the intersections of sports, entertainment, politics, and more, and Michael Kosta, a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
'Pod Meets World” - features Danielle, Will and Rider - Check out our Podcast Spotlight roundup blog for new podcasts, seasons, and episodes that you won't want to miss.
FCC Commissioner Carr Calls On Apple And Google To Remove TikTok From Their App Stores
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– A member of the Federal Communications Commission is renewing calls for Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores, citing national security concerns surrounding TikTok's Chinese-based parent company, ByteDance. According to CNN, in a June 24 letter to the CEOs of Apple and Google, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr described ByteDance as "beholden" to the Chinese government and "required by law to comply with [Chinese government] surveillance demands." Citing a recent BuzzFeed News report that ByteDance's Chinese staff had accessed US TikTok users' data on multiple occasions, Carr said the allegations showed how TikTok is "out of compliance with the policies that both of your companies require every app to adhere to." TikTok called the BuzzFeed report "misleading."
"Like many global companies, TikTok has engineering teams around the world," TikTok said. "We employ access controls like encryption and security monitoring to secure user data, and the access approval process is overseen by our US-based security team. TikTok has consistently maintained that our engineers in locations outside of the US, including China, can be granted access to U.S. user data on an as-needed basis under those strict controls."
In a statement, Buzzfeed News said it "stands categorically behind our reporting that US user data was accessed by China-based TikTok employees far more frequently than previously known, and we're glad that TikTok even confirmed this in its own statement." For years, US officials have expressed concerns that Chinese government access to US users' data or communications could put national security at risk. But whether Carr's plea will work is uncertain.
Vancouver's KISS FM Played 'Rage Against the Machine' Song On Repeat All Day Wednesday
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– A day after Kevin Lim, Sonia Sidhu and Tara Jean Stevens announced their departures from Vancouver's KISS 104.9 FM, the station began playing Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name all day Wednesday. According to The Vancouver Sun, 104.9 FM station, owned by Rogers Sports and Media, started playing 'Killing in the Name' in the morning and hadn’t stopped by early afternoon.
This comes a day after their hosts announced their departure from the station. Reportedly, afternoon host Tara Jean Stevens also said she will be moving on to a new opportunity soon.
“KiSS is changing and, unfortunately, we were informed that we won’t be part of this new chapter,” said Lim and Sidhu in their final broadcast on Tuesday and on a message posted on social media. Early Wednesday, some people speculated whether the choice of music was by rogue employees making a statement. Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello (shown) retweeted one local fan’s suggestion it might related to the staff changes. But it also could be a stunt to signal a shift in format. The paper reports, new staff members were also spotted around the control room at the station’s offices of Ash Street in Vancouver.
Margie Hartley Celebrates 100 Episodes Of Fast Track
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 30TH 2022 –– LiSTNR’s Fast Track: Career Conversations with Margie Hartley celebrates its 100th episode milestone this week with a look at some of the best career advice from professionals in their fields. Topics range from working with jerks to the art of teamwork. Hosted by executive coach, Margie Hartley, the podcast delivers career insights from CEOs and business leaders as Margie discusses the challenges preventing people in the corporate world from advancing their careers and how to overcome them. Fast Track: Career Conversations with Margie Hartley is available on the free LiSTNR app.
BBC Radio 5 Live Pays tribute To Journalist Dame Deborah James - BBC Radio 5 Live has paid tribute to You, Me and the Big C podcaster Dame Deborah James who has died at the age of 40. Tony Livesey hosted a celebration of who Debs was, the remarkable things she achieved, the inspiration she gave others and her unmistakable legacy. Many tributes were paid to Deborah by listeners to the popular podcast and across social media. In her final weeks, Deborah raised millions of pounds for cancer research via her Bowelbabe fund which currently stands at almost £7m ($8.5m). Deborah’s final words in the podcast she hosted with Lauren Mahon (and previously Rachael Bland), were Check Your Poo.
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Australian Radio Legends Kyle Sandilands And Jamie Dunn Get Together - KIIS 106.5’s Kyle Sandilands indulged in childhood nostalgia when he had lunch with one of his major influences. Kyle had a special lunch date with the person that inspired him to get into radio. The person (or puppet) being, Agro the puppet, AKA Jamie Dunn. Comedian and radio icon Jamie Dunn, who voiced Agro and is well known for his time at B105 and Today FM, flew down to Sydney to see Kyle. Jamie, who was a major inspiration for Kyle when he was growing up in Brisbane, came bearing gifts in the lead-up to Kyle welcoming his first child with fiance Tegan Kynaston. a superyacht for the occasion, as well as aeroplanes that released blue smoke to symbolise they’re expecting a boy.
Brad Gould Named New Market President for SummtMedia Omaha
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– SummitMedia, LLC has named Brad Gould as President of SummitMedia - Omaha. Gould brings more than two decades of media experience and revenue success. Most recently, Gould served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at LaneTerralever, the longest tenured marketing agency in the state of Arizona. Previously, he spent nine years with Clear Channel Outdoor, ultimately leading the Los Angeles area as VP of sales. In addition, he spent several years as General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia in Phoenix.
“I am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead the SummitMedia Omaha team,” Gould said. “I wish Rick Parrish all the best and thank him for all he’s done to create the best media organization in Omaha.”
Carl Parmer, SummitMedia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are very excited Brad will be leading our outstanding team in Omaha. His success in various media management roles is exactly what we need as we continue to evolve the Market President role in today’s environment.” SummitMedia Omaha stations include AM 590 ESPN (KXSP), Channel 94.1(KQCH), Classic Rock 105.9 (KKCD), Star 104.5 (KSRZ) and Z-92 (KEZO).
NFL Star Dorin Dickerson Joins For Mornings At KDKA/93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– Audacy welcomes former NFL veteran Dorin Dickerson to 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) in Pittsburgh. Dickerson will join “The Fan Morning Show” alongside co-hosts Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack, weekdays beginning August 1.
“It is always great to see someone grow within our organization, and through his time in various roles with us, Dorin has truly developed into a host who can entertain on topics well beyond the field,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Pittsburgh. “As a former All-American at Pitt and NFL player, Dorin has a perspective that our listeners truly appreciate and we are extremely excited to welcome his thoughts on the sports world and all things Pittsburgh to ‘The Fan Morning Show’ every day.”
“Excited is an understatement…I didn’t know what my purpose was after I retired from the NFL,” said Dickerson. “Five years ago, I found myself sitting in the 93.7 The Fan studio doing a three-hour show, and immediately fell in love with sports radio. That opportunity wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Larry Richert having faith in me and passing my name along to the station. I can’t thank Michael Spacciapolli and brand manager Kraig Riley enough for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I plan to bring positive energy, experience, and fun to 'The Fan Morning Show.’ I can’t wait.”
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Today Marks BFOA's 'Radio Giving Day' - To Help Broadcasters In Need Of Financial Assistance
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– As you may recall from last week’s announcement, the Broadcasters Foundation of America has designated today, Wednesday, June 29, as Radio Giving Day -- A day to come together as one community with one common goal – to support radio professionals in need of financial assistance due to a critical illness, accident, or disaster. The campaign also aims to raise awareness of the charitable mission of the Broadcasters Foundation so that a radio professional in acute need can apply for aid.
It is also just as important for you to spread the word about the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to helping radio and TV professionals in dire circumstances. Click HERE to make a Radio Giving Day donation: On behalf of Jim Thompson, Tim McCarthy, and the entire Board of Directions, thank you!
The Tony & Kris Show Exit Mornings 107.7 WIVK Knoxville Just Shy Of Their 5th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– Just shy of their 5th anniversary with Cumulus' 107.7 Knoxville, longtime morning duo Tony and Kris announced yesterday, “There’s a big change in the world of Tony & Kris. Join the guys for a special, bittersweet FB Live In the morning at 8:30."
Tony Randall and Kris Rochester who arrived in Knoxville in July of 2017, became the fourth morning show in WIVK’s 50-year history. They first teamed at WHMA Anniston AL in the early '90's before a long stint at San Diego's 97.3 KSON. They later jumped to crosstown US95.7/KUSS before hosting a syndicated morning show in 2009 before moving to WIVK.
Randall tells Jockline, “The people of East Tennessee were incredibly welcoming and fun, but it was time to move on.” “We’re looking forward to our next challenge with a team of real pros.” Reach out to Paul Anderson (Paul@workhousemedia.com) for more information.
Edison Research To Increase Sample Size For Edison Podcast Metrics Beginning In July
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– Edison Research today announced that beginning in July it will increase the sample size for Edison Podcast Metrics, the podcasting industry’s only comprehensive listening measurement, by 150%. Going forward, fully 5,000 interviews will be conducted each quarter, all among ‘weekly podcast listeners’ in the U.S. – those who say they have listened to at least one podcast in the week before they are contacted. This significant increase in sample size will allow Edison Podcast Metrics to have the ability to examine more cuts of the data, to generate detailed data on far more shows, and will lead to more frequent reporting.
While we are already delivering data based on a very large sample size, Edison Podcast Metrics clients will now be receiving much more granular data,” said Edison Research Senior VP Melissa Kiesche. “The 20,000 completed interviews each year going forward, on top of the tens of thousands of interviews we have completed since we started the service, will give us a storehouse of information on podcast listening that the podcasting industry can leverage to generate more advertising and insights.”
Edison Podcast Metrics is a survey of weekly podcast listeners from Edison Research, the leading name in audio research. Surveys are performed every day. Respondents report their listening on an unaided basis to all podcasts they listened to in the last week. For more information about Edison Podcast Metrics visit https://www.edisonresearch.com/edison-podcast-metrics/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMA And WWL New Orleans Unveil New Emergency Studio Upgrade To Improve Disaster Warnings
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with Audacy, today announced it has completed an important emergency radio broadcast facility modernization project at Audacy’s WWL AM/FM in New Orleans to improve critical alert and warning capabilities when disasters threaten public safety. The WWL facility serves as a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, the only one in Louisiana, for FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), maintained under FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters. WWL is known as New Orleans' Hurricane Station.
Under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act enacted in 2015, Congress required FEMA to upgrade PEP stations across the country to ensure continuity of terrestrial broadcast services under all hazards. PEP stations are specially designated NPWS broadcast stations that serve as the primary intake source of initial broadcasts for a national alert. FEMA equips these stations, which are operated by local station personnel, with backup communications equipment and power generators that enable them to continue broadcasting information to the public during and after an emergency, including conveying official alerts to communities regionally and nationwide.
“WWL has served the people of New Orleans in critical moments for over 100 years, and this new facility speaks volumes to the significance of our station throughout the region,” said Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice President, Audacy New Orleans. “This facility provides yet another lifeline for the community, and we’re proud to have teamed up with FEMA to ensure our community is informed in the event of a disaster.” For more information about IPAWS or the PEP modernization effort, go to FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/broadcasters-wireless.
SYNDICATION: The Baka Boyz Take Afternoons At KBDS-FM/Forge 103.9 Bakersfield
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– The Baka Boyz (aka Eric and Nick Vidal) announced the newest affiliate “Forge 103.9” Bakersfield for their daily show. The show launched in summer 2021 in partnership with Compass Media Networks and Oceanic Tradewinds. Maria Barquin, Program Director Forge 103.9, states “We are excited to welcome the Baka Boyz to Forge! This show is the perfect complement to our unique format! We know Bakersfield is the Baka home and listeners are going to love them as much as we do!”
Bob Fuentes, Music Director KBDS Forge 103.9, adds “It was the easiest decision to make to have The Baka Boyz back on the radio in their hometown, it's what Bakersfield has been missing, Welcome home to the Baka Boyz!” The Baka Boyz comment “Not many people know that the Baka Boyz name was inspired because we got our start in Bakersfield. We were the Bakersfield Boyz. It means so much to us to be heard back home on The Forge. Thank you, Bob and Maria.”
The syndicated program is delivered content-only so stations can program their own music, whether its Hip-Hop, Classic Hip Hop, Rhythmic AC, Throwback, Urban AC, even Pop, or Rhythmic CHR. For more information or to reserve your market on the Baka Boyz daily show, contact Nancy Abramson at email@example.com or Gary Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Night For 96.3 News Radio KKOB As Cumulus Collects 12 Awards From NM Broadcasters Association
THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH 2022 –– Cumulus Albuquerque swept the New Mexico Broadcasters Association (NMBA) Excellence in Broadcasting Awards this week, bringing home 12 of the NMBA’s 19 annual awards for broadcasters. Cumulus Albuquerque’s 96.3 News Radio KKOB was honored with eight awards, including Station of the Year, Newscaster of the Year, Breaking News, Complete Newscast, Continuing Coverage, Feature News, Talk Show or Interview and Website. Sports Radio 610 The Sports Animal/KNML-AM’s “The Opening Drive” team took the NMBA Award for Sports Show or Interview, with 92.3 KRST Country on-air host Juan Velasco taking the gold for DJ Personality Air Check.
KRST was also honored for Social Media Integration for KRST's Annual St. Jude Radiothon. The seven-station Cumulus Albuquerque cluster was awarded the NMBA prize for PSA Campaign of the Year for its “Take A Ride On Us” campaign. Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said: “We are tremendously proud or our ENTIRE Cumulus Albuquerque staff as we know it ‘takes a village.’ Each of the honored individuals brings a passion and commitment to excellence to our building each day and I am honored to work amongst them.
With News Radio KKOB celebrating its 100th year of broadcasting, it’s especially sweet the station was recognized in so many areas.” John Summers, News Director, 96.3 News Radio KKOB - which swept all news categories – said: “I’m so proud of the enormous effort from our entire news team. When you have such a multi-talented and goal-oriented pool of broadcast pros under one roof, you're bound to walk away with an arm load of trophies!”
Charlamagne Tha God, iHeart Announce First Black Effect Podcast Festival In Brooklyn This Summer
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia and Charlamagne tha God today announced the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival to celebrate, uplift and amplify Black voices in the podcast industry. The event will take place Sunday, August 28 at the Avant Gardner, Brooklyn Mirage. Charlamagne Tha God will join the festival alongside some of the Black Effect’s most popular personalities for a day full of live podcast tapings and informative discussions aimed at aspiring podcasters in the Black community. The festival will be hosted by comedian Lil Duval and Power 105.1 DJ and personality Nyla Symone.
“The Black Effect Podcast Network was created to amplify Black voices for new and established content creators and storytellers, giving them a space to showcase their creative vision in the ever-growing podcast game,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “I’m excited to celebrate the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival, where talented Black creators and aspiring podcasters will come together for a day to uplift and inspire one another. This festival is for the culture and is one of many events the network will host for the Black community.”
The Black Effect Podcast Festival is sponsored by Nissan, plus partners including AT&T, BetterHelp, Hulu, Molson Coors, Nissan and State Farm.
The Bob & Tom Show ’s Kristi Lee Named To 2022 Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– The Bob & Tom Show 's co-host and news director Kristi Lee will be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Lee, who is heard on The Bob & Tom Show weekday mornings on over 100 radio stations across the U.S., is one of six Hoosier broadcasting icons to be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Wednesday, October 5th.
Lee was introduced to radio at Ben Davis High School radio station WBDG-FM (90.9) in Indianapolis, where she earned her First-Class FCC operator’s license. She was then hired as one of the first female engineers at Indy television station WRTV-TV (ABC Channel 6). Lee went on to work for radio stations including WIRE-AM (1430), WNAP-FM (93.1) and WENS-FM (97.1).
In 1987, she joined The Bob & Tom Show ’s Indianapolis flagship radio station WFBQ-FM (94.7) and is an integral part of the show’s ensemble cast. Lee has also covered sports for ESPN and the Indiana Pacers. She has been recognized by Radio Ink magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio for multiple years.
Kristi Lee commented: “I am humbled and honored to be included amongst these prestigious honorees. As a life-long Hoosier, I have been lucky enough to spend my entire career in my home state. I cannot imagine a more meaningful award.”
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STUDY: Among Registered Voters, AM/FM Radio Has A Massive 75% Share Of Ad-Supported Audio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– Edison Research’s quarterly “Share of Ear” study is the authoritative examination of American audio-time use. Edison Research surveys 4,000 Americans to measure daily reach and time spent for all forms of audio. The Q1 2022 report provides an opportunity to study listening among key voter segments and examine ad-supported audio use by location and demographic.
This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group© blog highlights the key findings. Among registered voters, AM/FM radio has a massive 75% share of ad-supported audio.
AM/FM radio’s audience is 13 times bigger than Pandora and 19 bigger than Spotify.
2020 vs. 2022: AM/FM radio shares are pandemic proof, podcasts surge, and Pandora collapses. Trending ad-supported audience shares from Q1 2020 to Q1 2022, AM/FM radio sees little change (78% to 76%).
Podcast shares have surged (7% to 11%). Ad-supported Pandora’s shares are down -25% (8% to 6%). Spotify (4%) and SiriusXM’s (3%) ad-supported shares remain small.
AM/FM radio leads total ad-supported shares among key buying demographics; Podcast shares are greater than Spotify and Pandora combined. In the car, ad-supported AM/FM radio shares have hovered in the high 80s for the last six years.
Most Americans only listen to AM/FM radio and never listen to Pandora and Spotify . Over six years, the proportion of AM/FM radio listening occurring via online streaming has surged from 8% to 15%. Currently, there is more radio listening occurring via the stream (15%) than the entire AM dial. Smart advertisers should allocate 15 cents out of every dollar spent on AM/FM radio to the station stream.
AM/FM radio leads ad-supported listening on the smart speaker with a 43% share. See Complete Blog HERE
Stan Bell Takes Over Mornings On 1070 WDIA Memphis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– 1070 WDIA, The Heart & Soul of Memphis, has launched “The Stan Bell Morning Show,” effective immediately. “Stan's record of success is no mystery,” said Sue Purnell, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Memphis. “It's his love for the community, which is the cornerstone of WDIA's legacy. We couldn't be more excited for this new journey.”
Market President Kevin Klein echoes the same sentiments. “I couldn’t be happier to have Stan Bell be our new morning host for WDIA. We are blessed to have amazing talent like Stan Bell, who not only understands history, but also understands the important voice WDIA provides for the Memphis Black Community. I am excited about the future for WDIA and look forward to seeing Stan’s continued success.”
Bell joins 1070 WDIA from iHeartMedia Memphis’ sister station V101, where he has been an on-air personality for over 30 years. Bell will still continue his afternoon show on V101, while also taking over morning drive at 1070 WDIA
"This is like a homecoming, of sorts, for me,” said Bell. “I was 'bit by the broadcasting bug' at sixteen and was a high school reporter for 1070 WDIA. Every high school in Memphis would send two students to record their reports at the radio station on Saturdays, and now, the rest is history. So here I am, full-circle in 2022. It is an honor and privilege to carry on the legacy of WDIA as a morning host."
Tim Moore Named President/CEO Of The Maine Broadcasters Association
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– Former iHeart VP/Programming for New Hampshire, Tim Moore, has been name President/CEO for the Maine Broadcasters Association. He succeeds Suzanne Goucher, who passed away in January. According to 6Park News, Goucher had led the association for nearly three decades. Tim Moore's hiring was announced by the Chairman of the MAB Board of Directors, David Abel. He said the board “was looking for someone with a wealth of Maine broadcast experience and extensive relationships throughout the state.”
Most recently, Moore was VP/Programming for iHeartMedia New Hampshire. Earlier in his career, he worked at WKSQ-FM/Bangor and was OM for WHOM and WJBQ-FM Portland. He is a former member of the MAB Board of Directors, a former Chairman and a member of the MAB Hall of Fame.
Stacey Lawrence Rises To SVP/Sales For iHeart Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia has promoted Stacey Lawrence to Senior Vice President of Sales for Jacksonville, effective immediately. Lawrence will report to Paul Rogers, Area President for iHeartMedia North Florida.
“I took a long time to evaluate our team – including our management team – when I joined the market in March of last year,” said Rogers. “I wanted to see our team in action, to learn their values and their work ethic, and observe their commitment to our team, our customers and to iHeart. Stacey flat-out earned it, and her strong working relationship with Brooke Adams (VP of Digital Sales) is going to be crucial and what takes us over the top.”
“I am thrilled to step into my new role with this incredible team in Jacksonville,” said Lawrence. “Although I have been with iHeartMedia less than three years, it did not take me long to realize this was where I belonged, with a forward-thinking company that is customer-centric at its core. The Jacksonville market is exploding and I plan on leading this team to their fullest potential. I look forward to making a difference in our community and helping businesses achieve their marketing goals through our world- class, multi-channel offerings.”
Carly Pearce To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 Los Angeles During Month Of July 2022
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– ACM and CMA Female Artist/Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce has been tapped to “take over” the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO) during the month of July. This will be the third time the chart-topping Grand Ole Opry member has been a guest host on the station. Her stint begins 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday July 4, 2022 through Friday July 29, 2022.
“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing talent for the month of July. Carly has a huge following in Southern California and her guest hosting will overlap with her tour in town with Kenny Chesney” stated Go Country 105 station manager Michael Levine. “Michael and the entire KKGO family have been so welcoming to me, and I’m excited to be back on the air,” shares Big Machine Records recording artist Carly Pearce. “I can’t wait to share some of my favorite songs and memories with the listeners. Hopefully I’ll see some of you out on the road!”
Listen to Carly each weekday at www.gocountry105.com and on the Go Country 105 mobile app. Photo by Allistar Ann
NETWORKS: ABC Audio To Offer Three Specials Over The Fourth Of July Holiday Weekend
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– ABC Audio will provide three specials to affiliates to air over the July Fourth weekend: an ABC News special exploring activities for summer fun; a rock and classics special presented by Speakeasy; and a country special hosted by country music star Jimmie Allen. ABC News Radio presents “Press Play,” hosted by entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson, a three-hour special taking listeners along as Nathanson and ABC News correspondents venture across the country thrill-seeking and learning new skills.
For music fans, Speakeasy presents “Songs of ’76,” spotlighting famous rock and classic songs that charted in 1976. ABC Audio’s Matt Wolfe hosts the special featuring music from legendary artists and bands, including Boston, Heart, David Bowie, The Runaways, Bob Seger, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith and more. The special also features country stars Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood discussing their summer plans and sharing their favorite Fourth of July memories and traditions. Interested in becoming an affiliate? Contact Christopher Venice at email@example.com.
Compass Media Networks To Present LA Lloyd’s ROCK 30 Countdown For July 4th Special
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– Compass Media Networks announce that it will present LA Lloyd’s ROCK 30 Countdown in a special July 4th program. Affiliates will have 11 minutes each hour for local content.
To get this 4th of July Special contact: Doug Ingold Vice President, Music & Entertainment Programming Compass Media Networks (310) 242-8746 firstname.lastname@example.org
BetMGM Expands Betql Network Relationship As The Presenting Sportsbook Partner
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– BetMGM will become the exclusive sportsbook of the BetQL Network, Audacy’s network of sports betting content heard across its broadcast portfolio and digital platforms. The partnership (The BetQL Network presented by BetMGM) is an exclusive multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy.
Since its launch in June 2021, the BetQL Network has expanded from two markets to 31 markets and has seen steady growth in podcast downloads (+575%), total listening hours (+467%), live video hours (+440%), video on-demand starts (+270%) and over-the-air audience (+140%) from July 2021 to January 2022.
“We are delighted to expand our strategic partnership with BetMGM, highlighted by their new exclusive position with the BetQL Network,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. “Barely a year old, the BetQL Network has a bright future ahead of it as legalized sports betting continues to expand over the next decade.”
BetMGM will have category exclusivity of the network’s full slate of programming, including flagship program “You Better You Bet,” commencing in September, and “BetQL Daily,” “The Daily Tip” and “BetMGM Tonight.”
Audacy first announced a partnership with BetMGM in March 2021. The BetQL Network is available nationwide via the Audacy mobile app and website, over 10,000 home and auto-connected devices and betqlnetwork.com.
CONDOLENCES: 1130 KTLK Twin Cities Host Drew Lee Passes Away Unexpectedly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH 2022 –– Twin Cities morning host Andrew Lee passed away unexpectedly over the weekend reports Twin Cities' Bring Me The News. His passing was announced Monday morning when Lee's morning co-host on iHeart's AM 1130 KTLK, Jon Justice, made the announcement from a hospital room at the University of Minnesota. "This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do in my entire radio career," said Justice, co-host of the Justice and Drew Show. "He was with his wife at the time. I hopefully will be coming home sometime today, but I had asked that I be the one to make this devastating and tragic announcement to you."
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Drew Lee, the AM show host of Justice and Drew on Twin Cities Newstalk AM 1130," said Chad Abbott, the station's program director. "KTLK, along with the entire iHeartMedia team, offer our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and loyal listeners at this very difficult time. Drew will be fondly remembered and truly missed by all." Jason Lewis and Sam Sansevere hosted in Lee's place Monday morning.
The station has since posted a 'Remembering Drew Lee' video which can be seen HERE
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NAB 'Pleased' With House Measures Preventing FCC From Taking Action Against Stations Airing Cannabis Ads
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– NAB Senior Communications Strategist Alex Siciliano voiced approval of the House Appropriation's Committee latest measures regarding broadcasters ability to air cannibas ads. Last week the House advanced the FY 2023 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill which included language that would prevent the FCC from taking administrative action against broadcasters that accept cannabis advertisements consistent with the law of the state or jurisdiction in which the station is licensed.
NAB spokesman Alex Siciliano stated, "We are pleased to see that this bipartisan language has advanced in the House today. As the vast majority of states have legalized cannabis in some form, today marks a long overdue step toward finally allowing broadcasters to receive equal treatment regarding cannabis advertising that other forms of media have had for years."
Siciliano added, "While we welcome today's progress, local broadcasters will continue to work with all policymakers towards a broader resolution of this competitive disparity and in support of our unique service to local communities."
WEBINAR: 'The Wearable Wolf' Is Coming From NuVoodoo - Sign Up Now For Free Webinars
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– NuVoodoo's Leigh Jacobs writes that with Nielsen set to replace as much as 75% of the PPM panel with new wearable meters by year’s end (and the remainder changing over in 2023), NuVoodoo went BIG on the sample for RPS (Ratings Prospects Study) 20 just out of the field. We wanted to make sure we’d have enough respondents to dive into the subgroups of likely ratings respondents who predict they’d carry the new wearable meter in each of its three forms: clip mount, pendant, and wristband.
Samples for our previous nineteen Ratings Prospects Studies tipped the scales a bit over 3,000 respondents. For RPS 20, nearly fifty-five hundred people ages 14-54 across all PPM markets completed interviews – 5,495 to be precise. That massive sample will allow us to show breakouts of those who say they’d wear a meter in each of its new forms. Based on our results, Nielsen is going to need a lot of wristbands – and not so many clip mounts or pendants.
As shown above, when given the choice of the three forms, a 57% majority chose the wristband. Gen Xers (the 42-54’s in our sample) had the thinnest majority (53%) choosing the wristband and a comparatively robust 26% who liked the idea of the clip mount (basically a smaller pager). Fully 60% of the Gen Z (14-25’s in the sample) and Millennials (26-41’s) said they’d opt for the wristband.
As you might imagine, the TSL profiles for those who prefer each of the devices are not identical. The comparatively heavy interest in clip mounts among Gen X means there’ll be heavier listeners to be mined from the clip-mount squad. Conversely, TSL could be harder to come by from a population of pendant wearers. Even with the subtle differences in the psychographics of those opting for the different form factors of the new meters, the bigger shift may be the one ushered in with the new companion app.
Register now for any of three live sessions of our presentation at nuvoodoo.com/webinars. The first is Tuesday, July 19 at 1 PM EDT with additional sessions scheduled for the following two weeks.
[WATCH] Danny Bonaduce Back On The Air Today In Seattle After Dealing With 'Mystery Illness'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– After announcing in late April that he was taking time off from his morning show with Sarah on iHeart's 102.5 KZOK Seattle to deal with a "mystery illness," Danny Bonaduce tweeted over the weekend: "Great news! I’ll be back live on the radio this (today) Can’t wait. My brain is still a little fuzzy but that’s never stopped me — or the people who hire me."
The former TV actor, turned radio host star announced on his show on April 29th, "I'm still working towards receiving a diagnosis. What I know is, I need time to focus on my health." A few days later his sister, Celia Bonaduce, thanked his fans for their well-wishes posted on Facebook: "From the UNLIKE OTHER FAMILIES, WE DO NOT REQUEST PRIVACY AT THIS TIME Department: Many of you have reached out to see what’s going on with my brother Danny. Thank you. Along with Dairy Queen dipped cones and your messages, he is feeling the love --- Much love for your support."
This morning on ABC-TV he spoke with Zohreen Shaw about his experience. - WATCH HERE
Marco Nation Takes Mornings At K100/WKKO-FM in Toledo/Monroe
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Marco Nation as Morning Show Host for Toledo/Monroe heritage Country radio station K100/WKKO-FM. Nation debuts today on The Marco Nation Morning Show, joining Co-Host Lyn Cayse weekdays from 5:00am-10:00am.
Nation, a 30-year radio broadcasting veteran, most recently hosted Mornings on Energy 106.9 in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to that, he was Morning Show Host on 97.5 WKMZ-FM in Martinsburg, WV, and hosted Mornings on 93.1 JAMZ-FM in Madison, WI. He was also Morning Show Host on KLCK-FM in Seattle, WA, and served as Executive Producer/Co-Host of the Mathew Blades Morning Show on 94.5 WKTI in Milwaukee, WI.
Dana DiModica, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Toledo/Monroe, said: “Marco brings deep experience as a popular Morning Show Host to K100, and is high energy, very creative and has a great work ethic. He is the perfect fit to join us at Cumulus Toledo, and we think K100 listeners will love Marco’s pairing with his new radio partner, veteran Lyn Cayse. We are beyond excited to have him here!”
Nation commented: “I'm very excited to join this amazing team in Toledo. I can't wait to wake up the Glass City with a fresh new style of morning show with Lyn. Our number one goal with this morning show is to keep Toledo laughing and entertained from 5:00am to 10:00am each and every morning. I've already met so many great people in this wonderful city and I look forward to meeting even more.”
In The Spotlight: 107.1 The Boss New Jersey
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– Nestled along the Jersey coast, 107.1 The Boss, Monmouth Ocean, is pretty much a short drive, north or south, to both New York City and Philadelphia. Robby Bridges, who covers both programming and morning duties (with his wife Rochelle Gagnon - shown below), has caught a lot of national attention at the Press Communications' outlet since his arrival in September of 2021. Much of the notice has been Bridges' ability of landing some of New York's most iconic personalities for his lineup. Among them include Ross Brittain, Joe Nolan and more recently, New York programming legend, Mark Chernoff.
Boss Radio was top 40 Y107 for most of the 80s and then flipped to AC as Seaview 107, it later became Y107 again this time as country (notable talent included Jim Kerr in mornings) then to Spanish for a year before being sold to Press Communications in 2003 once again flipping to AC as 1071 The Breeze (notable talent including Mike Fitzgerald, Randy Davis and a radio greats reunion in 2007 featuring Herb Oscar Anderson, Cousin Bruce Morrow and others). In 2014 the station evolved to Hot AC before becoming 1071 The Boss in 2017 with sister signal 99-7 giving the brand a reach from Atlantic City up to parts of New York City and Newark
The station was launched by Press CEO Bob McAllan and VP of Programming who retired from full time capacity in September when Bridges came aboard also taking on mornings with co host Rochelle. He was tasked with increasing ratings to new levels and to broaden the stations appeal. "First and foremost we wanted to transition away from a pure classic rock format to a more hit driven full service personality position while keeping some rock edge," says Bridges. "We compete with and share audience with the biggest brands in radio in the NYC metropolitan area and that has given the opportunity to bring together some heavy hitting talent local and familiar to the area both as on air talent and to anchor service element"
Bridges adds, "In addition to my own experience at Z100 and WPLJ, we’ve added traffic icon Joe Nolan, sports from longtime vet Mark Chernoff and meteorologist Nick Pittman For evenings Cane Peterson known both from radio and television including VH1 and adding weekend and part time talent from the legendary Ross Brittain, Kid Kelly, Ralphie Aversa and Kermit the DJ. Further our lineup is rounded out my NJ market vets Dianne DeOliviera, Michele Amabile, Van Dusen and Tom Cunningham. We’ve added news, traffic, weather beyond drive time and have talent on the air 24 hours a day. Last we added custom TM Studios jingles and a format clock similar to the classic 80s top 40 stations our audience grew up with. We are doing our best to offer the most fun, exciting, forefront radio we can and we are intent on being both a factor in the metro and number one in Monmouth Ocean!" Top photo courtesy of Art Vuolo
UH OH: Playing Loud Music On Your Car Radio Could Draw Citation In Florida Beginning In July
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– Starting soon, you may want to think about how loud you’re blasting music from your car radio reports clickorlando.com. A new Florida law going into effect on July 1 will allow law enforcement officers to give tickets to drivers playing music too loud in their cars. It makes it unlawful for someone playing music from a vehicle that is “plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more.”
The new law, effective July 1 states: "It is unlawful for any person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical soundmaking device or instrument from within the motor vehicle so that the sound is...Louder than necessary for the convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle in areas adjoining churches, schools, or hospitals..."Florida statute 316.3045 reads. The law also allows officers to ticket drivers listening to music “louder than necessary” in areas where churches, schools or hospitals nearby.
Benztown Offering Free 4th of July AudioPack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH 2022 –– Benztown has assembled a 4th of July AudioPack, available to radio stations for FREE now through Friday, July 1, 2022. The Benztown 4th of July AudioPack has all the SFX and musicbeds to make a big bang for radio listeners and set the perfect patriotic weekend mood for stations of all formats. The FREE AudioPack is filled with seasonal SFX including fireworks, marching band sounds, cans popping, and “Thanks for your service” messages in the mix.
Available now through Friday, July 1, 2022. Just sign up at: https://benztown.com/july-4th-audiopack and you'll receive a download link for the free 4th of July AudioPack – so you can paint the sound of your station red, white and blue! For info, Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Wanda Patterson Rises To MD For CMG's WOKV-HD2 - Hot 99.5 FM Jacksonville
Patterson Will Also Produce The Newly Added DeDe In The Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Cox Media Group announced the promotion of Wanda Patterson, longtime radio personality and the current producer of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show/on-air. Wanda will become the music director of WOKV -HD2 (HOT 99.5) in Jacksonville. In addition to her current duties, Wanda will hold the title of the local producer of the newly added “DeDe In The Morning” show for sister station, WJGL-HD2 (Power 106.1).
Wanda has been one of the most dedicated employees at CMG-Jacksonville for the last four years. Her dedication and commitment to excellence, have resulted in her being promoted to the title of music director. “I’m thrilled for Wanda, who’s such a smart, insightful, professional, and dedicated team member,” said Elroy Smith, Director of Branding & Programming for CMG in Orlando & Jacksonville. “In the last six months working closely with Wanda, I could not wait for this day to inform her that her hard work and commitment to CMG-Jacksonville have not gone unnoticed. She knows the audience of HOT 99.5 well, and I cannot wait to see Wanda’s brilliance enhance the direction and growth of HOT 99.5.”
Wanda Patterson is equally excited about her new role. “I’m extremely excited to be working for CMG Jacksonville in this new capacity, and especially under the leadership of Jules Riley and Elroy,” Wanda said. “With their guidance, we’re going to do great things together, and I’m looking forward to it!
Jackson's 100 Year Old WJDX Transmitter Building Being Restored To Art-Deco Past
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Jackson's Clarion Ledger reports that the walls came crumbling down recently at the site of a historic, nearly century-old WJDX-building in Jackson, originally designed by prominent Mississippi architect N.W. Overstreet. The demolition involved not the historic building itself but rather an undistinguished cinder-block addition in front of the building, which for years obscured the view of the original art deco-themed structure
The original two-story brick and concrete building, completed in 1929, served as the transmitter site for radio station WJDX. It was designed, according to legend, to resemble a huge console-type Philco radio of the era. Demolition began June 8 on this 1960s cinder block front addition to the historic WJDX transmitter building.
According to new owner Scott Allen, the goal now is to restore the original building to its former grandeur. “It’s a great feeling that has exceeded my expectations,” Allen said of the demolition process that brings back the original structure as intended. “The building now feels more quaint and smaller — and so much better aesthetically to look at.” Click here to see a view of the transmitter building as it appeared in the December, 1937 edition of “Broadcast News,” a trade magazine then published by the Radio Corporation of America. As for long-term plans, Allen said he remains open-minded but is inclined to transform the space into an artists’ studio.
Photo Courtesy of Ed Inman
Audacy, iHeartMedia & Urban One Recognized Among 50 Most Community-Minded Employers In Greater Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia by Philadelphia Foundation in partnership with Points of Light and local partners has named its 2022 honorees. The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia showcases how employers use their time, skills and resources to drive social impact in their communities and company. This is the first regional Civic 50 on the East Coast.
Among this years honorees include Audacy, iHeartMedia and Urban One. These employers along with others were selected based on four dimensions of their community engagement program: Investment of resources Integration across business functions Institutionalization through policies and system Impact measurement.
Jeff Moore President for iHeartMedia Philadelphia said, “iHeartMedia utilizes the power of audio and human companionship to create deep and engaged relationships with our audiences. A big part of that is being able to use our voice and actions to directly impact the communities that we serve,” said “Adding stations recently like The Black Information Network and Rumba 106.1 shows the commitment that iHeart Philadelphia has made to ensure that we are having a positive impact on the entire diverse population of the Greater Philadelphia Region. We are humbled and honored to stand beside some other great, community-minded companies in our area in receiving this distinguished award.” See the complete list of honorees HERE
EVENTS: Newsradio WTAM 1100 And The Cleveland Guardians Hosting 'Stuff The Truck' Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Newsradio WTAM 1100 and The Cleveland Guardians are teaming up to host a special “Stuff the Truck” donation drive today, June 24 to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization focused on family preservation and supporting children and families through crisis. The Stuff the Truck event will take place from 5 am to 8 pm in Gateway Plaza between Progressive Field and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse where WTAM will be broadcasting live with Mike Snyder and Bloomdaddy throughout the day. A truck donated by Berea Moving and Storage will be on-site for local companies and members of the community to drop off essential needs items for the children and families of Providence House. The list of items can be found at provhouse.org/stuffthetruck.
Providence House is currently building a new Crisis Nursery on Cleveland’s East Side to help address an increase in the need for its services. The new East Campus will allow Providence House to serve over 240 additional children and 400 additional families every year.
SYNDICATION: Ashley & Brad Bring Fourth Of July Fun Facts
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– G Audio Networks’ The Ashley & Brad Show is offering affiliate stations 12 FREE one-minute vignettes that give listeners different trivia facts about the Fourth of July. Fourth of July Fun Facts are fully produced 60-second features that are perfect for any format, universal to fit with any station’s imaging, and available for broadcast any time before July 5, 2022.
Ashley & Brad is produced by Skid Trax Voice Tracking Service (www.skidtrax.net). The show is available as part of G Audio Network’s daypartable programming. It is available as a 4-hour show Monday through Friday, great for Hot AC, Classic Hits, or Country formats.
The show is primarily a morning show but can work in any daypart. To learn more about Ashley & Brad click here. To secure the FREE 12 segments of The Ashley & Brad Show’s Fourth of July Fun Facts, contact Rich O’Brien at richo@goGnetworks.com or call 800.871.6163.
SNAPS: The Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Completes 47th Annual Gracies Luncheon
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) presented the 47th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on June 22. Host Hannah Storm, anchor of ESPN SportsCenter, led the program alongside presenters Paul “Cubby” Bryant, Co-Host 106.7 LiteFM Morning Show with Christine Nagy; Linsey Davis, ABC News Live Prime Anchor, Weekend “World News Tonight” Anchor, and ABC News Correspondent; Larry O’Connor, Host, O’Connor & Company on WMAL; Kate Snow, NBC Nightly News Sunday, Anchor and NBC News Senior National Correspondent; and Shelley Wade, Afternoon Host, New York City’s 94.7 The Block and podcast host All the Rage with Shelley Wade.
The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced in recognition of individual achievement and outstanding programming by, for and about women in local and student television, radio and digital media. Highlights from the show included: Curb Recording artist and singer/songwriter Hannah Ellis (Shown above with Hannah Storm) performed “Us” along with her soon-to-be-released single “Country Can.” Ellis said, “It’s such honor to perform at the Gracie Awards this year. There is something so special about being here and celebrating accomplished and talented women!’
The National Gracie Award honorees were recognized at the Gracies Gala, May 24, at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Again, a full list of recipients may be found HERE
Lisha B Joins The Big Joe Show On Mix 95.7 Grand Rapids As Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Lisha B has been named the new executive producer of The Big Joe Show with Big Joe and Laura Hardy on Townsquare Media's MIX 95.7 Grand Rapids. Lisha B who's originally from the nation's capital, Washington D.C. says, "Before moving here, I had never heard of Grand Rapids. However, once I visited, I knew that this was home. I am not new to this. I am true to this! Previously, I was the local producer for the syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show. I am so excited to chat with you every morning about the crazy antics that the gang and I get into on Mix 95.7!
Lisha adds, "I have always loved acting and being on stage. I have stage fright. However, once I become the character, you simply cannot tell. One day you may see me on a Broadway stage in NYC! I will get you front row tickets!"
Big Joe and Laura Hardy said: “We are so excited to have Lisha B as a part of the Big Joe Show. Her contagious joy, unmatched skillset, and unique perspective really bring a new energy to the show, and West Michigan.”
Bob Newton Rises To Vice President Of Operations For Nectar Radio Networks
Founder & President, Marcus Rowe, comments, “Our networks have grown so large and so rapidly that it is no longer possible to operate the way we have been operating. We’re expanding our team in order to maintain the same close relationships we have always had with our stations and their owners. Bob has proven to be an invaluable asset to both Nectar and our radio partners. Additionally, our long-standing strategic partner, Westwood One, will be taking on more of the back-end operations for Nectar Media that our in-house team and I have traditionally handled.
NETWORKS: G Audio Offering 'Back In The Day Replay' Hosted by Paco Lopez
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– The specialty show is three hours long, focusing on R&B and Hip Hop from 1990-2009 and includes artist info and interviews plus special mini-mixes from some of America's best turntable wizards. "The Back In The Day Replay with Paco Lopez" debuted June 4th weekend.
"After leaving my last programming gig, I began looking at what was missing in R&B and Hip Hop. I realized it was a show targeting the underserved A35-54 demo. In the past two years G Audio Networks and I have been working together to develop a show that would not only focus on that demo, but would still be engaging with the 25-34 year olds. Remember, 1992 was 30 years ago," Paco Lopez said.
For information on carrying "The Back In The Day Replay" contact Rich O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 212-380-9338.
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iHeart On Board At Cannes Weighs In On The Black Effect: Diversity & Representation In Media & Marketing
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– iHeart's Charlemagne tha God, Conal Byrne and Gayle Troberman were on board the iHeart yacht in Cannes for a conversation about the Black Effect, Diversity, Representation in media and marketing. “I'm a radio guy first and foremost," said Charlemagne, "and I've always wanted to be in control of an actual audio platform, and help amplify voices like myself. SoI wanted to be in a position to do that. So that's why we launched the podcast network. Two years in, we are two years in with The Black Effect. And since the successful launch, you have amplified and empowered a list of black voices, some new creators, some famous people we may or may not have heard of before.”
He added, “Storytelling is everything — everybody has learned something from a good story — a great book, great radio show, great podcast. And so that's why it's so important on The Black Effect to have so many diverse voices, because there's so many different people telling so many different stories.”
There was also a conversation about the Importance of LGBTQ+ Visibility in Media which featured special Guests: Sam Smith (singing star) ● Sarah Kate Ellis (President & CEO, GLAAD) Brent Miller (Senior Director Global LGBTQ+ Equality, Procter & Gamble ● Gayle Troberman.
Audacy Named To Linkedin’s Top Companies 2022: Media And Entertainment List
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Audacy has been named to LinkedIn’s inaugural Top Companies 2022: Media and Entertainment list. Through this list, LinkedIn ranks the 25 best companies to grow a career in the industry, aiming to provide a go-to resource for professionals at every stage of their career journeys.
“At Audacy, we strive to not only help propel the audio industry forward but cultivate an organization full of team members who lead that charge,” said Susan Larkin, (shown right) Chief Operating Officer, Audacy. “We’re honored to have been recognized by LinkedIn on their list spotlighting media and entertainment companies and sit alongside some of our industry’s best innovators, champions and influencers. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”
To compile the list,LinkedIn looked at data across seven pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and educational background. For a full list of this year’s winners, please click HERE
New Study On Podcast Creators To Debut June 28 From Sounds Profitable And Edison Research
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Sounds Profitable, in partnership with Edison Research, has put together a comprehensive study profiling podcast creators in America. Join Tom Webster, Partner at Sounds Profitable, on Tuesday, June 28 at 1pm EDT as he showcases the results of the study in a live online event.
The Creators 2022 is the first iteration of a study that will track trends and changes in the podcast creator space annually. Much of the research in the podcast space up to this point has been related to listening, so The Creators will fill a gap in industry knowledge about those who create podcasts.
Click HERE to register for The Creators virtual event.
Carly Pearce Returns To Host The 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors From Nashville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced that reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year and four-time ACM Award-winner Carly Pearce will return for a second year to host the 15TH ACM Honors Event from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. A full lineup of tribute performers will be announced in the coming weeks. “ACM Honors is shaping up to be an unforgettable night, honoring some of the biggest names and achievements in Country Music, all while also shining a spotlight on the Studio Recording musicians and Industry professionals that make the music scene in Nashville and around the world.
“ACM Honors is shaping up to be an unforgettable night, honoring some of the biggest names and achievements in Country Music, all while also shining a spotlight on the Studio Recording musicians and Industry professionals that make the music scene in Nashville and around the world possible,” said Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside. “We’re so excited to have Carly back to host ACM Honors for her second year in a row, making the 15th anniversary of this event even more special with our reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year steering the show.”
“ACM Honors is one of my most favorite events of the year,” said Pearce. “It is a privilege to once again host this special night and celebrate those who are making a profound impact on Country Music.”
Studio Recording Award and Industry Award winners will also be feted. Examples of categories from Studio Recording and Industry Awards include Audio Engineer of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, Casino of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Electric Guitar Player of the Year, Fair/Rodeo of the Year, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year, Producer of the Year, Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year, and Theater of the Year.
Sam Alex Completes Another 'Camp Broadcast' In Chicago For High School & College Broadcasters
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– Camp Broadcast's latest edition headed by Sam Alex welcomed 25 high school & college broadcasters last week in Chicago. It featured guest instructors from ESPN, WGN, NBC, Fox, iHeartRadio, plus a field trip to Audacy Chicago headquarters where our tour was led by Marci Braun (Regional Brand Manager) & Sean “Sonic” Leckie (104.3 Jams afternoon host).
Performers at its benefit concert at Joe's Live were Canaan Smith, Ray Fulcher, Abby Anderson and Darryl Worley. The campers had a chance to interview the artists on the red carpet before the show. Pictured (L-R) are: Smith, Fulcher, Anderson, Worley and Sam Alex at Camp Broadcast benefit concert.
On June 15 they featured an Acoustic Jam benefit concert with an intimate guitar pull style show. Proceeds from Acoustic Jam benefit scholarships for students to attend Camp Broadcast, a day camp in Chicago for high school and college-aged aspiring journalists & broadcasters. Camp Broadcast took place on June 13-16 near Chicago in Highland Park, IL.
Some recent Camp Broadcast alumni who are now working in the industry include Tiffany Goldstein (CMT), Ellie Perrigo (ESPN), Kira Smethers (WCTO/Allentown) & Hannah Brummer (recently announced morning show co-host on WSSR with Chicago radio legend Eddie Volkman)
Former Global Radio Station Building To Become A Care Home; The Milk Carton Regatta Returns
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD 2022 –– UK’s FCC, Highlights How Ridiculous It’s Own Rules Are - Ofcom (the UK’s version of the FCC) is aiming to reduce speech quota for Local BBC Radio breakfast. That’s right, in the 21st Century, if you present a BBC local radio breakfast show and play EVEN ONE SONG on the air, your station may be fined! Ofcom is proposing to reduce the speech quota for Local BBC Radio breakfast from 100% to 75% as part of changes being made to the BBC’s Operating Licence. It follows a similar move in 2021 on proposed changes that were designed to modernise the BBC’s Operating Licence, for example by reducing the number of quotas in place. As well proposing to decrease the breakfast peak time speech quota on local radio from 100% to 75%, they’re also talking about making news and current affairs quotas on network radio annual rather than daily or weekly while retaining an obligation on the BBC to make news available regularly throughout the day.
In Australia Mix 94.5 Brings Back The Masters Milk Carton Regatta In 2022 - Mix 94.5’s Pete, Matt and Kymba are bringing back the Masters Milk Carton Regatta this year. Held in Hillarys Boat Harbour, north of Perth on Saturday, November 26th, the competition promises to return bigger and better. Teams will need to build their vessels entirely of Masters milk cartons and successfully race for the chance to win prize money and the ultimate bragging rights as the newest Regatta champion.
Former Global Radio Station Building Will Become A Care Home - The former home of commercial radio in Reading, just outside London, is going to be re-developed. LNT Care Developments acquired The Filberts, a 13,570 sq ft modern office building, in a £3.5 million property deal brokered by property consultancy Vail Williams. The land and buildings are situated in The Chase off the A4 Bath Road and will be turned into an old folks home. It means that the former home of 2-TEN FM and Heart FM will have more in common with the BBC’s network of local radio stations, many of which act as care homes for elderly former commercial radio presenters.
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EVENTS: BFOA Launches First Annual 'Radio Giving Day' Set For Next Wednesday, June 29th
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced its first annual Radio Giving Day, Wednesday, June 29, a day to come together as one community with one common goal – to support radio professionals in need of financial assistance due to a critical illness, accident, or disaster. In addition, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the charitable mission of the Broadcasters Foundation so that a radio professional in acute need can apply for aid.
We need to make sure everyone working in radio stations across America is aware of what we do,” said Tim McCarthy, Co-President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “It’s a tragedy to think that one of our colleagues in need might qualify for aid but doesn’t know about us. We’re asking everyone in radio to spread the word, especially if they know someone who we might be able to help.”
The Broadcasters Foundation is encouraging radio groups and stations to implement employee donation drives in support of Radio Giving Day. Several media companies and radio station groups have already committed to helping the Radio Giving Day initiative, including Alpha Media Group, Audacy, Beasley Media Group, Connoisseur Media, Educational Media Foundation, Good Karma Brands, iHeart Media, Independent Broadcasters Association, Premiere Networks, Salem Media Group, Skyview Satellite Network, Spanish Broadcasting System, and Townsquare Media.
To apply for financial aid or make a general donation, radio and TV professionals may visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
KTAR News Phoenix Celebrates 100 Years On-Air
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– KTAR News 92.3 FM (KTAR) in Phoenix is celebrating 100 years on air as the trusted voice of the Valley. “As we reflect on a century of broadcasting for KTAR, we are honored to have such a tremendously talented team that continues to serve this community and innovate to keep our audiences connected and informed and deliver extraordinary results for our local business partners,” said Ryan Hatch, senior vice president/market manager for Bonneville Phoenix, which operates the station. “While many voices have changed over the years, KTAR’s commitment to produce news that Arizonans can trust when it matters the most has never been stronger.”
KTAR first hit the airwaves on June 21, 1922 under the call letters KFAD, which was short for Kan’t Fool A Dodge. That’s because the station was founded by Charles and Warren McArthur, who at the time owned the largest automobile dealership in the southwestern United States. The first motto was “Phoenix, Where Winter Never Comes.” 1929: The station’s call letters changed to KREP when the stock market forced the sale of the station to The Arizona Republic in 1929. The problem was KREP was being mispronounced, so the station became known as what it is today “KTAR” (Keep Taking Arizona Republic).
In 1930, KTAR became the first affiliate of NBC in 1930, simultaneously moving to the top of the Heard Building (shown) and rising more than 100 feet above Central Avenue with the antenna. 1940: The station in 1940 moved to the corner of 36th Street and Thomas Road, becoming a 5,000-watt station and giving it ample room to grow. KTAR’s new location had two antennas, one that was 300 feet tall and the other 400. This made KTAR the first directional broadcast station in Arizona.
Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a proclamation recognizing June 21, 2022, as “KTAR Day,” which acknowledges KTAR’s significance to the state of Arizona. • KTAR kicked off its celebration on March 2 with 100 Days of Giving Back, providing donations to more than 50 local charities.
On Monday, a legislative proclamation sponsored by state Rep. Teresa Martinez honoring the station was read in the Arizona House of Representatives. • On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the station at 7740 N. 16th Street in Phoenix commemorated the milestone by unveiling a timeline depicting significant events that have occurred over the past 100 years. The celebration will culminate during KTAR Night at Chase Field along with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday with $9.23 tickets.
SYNDICATION: Entravision Radio Network’s Shoboy Show Expands With Four New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– Entravision announced that the Shoboy Show hosted by Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo is now being syndicated by four new affiliate stations including: Jacksonville, FL on WYKB-FM, Bakersfield, CA on KBQF-FM, Atlantic City, NJ on WSJO-FM and Scranton, PA on WGGY-FM. The program is the only bilingual Latino radio show that airs Monday through Friday throughout the daytime listening lineup and is now being syndicated in nine states ranging from California to Florida. Since the show’s inception in 2020, Entravision has had an exclusive sales agreement to represent the Shoboy Show nationally on a network basis and continues to expand the program’s market base each year.
Starting in August 2020, the Shoboy Show launched in McAllen, TX (KKPS 99.5 FM), Sacramento, CA (KHHM 101.9 FM) and Stockton-Modesto, CA (KCVR 98.9 FM); followed by Albuquerque, New Mexico (KJFA 102.9 AM-FM) in October and in Salt Lake City, UT (KBMG 106.3 FM) in November. In the show’s second year of airing, the Shoboy Show debuted in six more markets, including Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA (KRTO 97.1 FM) in January 2021, followed by Las Vegas, NV (KRRN 92.7 FM) and Palm Springs, CA (KPST 103.5 FM) in March, San Diego, CA (XRST 107.7 FM) and Houston, TX (KLOL 101.1 FM) in June and Washington, DC (WLZL 107.9 FM) in November.
With the additions of the Jacksonville, Bakersfield, Atlantic City and Scranton markets, 15 stations now syndicate the award-winning program.
Bud And Broadway Inks With Oceanic Tradewinds
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– The new look of the Bud and Broadway Show has just signed a deal with Oceanic Tradewinds with additional strategic players being announced shortly. The 12-year country program is the brainchild of Jerry Broadway with new co-host Mitch English, Nashville Insider Becca Walls, as well as T. Wall. The CMA/ACM winning show recently won another ACM award for National Daily Country Air personality of the Year.
Jerry Broadway says, “I have always felt that we could be the biggest and most successful national country show because of the superior entertainment value we consistently deliver. We already have 20 plus ecstatically happy affiliates. Thankfully, we are getting more backing now. We are excited to have Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds in our corner lining up both new radio stations and powerfully influential strategic partners.”
Oceanic Tradewinds CEO Gary Bernstein says, “The current program has set a new bar in country radio for truly fun mornings. When every single content break is so uniquely funny and fresh, it makes it very easy to see why there is so much passion for this program. The show was amazing when it came to national prominence as the #1 Country show in St. Louis for over 3 years. Now, it’s performing on a whole new level getting ready for even bigger stages in both radio and TV.” For more info on the show, contact Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townsquare Closes On Cherry Creek For $18.7 Million
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– Townsquare Media, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has officially closed on the acquisition of Cherry Creek Broadcasting LLC for $18.7 million. Simultaneously, due to FCC ownership limitations, Townsquare will divest six radio stations in Missoula, MT, to Anderson Broadcasting, Legacy Broadcasting (a non-profit organization), and Missoula Community Radio (also a non-profit organization), and place two radio stations in Tri-Cities, WA in a divestiture trust. Townsquare will add assets including 35 local radio stations in nine markets, increasing its portfolio of market leading local radio stations to 356 in 74 markets.
Townsquare CEO Bill Wilson said in first announcing the purchase in March, "We look forward to accelerating the digital growth in these markets as we implement our flywheel of powerful and effective marketing and advertising (digital and radio) solutions and technology platforms, in combination with our highly relevant, localized content on-air and online. We believe this acquisition furthers our goal of being the #1 Digital First Local Media Company in markets outside of the Top 50 in the United States."
Kalil & Co. was the exclusive broker for Cherry Creek.
AdLarge Names Brian Egan Director Of Digital Content & Strategy
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– AdLarge expands content team, announcing they have named Brian Egan as Director of Digital Content and Strategy for the company. Brian will spearhead the expansion of strategic discovery methods to uncover new talent and content creators in order to develop authentic and re-imagined advertising opportunities for clients.
Egan has been in the media industry for over a decade working in several different facets; specializing in growth and innovation. Creator and host of the nationally recognized Glue Guys podcast, Egan previously worked with Adlarge in the space when he ran the Almighty Media podcast network. Earlier in his career, he worked in book publishing. Most recently, Egan created and Co-Founded Inlet TV, a digital multi-media live streaming platform focused on highly scalable HLS technology.
Cathy Csukas, AdLarge Co-CEO commented on the announcement, “Throughout his career, Brian has had the opportunity to work with some of the largest podcasters in the world and brings an impressive depth of experience and entrepreneurial vision to the company. With his leadership, we’re focused on finding new marketing and content opportunities and look forward to reaching new levels of success for our clients in 2022.”
Steven Cohen Joins Crossover Media As VP Of Business Development And Partnerships
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– Podcasting and radio veteran Steven Cohen has joined Crossover Media Group as vice president of business development and partnerships, a new position. He will be based out of the company’s West Coast operations.
“Steven is one of the most recognizable faces in podcasting from both the advertising and content sides,” said Sue Freund, Crossover Media Group Sales managing member. “Given his background in both the audio and the digital podcast space, he brings a wealth of experience to the team which fits ideally with our content lineup. He’s relentlessly client-focused and he ‘gets’ the business of podcast advertising.”
Early in his career Cohen worked with such performers as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash while he served for a decade as a music industry publicist on behalf of producer Rick Rubin and American Recordings, among others. He later launched the first national daily radio show about soccer, initially called “World Soccer Daily” and then “World Football Daily,” which aired five days a week on Sirius XM and which was also aired as a podcast, giving Cohen his initial grounding in the burgeoning field. More recently he served for seven years, since the company’s inception, at audio production and ad-sales provider Cadence13, which was recently acquired by Audacy.
EVENTS: Brothers Osborne, Blanco Brown & Sara Evans Among All-Star ACM 'Party For A Cause' Lineup
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– The Academy of Country Music® announced the all-star lineup for its annual ACM Party for a Cause® benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®, set to return to Nashville, TN for the second consecutive year. ACM Party for a Cause® will feature live performances by reigning ACM Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, along with Blanco Brown, Travis Denning, and ACM Award winners Sara Evans, Caylee Hammack, and Darius Rucker, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
Party for a Cause® will take place on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN and will precede the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors™ ceremony, to be held the next night, Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Proceeds from ACM Party for a Cause® will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which harnesses the power of the Country Music community and partners to provide aid in times of need, with a focus on health-related initiatives.
“We’re so excited to be back in Music City for our second year of Party for a Cause at Ascend Amphitheater. Just like last year, we plan to bring the party to Nashville during a great night of music all for a good cause,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to the artists who participate in this show, giving back to the Country Music community, and giving fans the opportunity to experience a show they can’t see anywhere else.” For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow the Academy on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, all at @ACMawards, and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for the latest news and updates in your email inbox. For information on ACM Lifting Lives, please visit www.acmliftinglives.org.
Tucson’s KIIM-FM 99.5 Hosts This Bar Loves Toby Keith
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– Cumulus Tucson's 99.5/KIIM-FM will host This Bar Loves Toby Keith: A Fundraiser for the Toby Keith Foundation on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Whiskey Roads (2290 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741) and The Maverick (6622 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715) from open to close at both locations. 20% of all food sales at both locations, with 20% of all food sales will go to the Toby Keith Foundation.
The Toby Keith Foundation raises money for pediatric cancer patients and supports the OK Kids Korral, which is a haven for the entire family as a child with cancer receives treatment. KiiM-FM 99.5 on-air personalities and staff members will be on hand at Whiskey Roads from 5:00pm-7:00pm and at The Maverick from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Buzz Jackson, Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality, KiiM-FM 99.5, said: “We got the news that Toby Keith has been fighting stomach cancer since the fall, and he has been such a great supporter of Country radio for so long. We wanted to see if we could turn some bad news into some good news for his children’s charities. We thank our listeners and the community for coming out to Whiskey Roads and to The Maverick Thursday for a fun evening with plenty of great food and drinks – and for helping kids in the process.”
PODCAST: iHeart And Sports Illustrated Launch New Original Podcast 'Choosing Sides: F1'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND 2022 –– To more than one billion fans worldwide, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports, with death-defying races, state-of-the-art machinery, exotic locales, and billions of dollars at stake. But to many Americans who follow only the Big Four sports, it’s mostly a car series confused with NASCAR. Luckily, the tides are changing. In recent years — and thanks in part to Netflix's ultra-popular Drive to Survive series — Formula 1 has finally gained a foothold in the United States.
Lily Herman is a writer, editor, and cultural commentator whose work has spanned the intersections of sports, entertainment, politics, and more. Her writing has appeared on TIME, Business Insider, ELLE, Teen Vogue, and Bustle in recent years. She also writes the popular F1 culture newsletter Engine Failure. Michael Kosta is a Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Previously, he hosted and was the co-executive producer of The Comment Section for the E! Network. He is well known from his numerous late night appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan, Seth Meyers, and @midnight. Michael co-hosted Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild opposite Regis Philbin and was a regular Correspondent for The Soup Investigates with Joel McHale.
“Choosing Sides: F1” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. LISTEN TO TRAILER HERE
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103.5 KTU New York Kicks Off Summer With KTUphoria 2022 At Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– iHeartMedia kicked the summer off with the KTUphoria 2022 on Saturday, June 18 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Hosted by WKTU Personalities, the star-studded event celebrated all things summer with performances from today’s hottest artists including Pitbull, Ava Max (shown above), Regard, Laidback Luke, Lodato. Plus, a Special 25th Anniversary Freestyle Set from and Kim Sozzi. Saturday kicked off with the KTUphoria 2022 Pre-Show. The daytime event featured live performances from Freedom Williams & C & C Music Factory, George Lamond, Judy Torres, Coro, Cynthia, Lisette Melendez, Reina, Lucas Prata,ces by Rockell, Katy Tiz. Anees, Chloe Jane, Carly Underwood, Alle’ with Ryan Brahms, and DJ Gozzi.
Special guests included former KTU on-air personalities, Speedy, Vic Latino, Jewelz En Tu Radio, Jagger, DJ Riddler, Showboat, and Broadway Bill Lee. The music of 103.5 KTU came to life with an extraordinary lineup and special moments. After Lodato’s set, his manager, Jared Overeem, proposed to his girlfriend on stage! She said YES! Freestyle artists came together to perform a special 25th-anniversary set dedicated to KTU and their listeners. Pitbull hit the KTUphoria stage and performed all his mega-hits including “Fireball,” “Hotel Room Service,” “Feel This Moment,” “International Love, “I Feel Good” and more! He ended the show with “Give Me Everything”
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HONORS: Urban One's Founder Cathy Hughes Inducted Into Black Music & Entertainment Walk Of Fame
Hughes Joins Fellow Crown Jewel of Excellence Black Music Month Class of 2022 Inductees Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Robert Smith, RUN DMC, T.D. Jakes, The Clark Sisters, NAS, Angela Bassett, Patti LaBelle and Prince.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– On Saturday, June 18, 2022, Urban One founder, Cathy Hughes, was inducted into The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame (BMEWOF) during its Juneteenth celebration in Atlanta. Hughes is now an official member of the Crown Jewel of Excellence Black Music Month Class of 2022. The Walk of Fame is a joint initiative by the Black American Music Association (BAMAssoc) and Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC). The Black Music Month Induction recognized and honored pioneering artists, entertainers, and visionaries who have positively impacted both Black culture and the community at large.
The induction ceremony was a family affair for Hughes. She had the honor of being inducted by Alfred C. Liggins III, her son and CEO of Urban One, Inc. “I am very proud to be here today to induct my mother, the founder and chairperson of Urban One, into the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame,” said Liggins before passing his microphone to his son and Hughes’ grandson, Charlie Liggins, for a shoutout to the city of Atlanta. “On behalf of my grandmother Cathy Hughes, I’d like to thank the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame for honoring her with a star. Keep listening to Radio One. We love you Atlanta.”
In a short, lively acceptance speech, Hughes paid tribute to the founders of BMEWOF, fellow inductees and Atlanta. “First and foremost, let’s give praise and thanks to God from whom all blessings flow. Let’s hear it Atlanta for God. We thank you dear God. We could have been anywhere else but we’re here today in unity and love celebrating not only the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame but Juneteenth. Let’s hear it. You [Atlanta] are the Mecca of Black excellence.”
Beasley Makes Frequency Swap In Las Vegas, Shawn Tempesta Joins For Mornings With Aimee Thomas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group has officially swapped 102.7 Coyote Country/KCYE-FM from its current frequency position of 102.7FM with sister station, Star 107.9 KVGS-FM. The new changes will go into effect on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 10am.
On Monday June 27th, Shawn Tempesta (L), along with his Co-host, Aimee Thomas (former Morning Co-host on KCYE-FM) will be heard during morning drive and Sammi Reeves will take over afternoons on Star 107.9.
In addition, Program Director and On Air Personality Shawn Stevens will move from middays to mornings on KCYE 107.9 and Paul Knight will return to take over middays, while Ransom Garcia will remain on the air during afternoons.
As the Las Vegas market continues to grow, we are excited to expand the audience reach of Beasley in the valley with this move,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Operations Manager and Program Director, Cat Thomas.
KMVA Hot 97.5 & 103.9 Freshens Its Sound As The New Hot 97.5 & 103.9 'Rhythm of the Valley'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 ––KMVA HOT 97.5 & 103.9 Phoenix debuted its new reimagined new music presentation as it becomes The NEW Rhythm of The Valley on Friday, June 17th at 12:00pm MST. HOT 97.5 & 103.9’s. Its new locally curated playlist will focus it’s sound on great up-tempo songs from the 80’,90’s, early 2000’s and today.
Jeff Trumper, Desert Valley Media Group’s President & CEO commented, “This is an exciting, up-tempo, song driven presentation of songs that will be celebrated by listeners all over the Valley. HOT is designed to mirror Valley lifestyles and the musical tastes of listeners between the ages of 35-54. We are so very proud to bring this unique and exciting sound to the Phoenix area… THE NEW HOT 97.5 & 103.9… RHYTHM OF THE VALLEY”!
Jared Marshall, Program director of HOT “The local community is at the core of the New Hot. The music, contesting, show hosts, everything! We’re excited to bring the Valley a brand that provides them the music and content they told us they love that fits their lifestyle.” Desert Valley Media worked closely with Steve Smith & Tim Richards of Smith Richards Collective as well as Ken Benson of P1 Media Group in designing and curating this station refresh. The New Hot 97.5 & 103.9 Rhythm of The Valley will debut this Friday, June 17th at 12pm kicking off with 5,000 songs commercial free.
WVHT-FM Flips From CHR To Urban Adult Hits As '100.5 The Vibe' in Norfolk
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– After stunting with a 72-hour loop of the 1999's "Vivrant Thing" by Q-Tip, Max Media/Hampton Roads flips CHR WVHT (Hot 100.5)/Norfolk to Urban Adults Hits as "100.5 The Vibe." The station flipped Monday, June 20 at 5pm ET.
Anthony "Tone Hollywood" Wheeler was named Brand Manager The Vibe. Tone was most recently the midday air personality for Urban WJMZ-FM Greenville, SC.
"We're excited to bring a unique, new radio format to Hampton Roads. We will be playing a massive playlist of Urban, R&B, Classic Hip-Hop and Classic Soul in the spirit of the Adult Hits format. A ton of variety, not only in title count but musical styles. Because, why not?," said VP/Operations and Programming Eddie Haskell. Tone remarked, "757 music lovers we have exactly what you have been looking for. A station that plays basically everything. All of the hits that you grew up on and love! One listen to our playlist, and you will say 'Wow this is a Vibe."
PODCAST: Matt Pinfield Takes Fans On His Road To Recovery In 'Sound, Sobriety & Success'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks announces that it has launched a new podcast today, Sound, Sobriety & Success, hosted by Matt Pinfield, renowned Rock journalist, national television and radio personality, and music executive.
The former MTV host - currently heard as host of Westwood One’s Rock radio show, “Flashback” – has been a fixture in the music scene for three decades and has been on the road to recovery along the way, with a little help from his friends.
Kicking off the Sound, Sobriety & Success podcast are Pinfield’s guests Jeff Jampol, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Shireen Janti, with upcoming episodes to feature Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, and sports agent Leigh Steinberg. Pinfield said: “Living clean and sober is a beautiful gift for those of us who have struggled with addiction. Through this podcast, I am grateful to share the success stories of people in recovery to help others fight and understand their battles with alcoholism and addiction. I want to help people identify similarities in others’ stories to understand how they have successfully made their life changes.” LISTEN HERE.
Michele McKormick - Why I Need Morning Show Boot Camp Every Year - 'It's About The Energy In The Room'
By Michelle McKormick
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– This year is Morning Show Bootcamp No. 34 and I’ll be honest, I’ve been to most of them. I have met some of my dearest, closest friends and learned more about radio and myself in those years. I've even helped plan some of them. I have been the person sharing what I know to a room full of broadcasters. Other times I have acquired treasured skills, from negotiating contracts to a great idea on how to give away Elton John tickets and so much more.
'Bootcamp - It’s the one learning Institution that you just can’t graduate from. Radio is always shifting and changing. Nobody ever knows it all. MSBC 34 is about being together. It’s about the energy in the room, being with people who share that same love. That love that keeps us all up at night. That love that has sometimes ruined our personal relationships. That love that makes us see humor in most things. That love of telling a story and making people laugh or cry or get mad or just feel something, anything WITH us. That love of radio.
I need MSBC every year. It restores my hope that radio will never die just maybe evolve. And here I am, in a room full of people, who want to figure out with me, what that evolution looks like. It’s about elevating your game, engaging with other people who get it. It’s not always about what you learn from sitting in on a discussion, although they are some of best minds in our business, but sometimes it’s what you learn in the hallway. The renewal is what it’s about. I need it every year to continue to do what I do.
For those who never have been.. it’s an investment in being BETTER. You can expect to be plugged into a network of resources, ideas and opportunities that will last a lifetime. Friends that transcend market size or experience level.
It’s my favorite few days every year. The fact that we are still getting to do this for a living, and then we can take time to be around others who share it, there is just nothing else like it. There are stories from these past 34 years .. well, most I cannot say here.. I can say I look forward to writing another chapter, this year, with you. As for those stories from the past? Find me at the lobby bar .. drinks are on me.
Michelle McKormick is Morning Host on Cumulus' WLAV Grand Rapids
The Bob & Tom Show’s Pop-Up Comedy For A Cause Event Helps Send Kids To Summer Camp
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 21, 2022 - The Bob & Tom Show, heard on over 100 radio stations across the U.S., kicked off the summer on Friday, June 17th with an evening of live comedy that raised $12,000 in one night to send Indianapolis area children to summer camp. The sold-out benefit event, The Bob & Tom Show's Pop-Up Comedy For A Cause, was presented at the historic Irving Theater in Indianapolis, and featured performances by Willie Griswold, Jeff Oskay, Josh Arnold and Pat Godwin, stand-up comedians from The Bob & Tom Show and was co-hosted by the Hall of Fame morning show's Tom Griswold and Chick McGee. - Shown: Chick McGee, Willie Griswold & Tom Griswold.
The BOB & TOM Show is exclusively syndicated by Westwood One, the largest audio network in America. For more information about The BOB & TOM Show, visit: www.bobandtominfo.com or contact Todd Alan at email@example.com or at 212.735.1107.
Bob & Sheri Give Away Bob’s Dress And A Wedding
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– Bob Lacey, the other half of The Bob & Sheri Show with Sheri Lynch, was rummaging around in his attic and found a wedding dress that neither he nor his wife could explain where it came from or how it got there. Finding no explanation to the mystery of Bob’s Wedding Dress, Bob and Sheri decided to partner with VISIT FLORIDA and stage a contest across all 70 affiliated stations to giveaway Bob’s dress and a Florida wedding to go with it -- hair, makeup, flights, hotel, music, reception… the whole shebang!
Participants had to explain why they deserved a Florida wedding from Bob & Sheri, and one winner would be chosen. It had to be two humans being wed, and it didn’t matter if it was a first wedding, a second wedding, a renewal of vows, etc. For Lisaida and David Archuleta from New Mexico – listeners to KMGA, Albuquerque -- it was a renewal of vows for the two high school sweethearts who were married many years ago without much fanfare or celebration. In fact, this loving couple had never been on a plane before.
The wedding took place on Sunday, June 19, at The Shores Resort & Spa in in Daytona Beach Shores, FL. Bob gave away the bride, Sheri, an ordained minister, performed the beachside wedding, and Max Sweeten and Doc Bowser of the Bob & Sheri team served as attendants. “So often in contests, the person who doesn’t need the prize, wins the prize,” Sheri commented. “We had many heart-warming stories to consider, but Lisaida’s entry came across so authentic and loving, it struck a chord with us. It was a privilege to officiate the renewal of their vows.”
For more information on Bob & Sheri, stations may contact Tony Garcia, co-owner of Now! Media, the company that syndicates the popular morning show, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-916-6333.
KISS 104.1 Atlanta And The Frank Ski Kids Foundation Celebrate Kids’ Week With Thousands Of Tickets For Local Attractions And Meals For Local Families
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– From June 6-10, KISS 104.1 partnered with Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck for KISS 104.1 and The Frank Ski Kids Foundation’s “Kids’ Week.” The events took place at Illuminarium, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia Aquarium, Fun Spot America and McDonalds in Lithonia.
The Frank Ski Show with Nina Brown (shown) broadcasts live from 6-10a.m. each day from a different Atlanta area location. Families began arriving before 7a.m. every day and received free tickets or a meal (while they lasted). Over the course of the week, more than 2,000 people were able to experience an exciting morning with their families or a hot meal to start off the day.
“We are thrilled to have sponsored Kids’ Week to provide a full week of summer opportunities for Atlanta youth, especially those who wouldn't have had access to these opportunities otherwise," said Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. "Family-friendly and age-appropriate activities are key to keeping kids engaged, happy and safe during the summer break."
“Frank Ski and Nina Brown have an uncanny way of connecting to the community to bring them just what they need. ‘Kids’ Week’ was a great representation of Radio serving Community,” said Terri Avery, KISS 104.1 Director of Branding and Programming.
Beloved New Orleans Host Eddie Edwards Passes Away At 75
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2022 –– Longtime 101.1 WNOE Country morning host Eddie Edwards passe away at the age of 75 reported WGNO New Orleans. He passed away on Sunday, June 19th. Edwards’ wife confirmed the news of his passing over the weekend.
According to WGNO, Edwards spent over 30 years on New Orleans’ airwaves being known for his vast knowledge of music and country artists. He accomplished many things including becoming a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eddie spent the last year of his career in the city that loved him. His WNOE family posted online that he will certainly be missed.
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NPR & Edison Research: Smart Speaker Ownership Now Reaches About 100 Million Adults 18+
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– NPR and Edison Research released the 2022 Smart Audio Report today, showcasing the ubiquity of voice technology in the U.S. The Report highlights the increased usage of voice technology, with 35% of Americans 18+ now owning a smart speaker. The 2022 study compares the most recent survey results with the 2017 Smart Audio Report, and also revisits families who were interviewed in 2017, creating a comprehensive picture of the changes over the last five years. The findings were presented in a webinar hosted by National Public Media (NPM) VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson and Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick and is available now at npr.org/smartaudio.
Main findings from the study include: · Voice technology is everywhere: In 2022, 62% of Americans 18+ use a voice assistant on any device, and those devices can include: smart speakers, smartphones, TV remotes, in-car systems, a computer/laptop, tablet, among others.
· Overall usage of voice tech is increasing: In 2022, 57% of voice command users use voice commands daily. Twenty percent of smart speaker owners spend most of their audio time listening through a smart speaker, up from 18% in 2017. The weekly number of tasks is increasing: In 2022, smart speaker owners request an average of 12.4 tasks on their device each week, up from 7.5 in 2017. Smartphone voice assistant users request an average of 10.7 tasks weekly, up from 8.8 in 2020.
· Ad messages delivered via voice tech are heard: Half of smart speaker owners have heard an ad on their smart speaker. Fifty-three percent of smart speaker owners who have heard an ad on their device agree they are likely to respond to ads on their smart speaker. Almost half (48%) of smart speaker owners who have heard an ad on their device say that compared to hearing an ad in another place, hearing it on their smart speaker would make them more likely to consider the brand.
According to Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick, “At this point the tech has become familiar for many users, so it is a great time to shake things up and get people’s attention with novel audio experiences and tasks. In the grand scheme, this space is still very young, and there is much opportunity for change and growth, especially in the ways brands can communicate their messages using smart audio.”
Additional key findings: · 86% of smart speaker owners agree that the devices “allow for a more convenient living” · Reasons for purchasing a smart speaker that have trended up in the past five years include: entertaining children, discovering new songs, and listening to podcasts · The number of speaker owners who request to listen to a podcast on their smart speaker in a typical week increased by 22% over the past 5 years “We are thrilled to see the interest and use of smart speakers continue to grow, five years after the original installment of this Report. This data confirms that there are even more opportunities for both publishers and brands alike to connect with this growing and engaged audience,” said NPM VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson.
Radio Milwaukee’s New Urban Alternative HYFIN Channel To Launch This Sunday On Juneteenth Day
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Radio Milwaukee’s new Urban Alternative channel HYFIN (WYMS-88.9FM HD2) will officially launch on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST, the station announced Thursday. HYFIN’s first hour of music will be specially programmed to reflect the diversity of Black culture. “As we’ve said from the beginning, we want HYFIN to uplift Black women and we’re doing that in every way we can,” Moody said.
HYFIN is the newest Urban Alternative channel, an innovative, locally customized public radio format connecting to young, diverse audiences through the full spectrum of Black music. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is providing initial support for HYFIN with a $450,000 grant. The new channel will play music from at least two Milwaukee musicians each hour; and HYFIN’s “The Morning Mix” show will also be unique in that it will be unhosted with all music from 6 a.m. to noon. “In the Black community, we have a lot of morning talk radio shows,” Tarik Moody said. ”I wanted HYFIN to be different in what we offer listeners. Maybe you tune in to talk radio for the first part of your commute, but then switch over to HYFIN and get into a good groove for your day. We want HYFIN to be the soundtrack for that.”
In addition to music, HYFIN will carry Radio Milwaukee’s “Uniquely Milwaukee” stories and will also play a selection of multicultural archival stories. HYFIN will also have its own arts and entertainment news segment called “The Grapevine,” hosted by DJ Element Everest-Blanks. The channel also has a confirmed partnership with the ALIVE Podcast Network.
HYFIN will begin airing in its fully hosted format on Monday, July 4. On weekdays, Anthony Foster will be on-air from 12 to 3 p.m.; Everest-Blanks will be on-air from 3 to 9 p.m.; and Moody will host the 9 p.m. to midnight shift, which will air on both 88.9FM HD1 and HD2.
PHOTO/Tarik Moody (Bottom Left) - Element Everest-Blanks (Top Center), - Anthony Foster (Top Left) - Chris Alexander (Top Left), - Darron “DJ” Brüwer (Top Right) as HYFIN’s Community Engagement Coordinator.
Audacy Revamps Weekday Lineup On 670 The Score Chicago; Pairs Bernstein and Holmes in Middays
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Audacy has updated its weekday programming lineup for 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) in Chicago. As part of the update, the station is pairing two longtime station hosts, Laurence Holmes (TR) and Dan Bernstein (TL), to form a new midday show. “Bernstein and Holmes” will air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT, beginning June 20. Additionally, the station’s morning show “Mully and Haugh” will extend an extra hour and be heard from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT. Leila Rahimi will continue in her role on “Leila Wednesdays” on “Bernstein and Holmes.”
“Our all-star Chicago lineup improves with 'Mully and Haugh' extending later into the morning and two teammates who have worked together for 20-plus years finally sharing a microphone on a regular basis,” said Mitch Rosen, Operations Director and Brand Manager, 670 The Score. “We couldn’t be more excited for this updated lineup.” “I’ve been mostly a solo host for the last 15 years, and now I’m looking forward to working with Dan, said Holmes.
“We’ve got a great opportunity to challenge each other and have a lot of fun.” “I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this show," said Bernstein. “Laurence and I have worked closely together at The Score going back to our days on Belmont Avenue, and this new partnership promises to bring out the very best of what we do.” Bernstein had previously hosted late mornings on the station. Bernstein joined 670 The Score as an anchor and reporter in 1995 and has been a full-time host since 1999.
Bump & Stacy Team For Middays On Bonneville's Seattle Sports
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Bonneville Seattle Sports announced the new “Bump & Stacy” show, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Seattle Sports. “We're thrilled Michael Bumpus will be stepping in to join Stacy Rost as a full-time host from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. each weekday,” said Kyle Brown, Program Director for Seattle Sports. “Bump has spent years preparing for this opportunity and I have no doubt he's ready for this moment.
Michael Bumpus was a standout WR at Washington State University before going on to a pro career with the Seattle Seahawks and BC Lions. Bumpus spent 5 years as the head football coach at Monroe high School, and now serves as the host of the Seahawks pregame, postgame and halftime shows and as a television analyst for the PAC12 Network.
Stacy Rost is a native of SeaTac, Washington and a University of Washington graduate. She began her media career in 2014 and joined Seattle Sports as a staff writer and Seahawks Insider in 2017. Stacy has spent the past three years as a talk show host with Seattle Sports and producing daily Seahawks Insider reports.
Mike Conti Rises To Brand Manager Of 92.9 The Game Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Audacy has named Mike Conti as Brand Manager of 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta. “Mike has stepped up to the challenge of leading our programming team on an interim basis since February and he has earned this opportunity to lead WZGC,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Atlanta. “We are excited to have his leadership as we continue to build on our performance of providing the very best in entertainment and sports content for our audience and business partners.”
“I want to thank Rick Caffey and my teammates at 92.9 The Game for the opportunity to lead such a talented group of content creators,” said Conti. “As someone who has been with The Game since the day we signed on ten years ago, it has been remarkable to see us evolve into Atlanta’s go-to source of sports information and entertainment, and I look forward to continuing that evolution.”
Conti came to 92.9 The Game in October 2012 from WGST-AM in Atlanta, where he served as assistant news director. At 92.9 The Game, Conti has served as managing editor, overseeing coverage and production of live sports events. He has been the pregame, halftime and postgame host of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network since 2014 and the play-by-play announcer for Atlanta United FC since 2018. He has also filled-in as play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Falcons.
PODCAST: Comedy Central To Launch Original 'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah' Podcast Series Via iHeart
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Comedy Central announced the launch of podcast series The Daily Show Presents: Hold Up, produced in partnership with iHeartMedia. Featuring The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Dulcé Sloan and writer Josh Johnson as hosts, Hold Up turns Dulcé and Josh’s hilarious, unpredictable, and legendary office banter into a weekly war of words about topics big and small, but mostly small: long engagements, brunch, texting versus calling, chiropractors, and more.
The Daily Show Presents: Hold Up is the latest addition to The Daily Show podcast catalog. Last summer, the show launched the NAACP Image Award nominated Beyond the Scenes hosted by correspondent Roy Wood Jr., which dives deeper into some of the shows biggest pieces and toughest topics, like therapy in the Black community and the pink tax, and features producers, writers, and fellow correspondents to explore how they use comedy to tackle a variety of topics and where these issues stand today.
Dulcé Sloan has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2017. Her recurring segment Dul-Sayin’ explores issues that are important to Black people––from Juneteenth to the impact of HBCUs to Black hair––and has garnered over 2M views on YouTube alone.
As a stand-up comedian, Josh has performed at clubs, colleges and festivals around the world and his recent Comedy Central special Trevor Noah Presents Josh Johnson # (Hashtag) and music/comedy mixtape Elusive were on the ‘Best of 2021’ lists of NPR, Paste, and Vulture.
The Daily Show Presents: Hold Up is distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network and available on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms.
FOX Sports Radio Philly's The Gambler Welcomes “The Divide Live” Podcast To The Airwaves
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia FOX Sports Radio, The Gambler, announced that the popular sports podcast “The Divide Live,” will make its official broadcast radio debut on the station’s Sunday afternoon drive lineup, effective June 19. “The Divide Live” will broadcast Sundays from 12 – 1 p.m. and will continue to discuss the latest baseball and national sports headlines with an original comedic flare. "The Divide Live" features two longtime friends – Mike, a diehard Mets fan and Corey, a diehard Yankees fan. Together, the dynamic duo hash it out about all things sports, life and current events.
“With baseball season here, there's no better time than right now to add to our roster and up the baseball conversation on The Gambler,” said Sean Brace, Program Director for Fox Sports Radio, The Gambler. “I have been a fan of Mike and Corey’s show from their start and am incredibly excited to work with them both! I know all MLB fans will enjoy their banter and take on all the hot topics coming from baseball!”
“Corey and I are beyond excited to bring 'The Divide Live’ to Fox Sports Radio, The Gambler,” said Mike. “I know how much this station means to the iHeartMedia Philly team and we are proud to have a hand in helping to grow the station by giving listeners even more amazing and unique content."
HONORS: WTOP Earn 8 2022 Dateline Awards, Plus Prestigious Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– WTOP took home 8 Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter Tuesday night, most notably, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award presented to WTOP investigative journalists Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Cloherty and Moore were recognized with this award for their investigation into Washington D.C.’s Department of Forensic Sciences.
“It was a complete surprise and honestly a little emotional to accept the award in front of our peers at the National Press Club,” Cloherty said. “Jack and I have worked so hard to get every side of this story and to tell what is a document-heavy investigation in as narrative a way as possible. It means a lot that our fellow journalists in D.C. see the value of our work and the change it has made in holding the Department of Forensic Sciences accountable to the people it serves.”
The Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award is one decided upon by committee members based on all entries in all categories of the Dateline Awards. This award is presented to a journalist or group who exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust.
“We are extremely proud of the entire WTOP news team,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming. “As journalists, it is our job to keep the public informed, provide the facts and demand transparency. It is also our privilege to serve the public and our community.” In addition to the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award, WTOP also received 7 other Dateline 2022 Awards.
EVENTS: iHeart Chicago To Present 'Brilliantly Black Business Awards' To Commemorate 'Juneteenth'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI, Chicago announced today the “Brilliantly Black Business Awards” in partnership with the Chicago Urban League in commemoration of Juneteenth. In June 2020, iHeartMedia Chicago launched “Brilliantly Black” as a community resource initiative to support local Black-owned businesses, restaurants and non-profits. Each radio station encouraged listeners to visit its website and enter keyword “brilliant” to get more information about Black-owned businesses and community resources. Since its inception, iHeartMedia Chicago has showcased more than 1200 Black-owned businesses through digital, on-air features and the “Brilliantly Black” Podcast.
Beginning June 16th, local businesses and listeners will have the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite Black-owned business in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. A total of ten winners will be selected to receive $100,000 of in-kind media on iHeartMedia Chicago radio stations and a small business development cohort from the Chicago Urban League. The categories include restaurants; beauty salons; churches; fashion; medical professionals; day care centers; nightlife; fitness trainers/gyms; financial/insurance; and realtors/brokers.
iHeartMedia Chicago was the first to the launch the ‘Brilliantly Black’ community resource initiative in 2020. We are excited to take it to next level with the ‘Brilliantly Black Business Awards’ to enhance the marketing and advertising of Black-owned businesses in our community.
14th Annual Kellar Radio Talent Institute Returns First RAB-Produced Program Since NRTS Acquisition
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Nineteen students successfully completed the Kellar Radio Talent Institute’s one-of-a-kind broadcast radio training program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The return of the in-person 10-day immersive professional development course for college students also marks the first institute to be produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau since it acquired the National Radio Talent System (NRTS) in August of 2020.
During the Kellar Radio Talent Institute, over 45 broadcast professionals from radio broadcast companies such as Audacy, Beasley Media Group, Capitol Broadcasting, Curtis Media, Dick Broadcasting, iHeartRadio, Inner Banks Media and Performance Racing Network, along with Don Anthony, host of the Morning Show Bootcamp & Publisher of Jockline, Erica Farber from RAB, and Dan Vallie, founder of NRTS, participated and led sessions for the students. The students participated in all the sessions, that included such topics as on-air delivery, sports, news, promotions, production, podcasting, engineering, digital and sales plus all successfully completed the RAB Radio Marketing Professional certification course.
“An integral part of the RAB’s mission is providing the industry with the tools and resources to help broadcasters attract new sales talent to the medium and enhance radio’s professionalism through training and support,” said RAB president and chief executive officer, Erica Farber. “Bringing back the talent institutes was a top priority for RAB, and we are excited by this year’s Kellar graduating class, all future broadcasters.” The Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State is the original institute of the National Radio Talent Systems, that began in 2007. This is the first institute to return in 2022 with a planned strategic roll out for more institutes in the summer of 2023.
Stuntage: It Was Happy Floppers Day At Big 98.7 Fargo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH 2022 –– Jesse James checked in from Fargo where Father’s day “Stung” a bit this year for 5 dads! Jesse and Amanda with Gordo (Big 98.7- KLTA) had Pops Flop- for Beer for a Year! Dads belly flopping, from the high dive! Complete with professional judges and an Olympic facility where Michael Phelps once trained (in the same pool- true story!)
'Of course we threw in some Maroon 5 tickets, as if beer wasn’t enough," joked Jesse. "All I can say about the “Floppers” is…they all showed up! Lol We did it live on air and on Facebook- thousands of views and fun was had by all…well, almost all."
(That’s Jesse James, third from left and Amanda, second from right and all the Floppers…plus Kidney Stone Pat who just wanted to take his shirt off and wear those cut offs? On the right)
BIA Decreases 2022 Estimates For U.S. Local Advertising Revenue To $167.4B, Down from Original $173.3B
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– BIA Advisory Services has decreased its 2022 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast estimate to $167.4 billion, from its original estimate of $173.3 billion issued in December 2021. Headwinds from overseas conflicts, continuing supply chain issues and deep cuts in ad spending from large verticals like automotive precipitated the reduction. Positives for the ad market still include an anticipated strong political ad year, the expansion of online gambling local advertising and consumer spending on leisure and recreational activities.
“The year didn’t start as strong as we had anticipated, making for a difficult first two quarters as some expected advertising spend started to retract,” said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist, BIA Advisory Services. “On the one hand, personal income continues to rise, but the cost of consumer goods, rising gas prices and inflation are having a major impact and we believe that will influence how advertisers will choose to use their ad dollars in the coming months. All of that must be weighed against what we see as positives for local advertising this year.”
The latest forecast estimate still gives traditional media ad revenue a slight advantage over digital at 52.5 percent of the ad spend ($87.9B), while digital media will get 47.5 percent of the ad spend at $79.5B. Overall, BIA is decreasing digital estimates slightly from the original 2022 forecast due to mobile facing headwinds amid new privacy measures on iPhones. Additionally, there has been slower than anticipated growth. Even as both digital channels continue to grow, it’s at a reduced pace than originally expected.
Key indicators for media channels in 2022 include the following: The top three paid media channels for 2022 include Direct Mail ($34B), Mobile ($32B), and PC/Laptop ($30B). Over-the-top (OTT) is still slated to be the fastest-growing (57.4 percent this year).
When examining the biggest changes in the top spending sub-verticals, the updated 2022 forecast reveals key shifts that reflect the supply chain situation, trends in consumer spending and a strong political year. From original 2022 estimates, top changes in the forecast reveal: Tier 1 - Automotive Manufacturers (OEMs) has been adjusted down -17.6 percent to $3.9 billion (was $4.7 billion). Overall, for the entire automotive industry, BIA lowered the updated ad estimates by $1.4B for a total of $12.4B. That still indicates some growth from 2021, 5.5 percent, but significantly down from original estimates. Leisure areas like Airport, Cruises, and Other Travel; Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers; and Museums, Historical Sites, and other venues are all experiencing significant growth in ad spending from last year to this year.
“We are seeing the economy play out in local advertising. For instance, people saved money during the pandemic and now, are enjoying different areas in the leisure and recreational verticals. People are spending on vacations and activities, and even going back to the gym. In all these areas, including political, we increased local advertising expectations. For businesses that have a direct reliance on supply chains, we have lowered expectations and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer fully expecting we may have to revise our estimates because the economy is in such a state of flux.” Accessing the Updated 2022 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast For BIA clients, the company’s BIA ADVantage™ platform and MEDIA Access Pro™ database now contain the updated 2022 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast, which covers 16 media and 96 sub-verticals and includes comprehensive local television and local radio forecast updates and market profile data. Clients are invited to attend an analyst briefing on Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00 pm. Private registration details will be sent directly via email.
EVENTS: AWMF Announces Hannah Storm As Host For 47th Annual Gracies; Hannah Ellis To Perform
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– The leadership of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announces that Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor will host the 47th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon set for June 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Throughout this past year we have seen a number of remarkable projects by and about inspirational women and Hannah Storm will serve as the ideal host to recognize their work,” said Heather Cohen, Chair, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “We are honored to shine a spotlight on these women, whose stories have driven cultural awareness, offered entertainment that has made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. “It’s an honor to host the Gracies and to be among the most inspiring, empowering and talented women in our business,” said Storm.
Performing at the Luncheon will be singer-songwriter, Curb Recording Artist, Hannah Elli (shown). Ellis is a mix of favorite flannel, sparkling pink wine and welcome. Whether pouring from a car radio or your phone, the act named to Rolling Stone Country’s “Artist To Watch” list reminds you big leaps often come as a series of small steps when no one is looking.
Presenters at the Gracie Awards Luncheon will include Paul “Cubby” Bryant, Co-Host 106.7 LiteFM Morning Show with Christine Nagy; Linsey Davis, ABC News Live Prime Anchor, Weekend “World News Tonight” Anchor, and ABC News Correspondent; Larry O’Connor, Host, O’Connor & Company on WMAL; Kate Snow, NBC Nightly News Sunday, Anchor and NBC News Senior National Correspondent; and Shelley Wade, Afternoon Host, New York City’s 94.7 The Block and podcast host All the Rage with Shelley Wade.
The National Gracie Award honorees were recognized at the Gracies Gala, May 24, at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. A full list of recipients may be found on the Alliance for Women in Media website. For more information about the 2022 Gracies Luncheon or to secure tickets, please visit HERE.
DJ Thump Takes Over Mornings; Picazzo Moves To PM Drive Jammin' 105.7 in Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Beasley Media Group announces Marlon “DJ Thump” Rice has moved from his Afternoon Drive and Music Coordinator positions to become the official new Host of the “Thump In The Morning” show (5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) on Las Vegas’ home for Old School and More, Jammin’ 105.7. In addition, radio industry veteran, Picazzo has shifted to afternoon drive from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays and has added Music Director duties to his current role with the station.
“Having both DJ Thump and Picazzo brings so much to our live and local approach in Las Vegas,” said Vice President and Market Manager Peter Burton. “Both are extremely talented on-air professionals and have been positive additions to our culture. Additionally, their knowledge matched up with Cat’s leadership and direction for the station will provide a winning formula for Jammin’.”
“DJ Thump and Picazzo have proven their passion for the Jammin’ brand, listeners and music,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Operations Manager and Program Director, Cat Thomas. “Their energy, market and music knowledge is second to none and I can’t wait to continue to grow our station into the market leader with these talented personalities.” "The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole,” said Marlon “DJ Thump” Rice. “I wouldn’t be here without the belief and support from Peter Burton, Brian Beasley, Justin Chase, Cat Thomas & the entire Beasley family. Many thanks also to John Candelaria and Paco Lopez for their mentorship, love, and guidance in helping me grow, so I could rise to the occasion. As the song goes…"Started from the bottom now we here!"
Danny Miller Tapped For Evenings On Alpha Media San Jose’s Bay Country 94.5/92.1
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Alpha Media San Jose’s Bay Country (KBAY 94.5 FM/KKDV 92.1 FM) has named Danny Miller as the station’s first local evening personality. Starting on Monday, June 20, Miller will be hosting M-F 6pm-9pm on Bay Country and follows recently named local afternoon personality, Isaac “Brooks” Wenzel (M-F 2pm-6pm).
Danny Miller is a Bay Area radio veteran, most recently heard in the afternoons on the former classic hits KBAY-FM. Miller also serves as the in-stadium announcer for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, NHL's San Jose Sharks, and MLS' San Jose Earthquakes. Miller comments,
“As a San Jose native, I’m so looking forward to returning to one of the best formats in radio and reconnecting with such an amazing community. I want to thank David, Bo and the entire Alpha team for this incredible opportunity.” Alpha Media San Jose Operations Manager/Program Director Bo Matthews says, “Danny was one of the first calls I made after the flip to Bay Country and I will never forget his joyful reaction. He has a true love for country music and I knew that he would be a perfect fit for Bay Country. Including someone with rich market heritage was important for us. Danny is the voice of the Bay Area!”
Dylan Salisbury Named Content Director At KBFF Portland
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Alpha Media has name Dylan Salisbury as Live 95.5 Content Director, effective June 27, 2022. Salisbury will oversee Programming for KBFF/Live 95.5 and will report to Portland Operations Manager Gene Sandbloom, Market Manager Lisa Decker and EVP of Content Phil Becker.
Sandbloom shares, "All of us at Alpha Media Portland are excited for the energy that Dylan is bringing to Live 95.5. His eagerness to innovate and try the untried is a perfect fit for the #1 Top 40 station in the market."
Salisbury commented, "I'm extremely honored to program KBFF. Being part of such a progressive group is refreshing and exciting. I want to thank Lisa Decker, Gene Sandbloom, Phil Becker, and Alpha Media for such an incredible opportunity. I can't wait to get to the Pacific Northwest."
Salisbury comes to KBFF directly from his two-year stint as Program Director and Afternoon Host at 98.8 Magic FM (KKMG) in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to that, Salisbury refined his programming, hosting and social media skills at 99.5 WZPL (Indianapolis, IN), 107.5 KISS FM (KKDM Des Moines, IA), 106.3 KFRX (Lincoln, NE), 101.3 KDWB (Minneapolis, MN). 106.5 The End (KUDL, Sacramento), 103.7 Kiss FM (WXSS Milwaukee) and Cat Country 95.1 (KATC Colorado Springs)
NETWORKS: United Stations To Present Kenny Loggins Radio Special 'Still Alright
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– United Stations is making available a 1-hour Kenny Loggins radio special as an audio companion to the just-released memoir from Kenny titled Still Alright. The book, just out this week, comes from Kenny and co-author Jason Turbow, and it gives fans an honest and entertaining look at his life and career. In the book, Kenny shares a lot of details and behind-the-scenes stories including tales of his personal life.
To give radio stations everywhere an opportunity to celebrate the book release with Kenny Loggins, United Stations has produced a 1-hour commercial-free radio special that covers just some of the highlights of Kenny’s career. The show has the same title as the book – Still Alright – and includes an exclusive interview with Kenny and many of the radio hits most closely associated with Kenny’s long and successful career.
The radio special is non-exclusive, has no cost or commercial commitment for radio stations, has 48 minutes of content enabling local stations to air up to 12 minutes of commercials to complete the hour, and is available now for download in three segments here: www.unitedstations.com/Kenny.
United Stations EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark commented, “We’ve been admirers of Kenny Loggins since his music first hit the airwaves with the Sittin’ In album. We’ve also been fortunate to work with Kenny numerous times over the years. He’s a gentleman, a great family man, and clearly a major talent and influential artist, and it’s a pleasure to be able to support his book release with a companion radio special.” For more info, contact: Andy Denemark - email@example.com - 212.536.3603
PODCASTS: Martha Stewart And iHeart Team For New Original Podcast
First Episode To Feature Snoop Dogg
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia announced a new partnership with Martha Stewart to produce a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast. “The Martha Stewart Podcast” is a talk show style series that will feature intimate, in-depth, probing interviews with some of the most fascinating people in the world - all who are at the top of their respective fields. The first episode is set to debut on June 22.
The first episode will feature friend and business partner Snoop Dogg for a conversation that can’t be missed. Additional guests will include Kris Jenner, Alex Rodriguez, Martha’s “besties” and creative collaborators Kevin Sharkey and Douglas Friedman, international plant explorer Dan Hinkley and more.
“I am thrilled to partner with iHeartMedia on my first-ever original podcast series,” said Martha Stewart. “I think listeners will deeply enjoy these engaging conversations on life and business, which include many interesting takeaways from the notable guests I have the pleasure of interviewing.”
“The Martha Stewart Podcast” will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard at launch. LISTEN HERE
ARC Software Signs Compass Media
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– ARC Software, Inc announced they have entered into an agreement with Compass Media Networks. ARC was developed by Jay Bailey, former CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. It allows networks, producers and other radio service providers to quickly find any radio station to connect with, affiliate, maintain agreements, compliance and much more.
Adam Wilbur, SVP Affiliate Sales for Compass, commented “ARC provides us with time saving and easily accessible features to streamline our affiliate sales process. It’s the best CRM that I have seen for radio syndication companies.” ARC Founder, Jason Bailey, added: “Each day I have to pinch myself with the success of this incredible software our team has built. The roster of clients using ARC was already impressive and humbling, but having Compass Media Networks join our family adds new level of excitement. Thanks to Adam, Hiram and the entire Compass team for making this a reality.”
ARC clients include AURN, Superadio, Entravision, Key Networks, MRN, Local Radio Networks, AdLarge and many more. To set up a demo or for more information visit www.arcsoftware.us.
Roz Purcell And Emma Power To Host PMD On 2FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Roz Purcell and Emma Power (shown) are lined-up to host Afternoon Drive on 2FM for three weeks from Monday. They’ll be covering The 2 Johnnies as they head to America to film a new RTÉ television series. Emma, who has presented The Request Show on Sunday nights since 2017 is no stranger to the show. She regularly contributes along with The 2 Johnnies in the afternoons. Drive It fans can expect some of the usual highlights like, Not Major News; Out the Gap and What Ya Sayin’ but Roz and Emma will be bringing their own buzz to afternoons from 3-6pm on 2FM. They’ll have a mix of quizzes; interviews and ticket give-aways and they’ll spill many secrets with listeners too. The 2 Johnnies will return to the airwaves on Monday 4th July.
Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel are in New Zealand again. Ever since they explored Auckland last year on their first overseas trip as a team, they’ve been itching for another chance to hang out with their Kiwi mates. They’re partnering with Tourism New Zealand to explore another fantastic destination – Wellington. They plan to check out some of Wellington’s tourist attractions – they’ll jump on the Cable Car to enjoy panoramic views of the city, wander through Hannah’s Laneway (Wellington’s hidden foodie gem), discover the native wildlife at Zealandia and take a helicopter over to Marlborough Sounds for lunch at the Bay of Many Coves. With so much to see, the possibilities are endless! After their days of sightseeing and discovering all the incredible experiences Wellington has to offer, Kate, Tim & Joel broadcast live for the whole week of special shows from New Zealand.
Full Line Up For BBC Radio 2 Live In Leeds 2022 Revealed - Zoe Ball has announced the full line up of acts for BBC Radio 2 Live in Leeds. The two-day event takes place at Temple Newsam Park on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. BBC Radio 2 Live in Leeds will be hosted by some of the station’s presenters and, for the first time, there will be a Radio 2 DJ Tent where they – as well as special guests – will be playing sets encompassing tracks from Motown in the 60s to the dance classics of today. The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and the station will also be featuring festival highlights across the weekend, with the full sets available to listen on BBC Sounds for 30 days afterwards. The Main Stage will be live-streamed on BBC iPlayer throughout the weekend.
Acts playing live at the venue, which holds 30,000, include: Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, Craig David, Bananarama, Ella Henderson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kaiser Chiefs, Nile Rodgers & Chic, George Ezra, Melanie C, Emeli Sandé, Mark Owen, Heather Small and Olly Murs. Live in Leeds replaces the previous BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park event which last took place in 2019.
Michael Bublé To Host Weekly Radio Show On Bauer UK
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Michael Bublé has joined Bauer's Magic to present a weekly show every Saturday this month playing summer music. According to Radio Today, the singer hosted his first ‘Michael Bublé’s Summer BBQ’ on the 11th of June at 1pm and will continue till 2nd July.summer songs to play and creating that perfect BBQ playlist, which I hope brings the sunshine out!
“I can’t wait to be back touring in the UK this summer and you never know I might let you into a secret or two about what I have planned for my shows.”
The show is part of the Magic 100% Summer programming which launched on 1st June and sees a whole host of shows, activities and promotions across the station up until 29th August. Joining Bublé will be George Ezra and musician Nile Rodgers who are both hosting their own four-part shows across June and July respectively.
SNAPS: 'CMT Crossroads: Black Pumas & Mickey Guyton Premiere In New Videos - Watch
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Among the highlights from this week's “CMT CROSSROADS' was the collaboration of The Black Pumas & Mickey Guyton” new 60-minute episode featuring the psychedelic-soul duo and country star performing powerful renditions of each other’s hits, including Black Pumas’ “Fire” and “Confines” and Guyton’s “Black Like Me” and “Better than You Left Me.”
Mickey Guyton commenting on country music’s progress toward inclusivity: “Country music has really taken the steps to make sure they’re inclusive. It’s been a beautiful thing to watch as they’re giving people like us, people of color, all three of us, these opportunities to share our music in different ways. It’s been really cool and such an honor to be able to do it with [Black Pumas].”
Shown above left, Leslie Fram, Eric Burton, Mickey Guyton and Adrian Quesada of The Black Pumas at The Factory At Franklin on June 15, 2022 in Franklin, Tennessee. Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
Remembering KMJ Fresno's Bill Woodward
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH 2022 –– Bill Woodward passed away in May in Washington State at the age of 81. “Bill was a wonderful mentor. Such gravitas. A true professional. A legend in the broadcasting industry. There’s a reason he’s forever remembered in the Fresno State Athletics Hall of Fame”, said KMJ Program Director Blake Taylor. “I miss him and his play-by-play of Bulldogs sports will always have a place in my heart.”
“For almost 40 years, Bill’s award winning voice has been synonymous with Central Valley sports on KMJ 580,” added SVP/Market Manager Patty Hixson. “His commitment to the local sports community as well as our station family is unparalleled. We are proud to take this opportunity to thank him for his service, and wish him only the best in his well deserved retirement.”
“Bill started at KMJ in 1972 when Richard Nixon was in the White House, gas prices in Fresno were under a dollar a gallon and apple was a fruit, not a computer company,” KMJ’s former Program Director Skip Essick said. “Along the way the AP awarded him for best play-by-play announcing of the Fresno State Bulldogs. He is a true professional and large part of KMJ’s long history. We will all certainly miss him.”
“I’ve made a lot of friends here, a lot of folks I’ll miss, but it’s time to move on,” Woodward said at the time of his retirement. “I’m looking forward to this next adventure.”
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Lindsay Kimball Named PD At MPR's The Current
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2022 -–– Lindsay Kimball, longtime host and radio programmer at 89.3 The Current will return to the station as program director after a three-year stint leading Minnesota Public Radio's membership team, reports The Current.
The Current is excited to announce that Lindsay Kimball has rejoined the station as program director this week. Kimball brings her passion for radio, music, and the local music scene into the program director role.
“I’m beyond excited to work with the amazing team at The Current again,” Kimball says. “Programming radio is my passion, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen this amazing service and music community partner.”
Kimball started her career as an intern at The Current shortly after the launch in 2005, eventually ascending to the assistant program director role, where she was also a host, producer, and managed many “other duties as assigned.” In her time at The Current, she had the privilege of launching streams like Rock the Cradle, Radio Heartland, and Local Current.
Kimball will work closely with Jesse Wiza, who was promoted to from interim to assistant program director in April. Michigan native Wiza joined The Current in 2017 and has served as music assistant, assistant producer, and digital producer before tackling the APD role.
Additionally, The Current has hired Rachel Frances (shown right) as associate producer for The Morning Show. Frances brings radio experience including managing her college radio station and working as a producer at KBEA and KIIK in the Quad Cities, and MyTalk and ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities.
Davi Crimmins Exits The Bert Show After 4-Years As Full-Time Cast Member
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2022 -–– Bert Weiss, host of the eponymous The Bert Show, surprised listeners Tuesday morning by announcing he had to let go Davi Crimmins, who has been a full-time cast member since 2018 after several years as a producer.
According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, Weiss announced the news on air citing issues with 'chemistry' with other radio team members off the air. The Bert Show is syndicated in 23 markets including Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Des Moines, Iowa, and is shot out of Q99.7 studios in Atlanta.
“For reasons I cannot detail on the show, this is the move I painstakingly chose to make,” Weiss said Tuesday on the show. “Some of you guys will get it twisted and assume that Davi must have been the problem. I assure you with all sincerity that is simply not the truth. In my eyes, the spirit of a studio is defined by all its members so this is not just a Davi issue and that’s why she’s not here anymore... We all have a responsibility in this.” He noted that this is the part of his job he hates as the boss, but he had to make a move to get the show “back on a consistent, positive environment.”
“This by far is the most painful change we’ve had because it is so deeply personal,” Weiss said. “Chemistry is everything when it comes to this job. If the chemistry sucks off the air, eventually you’ll hear it on the air but this has little to do with the on-air product. It has to do with people being happy at work. The chemistry in this studio has gotten to a point that wasn’t healthy. As much as I tried to fix it, the problem has existed for awhile and it comes and it goes too often.”
Bert added, "He truly loves Crimmins. “She is tremendously talented,” he said. “She makes me laugh harder than any person that has ever sat in that seat. I know you guys love her too... I am deeply protective of Davi... There are no good guys and there are no bad guys in this thing. It’s just a mix that wasn’t working anymore and I hope you guys can understand that.”
BTS Taking A Break To Pursue Solo Projects; 'To Be Clear, They Are Not On Hiatus,' Rep' Says
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2022 -–– BTS is taking a pause to pursue solo projects, the group announced Tuesday. They made the announcement in a video during their “Festa dinner,” celebrating the band’s ninth anniversary. “We’re going into a hiatus now,” Suga said. However a representative for the group told CNN, “To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats.”
“In the past, I could still balance working on music alone and doing our group promotions but now I cant do them together. It’s impossible, it just won’t work. I can’t be doing group stuff and then suddenly turning the focus to my own work like flipping a switch,” RM continued. “I realized I need time on my own.”He added that he realized BTS had changed during the Covid-19 pandemic, when they released hit singles like “Dynamite”, “Butter” and “Permission to Dance”.
“We can’t help but think of our fans no matter what. I think now, finally, we’ve come to think about what kind of artists we want to be remembered by our fans. I think that’s why we’re going through a rough patch right now. We’re trying to find our identity and that’s an exhausting and long process,” Jimin added.
“I think that change is what we need right now,” J-Hope said. “It’s important for BTS to start our second chapter.” READ MORE HERE
NETWORKS: Skyview's CT 40 With Fitz Is Offering 4-Hour Special Program For July 4th Weekend
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2022 –– Skyview Network's CT 40 with Fitz is offering a 4-hour special program for use over the July 4thHoliday Weekend. CT 40 Let Freedom Sing 4th - a special holiday edition of the weekly CT 40 with Fitz countdown.
CT 40 Let Freedom Sing 4th of July Is co-hosted by country superstar Lee Brice. CT40 with Fitz is country music’s most honored, longest-running, top-rated and most beloved national radio show.
Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of CT40 with Fitz. For more information on affiliation, please firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://skyviewnetworks.com/ct40/.
Gemini XIII Launches Ad Sales & Marketing Team With Addition Of Erica Farmer And Jaclyn Mifka
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2022 –– Gemini XIII, the podcasting and radio industries’ new home for premium audio content, production and marketing services, announces the addition of two senior sales and marketing professionals: Erica Farmer (TL) as Vice President, Strategic Marketing, and Jaclyn Mifka (TR) as Director of Ad Operations & Planning. The audio veterans will report directly to Charles Steinhauer, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Gemini XIII. They will be based at Gemini XIII’s New York City headquarters.
Erica Farmer joins Gemini XIII from Westwood One where she was Digital Marketing Director for the Cumulus Podcast Network. Prior to that, she was Producer, Live Events for Townsquare Media’s East Coast and Midwest markets, building large-scale Music Festivals and Lifestyle Events from concept to completion. Farmer started her career at World Wrestling Entertainment as an Associate Producer for both International and Domestic Television programming. She led the production, operations, and execution of WWE’s first-ever exclusive partnership deal with Hulu in 2012 and created content for live air on networks around the world.
Jaclyn Mifka joins Gemini XIII as Director of Ad Operations and Planning following 10 years at ESPN Audio, where she was Senior Digital & Audio Sales Manager. Mifka started her ESPN career as a Promotions Intern for ESPN Radio Network, followed by positions as Traffic Coordinator and Traffic Associate Manager. She started her audio and radio career as Continuity Coordinator for Dial Global. Mifka holds a B.A. in Communications from Manhattan College.
Spencer Brown, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gemini XIII, said: “This step marks the first of many in establishing Gemini’s first-class sales and marketing capabilities. Erica and Jaci are experienced audio experts, and we are thrilled to have them join our team." For more information, visit www.gemini13media.com.
Amanda 'Ice' Habrowski Joins For Middays At Las Vegas' 93.1 The Mountain
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– Amanda 'Ice' Habrowski will join iHeart's 93.1 The Mountain in Las Vegas for middays. In addition, Ice will also be a key contributor to the programming department for iHeartMedia Las Vegas’ group of stations.“Ice is a perfect fit for our Las Vegas stations,” said Tony Matteo, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Las Vegas. “Listeners are going to love her singular voice and infectious energy and we’re excited to have her incredible talent here in the Entertainment Capital Of The World.”
Ice joins iHeartMedia Las Vegas from Alpha Media Portland, where she most recently served as the content director, music director and midday personality for KBFF-FM. She also served as afternoon personality for WJFX at Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne.
She began her career in Detroit at Channel 95.5 and is a graduate of Wayne State University. Ice has also been named the voice of Demo Derby for Hot Wheel’s live-action toy series on YouTube. “Sometimes in life, you got to roll the dice,” said Ice. “I’ve grown so much professionally and personally these last eight years in Portland, and I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned to Las Vegas! I am forever grateful to those who have helped mold me into who I am today and so stoked for this next chapter.”
Rick Hall Joins WSHE-FM Chicago For Afternoons And Music Director Posts
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 101.9 THE MIX Vice President of Brand and Content, Jimmy Steal, announced today the appointment of Rick Hall as On-Air Afternoon Personality / Music Director at WSHE (SHE 100.3). Hall comes to Hubbard Radio Chicago from Moody Radio Network where he served as On-Air Personality and Manager of Digital Audio.
Hall says, “I can’t wait to join the new SHE 100.3, and the entire team of innovators at Hubbard Radio Chicago. Given the past few years, it’s never been more obvious that the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s were THE time to be alive and that's what SHE is all about”.
Vice President Market Manager Jeff England added, “Rick is a multi-talented, personality/programmer who’ll bring great value to our SHE listeners, advertisers, and community. We’re thrilled Rick is joining Hubbard Chicago on SHE 100.3 as our Afternoon host and Music Director”.
Tiffany Nasralla Rises To Chief Revenue Officer For Urban One's iOne Digital Division
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– Sam Stiers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Urban One’s iOne Digital division announced the promotion of Tiffany Nasralla to Chief Revenue Officer, iOne Digital. This marks the first position of its kind at Urban One’s digital division.
In 2017, Tiffany Nasralla joined iOne Digital as the Vice President of Business Development. The following year, Nasralla was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales & Revenue Operations where she oversaw sales, revenue operations, and business development. By 2019, Nasralla was responsible for iOne Digital’s entire sales force, where she led the division to profitability, averaging year-over-year double-digit revenue growth and EBITDA growth to the tune of $17.5M in 2021.
Sam Stiers remarked “I’m excited to announce Tiffany Nasralla’s promotion to Chief Revenue Officer of iOne Digital. Tiffany’s leadership, drive, and ability to collaborate with clients and internal stakeholders have powered Urban One’s surge in digital revenue. It’s no coincidence that as she’s expanded her responsibilities, the company has expanded its digital revenue. She’s built a best-in-class team that has propelled the business to new heights, and I’m excited to see how she’ll continue to grow revenue and the business in her new role.”
“I am honored and grateful for this recognition and am truly proud of our entire iOne Digital team. I am excited to see brands and media agencies make good on their pledges and commitments to Black-owned media by showing up in a big way and giving the influential Black consumer their much-needed attention and due respect. While there is still much to be done, I am happy to see movement.” said Nasralla.
Randy Cable Named Director of Sales Of Beasley Fort Myers And Naples, FL
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– Beasley Media Group has named Randy Cable its Director of Sales of the company’s Fort Myers/Naples Radio Cluster. He will officially begin his new position on June 13, 2022. The Spring Valley, New York native most recently spent three years in Florida serving as the Integrated Sales Manager with Cox Media Group’s Miami and Jacksonville radio properties. Previously, Cable spent 11 years as the Director of Sales at Audacy’s Greenville, South Carolina radio cluster.
“The more people I asked about Randy the more excited I got about having him on our team,” said Vice President and Market Manager AJ Lurie. “I think he will be a perfect complement to our brands, products, and family here in Southwest Florida.”
“I am thrilled to join the Beasley family and look forward to working with the incredible team in Fort Myers,” said Cable. “I am passionate about helping our team help local businesses thrive and prosper with great ideas and our ability to develop and execute powerful fully integrated radio and digital campaigns.”
Cable received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota and is currently working on a Master of Mass Communications degree from South Dakota State University.
iHeart West Palm Beach Debuts New Sports Radio 1230 The Gambler
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia West Palm Beach announced the debut of the new Sports Radio 1230 The Gambler.The new station will broadcast real-time sports betting news and analysis covering every major sport from VSiN, The Sports Betting Network. This VSiN content will air on The Gambler outside of live sporting events, including Miami Marlins baseball games and University of Florida football and basketball matchups. Additionally, The Gambler will feature “The Greek Zone” live from South Florida, weekday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to bring this informative and entertaining brand of sports talk to local sports fans,” said Brian Mudd, Program Director for New Sports Radio 1230 The Gambler. “Sports betting as a 24/7 format, and specifically the expert analysis from VSiN and our very own Greek, is a perfect choice for The Gambler.”
“As VSiN continues to broaden its distribution footprint, we’re thrilled to be working with the innovative content providers at iHeartRadio’s New Sports Radio 1230 The Gambler to bring sports betting programming to West Palm Beach and its passionate sports fans,” said Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN. “As regulated sports betting continues its expansion across the U.S., we’re proud to be The Gambler’s choice to help educate and entertain the incredibly passionate sports fans in this top 50 media market.”
NETWORKS: Doug Stephan’s 'Good Day' Is Back With Move To USA Radio Networks; Absorbs 'Daybreak' & Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– The DJV Show, hosted by Doug Stephan, has joined the USA Radio Network. The move returns the program to its original name “Good Day” and merges the show with USA’s program “Daybreak.” The show that Stephan first launched in 1988 will continue to air in the morning and remains designed to time-shift to other dayparts. Stephan is the longest running syndicated host of a daily talk show.
Stephan said “We’ve been hearing from some of our more than 300 affiliates of their frustration with how negative many news/talk programs have become. This move enables us to continue to present the news you need to know, along with our opinions in addition to the positives that we see every day.” USA Radio Network President Chip Miller added “I'm excited to welcome Doug and Good Day to the USA Radio Network family. Doug's is an iconic fixture in morning radio throughout the country and we look forward to working with Doug and The Good Day Team. The lifestyle, non-political content that Good Day offers, is something that we feel more stations will welcome during a time when there is so much going on in the world and in our society.
Doug and Good Day will serve as the cornerstone for an exciting growth plan for the network and is our first programming change and show addition since acquiring the network in December of 2021. " Doug Stephan’s Good Day, with Co-Host Jai Kershner, relaunches officially on June 13th. No change in clock, technical, traffic or sales partners. Affiliation will be handled by USA Radio Network. For additional information; Contact Mike McVay, McVay Media at email@example.com Contact Chip Miller, USA Radio Network at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT: 69th WHAS Louisville Crusade For Children Raises $5,133,684.69 During Radio/TV Telethon
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– The 69th WHAS Crusade for Children raised $5,133,684.69 during a weekend radio/TV telethon simulcast on iHeart’s WHAS-AM and Tegna’s WHAS-TV in Louisville. 100% of the money is distributed to Kentucky and Indiana agencies that assist special needs children. More than 60% of the funds are raised by fire departments in both states. The rest of the money is generated by civic groups, churches, businesses, and individuals.
The digits within the final total included 84, a reference to WHAS radio’s longtime morning man Wayne Perkey, the Crusade for Children host from 1970-1999. Perkey died in February due to COVID complications. Since 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children simulcast with WHAS-TV has raised over $205 million for special needs children, their families, and the agencies that provide therapy and medical support for their needs. Shown above is WHAS Radio's Terry Meiners giving the weekend a big thumbs up!
SNAPS: WKZL-FM's Jared & Katie Air Show Live For Kellar Radio Talent Institute In Boone, NC
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH 2022 –– Now that the Kellar Radio Talent Institute of the National Radio Talent System that's powered by the RAB have returned live, this week's program is taking place in Boone, NC. As is its tradition, on Friday morning students are treated to a live show direct from Appalachian State University, Boone NC. at the George G Beasley Media Complex where the 10 day institute is held each year. And yes, they have to get there before 6:00 am.
Show above are Jared and Katie, morning hosts from their flagship station 107.5 WKZL Greensboro/Winston Salem, and on WGCO Savannah Ga and Myrtle Beach S.C., broadcasting live from the Kellar Radio Talent Institute with the students as the "live studio audience." They will follow this after the show is over with a session on show prep.
Casey Wrins Named Promotions Director For Alpha Media Louisville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Alpha Media has appointed Casey Wrins as Promotions Director for Louisville. Wrins joins Alpha’s Louisville leadership team to oversee Promotions for the five Louisville brands; WDJX, WGHL, WGZB, WMJM and WXMA.
"We're so lucky to have found Casey,” Said Alpha Media CHR Format Captain, Louisville Operations Manager and WDJX Morning Show Host Ben Davis. “She comes to radio with a fresh perspective, a positive attitude, and a discipline that I haven't seen in a long while. I'm excited to bring her aboard an already-talented team because she'll only raise the game! Welcome to Alpha Media, Casey!"
Ms. Wrins commented, “Growing up around music and being involved in music my whole life led me to believe that working for a company like Alpha Media was a far-fetched dream. I am so excited for this opportunity & to be able to grow and learn from such amazing people who are beyond passionate for what they do.”
Wrins added, "Alpha Media has shown me an altruistic-driven, fun, and connected team that I can't wait to be a part of.” Casey Wrins has recently been a full-time music therapist, working within the mental health field. She has served as a Developmental Special Needs Nanny and the Assistant Director at Huntington Learning Center during her career.
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MPR Receives $56 Million From Anonymous Donor
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Minnesota Public Radio has received a $56 million anonymous cash gift, the largest in the media organization's 55-year history. According to The Star Tribune the money will go toward YourClassical, MPR's classical music network, as well as efforts to advance new media technologies. "This extraordinary gift will have a transformative impact on the future of Minnesota Public Radio and the communities we serve," said Jean Taylor, president and CEO of American Public Media Group, MPR's parent company. "It will enable us to deepen and broaden our relevance with a growing audience by delivering compelling content, creating meaningful listening experiences and advancing MPR's digital capabilities and infrastructure. Through the generosity and support of this donor — and so many others — we will continue to fulfill our public service mission."
In a press release from the company, MPR president Duchesne Drew said the gift will allow the company to expand representation and accelerate digital innovation to better serve the classical music community. MPR will establish a separate permanent endowment to ensure stewardship of this substantial contribution, to best serve the donor's designated purpose. According to MPR, nearly 2.75 million people engage with YourClassical every week.
NPR Names Juana Summers Co-Host of 'All Things Considered'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– NPR has named its veteran reporter Juana Summers as the newest host for its flagship afternoon news program All Things Considered. Summers is now a correspondent covering race, justice and politics for the network. Starting June 27, she will fill the hosting position left vacant by Audie Cornish, who departed NPR for CNN in January.
"One of the things that I'm the most excited about is that every day I get to sit in that seat and be a stand-in for a smart, curious listener who cares deeply about issues and the world around them," Summers said. Summers said she knew she wanted to be a reporter since high school, where she started writing for her school newspaper in Kansas City, Mo.
She began working in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Mo. Since 2010, she has covered politics for outlets including CNN, Politico and The Associated Press. Summers covered Congress for NPR in 2014-15 and rejoined in 2019. Sponsor Message "I was so eager to return to NPR because I believe in the public service mission that is at the heart of everything we do," she said. "Serving the public is an incredible responsibility."
"She is a first-rate journalist with an enviable track record," said Sarah Gilbert, the NPR vice president who oversees its news magazines. "She's a natural leader and connects with people in a way that makes them feel heard, and she has an instinct for creative storytelling that is second to none." Summers will join All Things Considered co-hosts Ailsa Chang, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin at a time when questions about diversity, equity and retention have sparked intense discussion inside NPR's newsroom and in public.
All Things Considered debuted in 1971. Photo by Justin T. Gellerson Courtesy Of Juana Summers
iHeart Sacramento Debuts KISS 107.9 FM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento announce the debut of the new KISS 107.9, The Best Variety From The ‘90s and 2000s, effective immediately.
Plus, the station will have commercial free weekends and a weekday air talent line-up: Chino 6-10 a.m. Wendy Wild 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Strawberry & Lizette (shown) 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Frankie V 7 p.m. - Midnight
“It's been such an honor to help build, launch, and now lead Sacramento’s New KISS 107.9,” said Eric Rosado, KISS 107.9 Program Director. “A brand just like Northern California that is different, inclusive, a total vibe, and looks and sounds like Sacramento. We’ve seen it the past few years that the strength of the ‘90s/2000s nostalgia is alive and well from music to fashion, so this will be a very fun station! Also, this Northern Cali product is extremely excited to be back home to familiar territory.”
“The music and the artists from the ‘90s and the ‘00s are iconic, while the inherent diversity in both aligns perfectly with Sacramento’s demographic makeup,” said Sara McClure, Market President of iHeartMedia Sacramento. “And that’s why we are so excited to launch the new KISS 107.9 -- It’ll rekindle the fun and great memories of the music that has meant so much to Sacramento listeners!”
SYNDICATION: DeDe In The Morning Adds Power 106.1 Jacksonville As Latest Affiliate
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Compass Media Networks announces the addition of Cox Media Group (CMG) “Power 106.1” in Jacksonville FL to the “DeDe in the Morning” family from 5AM -10AM weekdays and Saturday mornings with DeDe’s Weekend Kickback. Elroy Smith, CMG Director of Branding and Programming for Orlando & Jacksonville, states “I have followed DeDe’s career since her days in Chicago at Windy 100.3 and her riveting co-anchoring of the syndicated show with the late Doug Banks. To see her evolution brings me so much joy. She is charismatic, relatable to her core audience, sassy, honest, vulnerable, fun, and the epitome of a professional. Power 106.1 is excited to be one of the many affiliates airing such a great morning show.”
DeDe says “It has been a dream of mine to be back in Jacksonville and here we are. Thank you, Elroy Smith and CMG, for your belief in our show. We can’t wait to join the Power 106.1 family and are ready to make Jacksonville laugh out loud every morning.”
Compass Media Networks officially launched DeDe in the Morning in partnership with Service Broadcasting K104/Dallas, TX in July 2018. The show is now heard in over 60 markets including Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New Haven, Austin, Oklahoma City, and Toledo. This is the first CMG station to welcome the program to its line-up. For more info, contact Compass Media Networks (914) 707-9963 or email email@example.com -
DeDe Maguire will be among our key presenters at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago - Details coming soon.
Matt Hirt Inks Extension With Tino Cochino Radio As Producer
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– The YEA Networks nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio show has inked a contract extension with super producer Matt Hirt. Hirt spent 16 years at KKFR Phoenix before joining TCR 2 years ago.
"I fought for three years to get a budget for this man, you think I’m letting him go?! Lol!!! Matt’s work ethic is unmatched. His dedication to our show/brand is felt and appreciated more than I can begin to describe. It’s truly an honor to work with such a talented individual... said a very proud Tino Cochino."
Matt's extensive experience includes producing multiple morning shows, imaging and commercial production director duties as well as account executive but his happy place is on the air with TCR.
In regards to his extension Matt commented... "Re-signing with the greatest and hardest working (besides Nicasio) team in radio was a no-brainer! Plus the fact that they can't live without me, and the insane signing bonus were also factors in my decision."
Tino Cochino Radio is available for all dayparts including an extended morning show version via barter. Get TCR today by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com
Lisa Waks Named SVP/Digital Partnerships & Business Development For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Cumulus Media has named Lisa Waks as Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships and Business Development, leading Cumulus Podcast Network’s content acquisition strategy and content pipeline development, with a focus on personality-driven brand franchises in the News; Business, Money & Tech; Sports; and Entertainment verticals.
Waks reports to Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One and EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, who oversees the Cumulus Podcast Network.
Waks brings more than two decades of expertise in building revenue streams through strategic partnerships and new product development. As a pioneer in the digital video space, she is responsible for developing multi-platform opportunities across print, TV, experiential, and audio. Before joining Cumulus Media, Waks was Head of Global Media Partnerships, Strategy, and Operations for TED Conferences, where she expanded their digital business, streamlined operations, and launched the TED Audio Collective. She previously spent nearly 15 years with Scripps Network Interactive (now part of Warner Bros. Discovery) where she developed cross platform revenue streams and new business ventures including the launch of a video lifestyle website and network. Waks began her career at Condé Nast with the inception of their web properties.
“I am thrilled to begin the next chapter in my career with such a long-standing and prestigious organization. Cumulus is best-in-class, leading the audio industry with a wide range of voices and premium content,” added Waks. “I believe in the power of the spoken word, and through smart collaborations we will successfully deepen connections and community.”
Adams Radio Group Launches Voluntary Employee Donation Drive To Support BFOA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Adams Radio Group has launched a voluntary employee donation drive to help create awareness and raise funds for the Broadcasters Foundation of America, a 501(c)3 charity that provides aid to fellow broadcasters in acute need from life-altering illness, accident, or other disaster. The plan allows all Adams Radio Group employees the opportunity to set up automatic payroll deductions, in any amount, as donations to the Broadcasters Foundation.
“When I learned that the sole mission of the Broadcasters Foundation is to provide financial assistance to our colleagues who, through no fault of their own, are in desperate need, I knew we had to get involved,” said Ron Stone, President of Adams Media Group and President and Executive Director of the Independent Broadcasters Association. “These broadcasters are our colleagues. I would ask every radio group to consider helping the only charity that is dedicated solely to helping our colleagues.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
Major Schedule Changes At BBC Radio 2 UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH 2022 –– Lots of weekend programmes are changing time slots or being cut at BBC Radio 2. Angela Griffin, DJ Spoony and Michelle Visage get new regular shows. Craig Charles, Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion, and Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s shows will come to an end, and numerous other shows are moving around.
Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies and Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton will both move from Friday to Saturday in the same timeslots. Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour is moving to Sunday 7pm, the Rock Show with Johnnie Walker moves from Saturday night to Friday nights 11pm-midnight, and the regular one hour documentaries/music genre slot will move to Friday at midnight. Former Coronation Street actress Angela Griffin will host a new show called Radio 2 Unwinds, a Sunday night show from 10pm including MixTapes in the second hour. Michelle Visage, previously with US stations including WKTU and WNEW FM in New York and Hot 92 Jamz in LA, will be presenting her own show each Friday night from 7 till 9pm. And The Good Groove with DJ Spoony, which ran as a four-part series on Radio 2 in January, will return as a weekly show every Friday night (9pm-11pm).
Capital’s Summertime Ball Will Be Streamed On TikTok - TikTok and Global are teaming up to live stream Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard. It’ll be live on the social network, along with Global Player, from 2pm this Sunday. The continuing partnership follows the live stream of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball last year on TikTok which attracted over 2 million unique viewers in more than 20 countries. The stars set to perform include Harry Styles, David Guetta, KSI, Aitch, George Ezra, Anne-Marie and many more with Ed Sheeran confirmed as the act who will open the show. The event is returning to London’s Wembley Stadium for the first time in three years, with a sold-out audience of 80,000 Capital listeners set to come together on Sunday June 12th.
Gemma Acton Gets Fiscal - 7NEWS in Australia today has launched, “Let’s Get Fiscal”, a new podcast series hosted by the Seven Network’s Finance Editor Gemma Acton, who takes a deep dive into the latest money trends, explain complex financial lingo and unpacks money matters making news headlines. The bi-weekly series streams on Tuesday and Friday and introduces Australians to the latest in finance news, improves their understanding of money and how to make it work better.
NABLF's 'Service To America Awards' To Air Special 1-Hour Production Nationally July 9 - August 13.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH 2022 –– The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) announced the recipients of the 2022 Celebration of Service to America Awards at a gala held Tuesday night t at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. The awards were announced live and presented to recipients in eight categories recognizing local broadcasters’ outstanding service to their communities.
The 2022 Celebration of Service to America Award winners included: Service to Community Award for Radio, Broadcast Ownership Group Beasley Media Group, 2021 Beasley Best Community of Caring Initiative -- Large/Major Market WTLC-FM, Indianapolis, Ind., Urban One, Inc., Feeding Families for 365 Days -- Medium Market WJBR-FM, Beasley Media Group, Wilmington, Del., Mix 99.5 WJBR Help Our Kids Radiothon -- Small Market WNRP-AM, WYCT, WNRP, WEBY Radio, Pensacola, Fla.
Actor and television host Mario Lopez emceed the event. Celebrity presenters included “Nightline” Juju Chang; actor American rock and soul artist Maggie Rose, who performed the National Anthem; and Angela Yee, co-host of nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club.” A special one-hour production of the awards ceremony will air nationally on broadcast stations across the country July 9 - August 13.
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Bob Stroud To End Full-Time On-Air Duties At Hubbard's 97.1 The Drive Chicago
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH 2022 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 97.1FM The Drive Brand & Content Director Keith Hastings announced that legendary Midday host Bob Stroud will relinquish his full-time duties at the end of this month, beginning semi-retirement. He will continue to be heard on The Drive weekdays, hosting daily features: Ten at 10 and One 45 at 1:45. Stroud will also continue to host his Sunday morning Rock ‘n Roll Roots program, something he has done for an amazing 42 years, the last 21 of those on WDRV.
Stroud says, “I never saw this coming, a 43 year career in the city of my dreams, Chicago. Now it’s time to kick back a bit and spend the proverbial more time with my family, while still keeping a tone arm in the game by continuing to host two weekday features and my 42 year old baby, Rock ‘n Roll Roots.
Keith Hastings added, “I am just thrilled for Bob’s opportunity. To be able to enjoy life and family fun time, while continuing to nurture his relationship with Drive Nation is a rare opportunity. He gets to continue to do what he loves, while doing it on his own timeline. He is a special talent and a special person. I am really pleased that we will be able to continue to work together in this great city”.
While Stroud’s presence on the station continues, this shift in the lineup creates a new full-time opportunity. Hastings will immediately begin the search for a Midday host for the nation’s premiere classic rock station.
iHeartMedia Announces Lineup For Its 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival In Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH 2022 –– iHeartMedia today announced the lineup for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the annual legendary concert event on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Las Vegas’ hottest entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena. This year, the epic two-day lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival main stage will feature performances by Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Nicki Minaj, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Sam Smith, The Black Keys and more. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will once again include one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances.
The Daytime Stage at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the new immersive event and entertainment district, AREA15 in Las Vegas and will feature live performances from Avril Lavigne, Maggie Rogers, 5 Seconds of Summer, Big Time Rush, Girl in Red, Lauv, Chlöe, Willow, Chase Rice, Latto, Carly Pearce, Ryan Hurd, GAYLE and Lauren Spencer-Smith, with more to be announced. In addition to live performances fromtoday’s hottest artists, the Daytime Stage will also include fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners.
“We’re thrilled to once again return to Las Vegas for a weekend full of great live music with this year’s Festival,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “What makes this festival one of a kind is that we have the best artists from every genre of music that we play on our 860 iHeart stations all on one stage. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many legends performing together.”
The 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia; and Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions.
The CW Network Will Broadcast the Two-Day Televised Special this October and Exclusively Livestream the Mega-Concert via The CW App and CWTV.com Top photo/iHeart - bottom photo/Area15
Q104.3 Shelli Sonstein Leads Team Of 21 Listeners Up 104-Story Climb In Fundraiser
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH 2022 –– Shelli Sonstein, co-host of Q104.3’s “Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show” led a team of 21 Q104.3 listeners Sunday climb up 104 stories on the first Tunnel To Towers World Trade Center Climb in 3 years. The team has so far raised over $20,000, with Shelli alone raising over $13,000, thanks to listener donations.
Shelli completed the climb in 29 minutes 59 seconds, besting her personal best 3 years ago by 5 minutes. But she is most proud of the fundraising, saying, “I do this for all we lost on 9/11 and continue to lose to 9/11 illnesses. We have now lost more people to 9/11 illnesses than we lost ON 9/11”.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation helps the families of 1st responders killed in action and builds homes for catastrophically-wounded veterans. They also pay off the mortgages of families with children of those first responders lost to 9/11 illnesses. Last week alone, 4 retired FDNY’ers (NYC firefighters) died of 9/11 illnesses.
SYNDICATION: Greg Beharrell Ready To 'Kill It' On Stephen King Owned Station in Maine
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH 2022 –– YEA Networks announces the addition of Triple A WZLO Dover-Foxcroft/Bangor, Maine as the latest affiliate for The Greg Beharrell Show. WZLO is a part of Zone Radio, owned by Stephen and Tabitha King. The Greg Beharrell Show will premiere in Eastern and Central Maine starting Monday, June 13th from 5-10pm each weekday.
"The Overlook Hotel of radio shows belongs on Stephen King's station. I relate to all of Stephen's characters, except for The Running Man, since I often skip cardio. #CujoJustWantedATreat," said Beharrell. Sco, Program Director of WZLO said, “I worship at the altar of the silly and believe Greg Beharrell is a deity of hilarity. I can't wait for folks to hear this show but apparently I must wait...but I'm not going to like it, not one little bit. WZLO is all about playing the artists and songs that don't get the airplay they deserve and Greg Beharrell is going to be a perfect fit because he hasn't gotten the attention he deserves either.”
You too can “enjoy” The Greg Beharrell Show on your Active/Alt/Classic/Modern Rock Station too. Just visit http://yeanetworks.com/the-greg-beharrell-show/
Kimmie Caruba To Join Otis Mayer And Brian Moote In Mornings At 94.9 The Bull Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2022 –– Fresh off the heels of recent news that Kristen Gates would be moving from mornings on 94.9 The Bull and Otis Mayer and Brian Moote would be taking over, came word this morning that Kimmie Caruba would be joining them soon in mornings. They made the announcement on today's show.
Kimmie is currently the co-host/executive producer on KDDB FM’s morning show in Honolulu. She joined the show on 102.7 Da Bomb in February 2020. Prior to her time in Hawaii, Kimmie spent 2.5 years at US*99 Chicago’s Hottest Country hosting the night show from 7p-12mid, as well as leading the station in its social media initiatives.
Prior to returning home to Chicago, Kimmie spent 2.5 years hosting a country night show at KMLE 107.9 as well as a top 40/rhythmic midday show at Live 101.5 in Phoenix, AZ. Look for more news to follow.
Radio's Bert Weiss Leaves For Poland/Ukraine Border; 'First Time In My Life I Felt Like I Had 'A Calling.'
THE MOUTH, MAY12TH, 2022 –– With an update to our recent announcement of Bert Weiss of the syndicated Bert Show heading to Poland, Weiss revealed on Wednesday that he's leaving (today), May 13th. He's tells Jockline, "I'm NOT going as The Bert Show. If I go as media/journalist I can't get my hands dirty and volunteer in an authentic way. So, until I'm there and the organization tells me it's cool to talk about on air, I've been keeping it real hush hush."
So, why am I going?", he asks. "I know nobody in Ukraine. Haven't been to that part of the world. Truth is, it's hard to explain. This is the first time in my life I felt like I had "a calling." It's like every time I was trying to talk myself out of going, an inner voice was growing louder and louder telling me it was mandatory. I don't know. Hard to explain. I may never know what my "purpose" was during this trip. I don't know who I'm supposed to connect with or what impact I might have. But I DO know that it almost felt like it wasn't an option NOT to go. So, I'm going."
He'll be bringing equipment to join the show here in the states every day in whatever capacity he can. He told them it's a very fluid situation. The Bert Show will air from noon to 4 in Poland time. So, during those times, when there is down time he'll be on the Bert Show. While there, he'll be staying in a small, farmhouse with strangers that are all volunteering as well.
He tells us, "I'm flying into Warsaw then getting in a car and heading to the border. They said, "it's very rural and not pretty. There I'll do anything they need me to do most of the day. Could be moving water palettes. Could be feeding Ukrainian refugees. Could be entertaining kids that have been in a war torn part of Ukraine and just need a balloon or a laugh. Could be providing a sim card and phone. Whatever they need I'll be there for. As I understand it, at most border crossings it's like "hurry up and wait." So, a shipment of food or water might come in or a large number of refugees arrive at the same time and at that point it's all hands on deck."
"In between that time I will be joining the Bert Show from the Poland/Ukrainian border. The context of my contributions on the show will purely be up to the organization I'm helping out. I'm more than happy to share my experience in hopes it generates interest and some money for them. But that's gonna be their call. I think (s)hit got real a few weeks ago when, just to be safe, I updated my will. Not being dramatic, but let's face it, I'm choosing to go closer to a war zone rather than away from one. I also got a little freaked out when they asked for a "safe sentence" that only my family and the organization know just in case I get kidnapped."
"I love how protective they have been all across the board. I've heard "safety first" two dozen times. So, I leave on Friday. Cumulus has been 100% supportive and praised me for making the trip. Which I TRULY appreciate. It's more work back home or everybody on the Bert Show, as well, and they have 100% been behind me. I'm in a very lucky position to have such a supportive work environment. Best team...EVER.
I'm staying in a small, farmhouse with strangers that are all volunteering as well. PHOTO/Korczowa, Poland 5.03.2022 - refugees from Ukraine at the reception point in Korczowa
iHeart Detroit Moving From The Burbs To Downtown
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2022 –– Looks like iHeart Chief Bob Pittman's former home (from his time back in the day as a jock on WDRQ-FM) is headed from the 'burbs to east side of downtown Detroit. The building at 2529 Orleans St. in the Eastern Market area is under renovation in a multi-million redevelopment that is expected to house new studios and offices for iHeartMedia Inc. Readying for the move are Channel 95.5, 97.9 WJLB,100.3 WNIC, 106.7 WLLZ, Mix 92.3 FM and the Black Information Network on 1130 AM. This latest news follows similar moves in in Tampa, Cleveland and Pittsburgh for the San Antonio based media group.
According to Crain's Detroit, Paul Corvino, regional president for iHeartMedia, said Wednesday that shows like Mojo in the Morning (95.5), Jay Towers (100.3), Bush Man and Dr. Darrius (97.9), Ya Girl Cheron (92.3), and Doug Podell and Trudi Daniels (106.7) will all work and broadcast out of the building at 2529 Orleans St. Sales, production and other staff will also be housed in the building. "A couple years ago we decided we want to be part of the Detroit revitalization," Corvino said. "We're very excited about what's going on and we believe that iHeart and our brands, the No. 1 cluster of radio stations in the Detroit region, should be in the city supporting the city." Build-out is expected to be complete in May.
iHeartMedia currently has its studios and local space in Farmington Hills at 27675 Halsted Rd. at the southwest corner of 12 Mile Road, although its 37,600-square-foot office is currently up for sublease. Detroit resident and radio videographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline, "The "new" building is actually quite old, but being refurbished to the tune of 24 million dollars. The neighborhood is right off I-75 near Woodward Avenue, Detroit's main north/south artery. The new headquarters is downtown, about 23 miles from the company's current location in suburban Farmington Hills which they moved into back in 2002. It was secured then by former WNIC G.M. Steve Schram, who now runs public station Michigan Radio. It was previously HQ for A&W root beer. Schram joked it was the only radio station with a "test kitchen."
PHOTOS/Courtesy of Art Vuolo
Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On Tik Tok Radio Superstar 'Cat' Haley
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 11TH, 2022 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Tik Tok Radio Star, Cat Haley. Her radio story began after doing an internship with the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF in West Palm Beach,FL. She later helped create their first FM pop station for students at UF! It was called GHQ on 95.3FM! I graduated in May of 2018! Today she airs on TikTok Radio, channel 4 for SiriusXM as well as a radio host on HITS 1 on channel 2!
She says her next step after WRMF was going to Morning Show Boot Camp in August of 2018 ( thanks to the recommendation by Kevin Rolston from the KVJ show). I was not with a company. I was solo and jobless but made it a point to dominate the mic, ask questions and make myself known at that conference. There I met Ben and Kelly from "The Ben Davis & Kelly K Show" on 99.7 WDJX which led to my first morning show job. I was hired as the 3rd mic/producer on the Ben Davis & Kelly K Morning Show in Louisville, KY! After a year there, budget cuts led to her moving back home to South Florida where one of herdad's friends introduced her to DJ Laz, who at the time was on HITS 97.3 in Miami! She sent him her demos.
Cat says, "The music director at the time, Dia Ryan, took me under her wing as a fantastic mentor and hired me as a part time, weekend/overnights, on air personality. To help pass the time between on-air breaks, I started making tiktoks at the station. They quickly blew up! I had hundreds of thousands of followers intrigued by radio. I still worked part time but was still able to then make it to middays and eventually afternoons at the station while still making the tiktoks! Next, SiriusXM reached out to me. Then Robert Cross, the Vice President of Programming, reached out to me. Next thing you know I was hired to be a radio host on TikTok Radio on channel 4 for SiriusXM as well as a radio host on HITS 1 on channel 2! They sent me all the proper equipment to work remote! It has become A DREAM!"
As for radio via satellite she says, "I love working from home and being able to experience the huge milestones of life with my family and friends that I had to miss out on before! I can now spend more time with friends and family, travel to see them, and bring my equipment with me! Being pre-recorded is super nice too. I enjoy how there is less pressure. I also love how on SiriusXM radio we don't have to "compete" with other stations. If people are paying for SiriusXM.....they are paying for all the commercial free channels....so we are all one team! I also get to talk anywhere around 30 seconds to 90 seconds a break so I can really tell a good story and connect more with the listeners.
As for Tik Tok, she says, "Going live on TikTok is the best part of radio. People want to see behind the scenes! For those new to Tik Tok she recommends, "Keep trying things until they stick! EX: If you're a cook, make TikToks where you throw in a weird ingredient that someone commented on a previous video. You can grab the comment, and place it in your video on the top. This way followers feel included! Let's say someone comments to put Nutella in your next dish. Put it in pasta! Make a dessert pasta like in the movie "Elf". Next video grab another funny ingredient from the comments and make it a series! Be patient and persistent. If it doesn't stick, move onto a different series!"
And how big an impact did social media habve on her career? " I wouldn't have the job that I have right now. I went from the local level to the national level. You want to be known! That is what is hire-able.
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On ABC News Radio's Dana Schaeffer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, the spotlight shines on ABC News Radio New York producer Dana Schaeffer. You may know her as a regular staffer at MSBC. Long before her radio journey began, she tells Jockline she would go to these ABC vs. WPLJ charity baseball games in her home town back when she was a child (below left).
"I’d meet the News Anchors and Radio DJ’s, and tell them I wanted to work with them one day. Fast forward to college at William Paterson University - the exec producer Monk -- for the Scott & Todd Morning Show, visited his alma mater. She told him it would be a dream to intern at WPLJ... and then after her interview – "I did! It all started there," she says.
In 2013 she started at CBS Radio ( Entercom, Audacy) where she worked on the street team for CBS-FM, FRESH, AMP, and beyond. From there, she moved to 1010 WINS where she fell in love with news/talk radio. To this day she admits to a soft spot for WINS and everyone there.
On a whim, she flew to LA to interview at KIIS-FM in 2017 where she became producer for JoJo on the Radio, re-launched the globally-syndicated iHeartRadio Countdown, started a podcast “Paranormal-ish” and worked with Bill Handel at KFI. Radio in Los Angeles taught me a lot. I really learned all the ropes of not only producing so many different shows, but hosting those shows too."
"I have to shout out Morning Show Boot Camp for the networking opportunities as well, because without those conferences, my jobs may have been very different. They gave me face time with people in the industry that may not have been possible because of schedules, or distance."
And where would Dana like to see career path eventually take her? "The ultimate media goal is to be on Good Morning America, or have a morning show," says Dana. "I’m that morning person that’s super bubbly the minute she wakes up, no coffee needed! I’m the person who wants to lift you up, hear about YOU and bring positive energy into YOUR life."
Dana adds, If you ever want to talk radio for hours on end, reach out – I’m your gal. @danamschaeffer
'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Illinois Radio's Hannah Brummer
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2022 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on radio's next generation of stars, meet Hannah Brummer (shown) of 102.3 XLC and just added to mornings with Eddie Volkman at WSSR 96.7 FM - You may also know her as a staff member for last year's MSBC in Chicago.
Hannah says her career in radio was fueled by an internship with the Chicago Bandits Women's Professional Softball team. "I had the opportunity to work with ESPN at the Championship Series and fell in love with broadcasting that very minute. This led to her working for US*99 and 104.3 Jams Chicago as a Promotions Coordinator in June of 2019. In March of 2020, the pandemic hit which led to an end of her radio show in Elmhurst College. "I broadened my horizons by creating my own studio in my bedroom, " Hannah says. "It included my very own Rodecaster Pro and other various studio paraphernalia items where I was able to transition my college radio show into a podcast (Thanks mom and dad).
Hannah says she took advantage of all the virtual seminars and camps during the pandemic while being a full-time student at Elmhurst College. In May of 2020, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Communications at Elmhurst College . In addition, I created and branded my own merchandise. On August 3, 2020, I was hired at the Illinois Media School as an Education Administrative Assistant. That exact day was also my first day I attended Camp Broadcast with Sam Alex. In July of 2021, I accepted a job as a Promotions Coordinator with Cumulus (Q101 and 94.7 WLS). Then in August of 2021 I had the opportunity to audition for 102.3 XLC as their Afternoon Drive host.
And if you spend any time on social media there's a good chance you've seen one of Hannah's daily TitTok videos. "I love making TikToks! says Hannah. "I'm either dancing or singing in the studio! I typically wake up in the morning with an idea of a TikTok and then I will create it during my show!
As for Morning Show Boot Camp she says "it's truly the best experience! The first time I attended was last year. I learned a lot about how to succeed in the industry and connected with so many amazing industry professionals. A few weeks after bootcamp I landed my very first job doing Afternoon Drive with 102.3 XLC! and I'm looking forward to attending again this year!
And who in radio made a positive impact or lasting impression on Hannah? Among the many include: Kipper McGee, Sam Alex, Dan Levy, Audacy Chicago Team, Chris Cruise, Charese Fruge, Lisa Kosty, Krista Hayes, Julia Lepidi, Nina Hajian, McCall Taylor, Marie LeMaitre, Dana Schaeffer, Don Anthony, her entire team at 102.3 XLC, her new partner, Eddie Volkman and her entire team at Gurnee Alpha Media!
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FEATURE: Backstage At 'Boot Camp - Shines The Light On Lincoln Radio's Brooke Summers
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2022 –– 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 Brooke Summers, Morning host on B107.3 (Brooke and Bic Show) and afternoons on sister station Froggy 98 Lincoln, NE. Summer's story began as a radio guest-host contest winner. From there, she ascended to not only to an impressive on-air radio career, but earlier this year was selected as voice of the ACM Award.
Going back to 1999, she tells Jockline, "I had just gotten out of the military and had gone back to school for early childhood education. My favorite station at the time, in Nashville (102.5 The Party, no longer in existence) had a contest where you could enter to come on and guest host with the morning show guy, Scotty O. My best friend and I signed up and got to go on one morning, and I was instantly love with radio. I got to go on once more with him and decided after that to change my major in school to communications."
Summers says, While attending school in Clarksville, as a single mom of two, I had to work part-time for income, my GI Bill only covered so much (lol). I was working as a receptionist at a realty office and one day in walks this woman to pay her rent. While looking for her check book, she starts pulling out all this swag for Q108, pens, stickers, keychains...and I teased her saying, "Either you work there, or you are a REALLY big fan!" She laughed and told me she was one half of the morning show. I thought this is crazy! I told her my guest host story and how I had just changed my major to communications because I wanted to get it radio. She told me to stop by and talk to the OM Steve Burke, because they were getting ready to launch a new rock station and were looking for people."
This chance encounter led to her starting as a board op for MRN races and getting voice-track Friday overnights on the Urban station, WJMR "Jammin 1370. "Then I got to work my first live shift,a Friday night 80s flashback show. I worked my way from there to middays on Jammin 1370 and Promotions Director for the cluster for SAGA, plus fill in on Q108. I left SAGA in '04 and moved to Bowling Green, where I became PD/middays for WUHU/107.1. Within about 6-8 months, I moved to mornings ." In 2021, she I made the move to Lincoln, NE where I am currently Mornings on B107.3 and afternoons on our sister station Froggy 98.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Cast The Spotlight On 107.5 The River/Nashville's Ricki Sanchez
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Ricki Sanchez, cast-member of iHeart's "Woody & Jim Show" on 107.5 The River/Nashville. Ricki got her start in radio as an intern for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on Z100 (WHTZ) in 2014 after applying for an internship. She tells Jockline, "I knew I liked the idea of working in media, but I wasn't sure radio was the route I wanted to go. Sure enough... I fell in love. That's where I had my first experience live on air. I walked out of that studio on cloud 9. I was on top of the world (or at least "the top of the Empire State Building").
Ricki added, "It's also where I heard an artist listen to their song on the radio for the first time ever. I remember thinking to myself, "I want to make people that happy... everyone. From listeners to artists."
"I worked a bunch of random jobs after that. I had a job at a radio prep service, I worked as tech support for the iHeartRadio App, and I was a waitress. Eventually I got tired of not being on air.
In October of 2016, I started the "20-Somethings Doing Nothing" podcast to get myself out there and work on my skills. It became part of Elvis Duran's podcast network on November 15, 2017. It helped me finally get my shot on air. I just had to wait until 2019. That's when I got a co-host job on the syndicated Zach Sang Show in Los Angeles. I moved out there and started in July of 2019 until July of 2020, when I was let go due to the impact the pandemic had on the radio industry. Back to the East Coast I go, where I had to figure out my next step. After feeling hopeless for months, I found out the Woody & Jim Show on 107.5 The River (WRVW) was looking for a new co-host. In April 2021, I packed up and was on my way to Nashville, Tennessee. I'm coming up on one year here next month!"
As for radio shows she grew up listening to, she says, "Growing up in Northern New Jersey, I was obsessed with Elvis Duran on Z100 (which is why my internship was absolutely wild to me). In high school and college I started to really get into The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 (WWPR). Both have influenced me in different ways. The Breakfast Club is always honest and real with their audience, even if it's going to stir the pot. I hope to have a strong bond with my listeners and I always want to be honest and real with them about who I am, what my opinions are, and what I'm going through."
As for gathering content, Ricki says social media is my main source of content. "I use it to see what everyone is talking about every morning. Most of the topics I come up with are from my own life, but there's a decent amount that I find in places like Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. It's the best way to stay in tune with your audience. Content is just begging to be used from social media. It's also an amazing way to talk to listeners. I constantly check my DM's and have conversations with them in there."
Looking to the future, Ricki says one day she'd like her own morning show. "As media changes and I have more opportunities to try other things, I've become more open to other possibilities. For instance, I had the chance to host the iHeartRadio Music Awards post show last year. It's something I've never done, but I loved it. I got a thrill from it. I want to do more things like that now. Explore more possibilities. Push my boundaries." In addition to The Woody & Jim Show, Sanchez Host of "20-Somethings Doing Nothing"
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Backstage At 'Boot Camp Cast The Spotlight On iHeart San Diego's Chris Martinez
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2021 –– In our latest edition of 'Backstage At 'Boot Camp where we spotlight some of radio's next generation of stars, say hello to Chris Martinez, morning show executive producer for iHeart San Diego's Geena The Latina And Frankie V Morning Show on Channel 933. His radio journey began when he was in a community college and taking broadcasting classes. He tells Jockline, "I just thought it was an easy class and I had no idea how to get an internship, so I applied at every station in Los Angeles and Riverside. After being rejected by nearly everyone, there was only one to call me in for an interview and that was KIISFM in Los Angeles. I became an official intern in March of 2004. After a few months of being on the team my promotion director called me into his office to hire me a part of the street team! In December of 2005 my career would take another unexpected turn when working a street team event with one of our morning show talents, Manny On The Streets. He was looking for someone to join him and the Ryan Seacrest Morning team. I took him up on his offer and started with that team in January 2006."
Chris added, "I stayed with the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest team till 2012 and in 2013 became our special projects coordinator for iHeart LA. There I was on the opening team for the iHeart Theater LA, bringing big name acts to a private intimate setting. In spring of 2014 I was contacted by my old friend and current morning show cohost Geena the Latina at Channel 933 in San Diego to come back to the programming side of the business. I moved to San Diego officially in May of 2014 and I’ve been here ever since as the executive producer of Geena The Latina and Frankie V morning show on Channel 933."
Chris says he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lot of help "From my promotions family to programming to sales, but I owe many thanks to Dennis Clark. While I was working with the On Air with Ryan Seacrest team, I was able to learn so much from him. I know a lot of people admire and appreciate his guidance but it’s something special seeing it live and in action every day. I really got to see how a morning show should operate and I still apply those lessons to this very day."
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Spotlight On HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, this weeks' spotlight shines on WCDA/HITS 106.3 Lexington's Mandy Williamson, co-host of the Mandy & Jimmy Morning Show.
Mandy says her career started out not for the love of radio but for the need of an internship. "Back in 2009 when MySpace was still huge and Facebook was just coming onto the scene I found myself reading a post from a guy who was the host of a local morning show on Island 106 Panama City looking for interns. I reached out to him, he brought me in for an interview and that’s when my radio career began. I interned for “That Guy” Kramer in 2009 for a full year for free. It was supposed to be three months but that turned into six which turned into a year. Kramer, Holly, Miguel and I just clicked. It felt right so I stayed because I loved it. After a year, she finally went fulltime and started getting paid.
To this day, she still calls Kramer, Miguel & Holly her top mentors. She stayed at Island 106 Navigating my way through several morning shows until she landed at her current job in Lexington Kentucky. Over the next several years, Mandy says she I spent a lot of time on ellipticals listening to other shows in different markets learning from them. Making mental notes of what they did best and how they got in and out of a break or how they interacted with listeners. Some of her biggest inspirations were The KVJ Show on WRMF/West Palm Beach, Mojo In The Morning on Channel 955/Detroit and Mercedes in The Morning on Mix 94.1 Las Vegas. "They all were very different yet all had wonderful qualities that’s inspired me in the way I want to do things on my show". Mandy started out solo in Lexington in 2017, then teamed later with Jimmy who had previously served as an intern.
She says, "I've had a ton of support from all the lovely people I’ve met through the years at Morning Show Boot Camp which is where I’m going to give a lot of credit to. Meeting all the different mornings shows from all over and hearing their stories and ideas definitely helped shape my career. Brady DeAngelo who had been doing a solo morning show for quite some time was my biggest mentor in my transition to Lexington. Not really sure where I’d be with out his guidance at the time.
Of note, Mandy also does TV as well in a segment called Mom to Mom that airs every Monday a few times a day on the local ABC 36 affiliate and it’s syndicated in 7 different markets. She tells Jockline, she was able to get that job thanks to radio.
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Utah's McCall Of The AJ & McCall Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021 –– In this week's episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™ where we shine the light on some of radio's next generation of stars, please meet Utah's McCall, co-host of The AJ & McCall Show On 94.5 VFX. McCall's radio journey began in 2014. Back then she was working at a bank and someone just happened to come in saying they worked at the top 40 radio station in town. She tells Jockline: "I RAN across the lobby (IN HEELS nonetheless) to ask how to get a job there. They told me to go talk to the boss, so I did the next day. I was brought on as an intern, and about a month later the afternoon jock didn't show up for his shift, so I got his slot on on KXRQ-FM."
Some years later after she and her boyfriend had moved, she heard an ad, YES, ON THE RADIO, about the Utah Broadcasters Association Job Fair happening that week. I took off from my job to see what it was all about, and met my now bosses and landed the position on the morning show on KVFX in Logan Utah (they also track shifts on 3 different stations across the state). I've since picked up 1 more station in St. George Utah, and have been a part of the AJ & McCall show in my home town for almost 5 years."
And who are some of her 'go-to' shows for radio inspiration? "There's so many," she says. Hot 101.5 Tampa's Miguel & Holly are some of my favorite people to go to for inspiration; Audacy syndicated The Julia Show, I also love 99.5 Portland's Nick & Kristen and Throwback 2K's Chris Cruise have been so darn helpful. With each of these shows, I love seeing their hustle. I'm so inspired by them all. They make me want to be better, and have been so supportive.
"Ultimately, I want to do everything," adds McCall. "Because if I don't try everything, I don't know that I don't like it. I'd also love to syndicate my midday show, I'd love to blow up as an Influencer, but at the end of the day, I just want to support the community that raised me and serve as an example to the community that you can love the being that you are, AS you are. And also make beaucoup bucks. PS, "Can't wait for next year's Boot Camp"!
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'Backstage At Boot Camp' Shines The Light On Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan Of The Eagle Norfolk
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2021 –– In our latest episode of 'Backstage At Boot Camp™, we're shining the light this week on Max Media's Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan of 97.3 The Eagle in Norfolk. Annaliese's radio story began at a very young age when she says she was obsessed with both listening to the radio and watching the local TV news. I knew probably from age 5-6 that working in some form of on-air broadcasting was my dream someday. She says, "My radio-specific dream really took off at age 7, after I got the chance to visit and have a tour of the studio of my favorite CHR station (shout-out to WJBQ 97.9 in Portland, ME!) while my dad was there to record a PSA for his company. As I got older in middle and high school, I became a little less interested in TV news and way more interested in radio."
Later she moved to North Carolina for college and intended to pursue Communications. She later transferred to Queens University of Charlotte. Following graduation, I stayed in Charlotte for another year to complete a certificate program in Radio & TV at The Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte campus. I wanted more studio experience and technical training, and going to broadcasting school was definitely the right choice! I finished my year at CSB with an internship with WNKS Kiss 95.1's Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show, which is where my passion for morning radio specifically was ignited."
From there, her first full-time radio job was in the Burlington/Plattsburgh market (Vox AM/FM), doing Middays and then Afternoons on the former WXZO New Hot 96.7, and Weekends and Morning Show Fill-ins on heritage WEZF Star 92.9. I moved to Vermont in April 2017. In March 2018, she moved back South to Charlottesville, VA for my next radio opportunity. She worked at Charlottesville Radio Group (Saga) just shy of 3.5 years. First, afternoons for WCVL 92.7 C-Ville Country, then morning co-host on heritage Z95.1, along with my coworker Marc. While there, she also served as Middays and Weekends for 92.7 and 95.1, PSA Director for the cluster, assisted with Barter spots, and was Music Director for Z95.1. In July 2021, she accepted the position of Morning Co-Host on the heritage WGH 97.3 The Eagle (Max Media), and moved to the Norfolk/Virginia Beach region of Virginia a few months ago.
Off the air she stays busy with her side hustle, a lifestyle blog Southern Belle in Training (shown above). I've been blogging for almost 9.5 years, and monetizing my content for about 7 of those years. I have a presence for my blog on just about all social media platforms, but most active on Instagram. For right now I'm loving Mornings in my new city, and very content to do this for a while! I've moved so much in the past few years, and it would be nice to stay in Norfolk/Virginia Beach longer and really marry this market! Someday though I would love to be a Music Director again." FOR THE COMPLETE STORY, CLICK HERE -- Send Annaliese your best HERE
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'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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'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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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."
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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?!)
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!
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.
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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THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2022 –– While we await an official release from Audacy, we're happy to report that Bill Ryan has joined as morning host for WQAL/Cleveland. At present the show is being called 'The Q Morning Show.
Q104 is where he got his start in mornings back in 2000. Ryan says, "To come back here and get to host the show is wonderful and surrealistic at the same time." He's joined by co-host is Morgan Wright.
Prior to Q104, Ryan served for 11 years as Executive Producer for the nationally syndicated Johnjay And Rich Show. In November of 2020, he announced he was leaving Phoenix and relocating back to his hometown of Cleveland, OH to be closer to family.