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City Approves $100K For Statue Of Radio Legend Rosalie Trombley, 'The Girl With The Golden Ear'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– Rosalie Trombley, shown at her desk while she was music director at legendary Big 8 – CKLW Radio in Windsor, Ont., held that post from 1968 until 1984, and later worked in Detroit and Toronto. Trombley started as CKLW as a receptionist, and moved her way up to record librarian and then music director.
She may have been in Windsor (just a stones-throw south of Detroit) but her ear for picking hits was heard around the world. Last week, the city council of Windsor approved $100,000 to erect a bronze statue of Trombley at the fashionable Festival Plaza on the city's Riverfront.. (Leddy Library Archives & Special Collections, University of Windsor)
According to CBC At their meeting last Monday, councillors decided to provide funding for the bronze statue of Trombley, a music radio pioneer known as The Girl with the Golden Ear who died in 2021.The city Council unanimously passed a motion to allocate $100,000 toward the creation, installation and unveiling of the statue in conjunction with the Arts Council Windsor & Region. Before the council vote, Donna Mayne, the sculptor of the statue, said it is about 80 per cent complete. "If the council agrees with the arts committee that it's a culturally valuable idea to have for this city, hopefully it'll be cast in bronze soon," Mayne said. A conceptual drawing of a statue featuring Rosalie Trombley was shared in a report to Windsor city council. (City of Windsor)
Mayne's proposed location for the statue is the Festival Plaza on the city's riverfront. The sculpture is expected to be complete and ready for installation by April 2023. A public unveiling would take place on Sept. 18, 2023, in a special ceremony in connection with Trombley's birthday. According to a report in Monday's council agenda, the full project is expected to cost $170,000. St. Clair College has already pledged the remaining $70,000.
Trombley passed away last Nov. 23.
Fred Jacobs: 'There's No One Pathway To Achieving Success In Radio'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– In today's blog, Jacobs Media chief, Fred Jacobs says last week's Michigan Association of Broadcasters Conference in northern Michigan was an opportunity to watch a group of fortunate students receive scholarship dollars from the MAB Foundation. As is typical of these SBA events, young people are always interested in hearing how veteran broadcasters got into radio. And that's a question that almost comes with as many answers as there are radio people.
Truth be told, there is no one pathway to achieving success in radio. Talk to 10 broadcasters and you might hear a dozen stories of how they climbed the ladder of success to get to where they are today." (And for some who have experienced failure but managed to get back on their feet, you'll hear multiple stories of managing their comebacks).
Jacobs points to a new article in the Harvard Business Review is aptly titled “Stop Offering Career Ladders. Star Offering Career Portfolios.” It's part of HBR's “Developing Employees” track, written by April Rinne. It's premise is that today's fed up employees yearn for better work experiences, wishing to be seen and valued. To that end, they wish to be seen, heard, and valued.
Fred later offered more details on his AQ4 presentation at this week's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. "I've been spending lots of time getting to know the new data from AQ4, our fourth research survey of commercial radio talent in the U.S. This year, 750 respondents answered our questions, helping us better define the state of radio from the air talent point of view. By tracking questions from past years, and with the introduction of new questions, I'm seeing a clearer picture of the state of play in 2022. And Rinne is right. Talent may always aspire bigger markets, better dayparts, and more money. But that desire to be seen, heard, and respected is peppered throughout the data. And sadly, many feel they're simply cogs in the radio wheel, wearing even more hats, and feeling taken for granted." Read entire blog here
Brittany Rose Headed To Hubbard's 107.5 The Point St. Louis For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– Beginning next week, Brittany Rose will be taking over afternoon drive at Hubbard's Alternative KPNT/107 The Point as 'Liv Maddix.' She replaces Lux, who exited last May after 15 years in the post. Maddix spent the past 3 1/2 years Townsquare Media in Portland, ME where she served as morning co-host on Top-40 WJBQ/Q97.9 and afternoons on Alternative WCYY.
"Going to a major market was nothing I had ever imagined for myself,” said Maddix. " “I knew one thing though, when KPNT calls, you listen. It took some time to see myself making such a big leap. Once I grasped that, I was all in. Leaving everything and everyone I have ever known is daunting but I’ve had one mantra through my career that has kept me climbing, 'If not now, when?' I’m beyond excited to get started at The Point and to continue such an incredible legacy."
K-LOVE Welcomes Carlos Aguiar And Mary O’Brien To Air1 Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– EMF Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the parent ministry and programmer of the world’s two largest Christian music radio networks, is expanding its on-air lineup with the addition of Carlos Aguiar on K-LOVE and Mary O’Brien on Air1, beginning today, August 15. “Often, when a station adds new air talent, it’s to fill a vacancy after a departure,” explains Mandy Young, EMF radio group program director. “We’re in a fortunate position right now with both K-LOVE and Air1 to be bringing on new talent without having to cut ties with any of our existing jocks – which is great from both a staff and audience perspective.”
“Because of our nationwide reach and the challenge of time zones, our talent’s shifts have historically been stretched,” said Troy West, EMF radio group assistant program director. “While that’s an understandable strategy, we have wanted to test shortening the shifts to more industry-standard lengths to allow our incredible talent to have a more reasonable workload that positions them to deliver just the very, very best content.”
Aguiar will be on air weekdays from 7-10 a.m., Pacific, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. He will be a part of the network’s digital initiatives on social media channels and on its own streaming video outlet, K-LOVE On Demand. Aguiar comes to K-LOVE with 22 years of experience in Christian radio, having served at KSBJ/Houston and NGEN Radio in Houston, and WAY-FM in Nashville. Simultaneously, Mary O’Brien joins EMF’s Air1 network after some time off air to focus on family, following more than 15 years on air at WCVO/Columbus (The River) where she co-hosted the number one morning show. O’Brien will be on air weekdays from 5-11 p.m., Pacific, and on Saturdays from 6-11 p.m. and Sundays from 8-11 p.m. She will also be a part of the network’s digital initiatives on social media channels.
Krista To Power Up With Move to Magic 98 Madison
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– As Krista returns next week from Morning Show Boot Camp she'll make the big leap to their powerhouse sister station Magic 98. She posted on Facebook, "EXCITED to be taking this new journey with you all. Krista & The Morning Rush is making MAGIC Starting August 22nd.
Krista will be leaving mornings on 93.1 Jamz & moving to middays on our sister station Magic 98 Tune into 98.1 FM from 10AM - 3PM to hear your favorite girl on her new station" - more details forthcoming.
SYNDICATION: Carmen's Calls Now Heard In Orlando
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– Skyview Networks’ Carmen’s Calls has found a new home in Orlando. The nationally syndicated Monday-Friday feature is now heard on iHeart Media’s 104.5 The Beat during afternoon drive. Carmen’s Calls is also on heard on many other stations, including Hot 97/New York, Hot 101.5 Tampa; Power 98.3, Phoenix; KWIN-FM Sacramento-Stockton; 98.5 The Beat, San Antonio and KISS-FM Albuquerque.
Skyview Networks is the exclusive distributor, affiliate sales representative and network sales partner of Carmen’s Calls. For more information on affiliation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit skyviewnetworks.com/carmens-calls/.
HONORS: Audacy Captures With Five National Murrow Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 –– Audacy is the proud recipient of five National Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
Audacy won in the following categories: Radio – Large Continuing Coverage Daunte Wright Shooting, Protests and Trial 830 WCCO Minneapolis, MN Newscast WCCO Drivetime News 830 WCCO Minneapolis, MN Radio – Small Breaking News Coverage At the Brink of the Falls WBEN Buffalo, NY Digital News Organization – Large Excellence in Sound Dan Taberski’s 9/12 Pineapple Street Studios (in partnership with Amazon Music, Wondery) New York, NY Podcast Gone South C13Originals, a division of Cadence13 New York, NY
SNAPS: Doug Gottlieb Covers Chargers & Rams For Fox Sports Radio's Annual Training Camp
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 15TH, 2022 ––As NFL teams across the country gear up for the start of football season, FOX Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show hit the road to bring fans live, on-location coverage from the network’s annual NFL Training Camp Tour. Gottlieb provided listeners with an insider’s look at the Los Angeles Chargers and the Rams, including interviews with players, coaches and franchise executives.
Last week Gottlieb broadcast from the Rams Training Camp at UC Irvine on Tuesday, August 9, where Rams General Manager Les Snead and Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp were among the featured guests.
iHeart Partners With Global Citizen For 10th Year; Priyanka Chopra Jonas To Host NYC Event
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Global Citizen announced the lineup for the 10th annual Global Citizen Festival taking place on September 24. iHeartRadio will stream the performances on the iHeartRadio app. At Global Citizen Festival In New York's Central Park, Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton And Rosalía Set To Perform. Priyanka Chopra Jonas To Host NYC FEST. Global Citizen Festival Calls For World Leaders To Empower Girls, Close The Climate Finance Gap, Alleviate The Global Food Crisis, And Relieve Crushing Debt
Tickets to the festivals are free and can be earned by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting www.globalcitizen.org to take action on the campaign's issues. Broadcasting and streaming from Accra and New York City on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube and more. Photos/ Getty Images For Global Citizen
DJ Squintz Rises To Asst. Brand Manager In San Francisco And Sacramento
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Audacy has promoted DJ Squintz, (RJ Buendia,) to assistant brand manager of 102 Jams (KRBQ-FM) in San Francisco and 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM) in Sacramento. He will continue to host nights on 102.5 KSFM, weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. PT.
“If you know Squintz, you know this is well earned,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy San Francisco and Sacramento. “Squintz has been a key member of the KSFM team, both on air and more recently as Music Director. He is a leader by example and always amongst the first to offer help, support and solutions, whether or not something is directly related to him or his brand. We are excited for his elevated leadership with both brands.”
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Kane Brown To Make History As First Male Country Artist To Perform At 2022 VMAs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Global entertainer Kane Brown is set to make an epic “VMAs” debut from the Toyota Stage with a first-time TV performance of “Grand,” the new single from his highly-anticipated third album Different Man, dropping September 9th.
Brown continues to make “VMAs” history as the first male country artist to perform on the iconic show. Last year, he was the only country artist to receive a 2021 nomination (“Video for Good” for his emotionally charged single “Worldwide Beautiful”).
This marks Toyota’s fourth year as exclusive sponsor of “VMAs” remote performances, continuing its tradition of partnering with MTV to activate innovative in-show moments, this year using cutting-edge Mixed Reality technology, powered by The Famous Group - the creative technology company behind high-profile mixed reality activations in the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Game, and NFL Wild Card Slime Game on Nickelodeon.
“This exclusive collaboration showcases the all-new Corolla Cross and a first-ever mixed reality technology, in partnership with The Famous Group, creating an added performance element to Kane Brown’s exciting VMAs debut.” “This creative partnership with Velocity marks a unique opportunity for our team,” says Erik Beaumont, Head of Mixed Reality, The Famous Group. “We have a track record of creating dynamic experiences for teams and organizations primarily in the sports world. Now, we look forward to expanding into a new and exciting vertical - music. We are ecstatic to collaborate with MTV and Toyota to create a captivating activation at a world-renowned event.”
Former T.J. Martell Executive Sentenced To Four Years in Prison For Embezzlement
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Former T.J. Martell Executive Melissa Ann Goodwin was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $3.9 million after embezzling nearly $4 million from the charity organization. According to Billboard, She could have received up to a 20-year prison sentence, but likely received a lighter sentence after cooperating with prosecutors.
As Billboard initially reported in January, Goodwin was charged with wire fraud for embezzling nearly $4 million over a two-year period. “This was a terrible situation, where a trusted person stole from a non-profit organization that provides vital funds for the fight against cancer,” said the foundation in a statement. “While we believe justice was served in this case, we look forward to seeking full restitution through our pending civil lawsuits against others who either participated in this scheme or should have caught it before it happened.”
Goodwin is still facing two separate civil lawsuits from the foundation, filed against her and others allegedly involved in the scheme. The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research was formed by record executive Tony Martell in 1975, following the death of his son, T.J., from leukemia. Supported primarily by the music industry, T.J. Martell holds multiple annual charitable events, auctions and campaigns with the music community in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Miami and has raised more than $280 million. Read Complete Story Here
HONORS: New Jersey 101.5 Among 2022 Winners Of National Murrow Award; NPR Snags Six
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Townsquare Media's New Jersey 101.5 was eligible for the national award after winning a 2022 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “Newscast” from the Radio Television Digital News Association in May. “There is no more deserving news team than New Jersey 101.5 for the great content we produce on-air and online as we serve local communities statewide,” Market President Brian Lang said. National winners were announced yesterday.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala will be held on Oct. 10 in New York City. Edward R. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession. Over 5,200 entries were submitted this year. The national small market “Newscast” honor went to the Nov. 3, 2021 edition of "New Jersey's First News with Eric Scott," which was broadcast the morning after Election Day.
Houston-Based RFC Media Lands 3 New Inductees Into The Texas Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Longtime Houston radio hosts Pam Kelly, Laurie Kendrick and Maria Todd have been elected to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, the latest members of Houston-based RFC Media’s talent roster to be inducted. Maria Todd has brought her larger-than-life electric personality to every studio she has entered for over three decades and now co-hosts a syndicated morning radio show for RFC Media. Laurie Kendrick is an American humorist, writer, news director and creative force for 30 years in the funniest of radio. Pam Kelly makes that studio on-air light glow a little brighter each time she cracks the mic, with 3 decades of cross-format expertise ranging from legendary KLOL to Alt Rock, Country and Christian.
All three remarkable talents will now be recognized by the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. These three new inductees join a distinguished list of RFC Media’s six other notable Hall of Fame members, including Donna McKenzie, Rowdy Yates, Pat Fant, Outlaw Dave Andrews, Dan Gallo and Ed Chandler. “RFC is very proud of these three accomplished professionals and their contributions to radio in Texas,” said Fant, Chief Operating Officer of RFC. “In taking their place with other RFC talent in the Hall, they are underscoring the unique role that RFC plays in radio syndication, music and entertainment, and within the new audio landscape for corporate communications.”
The Friends Of Georgia Radio To Award Scholarship Checks To 4 Students At Radio Bash
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Four students will be awarded scholarship checks at the upcoming RADIO BASH on August 27th, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. a radio talk show host at WUOG (University of Georgia), Midori Jenkins the music director at WRAS (Georgia State University), Kim Ruiz the station manager at WPCZ, Z98.7FM, (Piedmont University), Madison Gott the assistant station manager at WPCZ, Z98.7FM, (Piedmont University), Matt Kodrowski "
"The four initial recipients of the Friends of Georgia Radio scholarships have begun to hone their broadcast skills through their respective college/university radio stations. One student currently serves as the music director of her station, while another student host a radio talk show. The third student has spent the past year developing his radio play-by-play skills. The final recipient currently serves as the student manager of her school's radio station," says Dr. Dale Van Cantfort, Professor of Mass Communications and Faculty Advisor to Z98.7FM, the student-run radio station at Piedmont University. "
All four students plan to make broadcasting their career choice, and the Friends of Georgia Radio hope these scholarships will help make that a reality." These students will each receive a $1,500 scholarship during the Friends of Georgia Radio's first annual Radio Bash named for the following: The Georgia Association of Broadcasters Marcus Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Golden Isles Broadcasting Radio Scholarship Charles E. Giddens Georgia Radio Memorial Scholarship
EVENTS: iHeart Nashville To Host 20th Annual 'Wine On The River' Fundraising Event
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Nashville will hold the 20th annual Wine on the River event on Saturday, September 10 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville. This year, the funds raised will go to helps restore the vitally important historic district of 2nd Avenue.
The initiative was created in response to the damage resulting from the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville in 2020. iHeartMedia Nashville stations including 107.5 The River, The Big 98 WSIX, 105.9 The Rock, 101.1 The Beat and 1510 / 98.3 WLAC will promote the Wine on the River event on-air, on the stations’ websites and via social media encouraging listeners to attend the event. On-air personality Zac Woodward from 107.5 The River will also host the event. Live entertainment will include local artists The San Rafael Band and Heidi Burson.
This year’s Wine On The River will have beverages from national and international regions and will include wine, beer and spirits.
[WATCH] Nikko Moon Left 'Speechless' Following Surprise Wedding Gift From Tim & Chelsea
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2022 –– Nikko Moon just starred in one of Tim Leary & Chelsey Taylor's “Secret Sessions”. "After the show, Chelsea and I recorded one of our “Now from Nashville” podcasts with him, " says Tim.
At the very end New Country 103.1 surprised Nikko with a 4 day three night “Babymoon” vacation for him and his wife Anna to ANY Sandals resort in the Caribbean! "He was literally left speechless," said Tim. Staring at his certificate and trying to find words, Nikko looked at Tim and Chelsea and said, “No one has ever gotten me anything this life in my whole life!” You can check out the video on the New Country 103.1 Facebook page. HERE
Matt Longhenry Named Afternoon Drive Host And MD For 95.5 WFMS Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has appointed Matt Longhenry (known on-air as Matt Malone) as the new Music Director and Afternoon Drive host for Indianapolis Country station 95.5 WFMS. Matt will debut in Afternoons on WFMS on Monday, August 22nd, and will be heard Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Longhenry, who worked part-time for Cumulus Grand Rapids from 2019-2020, was most recently Content/Program Director and Morning Show host for Mid-West Family Southwest Michigan at Country station WYTZ-FM in St. Joseph, MI.
Longhenry said: “The opportunity to join a heritage station like WFMS with such a huge impact in the community and within the industry itself is a dream come true. Thanks to Boomer, Chuck Fredrick and everyone involved at Cumulus for believing in me and providing this incredible and exciting next step in this career that I love. I'm proud to be able to wear the legendary WFMS call letters and can’t wait to join the family and get to work!”
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Emmis Dismisses Eight Employees In Advance Of Sale To Urban One; One On-Air Member Among Cuts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– The Indianapolis Business Journal (IBA )reports that Emmis Corp. dismissed eight employees, including longtime WIBC-FM 93.1 reporter Eric Berman, on Wednesday in advance of its sale of Indianapolis radio stations to Urban One.
According to an internal memo obtained by IBJ, Berman was the only on-air employee who lost a job. Other staff members worked in marketing, IT and online content creation. Berman reported on politics and served as the station’s Indiana Statehouse bureau chief. He was with WIBC for 28 years.
“I’m beyond grateful for my time at Emmis,” Berman said in text to IBJ. Berman tweeted Wednesday afternoon: “Some personal news: this morning my tenure at WIBC came to an end. For 28 years, it has been my privilege to bring you fair and detailed coverage of news affecting Hoosiers’ lives, and I hope you’ll stick around for whatever comes next.”
The memo indicated that Emmis Corp., a newly adopted name for the Indianapolis company previously known as Emmis Communications Corp., made the personnel moves because Urban One doesn’t have positions for the workers in its post-acquisition plans. Emmis confirmed the dismissals in an official company statement.
In a deal announced in June and pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, Emmis will sell WIBC, WYXB-FM 105.7 (B105), WLHK-FM 97.1 (Hank FM), WFNI-FM 93.5 and 107.5 (both known as The Fan) and Network Indiana, which provides news, talk and sports programming to more than 70 stations in Indiana, to Urban One for $25 million.
Jeff Miles Announces That 98.7 KLUV Dallas' 'Miles In The Morning Show Have Parted Ways
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Jeff Miles posted via a Facebook Video that his four-year stint as host of Miles in The Morning along with co-host by Rebekah Black, has come to an end.
"These things happen in the radio industry," Miles said. He went on to thank his bosses at KLUV for taking a chance on their show, but added, "Sometimes those chances just don't work out.'
Miles joined the Audacy outlet in 2018. Prior stints inlcude stops in Boston, San Antonio, New York and Atlanta. No word on the show's successor.
Rhythm Lab Radio Hosted By Tarik Moody Teams With Super Hi-Fi For New Online Version Of His Radio Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Rhythm Lab Radio, the weekly show hosted by Tarik Moody from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, has partnered with Super Hi-Fi to produce an entirely new online version his on-air broadcast. The new station, found at hyfin.org/rhythmlab/, will be an extension of the existing weekly broadcast, with similar music selections, hosting and production, but will deliver a 24/7 experience for public radio listeners to enjoy the full-features of Rhythm Lab Radio at any time of day.
“Radio Milwaukee and Rhythm Lab Radio have experienced success in our industry by embracing new technology and change,” said Tarik Moody, Host of Rhythm Lab Radio. “This partnership with Super Hi-Fi is an essential experiment, not just for Rhythm Lab but for public radio as a whole. The new station is a case study in what’s possible when you pair public radio’s expert curation abilities with the power of AI technology. Our strong belief is that this is going to change the game of radio.”
“Enabling radio stations with our AI-powered scheduling and automation tools provides a whole new kind of scale and efficiency, but most importantly allows music programmers to focus on what they do best: delivering incredible entertainment to their listeners,” said Zack Zalon, Chief Executive Officer of Super Hi-Fi. “In this case, we have an opportunity to demonstrate how public radio stations can extend their existing programming into the online sphere in a completely new way, to build deeper relationships with listeners… whenever and wherever they consume their music.”
In addition to hosting Rhythm Lab Radio, Moody is also the Program Director for new channel HYFIN (WYMS-FM 88.9 HD2, hyfin.org) and has brought his expert curation and commitment to Black music to this pioneering Urban Alternative format.
Podcast: 'The Baseball Betting Show With Greg Peterson' In This Week's iHeart Podcast Spotlight
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– In this week's Podcast Spotlight blog from iHeart is “The Baseball Betting Show with Greg Peterson” - The only thing that makes enjoying America’s favorite pastime on a summer evening better is winning money while you do it! Thankfully iHeartMedia has created “The Baseball Betting Show with Greg Peterson,” a daily show that provides listeners with the odds, data, and information they need to plan their bets with a fast-paced look at all the baseball action. Join Vegas-based, nationally noted handicapper Greg Peterson as he breaks down the betting preview for every Baseball Game on the day’s MLB slate.
Also in the spotlight is “Wrongful Conviction” - Studies show that roughly 5% of all U.S. criminal court cases result in a wrongful conviction. In iHeartMedia’s podcast “Wrongful Conviction,” you’ll hear intimate conversations with men and women who have spent years in prison for crimes they maintain they did not commit. Hosted by celebrated criminal justice reform advocate and founding board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom and Pulitzer prize-winning podcast host and producer Maggie Freleng.
Check out our Podcast Spotlight roundup blog for new podcasts, seasons, and episodes that you won't want to miss. Also, don't forget to click over toiHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up to date with the most popular and trending shows.
Watch The Murrow Award National Winners Announced Today At 2 PM, ET
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Watch the Murrow Award Reveal today on RTDNA.org The Radio Television Digital News Association will announce the winners of the 2022 National Edward R. Murrow Awards during a LIVE webcast at 2 p.m. ET TODAY.
Tune in at RTDNA.org to watch the winners revealed via video. The full list will be posted to RTDNA.org after the reveal show. Mark your calendars, watch with your colleagues and share your watch parties on social media using the #Murrow and #MurrowReveal hashtags.
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NRG Media Lincoln Racks Up Awards At Nebraska Broadcaster Association Ceremony
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Staff of NRG Media’s 1400 and 99.3 KLIN-AM/FM (Lincoln, NE) picked up 3 major awards, as did our newest member of the KLIN staff, (and college Sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Matt McMaster. He picked up an award of his own from work prior to joining our team, as a student of UNL.
The awards KLIN won in the Radio categories: - Bronze Award for “Best In-Depth Investigative Story or Series” on Suicide Prevention - Gold Award for “Best Spot Weather” for Tornadoes Dot Nebraska - Bronze Award for “Best Newscast” for KLIN News with Mark Vail And Matt McMaster picked up his own Gold Award for his work at UNL for “Best Live Sports Event” in the College Student category on UNL Women’s Basketball: BTN + Student I am so very proud of proud of the entire staff of KLIN for their quality and hard work they do every day. KLIN is a shining example of how great local radio can be.
Cumulus Colorado Springs Renews Long-Term Partnership With Learfield And Air Force Sports
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has entered into a multi-year agreement with Learfield and Air Force Sports Properties to broadcast Air Force Academy athletic events on Cumulus Colorado Springs’ radio stations KVOR-AM and XTRA Sports 1300/KCSF-AM. T
he new agreement renews a successful partnership with the Air Force Academy that has been in place for 40 years and increases the number of women’s basketball games that will air on XTRA Sports 1300/KCSF-AM each year. Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR-AM, while hockey games and women’s basketball games will be heard on XTRA Sports 1300. The stations will also broadcast coaches’ shows for football, men’s basketball, and hockey.
KVOR’s Jim Arthur will continue to be the play-by-play voice for football and men’s basketball, and XTRA Sports 1300’s Ryan Kaufman will call the broadcasts of the women’s basketball games. Scott Jones, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Colorado Springs, said: “It’s an honor, once again, to extend our partnership with Air Force Athletics and Learfield. These broadcasts of Falcons’ sports are extremely important to us at Cumulus, to our listeners and to the entire community. We’re committed to putting a first-class broadcast on the air to match the product the Falcons put on the field, court and ice.”
The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee To Exit Show And Host Her 'Very Own' New Syndicated Show On iHeart
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 –– Angela Yee, co-host of the Premiere Network syndicated 'The Breakfast Club,' announced on this morning's show that she'll soon be leaving the Breakfast Club to host her 'very own show,' 'Way Up With Angela Lee' syndicated by Premiere Networks. She'll remain with The Breakfast Club until 'things get worked out.' The program, which will air middays, will launch Fall 2022 across more than 30 iHeartMedia stations, including New York’s Power 105.1, and will be available for syndication through Premiere Networks."
"Angela Yee is a Powerhouse! She’s a businesswoman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a highly-entertaining, smart and witty talent who will go down as one of the greats of her generation. We are thrilled to have her lead this new show,” said Thea Mitchem, iHeartMedia Executive Vice President of Programming. “Angela has her finger on the pulse of entertainment and culture, and I look forward to watching her bring her positive outlook and even more great content to her devoted listeners in new and influential ways.”
With the launch of “Way Up with Angela Yee,” Yee will depart “The Breakfast Club” this Fall. Additionally, Yee’s highly-popular Lip Service podcast - where she and her girlfriends discuss intimacy, sex, and relationships with the hottest stars in hip-hop and R&B - will soon be available through the iHeartPodcast Network.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to create a brand-new show,” said Yee. “I appreciate everyone who has helped to make this happen at iHeartMedia, and most importantly, the listeners who are like family to me. It’s a bittersweet feeling to leave an iconic show like ‘The Breakfast Club,’ which we built from the ground up for 12 years, but we will forever be an extension of each other. I’m working hard and dedicated to making our new program exciting, thoughtful, provocative, and most importantly, a safe haven for even more of us to grow and learn while having fun. I’m ready for this new chapter!”
You'll be able to meet and chat with Angela Yee at next week's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago where she joins Dennis Clark's Masters Of The Morning 8 - Yee is represented by Heather Cohen of the Weiss Agency.
Another Peek At AQ4: Most Believe Covid Changed Their Station Culture
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 –– With Morning Show Boot Camp 34 just 8 days away, we offered a sneak peek last week at Jacob's Media's much anticipated AQ4 (Air Talent Questionnaire). As mentioned, Jacob's chief Fred Jacobs added a number of new questions this year and among them involved 'work life balance.' "More than one-third say it's very important, but not happening (37%)," says Jacobs. "And one in ten (11%) says there's no such thing in radio." Jacobs adds,
"The good news is that four in ten (42%) say it's very important AND they're achieving it. We broke out the folks who say W/L balance is very important but not happening, and it turns out women, progressively younger radio personalities, and those wearing more hats are having trouble with this balancing act."
Then, there's the impact of COVID on station culture: A majority (55%) agrees COVID changed their station culture - especially those in the biggest companies. And finally... This one's pretty telling. Do personalities believe radio is keeping up with competition like Spotify & SXM? Attendees will get the answer next week in Chicago at MSBC 34 at The Swissotel. You won't want to miss this year's AQ4 results OR THIS YEAR's SHOW! Click here to register
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EDISON: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is (That People Listen To Podcasts)?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 –– According to Edisoon, there are podcasts for every taste and interest, and perhaps there are podcasts for every hour of the day as well. On the graph below, one can see the estimate from Edison Research’s Share of Ear study showing when podcasts are listened to throughout the day in the U.S.
Separating the day into six four-hour segments, we can see that the most time spent listening to podcasts happens in the midday hours – from 10am to 2pm (26%) – just narrowly above the time spent in mornings (25%). As is seen, listening attenuates from that peak in midday, but some listening happens in all hours. Notice the representation for the overnight hours between 2am and 6am – where perhaps people in certain professions, parents of newborns, and insomniacs are doing 3% of all podcast listening.
A note on how to read this – the graph represents what portion of all podcast listening happens within these hours. Note as well that this data includes all seven days of the week equally represented, so both weekend days and weekdays are contributing.
Frank Ski Inks Two-Year Extension With WHUR 96.3/Wash And WALR-FM Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 –– WHUR 96.3 Afternoon Drive Personality and WALR Atlanta Morning Personality Frank Ski has extended his agreement for another two years in DC amidst some of the biggest ratings in the station’s history. Sean Plater, the GM of WHUR and WHUT says, “It’s a true gift to know when to be funny, informative, and then when to get serious for the issues that matter most to our community. Frank Ski along with Nina Brown have done an outstanding job of connecting with listeners across the DMV on all levels, so we are ecstatic to have them on WHUR for years to come.”
Frank Ski says, “It is important for me to be on a radio station directly related to the #1 HBCU in the country as we continue our commitment of service and entertainment to the DMV.” WHUR Program Director Al Payne says, “I have never experienced ratings like this in a tough market like DC. .. When you mention Frank Ski and Nina Brown out in the community, you’ll see a passionate look on people’s faces showcasing how the show has become an integral part of their daily lives. It’s obvious this show has the goods to successfully resonate across the country into syndication.”
Gary Bernstein, President of syndicator Oceanic Tradewinds says, “We are putting together the final pieces of Frank’s move into national syndication and the historic stories of both WHUR and WALR are proof positive on his likely impact.” Interested stations for an October 3 syndication launch should contact Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776 or email@example.com.
Longtime Host John Derringer Parts Ways With Toronto's Q107 Amid Misconduct Investigation
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Q107 host John Derringer (shown top right) has parted ways with Toronto's Q107 just over two months after a former coworker made allegations of verbal abuse and gender-based discrimination by her former employer and by co-workers. Corus Entertainment-owned Q107 issued a statement on Tuesday saying that, of course, this move means the end of the host's eponymous Derringer In The Morning show, though "plans for the show will be forthcoming." The station adde that Derringer and Q107 have "agreed to part ways, effective today." It went on to state that the "'independent investigation initiated by Corus remains ongoing."
According to CBC, Derringer first went on hiatus after allegations of verbal abuse and gender-based discrimination were raised by Jennifer Valentyne, a high-profile broadcaster who used to work there. Valentyne first made accusations in May, when she posted a widely shared video to Facebook condemning the way she was treated by her former employer and by co-workers. She did not name specific colleagues in the video, but in a subsequent email to CBC confirmed the subjects of the video were Q107, Corus and Derringer.
In its statement on Tuesday, Q107 said plans for a new show are forthcoming.
Milwaukee's FM 106 Country Host Shanna Quinn To Join Green Bay Packers' Play By Play Team
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– The Green Bay Packers broadcasts will debut a new on-air team including country-radio host Shanna Quinn on its play-by-play team with Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren who return for their 24th season together.
According to Milwaukee's Bizjournal., The Packers radio network switched its Milwaukee affiliate to WRNW-FM (97.3 “The Game) after nine decades on WTMJ-AM (620), which will continue offering Packers programming outside the game broadcasts.
The team’s new Milwaukee station is owned by iHeartMedia (Nasdaq: IHRT), which runs six radio stations in Milwaukee. The Packers and iHeartMedia are reminding fans to reset their radio presets to the new frequency of 97.3 in metro Milwaukee. In addition, iHeart is announcing the switch on its other Milwaukee stations, said Jeff Tyler, area president for iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group in Wisconsin. “We’re using all our Milwaukee brands to help the fan base understand there is a change,” Tyler said. Beyond that, iHeartMedia is advertising on billboards, television and even via videos at Kwik Trip gas pumps, he said.
Quinn joined WMIL-FM (106.1) in 2017 and is an afternoon personality as well as program director who also has makes appearances on 97.3 The Game, Tyler said. She will provide updates of scores from other NFL games during Packers game broadcasts including at half time, Tyler said.
Quinn tweeted Monday that she’s the “first female ever on the Packers radio broadcast.”
NAB Appoints Three to Board of Directors
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 –– Catherine Badalamente, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, and Phil Tahtakran, SVP, Head of Federal Government Affairs for NBCUniversal, were appointed to the NAB Television Board of Directors, and Kevin Godwin, SVP for Townsquare Media, was appointed to the NAB Radio Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Kevin Godwin operations, business development and performance for Townsquare Media’s West Region. He previously was senior vice president of Peak Broadcasting, which Townsquare Media acquired in November of 2013. He previously worked for Citadel Communications between 1994 and 2007. Godwin holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from Washington State University.
While earning his degree, he began his career as an account executive and general sales manager for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication’s student-run KUGR-FM.
Cumulus Launches First Sports And Sports Betting Radio Station In Providence With 790 THE SCORE
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus Media has launched Providence’s first Sports and Sports Betting radio station, 790 THE SCORE/WPRV-AM. The new station brings sports and sports betting news, information, and insights to the burgeoning and underserved sports betting audience in the Providence area. The station was previously programmed as News/Talk station AM 790 Talk and Business. Cumulus Providence also launched a new website at www.thescore790.com.
Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “It’s official: 790 THE SCORE is now Providence’s best bet for sports fans and sports betting enthusiasts, and we couldn’t be more excited! The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage, along with New England Patriots Football, New York Yankees Baseball, Boston Celtics Basketball, and Brown University Football and Basketball play-by-play. We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”
iHeart's 'Smart Talks With IBM' And 'Shondaland Audio' Draw Adweek Podcast Of The Year Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– iHeart's 'Smart Talks with IBM,' produced In collaboration with Pushkin and IBM, and “Bridgerton: The Official Podcast,” a Shondaland Audio and iHeartRadio podcast, have each received a 2022 Adweek Podcast of the Year Award. Adweek’s annual Podcast of the Year Awards recognizes the best podcasts, featuring shows across 28 categories aimed at all sorts of audiences.
“Smart Talks with IBM” winner of the Best Technology podcast category “Bridgerton: The Official Podcast” winner of the Best TV Show and Streaming Podcast category Winners were selected from hundreds of entries by a jury of industry professionals and senior editors at Adweek. This year’s awards celebrate in-depth and diverse storytelling that captures attention and enlightens as much as they entertain.
To see the full list of winners, please visit Adweek.com.
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106.7 WLLZ Detroit To Honor Its Rock Legacy With New Vinyl Release 'Motor City Rocks 2022'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– 106.7 WLLZ Detroit’s Wheels announced they will be releasing a new vinyl album, titled “Motor City Rocks 2022,” to honor the station’s rock legacy. “Motor City Rocks 2022” was exclusively manufactured at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, and made in collaboration with Prudential Music Group executive producers Jason Hartless Sr. and Jason Hartless Jr. The album's official release date is August 12th and will be available at record stores across the metro Detroit region and limited to an exclusive 1,000 copies.
The “Motor City Rocks 2022” vinyl album will include Mike Skill from the Romantics featuring with Wayne Kramer of The MC5; Pat Smillie featuring Jim McCarty (Rockets & Cactus, Mitch Ryder); Kenny Olsen (former guitar player for Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band); Sponge; Kaleido; Critical Bill; Artificial Agent; Gasoline Gypsies; Detroit Classic Rockers Seduce and Toby Redd featuring Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
“We were looking for something that would honor the original WLLZ,” said Doug Podell, PM Drive host for 106.7. “In Detroit, we are so lucky to have a wealth of local artists that are worth featuring and with the explosion of vinyl albums making a comeback - this seemed like a perfect project.” “If you’re a music lover, you’ll appreciate this album and want it to be a part of your collection,” said Casey Krukowski, Program Director for 106.7 Detroit Wheels. “This is a real slice of Detroit rock history.”
In addition, a showcase concert featuring some of the bands featured on the album is scheduled for October 7 and October 8 at The Token Lounge in Westland, MI.
NPR'S 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' Hits The Road This Fall With Stand-Up Comedy Tour
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! has launched a stand-up comedy tour! This fall, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program will be traveling to ten cities across the U.S. for nights of stand-up comedy featuring Wait Wait's funniest panelists. Wait Wait will be in Ann Arbor, MI on October 21 at the Michigan Theater and in Kalamazoo, MI on October 22 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Stay tuned for date announcements in Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Austin, TX; Raleigh, NC; Tampa, FL; and Atlanta, GA. The tour launched in June with pilot shows in Denver and Salt Lake City.
"We love doing this," said comedian and host of the tour Alonzo Bodden. "It's not your typical Saturday morning comedy. These are the funniest Wait Wait panelists, uncensored." Follow Wait Wait on social! Twitter Instagram Facebook "The stand-up tour has the smarts and surprise of Wait Wait, but it's a little more raw, with more laugh-out-loud moments," said Doug Berman, the creator and Benevolent Overlord of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me. "There's just not enough time during an hour of Wait Wait to really get to know the panelists. They're some of the smartest and funniest people on the planet, and this is a chance to spend an evening laughing with them."
The radio show is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Media. All episodes are also available as a podcast in the NPR One app and wherever podcasts are available. To see a schedule of upcoming live shows, visit www.npr.org/waitwait. PHOTO/Jonathan Hickerson for NPR
Miss Jones Joining The Lineup On 94.7 The Block New York
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– Audacy announces the addition of Miss Jones as morning show host for 94.7 The Block (WXBK-FM) in New York. Miss Jones will be heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET beginning August 22. “Jonesy is a person of many talents and I’m so excited to witness the fun and excitement she’ll add to morning radio in New York City on 94.7 The Block, said Skip Dillard, Brand Manager, 94.7 The Block. “Welcome home!”
“After stepping away from the industry to raise my two sons, I am beyond thrilled to be back home and leading morning drive at 94.7 The Block,” said Miss Jones.
Miss Jones, also known as Jonesy, is the first African American female to be syndicated on morning radio in North America. As part of a two-decade long radio career on Hot 97 in New York and Philadelphia’s Power 99 and The Beat, the Queens, NY native’s career is highlighted by consistent number one ratings resulting in record-breaking revenues for all her affiliated stations. Miss Jones discovered, taught, and influenced some of the biggest brands in radio and entertainment including Stephen A. Smith, Ebro from Hot 97, and DJ Envy from “The Breakfast Club.”
SYNDICATION: The Dana Show Now Airing On iHeart's WFLA-Orlando
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– Radio America announced The Dana Show's New Home in Central Florida, WFLA-Orlando, airing M-F 7P-10P ET. "We’re so excited and happy to have Dana join the legendary WFLA team in Orlando." Ken Holiday, Senior Vice President of Programming iHeartMedia Florida Region.
Dana Loesch is the number one nationally syndicated female talk radio host in the country and hosts her award-winning show, The Dana Show, from Dallas, Texas. As one of the leading talkers of the "next generation", her funny and feisty personality has connected with radio and podcast listeners of all ages. Dana delivers the desired younger demos, while maintaining talk radio's core audience. The Dana Show (LIVE M-F, 12Noon-3P ET) airs on hundreds of stations across the country.
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Singer/Actress Olivia Newton-John Passes Away At 73
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 9TH, 2022 –– Olivia Newton-John, who garnered fame from numerous hit records an from starring role in the film,“Grease,” has died at the age of 73 at her southern California ranch. John Easterling, her husband, wrote on Instagram and Facebook. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote. “We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
According to ABC News, From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world’s most popular entertainers. She had 14 top 10 singles just in the U.S., won four Grammys, starred with John Travolta in “Grease” (shown above) and with Gene Kelly in “Xanadu.” The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, “You’re the One That I Want,” was one of the era’s biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies.
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote online. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!” Read more below in Popline.
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The New 'Billy And Lisa In The Morning' Show Takes Over Mornings On Boston’s KISS 108
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s Kiss 108 announced today that long-time Kiss 108 personalities Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan will officially lead a newly revamped top-rated morning show along with co-hosts Justin Aguirre and Winnie Akoury, effective immediately. “Billy & Lisa in the Morning” comes after Billy and Lisa took lead roles in mornings on Kiss 108 after the retirement of the legendary Matty Siegel in April. Billy, Lisa, Justin, and Winnie were all a part of the “Matty in the Morning” show. Since then, the audience has spoken and the ratings prove it. The Kiss 108 morning show has been number one in Boston with women for decades and in the first three months of Billy and Lisa leading the show, the ratings have only grown.
Costa has been on Kiss 108 since 1980 and has been a large part of the success of the station. In addition, Billy also hosts “Dining Playbook” on local cable sports station NESN and is involved with numerous charitable organizations.
Donovan has been with Kiss 108 since 2002, providing a positive energy, style, and female perspective in AM Drive. Donovan focuses much of her time with charitable endeavors with local Boston charities Good Sports and The Women’s Lunch Place as well as an 11-year annual event that Lisa created with Salon Mario Russo to benefit Rosie’s Place,
“We’re excited to usher in a new era in mornings on Kiss 108,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston. “Billy and Lisa have been an enormous part of the station’s success over the years and it’s only fitting that the show bears their name.”
Costa added, “Kiss 108, the listeners, are a big part of my life and Boston is my home. I’m thankful that the audience has embraced the new show. We have a world class team at Kiss 108 and I look forward to continuing to entertain the audience in the morning.” “Billy and I have always had great on-air chemistry and the new show is a natural evolution for us, building on the time we’ve spent working together for the last 20 years,” said Donovan. “It’s fun. It’s unpredictable. It’s Boston.”
Amanda Jo Joins iHeart's 92.5 Hartford's Morning Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Hartford’s Country 92-5 announced that Amanda Jo will join the “Country 92-5 Morning Show,” effective August 15. The show features host Damon Scott. Amanda Jo will transition from middays. In addition, she has been named Music Director and Assistant Program Director. Amanda Jo will report to Joey Brooks, Senior Vice President of Programming at iHeartMedia Connecticut.
“Amanda Jo has performed well on the station in middays and we’re looking forward to having her join Damon in the mornings, as she continues to contribute to the station’s success,” said Steve Honeycomb, Market President for iHeartMedia Connecticut.
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in middays and at our station events,” said Joey Brooks, SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Connecticut. “To sum it up, her knowledge of country radio, and the way she connects to listeners on the air, online and at events make her the perfect fit for the role.”
Amanda Jo has been a radio personality since 2007, heard across New England on 100.9 The Bull (WBWL-FM) in Boston, MA; KIX 100.9 (WRNX-FM) and Country 92-5 (WWYZ-FM) in Hartford, CT. She is a Western Massachusetts native and graduated from Westfield State College in 2007. Amanda Jo will continue to be heard on 100.9 The Bull (WBWL-FM) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. as well as on KIX 100.9 (WRNX-FM) from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Alongside her on-air roles, she will continue her position as Music Director and Assistant Program Director on 100.9 The Bull in Boston, MA.
Patty Steele Honored Next Week In Chicago With MIW's 2022 Airblazer Award During MSBC34
Presentation of 2022 Airblazer Award Takes Place During the 2022 Morning Show Boot Camp
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, announced last week that Patty Steele, co-host of the WCBS-FM Morning Drive with Scott Shannon, as the recipient of the 8th annual 2022 MIW Airblazer Award.
The MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between MIW and Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC). The recipient is carefully selected, as is tradition, by the prior year’s recipient and is recognized for her dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities she serves. The 2022 Airblazer Award will be presented to Patty Steele, during the Morning Show Boot Camp, on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Swissotel, Chicago. To register for 2022 MSBC visit: HERE
A legendary figure in the broadcast industry, Steele has worked alongside some of radio’s most iconic personalities such as Elvis Duran; Scott Shannon; Danny Bonaduce; and John Lander at many of the most well-known radio stations in America. Among them, New York’s Z100; WPLJ, WOR, and currently at CBS-FM and WCBS Newsradio 880. At CBS-FM, she is once again teamed up with Radio Hall of Famer, Scott Shannon.
“I can't tell you how proud and delighted I am to be chosen as this year's recipient of the Airblazer Award,” says Patty Steele. “My passion for radio and for the young women coming up in this business make this a truly special honor. And being chosen by DeDe (McGuire) is icing on the cake. She is a survivor and a thriver in our ever-changing business.” MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff adds, "It’s such a privilege to be the conduit for this very special award recognizing top on-air talent. Congratulations to Patty Steele. A wonderful talent and an even better human."
2021 MIW Airblazer DeDe McGuire, host of the nationally syndicated ‘DeDe in the Morning’ comments, “It is my honor to select Patty Steele as the next recipient of the MIW Airblazer Award. Patty has worked on some of the most successful radio shows alongside some of the biggest names in our industry, but it is her voice, her humor, and insights that were key to the successes of these shows on some of the country’s most legendary stations. So many of us in the industry admire her ability to always be the best and work through difficult times both personally and professionally. She always comes out on top.”
In addition to DeDe, previous MIW Airblazers include Angela Yee (2020), Kellie Rasberry (2019), Mercedes Martinez (2018), Roula Christie (2017), Angie Martinez (2016), and Ellen K (2015). For more information, please visitwww.RadioMIW.com - For more information on MSBC 34, visit HERE - Photos/Audacy
Greg Street Moves Up To Afternoons On Audacy's V-103 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– Audacy has announced an updated lineup for V-103 (WVEE-FM) in Atlanta. As part of the changes, on-air host Greg Street will now host the station’s afternoon drive, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. Midday host Ramona DeBreaux will extend her show until 3:00 p.m. ET and Lil Bankhead will succeed Street in the station’s 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET time slot.
“Greg Street has been one of Atlanta's and this country's most influential radio personalities and has entertained, engaged and inspired an entire generation,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Atlanta. “We are excited to feature Greg more prominently in a primetime weekday daypart."
“Here we go…the ride home will never be the same,” said Street. “I'll be rocking at 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 5 o'clock and 6 o’clock. It’s time for Greg Street to rock on V-103.” Street is veteran radio personality with nearly 30 years of experience, joining V-103 in June 1995. From 2003 to 2005, Street split his time with the station and K-104 in Dallas, before returning to V-103 full time in 2005. Previous on-air roles include KMJQ-FM in Houston, TX, WBLX-FM in Mobile, AL and WORV-WJMG in Hattiesburg, MS.
John Brennan And Jenna Kesneck Draw Promotions At CMG
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) Tampa, today announced that two of its content leaders will be promoted. John Brennan, Director of Branding and Programming for WHPT 102.5 The Bone and WXGL 107.3 The Eagle, is promoted to Operations Director leading the content strategy for all six brands. Jenna Kesneck, Director of Branding and Programming for 97X and WXXJ, is promoted to additionally oversee the legendary and award winning WDUV 105.5 The Dove.
“John and Jenna are both proven leaders in Tampa with track records of building outstanding radio brands. I’m excited to watch them apply their creativity and tenaciously competitive attitudes to their new roles,” said Chris Eagan, Vice President of Audience and Operations for CMG. Brennan joined CMG in 2004 and steadily worked his way towards Content Lead for WHPT in 2014, followed by a promotion to oversee WXGL in 2019. Under John’s oversight, those stations have seen their highest ratings.
In 2011, Kesneck launched her career with CMG and continued to progress from Account Manager to Promotions Manager, followed by Assistant Program Director. She was then promoted to 97X Content Lead in 2019 and has led the station to become one of the most successful and respected alternative stations in the country.
“Over 18 years John has grown into one of the most successful and thoughtful leaders in our organization. I’m proud and excited that he will now be leading this successful cluster to new heights,” said Regional VP & General Manager, Keith Lawless. “Jenna is as sharp and detailed of a programmer than anyone I have ever worked with. The highly successful WDUV will continue to grow in its dominance under Jenna’s direction.”
Cox Media Group Tampa is currently seeking a CHR Format Leader, and Director of Branding and Programming for WPOI HOT 101.5 and WWRM Magic 94.9. Those interested can apply at cmg.jobs.net.
Jimmy Farrell Rises To VP & Market Manager Of CMG Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has promoted Jimmy Farrell as Vice President & Market Manager of Jacksonville Radio. Farrell will oversee all CMG Jacksonville stations, including WAPE, WOKV, WJGL, WEZI, and WXXJ.
Farrell joined CMG 19 years ago as an Account Executive in Orlando, launching an impressive career built on strong team development and driving revenue. His career continued to progress from Local Sales Manager at WWKA ‘K92 FM’ to General Sales Manager, and most recently as Director of Sales.
"This is an exciting time for CMG Radio, and I continue to be energized by our people," said Rob Babin, EVP, CMG Radio. "Jimmy is an exceptional leader with a passion for the radio business, CMG, and the teams he leads. He has a strong track record of leading sales teams and driving revenue at CMG Orlando and Jacksonville. I look forward to his impact in this new role."
“CMG has given me the opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the business, and I’m truly honored to be appointed the next Vice President and General Manager of radio in Jacksonville,” said Farrell. “I look forward to these new challenges and the significant opportunities to come.”
KFGE/Froggy 98 Lincoln On The Hunt For APD/PD
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– This is your chance to be part of an amazing group of country radio professionals who connect with listeners on-air, on line, on social media, and on the stream. Lincoln is Nebraska’s capital of fun, government, education and football, and the Froggy team is in the middle of everything and on top of the market!
This opening comes on the heels of Kyle Matthews move from KFGE (Froggy 98) to Townsquare Media’s Boise, ID cluster as PD of KAWO. NRG's Steve King says, " The right person needs to have a passion for Country music, able to work with a VERY high profile morning show (Gary and Johanna) and understand how to integrate online and social media into a radio station. This isn’t a job for a beginner in radio, as we make big market radio,. This is a job for someone who wants to be a PD or work their way into the PD role, as APD.
NRG Media offers competitive pay with endorsement and bonus opportunities, benefits, support, and training. NRG Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you are interested, email email@example.com.
EVENT: Mix 96.5's Hosts Inaugural 'Clear The List' Drive For More Than 50 Teachers' In Houston
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 8TH, 2022 –– Local Houston-area educators were invited to send their Amazon wishlists for their classrooms where they were shared daily on the station on air and digital platforms. Additionally, every hour a teacher would join the On Air Personalities for a 'Teacher Feature' to highlight what they needed and encourage donations.
"When we learned the average amount Houston teachers were spending on getting their classrooms ready was more than $429 of their own money, we quickly jumped into action to help! In a handful of days, our Mix 96.5 listeners were able to help more than 50 teachers get back to school with supplies and decorations for their rooms.We are so grateful to be able to use the power of radio to make a huge difference towards making this school year the best for these teachers and students!" said Brand Manager/PM Drive host Melissa Chase
Pictured: KHMX Promotions Director Joey Chaparro, middays Eli Escobar, Carlos Dueno (nights), Morning Hosts Jessie Watt & Sarah Pepper, Brand Manager/PM Drive Melissa Chase
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iHeartMedia's Q2 Revenue Rises To $954 Million, Up 11% Year Over Year
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– “We’re pleased to report another quarter of solid results for iHeart in terms of consumer usage, revenue and earnings growth and, most importantly, strong Free Cash Flow generation. The Digital Audio Group continues to deliver industry-leading growth, and our Multiplatform Group continues to demonstrate that it is a growth engine for the company as well,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer added, "Bob and I are pleased that the company performed well this quarter, with Adjusted EBITDA of $237 million, and consolidated revenues up 11% year-over year – in line with the revenue guidance range we provided – despite the uncertain economic environment."
Top Financial Highlights for Q2 2022 Consolidated Results show Q2 Revenue of $954 million, up 11% YoY; in line with guidance of up approximately 10%-14% GAAP - Operating income of $83 million vs. $28 million in Q2 2021
Second Quarter 2022 Consolidated Results show revenue increased $92.4 million, or 10.7%, during the three months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the same period of 2021. The increase in consolidated revenue is attributable to the continued recovery from the macroeconomic effects of COVID-19 and the continuing growth of our operating businesses. Multiplatform revenue increased $27.5 million, or 4.5%, primarily resulting from strengthening demand for broadcast advertising, the return of live events and an increase in political advertising revenue as 2022 is a midterm election year. Digital Audio revenue increased $54.6 million, or 27.6%, driven primarily by continuing increases in demand for digital advertising and the continued growth of podcasting. Audio & Media Services revenue increased $9.9 million primarily due to the increase in political advertising revenue as 2022 is a midterm election year and the continued recovery from the impact of COVID-19. See complete report HERE
Music Industry Vets Launch Litmus Music With $500 Million To Spend On Music Catalogs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– Music industry vets Hank Forsyth and Dan McCarroll, have come together to launch Litmus Music with the help of Carlyle Global Credit. According to Digital Music News, Litmus Music will acquire and manage music publishing and recorded music rights with an initial $500 million commitment from Carlyle Global Credit and capital from management.
“Music is as important in society as it has ever been, and its impact and value are being felt more and more,” says Hank Forsyth, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Litmus. “It is an honor to partner with Dan and form what we have talked about for years — a music business and team built on integrity and trust. These core Litmus values are shared by Carlyle, and we believe they are the best partners to support our team as we start this journey.”
“Music has been the driving force of my life and I have the greatest respect for the writers and artists who make it and the fans who cherish it,” adds Dan McCarroll, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Litmus. “It is thrilling to be starting Litmus with the partnership of Hank and Carlyle."
DMN says, "Only time will tell what music catalogs Litmus decides to purchase, with plenty from which to choose. While many heavy hitters — Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting — are no longer up for grabs, Pink Floyd’s catalog is still available with an estimated price tag of $500 million. Perhaps the smartest choice for Litmus is to wait and see what smaller catalogs become available in the next wave of availability."
Cumulus Hosts Roula Christie And Steve Harmon Among Inductees For Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Class Of 2022
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– Among this year's inductees for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame class of 2022 Cumulus Media host Roula Christie, host of “The Roula & Ryan Show” on Cumulus Houston’s 104.1 KRBE-FM and host of the Westwood One nationally syndicated weekend radio program, “Weekends With Roula,” and Steve Harmon, morning show host on Westwood One’s 24/7 Mainstream Country Network. They are among 20 Texas broadcast professionals named to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
The honorees will be officially inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX. The new inductees were selected by voting members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Roula is on-air host of “The Roula & Ryan Show,” one of the most-listened-to morning shows in Texas, and has been a Houston radio fixture since 2003. She also hosts Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Weekends with Roula,” a three-hour-long weekend radio show which airs weekly on more than 60 U.S. radio stations and originates from 104.1 KRBE-FM.
Harmon is morning host on Westwood One’s Mainstream Country, the largest and most popular 24-hour music network in America. He will be inducted into the 2022 Texas Radio Hall of Fame as part of the duo “Harmon & Evans,” who broadcast together and achieved great ratings success and garnered many industry awards while at KPLX-Dallas. For more information and for a complete list of inductees, visit: https://www.trhof.net/.
Country Radio Broadcasters Announce 2022-2023 Board of Directors
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for the organization’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors. Returning to CRB Officer positions are Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media) as President, John Shomby as Vice President, and Beverlee Brannigan as Secretary.
Elected and appointed members that will serve on this year’s Board of Directors are Beverlee Brannigan, Becky Brenner (Albright & O'Malley & Brenner), Michelle Kammerer (Amazon Music), RJ Meacham (Curb Records), Brent Michaels (KUZZ), Charlie Morgan (Apple Music), Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media), Judy Lakin (PickleJar), Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio & Media), Kelly Rich (Red Street Records), Royce Risser (UMG Nashville), Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), John Shomby (Country’s Radio Coach), and Matt Sunshine (The Center for Sales Strategy). Michelle Kammerer, Brent Michaels, and Kelly Rich (Red Street Records) are newly added members.
Continuing their terms on this year's Board include Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck), Johnny Chiang (Pandora), George Couri (Triple 8 Management/Triple Tigers), Mike Dungan (UMG Nashville), Gator Harrison (WSIX), Deb Herman (Apple Music), Steve Hodges (Sony Music Nashville), Clay Hunnicutt (BMLG), Jon Loba (BMG/Nashville), Mike McVay, Rod Phillips (iHeartMedia), Bob Richards (Cumulus), Tim Roberts (Audacy), Kristen Williams (WMN), Lesly Simon (Pearl Records). Charlie Monk continues as a Board Member Emeritus.
CRB/CRS President Kurt Johnson comments, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome these new board members and thank our returning members. Because of their generous commitment, the industry’s main event, Country Radio Seminar, and recognition of our genre’s finest broadcasters at the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner will continue to grow stronger.” For more information, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com
Laura Daniels Named Morning Host For Classic Hits 104.1/WHTT-FM in Buffalo
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– Cumulus has appointed on-air personality Laura Daniels as On-Air Host, Mornings, on Buffalo’s Classic Hits 104.1/WHTT-FM. A native Western New Yorker, Daniels was Morning Host for WMSX-FM in Buffalo from 2012-2017. Prior to that, she was a popular voice on Albany radio stations for 15 years, with on-air and Morning Host positions on stations including WZMR, WDVT, WFLY, and WYJB. Daniels is also an accomplished voiceover talent and copywriter.
Joe Siragusa, Operations Manager, Cumulus Buffalo, commented: “We’re thrilled to bring Laura’s energy and enthusiasm for Buffalo to Classic Hits 104.1! She’s a great talent that will help us write the next chapter of this great station.”
Laura Daniels remarked: “I'm so excited to return to my passion in an industry I spent more than half my life in! Radio personalities are the original "content creators" and radio is the last remaining free medium. Buffalo is my home, and I can't wait to share real life, real stories and my own brand of fun ridiculousness with Western New York again.”
EVENTS: Ava Max, The Offspring Among Headliners For Audacy's Inaugural Oceanfront Concerts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– Audacy has announced the inaugural “Audacy Oceanfront Concerts at the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans” in Virginia Beach, August 25 to 28. As part of 60th annual East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC), Audacy will host a multi-day concert series with Ava Max, The Offspring, Third Eye Blind, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Charlotte Sands, Nicky Youre, Yung Gravy, Judah & the Lion, Mod Sun, Meg Myers and more.
“The ECSC brings the very best of the surfing community together and we’re excited to join the festivities on the beach through this concert series,” said Bennett Zier, Audacy Virginia. “This collection of talent will surely add energy and excitement to this legendary event and we can’t wait for the surfing and singing this summer.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Audacy to the Coastal Edge ECSC and bring these talented artists to the sand, adding yet another fun layer to this iconic event,” said Robert M. Dyer, Mayor, Virginia Beach. “We look forward to celebrating another exciting surf championships this year.” The ECSC, which runs in its entirety from August 21 to 28, will also feature surf contests, volleyball, a 5k run, various contests including street skate and ramp, and concessions.
Lavar Arrington’s 'Up On Game Presents' Adds “Under Appreciated With Flash Garments' To Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2022 –– FOX Sports Radio’s LaVar Arrington – co-host of the network’s weekday morning program “Two Pros and a Cup of Joe” with Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox, and co-host of the nationally-syndicated weekend program/podcast “Up On Game” with TJ Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress – announced today the addition of musician, songwriter and creative director Flash Garments to the “Up On Game Presents” podcast lineup. Effective today August 5,
“Under Appreciated with Flash Garments” will join the feed, which is available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard. “Under Appreciated with Flash Garments” is a show about giving credit where credit is due. From underdogs to top dogs, the program will feature conversations with insiders from music, entertainment, fashion, film, sports and more, with the goal of shining a spotlight on the often-overlooked individuals who are a driving force in their respective industries. New episodes are available Fridays.
“‘Under Appreciated’ promises to be something fresh and unlike any show or podcast you’ve ever heard – it will be the definition of exclusive,” shared Flash Garments. “I want to thank LaVar for inviting me to join the incredibly diverse and entertaining ‘Up On Game Presents’ lineup.” “We’re super excited to have Flash Garments join the ‘Up On Game Presents’ lineup with the launch of his ‘Under Appreciated’ podcast,” said Arrington. “Flash knows everybody, is very well respected, and has a lot to say! I think listeners will really enjoy this inspiring and enlightening program, and we look forward to sharing it with our audience every Friday!”
“Up On Game Presents” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen on your favorite device.
EDISON: The Median Podcast/Streaming Listener Is 12 Years Younger Than Median AM/FM Listener
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Edison says that they are regularly asked about the ‘median age’ of users to different audio platforms. Fortunately, with Edison Research’s Share of Ear® study we can answer this question – at least for those age 13 and older. But there are two ways to solve for this, and the differences are interesting. The two ways are represented in the table below.
In the first data column you see the median age for the ‘cume’ or ‘reach’ of the 13+ audience – the point where half the listeners are older and half are younger. You will note that Streaming Audio (essentially listening to pureplays like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and the like – but not listening to podcasts on any of these platforms) and Podcasts have the exact same median age when looked at this way.
The median listener to AM/FM Radio is 46 years old -- 12 years older than the listener to streaming and podcasts. But there is another way to look at things, and that is to total the time spent listening to each platform and finding the point where half of the listening is being done above that age and half below.
This weighted median of listening time pushes the Radio median age to 51, and the Streaming median down to 31 – a twenty year difference. Podcasting, when time is considered, gets two years older at 36, showing that the older listeners are giving a little more time to podcasts than the younger. All three of these platforms have lots of listeners, and listening, in all age groups. But the midpoint of these listener and listening bases are significantly different. See More Here
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Cumulus: Led By 'Digital Businesses,' Increased Second Quarter Revenue Over 5% Year-Over-Year
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Cumulus announced its operating results for the three and six months that ended June 30, 2022. Among the highlights were increased second quarter revenue by 5% year-over-year with digital revenue up 20% led by podcasting (+27%) and digital marketing services (+22%). Strength in local spot (+8%) revenue largely offsetting declines in national spot and network
Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, "Our ability to deliver yet another quarter of strong results is testament both to the quality of our strategic plan and the discipline and relentlessness with which we implement it. Specifically, we have deployed our multi-platform audio-first content strategy, developed multiple digital businesses, significantly reduced fixed costs, undertaken high ROI internal investments, and created a best-in-class balance sheet that gives the Company substantial financial flexibility and capital allocation optionality. Given our track record, we have tremendous confidence in our ability, under this plan, to grow shareholder value."
Berner added, “Despite the challenging macro environment, we increased revenue in the quarter by more than 5%, driven by our digital businesses whose growth accelerated in Q2 to 20% year-over-year. Additionally, bolstered by our ongoing focus on fixed cost reductions, this quarter we generated additional cash from operations and increased net income, EBITDA and EBITDA margins vs. the same period last year. We also efficiently executed nearly half of our $50 million share repurchase authorization and bought back $50 million of bonds at a discount, while simultaneously reducing net leverage(1) to 3.8x, the lowest it’s been in more than a decade. With a robust political spending season anticipated, we are on trend toward achieving our net leverage target of less than 3.5 times and EBITDA at the low end of our 2022 guidance range.” Photo/Courtesy of Cumulus
REPORT: The Radio System That Keeps Us Safe From Extreme Weather Is Under Threat
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– According to Slate's Max Fenton, NOAA Weather Radio needs some serious upgrades. In March, a group of massive tornadoes struck communities around Des Moines, Iowa. Seven people were killed, including two children under 5. The crisis received attention not only due to its human cost, but also because of delays in emergency wireless communications: Fenton says, "Thanks to a broken fiber optic cable at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service offices, wireless emergency transmissions were switched to an auxiliary satellite system, which all NWS offices use."
"Overloaded with extreme weather messages from elsewhere in the Midwest, the satellite messaging system found itself backed up just as the Iowa tornadoes reached their peak. This caused anywhere from a two- to nine-minute delay in tornado warning messages—and may have significantly reduced warning time at a moment when seconds count," says Fenton adding, "The issue lasted for several hours as the deadly tornadoes ripped through the state.
According to Bruce Jones, a weather radio expert and meteorologist with Midland Radio Corporation, “because the NWR broadcast comes direct from the National Weather Service local forecast office, those NOAA Weather Radio alerts and warnings were unimpeded and reached folks immediately.”
Often referred to as the “voice” of the National Weather Service, NOAA Weather Radio is a 24/7 public service that broadcasts weather information from more than 1,000 stations across the United States and many of its territories. And while Des Moines was a great success story for NOAA Weather Radio, the service faces mounting issues with aging technology and infrastructure, raising concerns over whether it will be able to continue protecting communities facing extreme weather. Continue Reading Here
John & Tammy Lee Ink 2-Year Extension With Audacy's KSON/San Diego
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Happy to see that John & Tammy In The Morning (John Flint & Tammy Lee) have inked a new, two year deal with Audacy's 103.7 KSON San Diego. Over their 22-years as a team, they've hosted KSON’s morning show since 2011.
Flint made the announcement on Facebook, posting: "Super fortunate to announce that Tammy Lee and I signed a new two year deal today with 103.7 KSON. I can’t even believe I’ve been in San Diego for 11 years now. So grateful to have a job that I love. We couldn’t have done it in this insane business that we chose if not for certain people believing in us…. Starting with Mr. Mark Grantin who paired me up with the person that changed my career. Thanks, dude. You are missed." Prior to KSON, John & Tammy held mornings at WWQM and WMAD Madison.
PODCASTS: 'Hell of A Week' With Charlamagne tha God In iHeart's Weekly Spotlight
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Among the podcasts being featured this week by iHeart include “Hell of a Week” from iHeartMedia’s Black Effect Podcast Network and Comedy Central. “Hell of a Week”- “Hell of a Week,” is a weekly late-night podcast that tackles the most pressing topics and social issues of today––with none of the BS and all of the comedy.
Media icon and host of “The Breakfast Club” Charlamagne Tha God is joined each week by comedians, outspoken celebrities and thought-leaders to debate current events permeating politics and culture through deep dive conversations, sketches and social experiments. The debut episode features SNL’s Kenan Thompson, comedian Andrew Schulz, political strategist Lis Smith and writer Coleman Hughes, so be sure to tune in to hear thought-provoking perspectives like you’ve never heard before.
Check out our Podcast Spotlight roundup blog for new podcasts, seasons, and episodes that you won't want to miss. Also, don't forget to click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up to date with the most popular and trending shows
Podcasts: ESPN & Omaha Productions Debut New Podcast: 'Kyle Brandt’s Basement'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– ESPN and Omaha Productions will further expand their relationship in the audio space with the premiere of a new show, Kyle Brandt’s Basement, led by NFL Network’s Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt.
“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”
Kyle Brandt’s Basement is the newest addition to ESPN and Omaha Audio's podcast slate which launched in June including The VC Show with Vince Carter and Ros Gold-Onwude, Courtside Club with Rachel DeMita, Moxie Bets with Katie Mox, Always College Football with Greg McElroy, and The Cam Heyward Show with Cam Heyward.
All episodes for Kyle Brandt’s Basement as well as the previously announced shows live in the ESPN Podcast library which already features over 35+ original titles and is available on all podcast distribution platforms.
Syndication: Y’All Access With Kelly Sutton Adds Nashville’s Legendary WSM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Y'All Access with Kelly Sutton, the three-hour syndicated country music magazine, welcomes legendary AM radio station WSM to its roster of affiliates, starting this weekend, August 6. The station will air the program Saturday afternoons beginning at 2pm CT, with an additional airing in overnights.
As one of Nashville's most beloved on-air personalities, Kelly Sutton brings two decades of reporting experience covering country music's biggest events to radio, television, and streaming audiences each week.
“One of the highlights of my year has been having Kelly join our family and become the first full time female announcer at the Grand Ole Opry” said J. Patrick Tinnell (J.P.), Content Director and General Manager of WSM-AM, “I cannot think of a better fit for Y’all Access than WSM. This is Kelly’s home and I know she will continue to entertain and educate an audience that already loves her.”
“I have the world's best jobs, talking to country stars and introducing them on the Grand Ole Opry,” Kelly exclaims. “Y’all Access takes the highlights of what I do all week long and packages them up for country music fans from coast to coast. And now I’m even more excited to expand our audience by adding our Nashville flagship station for everyone listening around the world on the official WSM app.”
This three-hour show, programmed by Patrick Thomas, President of Silverfish Media, in Nashville, TN, consulted by Becky Brenner of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner and produced by industry veteran Joyce Rizer, has been building up to this moment with the show already heard in over 25 markets. Stations interested in finding out more can contact Doug Ingold at Compass Media Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org
The History of Rock & Roll to Showcase Nearly 100 All-Time Best-Loved TV Theme Songs this Weekend
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– This weekend, August 6 and 7, the multi-award-winning, two-hour radio series The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will showcase nearly 100 of the all-time best-loved TV theme songs, taken directly from the original television soundtracks. In addition, the stars of many of those series will throw in behind-the-scenes, insightful comments -- everyone from Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) and Gavin McLeod (The Love Boat) to Ron Howard (Happy Days) and Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible) – to mention just a few!
Broadcast legend Wink Martindale narrates every episode of the The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll series, which showcases a different facet of the rock ‘n’ roll story every weekend. This year The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll not only picked up a Communicator Award but, in The New York Festivals’ international broadcast competition, was declared “the world’s best regularly scheduled music program.”
G Networks exclusively syndicates The The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout North America. For more information visit https://gognetworks.com/entertainment/the-history-of-rock-n-roll/ on the G Networks website. The HISTORY OF The History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll is syndicated internationally by Radio Express.
EVENT: Alpha Media Louisville Pitches In To Help Those Affected By Catastrophic Flooding
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Alpha Media Louisville joined on Wednesday To collect essential needs for the thousands of residents in eastern Kentucky affected by the recent floods. Promotions Director, Casey Wrins told the staff/company, "Very sweaty, but so much fun. WDJX PD and morning host Ben Davis did some live broadcasting from the event & got an interview with the Mayor (& he posted us on his twitter)! The mayor's office was so happy that we came by and were so giddy when they heard it coming live from the radio (We had station music blasting all day). They were also so thankful that we were there sponsoring, helping and promoting the event all day & want to use us in the future!"
Wrins added, "Alpha Media had a great turnout with almost the entire staff out there helping throughout the day. We filled 2 box trucks, 1 cargo van, & half a dozen pickup trucks worth of general hygiene items for the Whitesburg Medical Clinic, located in Whitesburg, Ky. It was a great day! The city of Louisville really pulled through & I was so blessed to be a part of it. Not that I wish for another disaster to happen; but knowing the rock solid team we have here at Alpha Media & the AMAZING people over at the Louisville Metro, the Mayor's office- there is no doubt in my mind that we can & will do this again."
Cumulus Z93 JAMZ/WWWZ-FM And Magic 107.3 WMGLFM Kick Off '5thAnnual 843 Day' Benefiting Lowcountry Kids Heading Back to School
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Charleston’s Z93 JAMZ and Magic 107.3 will present its “5th Annual 843 Day” today to help Lowcountry kids going back to school! Every hour from 10:00am-Midnight, the radio stations will give away backpacks on-air - with a new Chromebook inside and a $25 gift card!
The stations will also join Charleston non-profit iServeWithJoy to collect community donations of school supplies for Lowcountry kids in need at a live broadcast from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Park Circle Creamery. iServeWithJoy will collect school supplies for local children heading back to school from 3:00pm-7:00pm, and will give away gas cards, a pair of Beats earbuds and other items. Free ice cream will be served to the first 100 people to come to the collection event!
It takes place today, August 4, 2022 in North Charleston, SC
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Beloved Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Passes Away At 94; 'There's Not A Better Storyteller' Says Manager
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Hall of Fame baseball announcer Vin Scully, who covered the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night. He was 94. ABC reports Scully died at his home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to the team after being informed by family members. No cause of death was provided.
"He was the best there ever was," pitcher Clayton Kershaw said after the Dodgers game in San Francisco. "Just such a special man. I'm grateful and thankful I got to know him as well as I did." As the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history, Scully saw it all and called it all. He began in the 1950s era of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, on to the 1960s with Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, into the 1970s with Steve Garvey and Don Sutton, and through the 1980s with Orel Hershiser and Fernando Valenzuela.
Vin Scully opened each broadcasts with the familiar greeting, "Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be." After Tuesday night's 9-5 win over the Giants, they posted a Scully tribute on the videoboard. "There's not a better storyteller and I think everyone considers him family," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He was in our living rooms for many generations. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever." Read more below in Popline
Hubbard Updates Positioning For SHE Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Via an internal memo, Hubbard's WSHE-FM announced last week a positioning update for the Chicago outlet. "The evolution our 100.3 frequency continues with our updated positioning: “The New 100.3, SHE Loves The 90s and 2000s." Lisa Kosty’s midday show now airs weekdays 9AM-2PM (formerly 10AM - 2PM). Also Brooke and Jeffrey’s very popular feature “2nd Date Update” now also airs weekdays at 5:30PM with our New 100.3 Afternoon Host/MD Rick Hall.
The memo added, "The New 100.3’s more upbeat and fun presentation will touch everything we do on air and social, powered by the vibe of all the great songs from the 90s and early 2000’s!"
Derek Falter Named VP/MM For Cumulus Grand Rapids And Muskegon
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Cumulus has appointed Derek Falter as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Cumulus Media owns and operates eight radio stations in West Michigan, including four stations in Muskegon: 98.3 WLCS/WLCS-FM (Classic Hits), NASH Icon 97.5/WLAW-FM (Country), Sunny 92.5/WWSN-FM (AC), and V100/WVIB-FM (Urban), and four stations in Grand Rapids: 105.3 HOT FM/WHTS-FM (CHR), Thunder 107.3/WTNR-FM (Country), The Ticket 106.1FM/1340AM/WJRW-AM (Sports), and 97 LAV-FM/WLAV-FM (Classic Rock).
Falter was previously Regional Vice President, Eastern Region, for Curtis Media Group. Prior to that, he was Regional General Manager for Hubbard Radio/2060 Digital in Northern Minnesota. Falter was also Market President and Director of Sales for Townsquare Media in Duluth, MN.
Bob Walker, President, Cumulus Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “We are excited to welcome Derek to Cumulus Grand Rapids and Cumulus Muskegon. Derek is a proven leader who has a passion for the impact that local audio brands have in a community and an appreciation for the growth potential of complementing that impact with digital solutions for audiences and local businesses. He and his family are also proud Midwesterners and excited to get back to this region.”
Derek Falter commented: “I’m beyond excited about the opportunity the leadership team at Cumulus Media is giving me to work alongside the dynamic crews in Grand Rapids and Muskegon! Thanks to Mary Berner and Bob Walker for bringing me back to a part of the country that is so meaningful to my family.”
Jeff Haber Tapped As PD for Heritage Top 40 98.9 Magic FM Colorado Springs
Will Also Handle Afternoon Drive
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Cumulus has appointed Jeff Haber as Program Director and PM Drive host for Heritage Top 40 station 98.9 Magic FM/KKMG-FM in Colorado Springs, CO. Haber was also named On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive, and will be heard on 98.9 Magic FM Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Haber joins KKMG-FM from Top 40 station 106.1 WBLI-FM in Long Island, NY. Prior to that, he was Program Director and On-Air Personality for 102.5 WFMF-FM and 104.1 the Spot/KVDU-FM in Baton Rouge/New Orleans, LA, and was Program Director and On-Air Personality for Power 94.7/KEWB-FM in Redding, CA.
Bobby Irwin, Operations Manager, Cumulus Colorado Springs, said: “Jeff brings a ton of energy and ideas to the mighty Magic FM brand. We’re excited to let him and his team loose on streets, events, and airwaves of Southern Colorado!” Haber commented: “With this opportunity I'll have been live on-air in every time zone in the Continental U.S.! That's pretty cool, right? I'm incredibly excited to bring my energy and programming style to the MAGIC brand. I can't wait to get creative with the Cumulus team to bring amazing experiences to Colorado Springs!”
Ashley & Brad Co-Host On Tour With Motley Crue
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Brad Abrell, one half of the G Networks nationally syndicated Ashley & Brad show is featured in the introduction video that plays on the big screens just before Motley Crue takes the stage. The summer tour has stops in cities across America and Canada through September 9th. The intro video can be seen here at the Charlotte, North Carolina concert. Brad Abrell commented,
“Who doesn’t dream about going out on the road for a massive stadium tour with one of the biggest names in rock? I’m thrilled that I’m part of the Motley Crue tour… even though I’m just appearing in video form. It’s still exciting to see the uploads of videos from the fans and to hear their response when the city is mentioned. Rock ‘n’ Roll!!”
Ashley & Brad is produced by Skid Trax Voice Tracking Service (www.skidtrax.net) and is available as part of G Network’s daypartable programming.
To learn more about Ashley & Brad click here.
The Latino Podcast Listener Report 2022 Study From Edison Research To Debut August 16 ,
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2022 –– Shakira is the Latino music artist that most Latino podcast listeners say they would be interested in hearing host her own podcast. This preference for the Hips Don’t Lie singer is just one of many findings that will be revealed in the third annual Latino Podcast Listener Report, which will debut in a webinar on Tuesday, August 16 at 2pm EDT.
The Latino Podcast Listener Report tracks emerging habits and preferences among listeners, including reasons Latino listeners choose video podcasts, actions they take because of podcast ads, and their interest in local news on podcasts. The study from Edison Research was commissioned by Adonde Media, LW
C Studios, Libsyn, PRX, and SXM Media, and will be presented by Gabriel Soto, Senior Director of Research at Edison Research, and Elsie Escobar, She Podcasts Co-founder and Community Manager at Libsyn. Soto and Escobar will also share updates on baseline statistics from prior years, and will present video interviews of U.S. Latino podcast listeners. A recording of the webinar will be available at the conclusion of the presentation, and English and Spanish versions of the presentation will be available for download. Click HERE to register for the Latino Podcast Listener Report 2022 webinar
Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Names Its 2022 Inductees
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– The voting members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame (TRHOF) have selected twenty (20) broadcast professionals for its 2022 Induction Class, presented here in alphabetical order.
Debbie Alcocer - Roger Allen - Joe "The Godfather" Anthony (Yanuzzi) - Roula Christie - James “Moby” Carney - Dean and Rog/Dean Myers and Roger Beaty - Bob Ford - Harmon and Evans - Lisle and Hahn/John Lisle and Steve Hahn - “Uncle Funky” Larry Jones - Pam Kelly - Laurie Kendrick - Pam McKay - Joe Pogge - Kellie Raspberry - Bill Schoening - Hannah Storm - Maria Todd - John Trapane - Dana Tyson
Final voting concluded on Sunday, July 31st and the twenty individuals will be honored on Saturday, November 5th at the TRHOF’s Annual Induction Ceremony at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX. The annual TRHOF reunion and induction weekend is open to the public.
Schedule, hotel, and ticket information will be posted on the TRHOF’s website on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. For more information, contact Doug Harris, Executive Director, Texas Radio Hall of Fame DougH@Noisemaker.com
FLY 103.1 Lands In Orlando
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– JVC Broadcasting announced a new format for 103.1FM in Orlando, FL. On Monday August 1st, 2022 beginning at Noon, 103.1FM became known as The New FLY 103.1 – Orlando’s Hottest Hit Music (WFYY)– playing hits from Rhythmic Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, and more!
When asked about the decision to launch The New FLY 103.1, JVC Florida’s Director of Programming and Rhythmic CHR format veteran Stevie DeMann explained, “FLY 103.1 is a direct result of listening to radio consumers in Central Florida. There is a clear need for a new music station in Central Florida that reflects this diverse market. -- I’m thrilled that we are debuting a locally researched, locally programmed, and live and local radio station for Orlando and Central Florida,” says JVC Executive Shane Reeve. “I’m proud to watch Stevie and our entire team navigate FLY 103.1 to new heights. We have the right people in place to present a new, high energy, personality driven radio station to the Orlando audience.”
Fly 103.1 will debut with a live and local airstaff after the initial 10,000 commercial free songs in a row.
Mark McCray Named PD of X102.3 (WMBX) And Fox Sports 640 (WMEN-AM) For Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– Hubbard Radio announced that Mark McCray is joining the West Palm Beach cluster as the new Program Director of X102.3 (WMBX) and Fox Sports 640 (WMEN-AM). Mark McCray is a 30 year broadcast veteran showcasing his talents in markets like Chicago, Dallas-FT Worth, Austin, and West Palm Beach.
20 years ago, Mark was the architect who launched WMBX in West Palm Beach. Thus began the community driven vision for WMBX. And now, Mark gets to come home and lead X102.3 into its next decade of award winning programming. Senior Vice-President, Market Manager of Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach, Elizabeth Hamma commented: “Having Mark come back to the station he launched 20 years ago is a very special home coming. WMBX is a legendary brand in South Florida with a long record of success and community service including being nominated by The NAB for a prestigious Marconi Award’.
Bruce Logan, Operations Manager for Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach, added “Mark McCray is a world class programmer and we couldn’t be happier to have him join the stellar programming team at Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach to lead X-102.3 and Fox Sports 640.”
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to help lead Hubbard’s great brands like WMEN and WMBX for a second time. West Palm Beach has always been a special market for me and have some of the best listeners anywhere! Thank you to Elizabeth Hamma, Bruce Logan, Greg Strassell, Dave Bestler and Ginny Morris for asking me to join their already stellar team” said Mark McCray.
Stacey Thomas Named Director Of Marketing/Promotions For iHeart Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– iHeartMedia named Stacey Thomas Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia Philadelphia effective immediately. She will report to Derrick Corbett, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “It has been remarkable working alongside Stacey and watching her persevere through numerous changes and challenges,” said Jeff Moore, Market President of iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “A tireless worker who puts the needs of iHeart Philly above all else will now get the chance to put her stamp on the Promotions Department in a time when making deep and meaningful relationships with our audiences and partners couldn’t be more important.”
Thomas is an 18-year veteran of iHeartMedia Philadelphia starting on the ground floor as a member of the street team. She has served as Promotions Coordinator and Online Content Coordinator, then Media Integration Director before taking on her new position as Director of Marketing and Promotions. Thomas is a graduate of Widener University with a BA in Communications Studies.
“I’m excited about taking on this new challenge of working with six of the region’s most iconic brands,” said Thomas. “I’m looking forward to growing the cluster to the next level with the support of the extraordinary team here at iHeartMedia Philadelphia.”
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Legendary Music Executive Mo Ostin Passes Away
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– Legendary music executive Mo Ostin passed away peacefully in his sleep this week at the age of 95. Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO, Warner Records & Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman & CEO, Warner Records shared: "Mo was one of the greatest record men of all time, and a prime architect of the modern music business. For Mo, it was always first and foremost about helping artists realize their vision. One of the pivotal figures in the evolution of Warner Music Group, in the 1960s.
Mo ushered Warner/Reprise Records into a golden era of revolutionary, culture-shifting artistry. Over his next three decades at the label, he remained a tireless champion of creative freedom, both for the talent he nurtured and the people who worked for him. Mo lived an extraordinary life doing what he loved, and he will be deeply missed throughout the industry he helped create, and by the countless artists and colleagues whom he inspired to be their best selves.
Max Lousada, CEO, Warner Recorded Music added, "In an era when creative entrepreneurs are revered, we celebrate Mo Ostin as a pioneer who wrote the rulebook for others to follow. Warner Music Group and Warner Records wouldn't exist without his passion, vision, and intelligence. He not only helped build one of the world's greatest music companies, but he inspired a culture driven by bravery and ingenuity. PHOTO/Warner Records Archives
70 Years Of WGN Radio Chicago Audio To Be Archived At Northwestern Libraries In Evanston, IL
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– For 100 years, WGN Radio has been a source of all-talk programming that has connected Chicagoland — and well beyond, thanks to the impressive broadcast range of the 50,000-watt station at 720 AM. Its lineup of memorable hosts, long-running cultural programming and avid local sports coverage has enshrined WGN Radio as a cherished companion for generations of listeners in cars and kitchens. Thanks to a gift from Nexstar Media Group, Inc., parent company of WGN Radio, a 70-year swath of the radio station’s audio archive now resides at Northwestern University Libraries in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives.
The archive, with materials covering 1941 to 2011, includes more than 15,000 items, primarily magnetic media (open reel tapes, compact cassettes, continuous-loop “carts,” U-matic videocassettes and VHS tapes) as well as other media such as grooved discs, CDs and minidiscs. The bulk of the audio dates to the 1980s and 1990s, a period of innovation and surging popularity for the station. The archive contains thousands of hours of audio that will need to be cataloged and, where necessary, digitally preserved before they can be made publicly available, said Scott Krafft, curator of Special Collections at Northwestern.
Founded in 1922 as WDAP, the station was purchased in 1924 by Chicago Tribune publisher Col. Robert McCormick, who changed its call letters to WGN, an acronym of the Tribune’s slogan, “World’s Greatest Newspaper.” WGN Radio continues to broadcast talk shows, news, sports coverage and traffic updates through its transmitting tower in Elk Grove Village — one of the tallest structures in the Chicago area. Top photo/Northwestern
Greg 'The Hitman' Williams Back On The Air In Wichita
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– Greg "The Hitman" Williams is back on the air in Wichita after his station owners concluded its internal investigation into harassment claims by a former coworker. A spokesperson for Audacy, owner of Power 93.5, said, “Based on findings from our internal investigation and working with local law enforcement, Greg Williams has returned to Power 93.5 airwaves.“
According to KAKE-TV, Williams was taken off the air in mid-July amid the investigation. Williams' attorney, Donald Peterson, released the following statement late Monday morning: “We are pleased that the Wichita Police Department determined there was no crime to prosecute. We are not surprised by this outcome, as Mr. Williams did not do the things he has been accused of doing. Mr. Williams is grateful to be back on the air and for the vocal support of those who know him best -- his family, friends and many loyal listeners.”
Johnny “Koolout” Starks had accused Williams of sexually harassing him in a station bathroom. Starks said one day later he was let go by the station, saying a manager told him he wasn’t “a good fit.” “The allegations being spread on social media by a former employee can never be proven because they are not true," Williams said on Facebook after the allegations first surfaced.
EVENT: 95.5 WSB Care-A-Thon Raises $1,845,500 For Aflac Cancer And Blood Disorders Center In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2ND, 2022 –– On July 28 and 29, 95.5 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM Atlanta, GA) hosted the 22nd annual 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon. As of yesterday, the event raised $1,845,500 for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the highest amount raised in it’s 22-year history. During the 37-hour broadcast, Scott Slade, Clark Howard, Erick Erickson, Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Word on the Street and many other 95.5 WSB hosts and shows turned the airwaves over to the patients and families of Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Georgia’s top pediatric research center, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This annual event of hope and inspiration is propelled by our passionate WSB team and the generosity of the WSB listeners to help children and their families. This mission has yielded nearly $30 million dollars over the past 22 years,” said Jaleigh Long, Vice President/Market Manager, Cox Media Group’s Atlanta Radio.
“Thanks to our WSB Radio family and their continued support of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, nearly $30 million has been raised over the past 22 years to support both critical research and the patients and families we care for at Children’s. Our sincere generosity goes out to the station, the hosts, and the listeners for their true passion and dedication,” said Denise Barnes, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Vice President of Corporate Relations.
SYNDICATION: Joey & Lauren Show Adds Another Affiliate
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– Joey & Lauren In The Morning have added a new affiliate with CHR KVFX (Utah's VFX 94.5) in Logan, UT “Joey & Lauren In the Morning” launched in 2018 on market leading Hot AC KZMG (MY 102.7) in Boise. The show shot to the top almost immediately, in the coveted W25-54, and P25-54 demographics.
Joey & Lauren In the Morning started syndicating in 2021 Their award-winning show provides engaging content on-air, in their podcast, and through their many social media channels.
Joey and Lauren commented, "We are so excited to grow the Joey & Lauren family. We want to thank Lynn, Kyle the entire KVFX crew for welcoming us to the team. We are thrilled to be a part of the best station in Cache Valley, 94.5 Utah's VFX."
Overnights On Z100/WHTZ-FM New York City
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 2, 2022 –– Z100 is looking for its next on-air superstar. If you’re up to the task of hosting overnights on the biggest, brightest stage in the business, and being the lead-in to the legendary Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning show, then bring it!
Must be an excellent social media conversationalist, pop culture hungry, music fan, that knows how to create content cross platform, and ENTERTAIN! The daypart is overnights, BUT we are looking for a teammate that contributes 24/7 to the success of the legendary Z100. If interested apply HERE (info).
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Larry Morgan Rises To Regional Brand Manager Of Classic Hits Format For Audacy
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Audacy has elevated Larry Morgan to Regional Brand Manager of its classic hits format. In this role, Morgan will oversee 94.5 KOOL FM (KOOL-FM) in Phoenix and Sunny 98.1 (KXSN-FM) in San Diego. This role is in addition to his Assistant Brand Director role at K-Earth (KRTH-FM) in Los Angeles.
“Larry is an invaluable member of the K-Earth team and I'm thrilled to see his talents and influence now spread to KOOL in Phoenix and Sunny in San Diego,” said Chris Ebbott, Vice President of Classic Hits, Audacy.
” I’m so excited and honored to be an official part of the team at these two great stations,” said Morgan. “Both markets have a long history of radio excellence, and I look forward to working together to elevate these awesome brands to new heights. Plus, I have the added bonus of continuing to contribute at the legendary K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles. It's the best of all worlds for me, and all in the same time zone!”
Morgan joined K-Earth as Assistant Brand Manager in 2015, overseeing the day-to-day programming operations of the legendary classic hits station. Other previous roles include KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and Audacy’s 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM) in Sacramento and Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM) in Houston. Additionally, Morgan spent over a decade as Senior Vice President of Network Programs and Services at Premiere Networks, shepherding the launch and development of a diverse lineup of shows, including “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest,” “Delilah,” “After MidNite” and many more.
Alex Silverman Named Director Of News And Programming For KNX NEWs 97.1 Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Audacy announced Alex Silverman will join KNX News 97.1 FM in Los Angeles as Director of News and Programming, effective September 19. Silverman previously served as Brand Manager of Philadelphia sister station KYW Newsradio (103.9 FM / 1060 AM) since 2018.
“Alex has led two of our company’s leading news brands to newfound success and industry-wide recognition,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy Southern California. “We look forward to welcoming him to the team and further establishing KNX as the go-to news source for Southern Californians.”
“KNX News is iconic. I can't wait to work with the amazing team to build the future of the brand and set the agenda for news coverage in Southern California,” said Silverman. “Thank you to Jeff Federman, Chris Ebbott, Jeff Sottolano and Bill Smee for their confidence in me and commitment to impactful local journalism.”
Silverman has served as brand manager for KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia since 2018, where he guided the iconic brand through a modern re-image and the historic launch of an FM simulcast. Previously, he was Assistant Director of News and Programming at WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) in New York.
Anna De Haro Joins The Bo & Jim Show On Lone Star 92.5 KZPS Dallas
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Anna De Haro has joined The Bo & Jim Show On iHeart's Lone Star 92.5 KZPS Dallas. Anna will retain her KFXR Talk Radio 1190 AM programming duties and also continues to serve as the cluster’s Public Service Director. In addition, Anna will remain an active member of several community organizations including Attitudes and Attire, Komen North Texas and the Alzheimer’s Association. De Haro fills the slot following the recent retirement of longtime show-member Long Jim White.
“Anna has been an integral part of iHeart DFW for 20+ years and her 30 years in radio, many spent doing mornings in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas makes her a perfect fit to join the legendary Bo & Jim Show, said Market President Kelly Kibler.
MIW And Minnesota Broadcasters Association Announce Ava Lynn LaRue As 2022 Inaugural Mentee
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– “MIW Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Minnesota”, a newly launched partnership between Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a (501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of female leadership in radio broadcasting, and the Minnesota Broadcasters Association (MBA), announces that Ava Lynn LaRue has been named its inaugural mentee.
Ava Lynn LaRue is the Station Manager for Q-Media Group, LLC. operating out of Red Wing, Minnesota. With a profound passion for radio, Ava has been in Red Wing for the last five years building her career in radio management - starting as a morning show co-host followed by a promotion to Program Director, then to Operations Manager, and now the Station Manager for a cluster of four radio stations with 10 employees.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff said, "Lightning struck twice! Partnering with Wendy has been positive, productive, and way fun. And then to meet the powerhouse Ava LaRue and have the opportunity to work with her is what the MIWs are all about. Thanks MBA, Wendy, and Ava!"
For more information on the Minnesota Broadcasters Association’s “MIW Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Minnesota,” program, visit: https://minnesotabroadcasters.com/
STUDY: What RPS 20 Says About Station Contests
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– PJ Kling, Jake Hoefnagel, and Leigh Jacobs will present the last of three live webinars showing the data from the latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study this Wednesday, August 3 at 2 PM EDT." It’s our 20th twice-annual study focused on ratings-likely respondents across PPM markets updated this June. Grab a spot at nuvoodoo.com/webinars so you can ask questions during our live webinar.
Radio programmers know from experience that contesting is a tactic that punches above its weight. That factor is likely to become even more true as Nielsen transitions to new wearable meters and adds a new incentive-inclusive smartphone app to the panelist experience. We see again in the latest Ratings Prospects Study data that those likely to show up within PPM samples are far more likely to have played a radio station contest recently. While just under 3 in 10 across our total sample of weekly radio listeners say they’ve played a radio station contest in the past month, that number jumps to 2 in 5 among those likely to participate in the ratings (labeled “RPS Yes”) – and nearly half of the subset of that group who listen to radio at least an hour a day (labeled “RPS 60”).
Not surprising in the current economy, we’ve seen no reduction in the size of the cash prizes needed to get attention. Tracking back to our 16th Ratings Prospects Study two summers ago, we see a sharp difference in the percentages who would be lured by a $500 cash prize compared to a $1000 prize. Two summers ago, there was just a 12-point gap between the percentages who would play for a $500 prize compared to a $1000 prize. But the new study shows a 20-point gap between $500 and $1000 prizes. Particularly in PPM markets it seems the proliferation of group contests with heavy promotion of $1000 prizes every hour for weeks on end has pushed up the price of contesting. Read More And Sign up HERE
HONORS: The Show On Rock 105.3 San Diego Among Big Winners In San Diego's Best Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– The Show (Eddie Pappani, Sky, Thor and Emily Griffiths) at Rock 1053 (KIOZ) in San Diego were among the big winners at the San Diego Union Tribune San Diego's Best Awards. Their show won Best Morning Show for the 6th year in a row. Host Eddie Pappani was named the Radio Personality of the Year for the 2nd year in a row.
Other winners included, DSC Show on KGB 101.5 FM Radio Drive Time Show and Star 94.1 FM AM/FM San Diego's Best |Radio Station AM/FM
SNAPS: Radio 1 Are Playing 'Sweet Caroline' On The Hour Every Hour To Celebrate England's Win
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 1ST, 2022 –– Radio 1 are playing football fan favorite Sweet Caroline on the hour, every hour, to celebrate England's iconic win last night. According to Indy 100, The station will play the Neil Diamond track, which is often blasted out at football matches, after the Lionesses beat Germany in the Women's Euro 2022 2-1 in extra time.
When the match ended, Chloe Kelly, who scored the winning goal started singing it in a post-match interview before running off with the microphone. Fans celebrate Women's Euros 2022 win in Trafalgar Square fountain Russo and Toone trying to read Germany's tactics has become a meme Young football fan ‘amazed at the size of Wembley’ for Euro 2022 final DJ Greg James confirmed that the station would be playing the song all day after the final whistle. On Twitter, he wrote: "As promised...Sweet Caroline on the hour every hour tomorrow @BBCR1 starting at 7." James also shared footage of the first playing of the song, which came complete with an added voiceover from the young England fan Tess, whose enthusiasm for the team has taken the nation by storm. And as well as radio celebrations, a daytime event is scheduled at Trafalgar Square
107.5 The River Nashville Wraps Up Its 6th Annual 'River On The Rooftop' Series For First Time Since 2019
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH 2022 –– With a return to Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Rooftop Bar in downtown Nashville for the first time since 2019, 107.5 The River Nashville held its annual 'River On The Rooftop series. The latest edition included free acoustic performances from Avril Lavigne, Kane Brown, 5 Seconds of Summer, Em Beihold, Leah Kate, Nightly, Benson Boone, Stephen Sanchez, Lawrence, and local rising star Menna.
"What a way to re-launch our tentpole summer series in Nashville," reflects Jonathan Shuford, program director/WRVW. "We started this series all the way back in 2016 and we're truly in awe of what it's become since that time. From hearing 1,200 fans scream Sk8er Boi to hearing 5SOS like never before to getting a sneak peek of Kane Brown's new single 'Grand' a week and a half before it's release, there were so many moments from River on the Rooftop that will create lasting memories for our listeners. We're humbled and grateful to our artist, label, and management partners for helping us create something truly special here in America's 'It City' every summer."
Photo credits: Jan-Michael Pugh, Adriana Casiano, Doug Hall
Doug Gottlieb Coaches Team USA Men’s Basketball To Gold Medal At 2022 World Maccabiah Games
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH 2022 –– Doug Gottlieb, host of FOX Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, coached the USA Open Men’s Basketball team to a gold medal at the 2022 World Maccabiah Games, held July 12-26 in Israel. Gottlieb, who continued to host his national radio show for three weeks in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, led a team of Jewish athletes ages 19-26 at the Games, which is the world’s third largest international multi-sport event with nearly 10,000 total participants representing 75 countries competing in 40 sports.
“We had yet another amazing trip, winning all eight of our games and creating a team that operated like a family,” shared Gottlieb. “I cannot thank Maccabi USA and FOX Sports Radio enough for allowing me the opportunity to coach and work, while mentoring these incredible young men.”
This is a fourth gold medal for Gottlieb, who coached the 2017 team, and also won as a player on the U.S. Open Men’s Basketball Team during the Pan-American Maccabi Games in Mexico City in 1999, and the 16th World Maccabiah Games in 2001. Additionally, he took home a bronze medal at the 15th World Maccabiah Games in 1997. Pictured: Head Coach and FOX Sports Radio personality Doug Gottlieb (second red shirt from left) poses with the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team as they celebrate their gold medal win at the 2022 World Maccabiah Games in Israel
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Driver Who Crashed Into Cumulus Indy Studios Had 'Medical Emergency' Before Crash, Says Boss
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2022 –– Following last week's crash by a truck into the Cumulus studios in Indianapolis, comes word that the driver of the truck had suffered a medical emergency before the crash, according to his boss. The pickup crashed Thursday into the studio of 95.5 WFMS on the city's northeast side, according to a Facebook post from the station. The Indystar, reported that no one at the station was hurt, a spokesperson for the Indiana State Police said. The driver was said to be in critical condition, ISP said Friday morning.
The driver suffered a medical emergency before the crash and is currently hospitalized, said Scott Zigmond, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Performance Services, the company that owns the pickup the man was driving. There was "no training manual for what happened," said Chuck Fredrick, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Media Indianapolis, which owns 95.5 WFMS. Reconstruction of the studio is in the works, Fredrick said. For now, the station will operate out of its support studio. "This has been a very unfortunate situation, but we here at Cumulus Media Indianapolis have been very blessed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the driver," Fredrick wrote in an email.
How ‘Fresh Air’ Host Terry Gross Ended Up Playing A Radio Mogul In B.J. Novak's Vengeance' Film
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2022 ––The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters writes that after wrapping an interview with Terry Gross for her NPR radio series Fresh Air in September, B.J. Novak surprised Gross with an offer. “I said, ‘Hey, I have a role for you,’ and she was so confused and surprised,” Novak tells THR‘s Masters on a new episode of KCRW’s The Business. The multihyphenate wanted Gross for his new film, Vengeance, which he wrote, directed and stars in as a radio host from New York who travels to the South and winds up investigating the murder of a former fling. Issa Rae plays his character’s producer, and Novak zeroed in on Gross to portray the “queen bee” of the radio enterprise.
“It’s someone we only hear as a voice, and it’s a huge deal to my character when she calls and likes what he’s working on,” he explains. Gross not only said yes but took her acting debut “very seriously,” Novak says. “To me, that’s the biggest star in the movie.” During his appearance on The Business, Novak also opens up to Masters about what it was like to grow up with John Krasinski as the two went to the same high school before making it big on NBC’s The Office. Listen to the full episode HERE - Terry Gross Photo/WHYY - Vengeance Poster/ Focus Features
EVENT: CMT Announces Two All-New 'Next Women of Country Showcases With City Winery Nashville
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2022 –– CMT announced two upcoming showcases in partnership with City Winery Nashville on Wednesday, August 31st and Wednesday, September 28th.
An extension of CMT’s prestigious ‘Next Women of Country’ (NWOC) franchise, “CMT NextWomen of Country: Celebrating the Classes of 2021 & 2022, presented by CMT Night Out Nashville and Change The Conversation.”
These fan-focused showcases will spotlight a select group of female artists named to the past two franchise classes. Kicking off Wednesday, August 31st at 7:30pm CT, CMT’s Leslie Fram and Jessie James Decker will co-host the first CMT Night Out Nashville showcase, featuring performances in the round from Callista Clark, Camille Parker, Hannah Dasher, Jenna Paulette, Julia Cole, Laci Kaye Booth, Lily Rose, Reyna Roberts and Tenille Arts. Decker will also perform.
Tickets are on-sale now at citywinery.com/nashville. Performers and tickets for the September 28th event to be announced in the coming weeks. “We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate some of the amazing artists recently inducted into our ‘Next Women of Country’ franchise as part of our new ‘Night Out Nashville’ series,” shared Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. “Our upcoming showcases are perfect examples of the opportunities we aim to create and support for these incredibly talented artists throughout the year and we hope everyone will join us in supporting these incredible women from our 2021 and 2022 classes who all have amazing things on the horizon.”
Honors: Praise 102.5 Atlanta Celebrates An Historic Win
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2022 –– Atlanta’s Inspiration Station, WPZE-FM Praise 102.5 is celebrating another historic win. On July 15th the nation’s premier Gospel station accepted its sixth Stellar Award as Major Market Gospel Station of the Year at the 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Continuing their mission of inspiring the Atlanta community and beyond, Praise 102.5 remains the only station in the country that has won this prestigious award six times. Returning to Atlanta after a nineteen-year departure, the Stellar Awards celebrated its 37th year honoring excellence in Gospel music during an inspiring and joyous weekend of events, concluding with the live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16th, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Praise 102.5’s Midday Personality and award winning Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr co-hosted the main ceremony along with Stellar Award-winning artist and actress, Kierra Sheard Kelly. “It was great to be able to win this award right here in our great city in front of our amazing listeners and community,” shared Praise 102.5’s Program Director, Derek Harper, “Thank you to Don Jackson and the Stellar Awards committee for this honor!” “It is truly an honor to win this amongst the top stations in the country”, said Tim Davies, Regional VP and General Manager, “and a tribute to our whole Urban One Atlanta family who create engaging digital content, execute our client’s campaigns, touch our community through all of the promotions, and so much more ever day, what a great team!”
Radio Resources Launches Today
THE MOUTH, JULY 25TH, 2022 –– Radio Resources, a new enterprise built as a toolkit for radio broadcasters and tailored for medium to small market owners and operators, has launched, it was announced by Alex Quintero, Director of Products and Services. Radio Resources has partnered with recognized and trusted radio product and service providers to create a unique, single-source, turnkey platform that can solve resource and budget hurdles across all aspects of radio station operations, with the bonus of increasing asset appreciation for owners and investors.
“Until now, radio station owners and operators had to deal with multiple providers and retrofit the pieces together,” Quintero stated. “The Radio Resources toolkit offers broadcasters one central point of contact and stewardship for a wide array of products and services, streamlined across critical departments to deliver a more efficient, productive, and seamless experience. Accountability, quality control, and customer service are enhanced, and owners and operators are free to focus on revenue and growing their business.”
Radio Resources is the latest evolution of parent company Gen Μedia Partners, which was formed in 2015 to deliver forward-thinking solutions to radio broadcasters by assembling customer-focused rep firms, networks, outdoor media, political and Hispanic expertise, and more under one roof. Radio Resources is the next natural progression, extending that model to partnerships with providers across every component of the radio business. For more information on Radio Resources, station owners and operators may contact Alex Quintero atinfo@RadioResources.com and (212) 380-9323.
Enrique Iglesias Among Headliners For 2022 iHeart Fiesta Latina Set For October 15 In Miami
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2022 –– 2022 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina event has announced its lineup this year's Fiesta Latina event. Among the slate of performances include Farruko, Nicky Jam, Jhay Cortez, Becky G, Myke Towers, Manuel Turizo, DJ Adoni and iHeartRadio Corazón Award recipient Enrique Iglesias. Enrique Santos (shown left), President and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino and on-air talent for iHeartRadio, will once again host the ninth annual event.
The 2022 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, Presented by The JUVÉDERM® Collection is making its return to Miami, Florida at the FTX Arena on Saturday, October 15. In addition to performing, Enrique Iglesias will receive the iHeartRadio Corazón Latino Award, which honors an individual who exemplifies their big heart through their selfless work enhancing the lives of the Latin community and beyond.
“We are so excited to head back to Miami to celebrate the best of Latin music this year,” said Santos. “We’re thrilled to once again give fans the opportunity to come together and feel the unique energy that comes from celebrating our culture. This year’s iHeartRadio Corazón Latino Award recipient, Enrique Iglesias, embodies that perfectly with his endless stream of hits and charitable work. It’s going to be a night to remember.” For more information, visit iHeartRadio.com/fiesta.
Triton Digital Releases June 2022 U.S. Podcast Report
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2022 –– Triton Digital® released its June 2022 U.S. Podcast Report, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service from May 30 – July 3, 202). For this reporting period, Stitcher Media remained in the #1 spot on the Top Sales Networks Report for the month of June with 56.9M Average Weekly Downloads and 14.5M Average Weekly Users.
NPR came in at #2 with 30.7M Average Weekly Downloads and 6.4M Average Weekly Users, followed by Audacy Podcast Network at #3 with 29.2M Average Weekly Downloads and 7.7M Average Weekly Users.
The top three podcasts based on downloads included, Ben Shapiro Show (Cumulus Podcast Network) which climbed up the #1 spot, NPR News Now (NPR) at #2, and Crime Junkie (audiochuck) at #3. For listeners, the top 3 podcasts in June included, Crime Junkie (audiochuck) again at #1, Up First (NPR) again at #2, and The Ben Shapiro Show (Cumulus Podcast Network) now at #3.
New shows debuting during this period for downloads included Snapped: Women Who Murder (Wondery) and for listeners included THE ED MYLETT SHOW (Stitcher Media) and True Crime with Kendall Rae (Audioboom).
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Gladys Knight And U2 Among Honorees For 45th Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony In Washington
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2022 –– The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that U2 and Gladys Knight are among the honorees who will be recognized at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Other honorees will include acclaimed actor and filmmaker George Clooney; contemporary Christian and pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant and Cuban-born American composer, conductor, and educator Tania León.
The iconic Irish rock band U2 is comprised of band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.
“For nearly a half-century, the Kennedy Center Honors has represented the very best of America’s creative culture. The Honors is often referred to by past recipients as the pinnacle of awards because it recognizes not just one performance, album, or film, but esteems an artist’s cumulative body of work and influence over many decades." said, Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President
Rutter added, "This level of distinction is important. Through this holistic viewpoint, each year’s Honorees add another layer to the complex and inspiring collage of artists that together tell the story of our collective contribution to global culture."
Last year's honorees included singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Motown executive Berry Gordy and "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels.
The annual ceremony is set for December 4 at Washington, D.C. and will broadcast at a later date on CBS.
iHeart And Vinfast Join Forces To Include iHeart Radio App In All VF 8 & VF9 EV Models Sold In US
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2022 –– According to Digital Music News, Vinfast's VF 8 and VF 9 electric crossovers will integrate iHeartRadio into the infotainment screen. Speaking to Digital Music News, a representative of Vinfast said, “VinFast and iHeartRadio are combining forces to include the iHeartRadio app in every VF 8 and VF 9 sold in the US.”
This Vinfast-iHeartRadio partnership comes weeks after NYIAS 2022 (the New York International Auto Show), where the automaker had announced a partnership with Amazon Alexa for their infotainment console. While addressing that partnership, Vinfast deputy CEO of product development Franck Euvrard said, “Our focus is to connect intelligence globally and collaborate with world-leading partners to provide customers with the best products and services.”
On July 14th, Vinfast unveiled six California showrooms (shown above), plus dealerships in Santa Monica and Commerce, with the remaining four showrooms located in Berkeley, San Mateo, San Diego, and Corte Madera. Eventually, Vinfast plans to have 30 of these across the state. The company plans to launch a line of five electric vehicles. According to Forbes, three of these will reach the US market by mid-2023.
Gibson Partners With Newport Festivals Foundation To Honor The Iconic Sister Rosetta Tharpe
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2022 –– Gibson has partnered with Newport Festivals Foundation through its philanthropic arm Gibson Gives at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival to celebrate the music icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the 55th anniversary of her groundbreaking Newport Folk Festival performance on July 16, 1967.
This Sunday, July 24 at 12:40 PM on the Newport Folk Festival Foundation Stage a special performance will feature acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Celisse (shown) performing classic Sister Rosetta Tharpe songs. Gibson will donate six of the soon to be released new Epiphone Power Players guitars to the RIOT RI Foundation.
“Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of music’s most important and influential figures as the creator of rock and roll music” says Celisse. “Celebrating the 55th anniversary of her debut at Newport Folk Fest, in collaboration with RIOT RI further affirms one of the most important tenants of Newport’s mission, a commitment to honoring and remembering the true founders and innovators of American music. I am incredibly proud to be one of the many artists that stand on Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s shoulders and hope that in continuing to name and celebrate her incredible contributions to popular music, it may inspire more people to believe that great music can come from anyone."
The sold-out 2022 Newport Folk Festival will take place this week at Fort Adams State Park on Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24. Celisse/Photo credit: Austin Nelson.
SNAPS: Johnjay & Rich Named 'Best Morning Show' In Phoenix Magazine 'Best Of' Edition
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2022 ––The Johnjay and Rich Show (heard on iHeart and nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks) was recently named Best Morning Show in Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley edition.
Needless to say, they were thrilled to learn of their victory, commenting: “The people of Phoenix still read. And they say, ‘Johnjay and Rich are the best.’ Who are we to disagree with the literate?”
See article HERE
Country Countdown USA With Lon Helton Joins With Compass Media Networks
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2022 –– Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton has joined with Compass Media Networks. The three-hour weekly show recorded each week from Music Row in Nashville with host Lon Helton has been a staple on heritage Country radio stations since its inception in 1992. Each week Lon is joined by a different country star co-host while they count down the week’s Top 30 hits.
Lon is a prominent figure in Country Radio as host of Country Countdown USA, publisher of Country Aircheck and editor of the Mediabase Country Chart. Lon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Lon has been named CMA National Personality of the Year an astounding 11 times in the awards 22-year history (winners are not eligible to be nominated 2 years in a row) and the Academy of Country Music has bestowed its’ equivalent award 6 times in the last 12 years. Lon was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2006.
For more info, visit www.compassmedianetworks.com.
NAB Issues Statement On House Passage Of Legislation Permitting Legalized Cannabis Ads
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2022 –– The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the FY 2023 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which included language that would prevent the FCC from takingadministrative 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 (L) commented: "For too long, local broadcasters have been stuck in a regulatory purgatory because of conflicting federal and state cannabis laws. Today’s passage marks an important step towards allowing broadcasters to receive equal treatment for cannabis advertising that many other forms of media have enjoyed for years."
Alex added, "While we are pleased to see the House act, broadcasters will continue to work with policymakers for a permanent resolution to this competitive disparity to the benefit of consumers.”
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Seth Resler: HBO’s 'Hacks' Offers An Important Lesson For Radio Air Talent
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2022 –– In Jacobs Media's latest blog from Digital Dot Connector Seth Resler, he points to HBO's Hacks starring Jean Smart as Deborah Vance, a wise-cracking stand-up comedian grappling with the twilight years of her long and successful career. Now an avid viewer, Resler explains that as her star fades, Deborah loses her residency at a Las Vegas casino to a younger, hipper act.
Deborah's agent, Jimmy, pairs her up with Ava Daniels, a young comedian whose promising career path has been derailed by an unfortunate tweet. Ava is unfamiliar with Deborah's comedy career; she knows her primarily as a QVC spokesperson.
The show revolves around the intergenerational pairing of the older comedian who knows the ropes of the business and the younger comic who understands that the times are a-changin'.Most radio personalities will be able to easily identify with one of the two main characters.
Older air talent will understand what it's like to face a changing industry landscape that doesn't value them as much as it once did; younger jocks are likely to understand what it's like living in the shadow of bigger names that are still riding the coattails of an act that's gotten long in the tooth.
Resler says he was particularly struck by the plot of season two, which will look familiar to any popular air-talent who has found themselves out of work or facing contract negotiations. Later on Resler will explain why having a large email database is more important than having a large social media following when it comes to generating revenue. Continue Reading Here
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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.
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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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
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!
Meanwhile, is there someone you'd like for us to feature among radio's next generation of top stars, let us know HERE - Put 'Radio Future Star' in subject line.
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.
Say hello to Brooke HERE
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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.
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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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